15 Tips and Tricks to Use Snapchat on iPhone, Android in 2020

Last Updated on Nov 10, 2020

Back when Snapchat was launched, there were only a few features, but now Snapchat offers countless features that even you are not aware of. Just like Facebook, and Instagram, Snapchat has a lot for you, it just needs a smart hand to work upon. From security to saving cellular data, you can customize the entire Snapchat as per your preferences and usage. This guide is all about the best tips and tricks to use the Snapchat app on iPhone or Android.

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Keep your phone charged, and sit back, this is going to take a few minutes of yours, but believe me its worth reading and trying out new features of Snapchat. Not to mention, kindly update the Snapchat before trying the below tricks.

Best Tips to Use Snapchat on Your iPhone

1. How to Save Cellular Data

When you turn on Data Saver setting on Snapchat, it will not allow you to send the Snaps over Cellular Data, however, when your iPhone is connected to the Wi-Fi, the Snap will be automatically sent. It comes in handy while you don’t have a travel adapter or power socket around you in saving the battery too.

  1. Open the Snapchat App > Tap on your Profile icon at the top-left corner.

    Snapchat Profile on iPhone snapchat app

    Snapchat Profile on iPhone Snapchat app

  2. Now, Tap on the Settings Gear at the top-right screen.
  3. Under Additional Services, Select Manage.

    Manage Additional Spanchat Settings on iPhone

    Manage Additional Spanchat Settings on iPhone

  4. Toggle Data Saver ON.

    Enable Data Saver on Snapchat iPhone app

    Enable Data Saver on Snapchat iPhone app

  5. Select how long would you like to enable Data Saver, 3 Days, 1 Week or Until Turned Off.

How to Change Emoji Skin Tone in Snapchat

  1. Go to the Snapchat App. On the upper-left side, tap on your Profile.

    Snapchat Profile on iPhone snapchat app

    Snapchat Profile on iPhone snapchat app

  2. Tap on Settings Gear.
  3. Scroll down to the Manage.

    Manage Additional Spanchat Settings on iPhone

    Manage Additional Spanchat Settings on iPhone

  4. Tap Emoji Skin Tone and choose the one.

    Enable Skin tone on Snapchat iPhone app

    Enable Skin tone on Snapchat iPhone app

How to Turn Off Ad Tracking on Snapchat

The Snapchat uses your information, interests, and then show the ads based on your daily activities. If you disable the Ad Preferences, the Snapchat will still show you the ads but they are not based on your interests, just the random ads.

  1. Navigate to the Snapchat App.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Select the Settings Gear. Swipe down the screen and open the Manage.

    Manage Additional Spanchat Settings on iPhone

    Manage Additional Spanchat Settings on iPhone

  4. Tap Ad Preferences.

    Disable Advert settings and Enable Restirctions in Snapchat iPhone app

    Disable Advert settings and Enable Restrictions in Snapchat iPhone app

  5. Read the following options and Disable Ad Preferences one-by-one or whichever you want.

How to Stop Sharing Snap Map Usage Data

Once you’ve turned ON the Snap Map, you can’t disable it, but you can hide the Snap Map from others. For any reason, if you don’t want to share the Map with Snapchat friends, here’s how to stop sharing Snapchat Map on iPhone.

  1. Open the Snapchat App.
  2. Tap on your profile icon.
  3. Tap on Settings > Again go to the Manage.

    Manage Additional Spanchat Settings on iPhone

    Manage Additional Spanchat Settings on iPhone

  4. Tap Maps and disable Share Usage Data.

    Turn off Maps app on Snapchat iPhone app

    Turn off Maps app on Snapchat iPhone app

How to See Who’s Creeping/Following You Back on Snapchat

With a small trick, you can check whose following you and checking out your public story on Snapchat. What you have to do is, tap on the Add Friend, and search the username of the person. Now under the My Friends list, next to the Snapchat username, the count is there. That count indicates the Snapchat score.

Use Snapchat Ghost Mode to Turn Off Your Location

Snapchat lets you and your friend share location with each other, which they called it Snap Map. You can opt-out of Snap Map, by turning off the Ghost Mode, thereafter your friend can’t track you on the Snap Map.

The Ghost Mode comes with several options, that lets you stop location sharing among selected Friends, My Friends, and Only Me (Totally Disables Location Sharing on Snap Map).

  1. Go to the Snapchat App.
  2. Open your Snapchat profile.
  3. Hit the Settings gear >Scroll down to the See My Location.

    Enable location sharing on Snapchat iPhone app

    Enable location sharing on Snapchat iPhone app

  4. Turn ON Ghost Mode and select the duration for which you want to enable the Ghost Mode on Snapchat.
  5. From the same screen, you can set the exceptions by selecting My Friends, Selected Friends, and Only Me.

How to Make Snapchat Stories Private

We all have some stuff that we don’t want to share with everybody but with selective friends or with someone very close to us. Snapchat lets you make stories private and gives privacy control to you, here’s how to make Snapchat Stories Private.

  1. I assume the Snapchat profile is opened on the Snapchat App.
  2. Tap on the Custom Story/New Story button, opposite to where Stories is written.

    Setup new story restorction on snapchat iPhone app

    Setup new story restriction on Snapchat iPhone app

  3. Choose from Private Story and Custom Story.
  4. After selecting from Private Story and Custom Story, you can share Snapchat Stories.

At a time Snapchat allows you to create up to 10 Private, Custom, and Geo Stories.

How to Auto-Save Snapchat Stories

Snapchat Auto-Save Stories is a great way to store all the Snaps and Stories to your Memories section, that can be viewed later even though the stories and snaps expire from your profile. You don’t need to manually save stories one by one, simply enable the Auto-Save Snapchat Stories and let the Snapchat stores all the stories automatically when you post.

  1. From the Snapchat App, open your profile.
  2. Select the Settings
  3. Scroll down to the end, and tap Memories.

    Turn off auto save snap memories on iPhone snapchat app

    Turn off autosave snap memories on iPhone Snapchat app

  4. Turn ON Auto-save Stories

How to Use Shazam a Song on Snapchat

Shazam identifies the song for you, anytime if you listen to the song in a public place but don’t know the title or artist, use Snapchat’s Shazam a Song feature, and let the Snapchat tell you which song is playing. It’s better to know how it works, so here we go.

  1. Open the Snapchat
  2. When the Camera opens, touch, and hold and let the Snapchat find out the song.

    Touch and Hold on add Music on Snapchat app

    Touch and Hold on add Music on the Snapchat app

  3. Select Music icon and Record Music that plays while the camera is open.

    Scanning music

    Scanning music

  4. That’s it.

How to Make Snapchat Calls Using Wi-Fi

Its been a while since Snapchat has added a calling facility via Wi-Fi, if in case if you don’t have a good network or carrier plan is expired, but Wi-Fi, then Snapchat can connect you with your friend over a voice call.

  1. Open the Snapchat App.
  2. Swipe right from the Camera screen.

    Snapchat Settings on iPhone app

    Snapchat Settings on iPhone app

  3. Search or tap on the Friend’s name with whom you want to connect over Voice Call.
  4. On the top screen, tap on Voice Call or Video Call, whatever you want.

    Make a Video call from Snapchat iPhone app

    Make a Video call from Snapchat iPhone app

 How to Change Your Snap Map Status

The Snap Map makes it way faster and easier to let them know where are you and what are you doing, at least from the location they can guess what are you up to. If you want to update the Snap Map Status here’s the way.

  1. Go to the Snapchat App.
  2. Swipe UP Camera screen.
  3. Under Snap Map, tap Update Status.
  4. Choose a relevant Bitmoji and type the location (skip this part) and update the Snap Map.

How to Select Your Interests in Snapchat

Snapchat makes it easier for you to explore the world and news around you and your interests, though to be precise, it’s good if you set your taste in the Snapchat app, which would be quicker for Snapchat to show the content that you are interested in.

  1. Go to the Snapchat App.
  2. Swipe left the Camera screen.
  3. Tap on the three dots on the top-right corner.
  4. Tap Select Interests.
  5. Pick the options from the screen.

Save Chats only for 24 Hours

Another great feature by Snapchat is, it’s your choice whether to keep the Chats for the last longer or automatically delete them after 24 hours once you read it. To do so,

  1. Open the Snapchat App.
  2. Swipe right the camera screen.
  3. Touch and hold the contact.
  4. Tap More.
  5. Select Delete Chats….
  6. Choose between After Viewing and 24 Hours after Viewing.

How to Change Your Friend’s Name on Snapchat

You can give your friend a Nick Name from your Snapchat Friend list, here’s how it can be done.

  1. Go to the Snapchat App.
  2. Swipe Right the Camera screen.
  3. Long-press the contact.
  4. Select More.
  5. Tap Edit Name.
  6. Enter the Name and Save

How to Secure Snapchat Profile

Last but not the least, securing the Snapchat Account should be your priority and guess what? You can set up Two Factory Authentication on Snapchat Profile, and avoid any invasion and incorrect login attempts from hackers.

  1. Open the Snapchat profile.
  2. Tap on Settings
  3. Select Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the setup.

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