Snapchat has a lot of features and most of them are “hidden”, you only know them once you test and fail, and learn. We’ll try to go through them all and at the end of the blog you should know some tips and tricks to bring your snaps to the next level.

Now that you know how the ABC of Snapchat ("How to use Snapchat Part 1: the basics”), let’s dig more into 14 "secrets" features.

1. Snapchat: add a friend by taking a picture of their QR code

Each user has a personal QR code. You can see yours from your profile. If you wanna add someone, just take a picture (inside Snapchat of course) of his / her QR code and Snapchat will automatically add it to your friends list.

PRO-TIP: you can screenshot your QR code and add it to your Business Card to make it even easier for users to add you.
You can try how it works right away by placing the snapchat camera on my QR code:
QR code for snapchat

2. Snapchat: who are your best friends

Best friends are users with whom you snap every day. They snap you, you snap them. As simple as that. And yes, I’m using the verb “snap”. Deal with it. *EMOJI*
Snapchat BEST Friends list

3. Emoji meaning in friends’ lists

You might wonder what those Emoji close to your friends mean. If you don’t have them, snap more. That’s the only way).

Here’s a simple visual explanation from Emojipedia:
Snapchat emoji meaning

    " Yellow Heart — You are #1 best friends with each other.

    Grimacing Face — Your #1 best friend is their #1 best friend.

    Smiling Face — Another best friend of yours.

    Face With Sunglasses — One of your best friends is one of their best friends.

    Smirking Face — You are their best friend but they are not yours.

    Fire — You are on a Snapstreak. The number refers to the days in a row you’ve been snapping each other."


4. Snapchat: how to create “groups"

As of today, create groups on Snapchat is impossible. However, here’s a trick. Let’s say you have a group of ten people you always want to send snaps. Edit their name and add an “a” in front of the name. In that way, they will show first in your list of contact. As you can see below, I even have “aa” or “aaa”, as I send snaps to certain people more.
groups of friends in Snapchat
PRO-TIP: You can also create “theme” specific groups Let’s say you want to send the pic of your dog, baby or food to specific users every time. Add the emoji of it at the end of the name and then search for the emoji once you need to send it. In my example below: I send snaps of my daughter to these friends mostly.
Snapchat groups baby pictures

5. Snapchat: colour meaning in chat

What do the different colors mean?

    Red is for picture
    Purple is for video
    Blue is for private text

PRO-TIP: If it’s square like in the picture below, it means you have received it, if it’s an arrow-shaped, you have sent it
Snapchat color meaning

6. Snapchat: how to create stories

We already talked about it but better refresh memory. To create a story, simply take a picture and add it to the little square button with the “+” sign.

Remember: stories are public. Whoever follows you can see them. You can change custom audience in the settings, but few do or remember to do it...
Add to story

7. Snapchat: how to download complete or single stories

To download your story as a video, tap on it and select the face-down arrow.
download a story in Snapchat
To download only one picture or video inside your story, tap one single story only, it will open and you can select the down-facing arrow.

Pro-tip: you can download your story as videos. to be published on other channels, for example on YouTube or Facebook.


8. Snapchat: how to delete complete or single stories

Very similar to the previous one, to delete a story you need to open the story and tap on the “X”. This is very useful if a scene in your story doesn’t make sense or you want to reshoot it. You can just delete that scene and keep the rest.
Delete Snapchat story

9. Snapchat: double tap to trigger features

On Snapchat double-tapping triggers different features.
Double tap on camera view triggers “change camera view" (from from-face camera to back-camera"
Double tap on any user in both chat and story view triggers “reply to that user”. The camera turns on and you can privately reply to that user only.

10. Snapchat: zoom in video

When you take a video, you can zoom in by pressing, holding the finger down and swiping the finger in the middle of the screen up and down.

Swipe up to zoom in, swipe down to zoom out.

And no, I don't have a gif for this either. #sadness

11. Snapchat: upload a picture in chat

Uploading a picture is possible only in private chats. Tap on the square on the right and upload a picture.

Pro-tip: pictures can be uploaded only vertical. If you have a square image, the sides will be cropped out of the picture.
How to upload pictures on Snapchat chat

12. Snapchat: save pictures and conversations in chat

You thought you cannot save any picture in snapchat right? WRONG.

In chat, tap on a message or a picture to save it in the chat. When you access the chat again, those messages or pictures will be there again. The other user doesn’t see that you saved something, but he/she will know if you took a screenshot.
Snapchat save pictures

13. Snapchat: release for fast selfie

In chat, you can also press on the yellow button and it will trigger the camera view. IF you keep the finger down, you will see a smile and trees on top. Those are the camera view, smile for selfie and trees for back-camera.

Release the finger to send the picture right away.
Snapchat release button

14. Snapchat: Video chat

Did you know you can video-chat on Snapchat?

While in private chat, when the yellow button turns blue the other user is online at the same time. If you both press and hold the blue button, you will start a video chat. Amazing right?

Snapchat Video

As far as I know, these are all the hidden features, tips and tricks of Snapchat.

You can call yourself a Snapchat expert now.


Read more about Snapchat here:
How to use Snapchat Part 1: The basics
How to use Snapchat Part 3: How to create stories that reach thousands.
p.s: Here are again some users to follow: