Snapchat has three screens: the one it launches to is your camera view. Press the circle on the bottom-middle of your screen once for a photo, or hold it down to record a video (up to 10 seconds). Just like in your phone camera or Instagram, you can switch between the front and rear-facing cameras by clicking the square arrow icon in the top-right corner—or by double-tapping anywhere on the screen.A look at the Snapchat filter function.SNAPCHAT
(As for the other two screens, the square icon at the bottom left takes you to your direct Snapchat feed, and the bottom-right icon goes to to your Stories screen. If your muscle memory comes courtesy of Tinder, you can also swipe left and right.)
So you’ve taken a Snap. Now, the real fun begins, thanks to a healthy sprinkling of post-processing fairy dust.
Apply a filter: Swipe left to see the different overlays you can place on your image. Some are location-specific: Sitting in the WIRED office in San Francisco, we have a Golden Gate Bridge geofilter, one for the SoMa neighborhood, and more. (To access geofilters, be sure location services is enabled on your phone.) You can even put two filters on a single Snap by selecting an initial filter, holding your finger down, and swiping left or right again with your finger still in place.One of the numerous Snapchat lens options.SNAPCHAT
Draw, type or add emoji stickers: Create drawings, write text, or add emoji stickers to your Snaps by clicking the T, pencil, or sticker icon in the upper-right corner. You can change the color of your text or pencil with the rainbow spectrum. (Android users have an additional transparent color palette not available on iPhones which we’re a little envious of, TBH.)
Morph yourself with Lenses: Snapchat uses facial recognition software to apply hilarious/horrifying effects to anyone’s face (and sometimes animals). Focus your camera on the face you want to contort, and tap and hold on the face until a spider-web like graphic appears. Now release! Swipe through the different lenses on the bottom of your screen; they can give you everything from a Divine-like makeup job to a dog’s ears and tongue to a giant-eyed ET skull. You can even get a friend involved and swap faces, though we refuse to be held responsible for any nightmares that may cause.