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How to use Snapchat for the web to take photos, chat and make video calls from your computer

Snapchatters, listen up: there’s a new way to use your favorite app, and it doesn’t involve your phone. On July 18, the social media platform (finally) launched a web version of the beloved app that lets you chat, take photos, and call friends right from your laptop, but the Web version is not yet available for everyone. Here’s the rundown of using Snapchat for web with your Snapchat+ subscription.

Get ready to see a major boost in your Snap Score, because the long-awaited web version of Snapchat is here, which means you’ll finally be able to connect with your best friends from just about any device. All your favorite Snapchat messaging features aka Snapping, Chatting and Calling are available in the online version of the application, and work pretty much exactly the same as the app, so if you’re a real Snap stan, you’ll probably quickly get to grips with the new platform. The web version also lets you participate in multiple conversations by both chatting and calling at the same time, answering chat and reacting to chat, and hosting group video calls, just like the app does.

Snapchat for web is now available for users in select countries, and there is a catch of shelling out a bit of cash. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Get Snapchat for Web

Starting July 18, Snapchat for web is only available in certain regions, but it’s not available to everyone. To use Snapchat on your laptop, you need to be subscribed to Snapchat’s All-New Snapchat+ Subscription Programlaunched on June 29, 2022.

Snapchat+ is a monthly subscription service that gives users exclusive access to experimental and preview features, including Snapchat for web. The service costs $3.99 per month and is available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with plans to expand to other countries. That said, Snapchat for web is only available to Snapchat+ users in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

To access the web version of Snapchat, just open the Snapchat for website on your computer and enter your login information. Like other social media platforms, Snapchat for web lets users connect to their already existing accounts for Chat, Snap, and Call, so you’ll have access to all your regular group chats, Bitmojis, and more. Moreover. To make sure the person logging into your account is you, you’ll be asked to complete a quick two-step verification process before you can start chatting. according to a Snapchat spokesperson.

How to subscribe to Snapchat+

To subscribe to Snapchat+ and have the chance to be one of the first to test the new version of the platform, all you have to do is open the Snapchat application, access your profile, press the Gear icon in the upper right corner, then tap Snapchat+. From there, you can choose between a one-month, six-month, or 12-month subscription.

If you don’t have the money to spend on Snapchat+, you can always try the web version for yourself, but you’ll have to be patient. According to Snapchat for web blog post published on the Snapchat website, the feature will be available to all Snapchat users across the world in the future.

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How to Snap on Snapchat for Web

Once you are logged into your Snapchat account on your laptop, you will see all the users you have recently snapped and chatted with. If you want to send a Snap, just treat the web platform as you would the app – click on the name you want to Snap with or open an unopened Snap, take your photo or video, add your caption and send .

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to add Lenses to your Snap right away, but according to a Snapchat spokesperson, users can expect to see Lenses for calls and Snaps rolling out soon.

Oh, and BTW, just because you have Snapchat for the web doesn’t mean your best friends have to for a Snap to go through. Users who choose to use the web version of Snapchat can still chat, take photos, and call users who prefer to use the app, and vice versa.

How to Chat on Snapchat for Web

To send a new message, click on the account you want to chat with, and the chat page will open alongside a list of your most recent chats. Here you can type your message, Chat React to another message and Chat Reply. According to a Snapchat spokesperson, chats will be deleted in 24 hours by default, just like the app.

When using Snapchat for web, your chat icon will appear with a small laptop to signify that you are using the web version.

How to Make a Video Call on Snapchat for Web

You can also start a normal call or a video call from the chat page. To do this, just click the Video Call or Phone icon at the top of the chat and you’re good to go. After pressing the Call button, the other user’s icon and name will appear above the video, and you’ll notice that a timer will start tracking the duration of your call. According to a spokesperson, you’ll also be able to mute your microphone, turn off your camera whenever you need it, and join a group video call with up to 10 Snapchatters.

If you’re in multiple conversations at once, you can reposition the call on your screen so you can easily chat with your best friend while still on the phone with your SO. You can also chat and call a user at the same time, or leave the web page without interrupting a call.

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Can you post stories to Snapchat for web?

For now, the web version doesn’t include any additional Snap features, like Stories, but the company plans to roll out those aspects in the future, according to a Snap spokesperson. Yes, you won’t be able to view your crush’s stories from your laptop, but brace yourself, because it won’t be that way forever.

Snapchat for web privacy

According to a spokesperson, Snapchat for the web includes strong privacy measures to ensure your messages are safe and secure. To begin with, if someone tries to capture your conversation, the screen will blur the conversation and a pop-up window will appear to remind users that there are other ways to preserve conversations.

You don’t have to worry about curious passers-by peeking at your screen in public either, because Snapchat for the web comes equipped with a privacy shield that pops up when you open another window. So if you feel sneaky eyes peeking over your shoulder in the library, all you have to do is bring another page to the foreground and your conversation will be protected by a special privacy screen.

Between being able to call, chat, or Snap your friends from your laptop, and all the future changes that are sure to come, it looks like Snapchat for mobile is about to have some serious competition.