Snapchat : Social media is such a big part of our lives. We are always on our smartphones or tablets or computers posting something interesting or maybe something about our lives that we want the world to know. The impact of social media in our lives can be judged by the fact that we actually have social media celebrities now. Yes, actual people who are famous because they have over a million followers of Twitter or thousands of friends of Facebook or Snapchat. This continuous competition is what makes tech-guys come up with more and more interesting concepts. First there was Facebook, that basically let’s you do everything. Then came twitter that forces you to express your thoughts in less than 140 characters. In this constant struggle to do something innovative and interesting, entered Snapchat.
Snapchat is a popular mobile app that allows you to send videos and pictures, both of which will self destruct after a few seconds of a person viewing them. It’s like it was never there. You can take a photo or a video using Snapchat, then doodle something on it or add a lens graphic over top, and send it to a friend. Also, you can add it to your story, which is a 24-hour collection of your photos and videos. You can then broadcast this story to the world or just your followers.
Snapchat gained popularity over time and today, it has over 100 million daily users. Initially, the number of users on Snapchat was not very high as it wasn’t very user friendly. But Snapchat rectified this quickly and became one of the most used and popular app across the globe. If you want to increase your popularity on Snapchat, there’s only one way, add more and more friends and share your snaps and stories with them. Here are a few ways in which you can add friends on Snapchat.
1. Using a URL:
One of the easiest way of adding someone on Snapchat is by using their Snapchat url. This url looks like ‘https://www.snapchat.com/add/username.’ You can ask your friend to send you their Snapchat url via text or email. As soon as you click the link on your phone, their Snapchat profile will open in the app. Then, you simply tap on ‘add friend’ and the person will be added in your Snapchat friends list. Your friend will also be sent a notification saying that you have added them. And then they can simply add you back and enjoy all your beautiful stories and snaps.
Wondering how you can share your profile url with your friends? Well, it is simple. Open your Snapchat profile screen by tapping the ghost button. Next, you tap ‘Add Friends’ and then ‘Share Username.’ Then, select how you want to send the link to your friend. You can send it as a text, or via email. You can also post it to your social media apps by selecting the app you want from the list.
2. By Username:
This is the most common way Snapchatters use to add each other. You cannot look up someone on Snapchat using their email address or their real name. The only way of searching someone on this social media app is by knowing their username. When you give your username to someone, make sure it is the correct one, because Snapchat has two names, Display names and Usernames. The Display name is the name that appears first to other people, and can be changed, but this cannot be used to add someone. The Username is the user’s permanent account name. This is the one that can be used to add someone. Once you have this username, you simply tap the Ghost button at the top of the Snapchat camera screen. You’ll then see your Snapcode, display name, username, and Snapchat score. Next, you tap on ‘add friend’, then select ‘add by username’ in the user search. Type the entire username here, Snapchat does not search partial usernames and give suggestions. Once you have found the friend you want to add, simply tap on ‘+ add’ button next to the user. Now, you friend will be notified, and he or she can add you back.
3. Scanning a Snapcode:
Snapcode is the latest development in the Snapchat universe. They have made adding friends a whole lot easier by adding this feature. Here is how you can add someone using their snapcode. You can scan a Snapcode by simply pointing your Snapchat camera at it. Your snapcode, which is a unique display of dots, is the yellow box surrounding your profile picture in the shape of a ghost. Simply tap the Snapchat ghost at the top of your screen to pull up your personal snap code. Now, press and hold the code in your Snapchat camera screen. Once the code is scanned, the user profile will be revealed. Now, simply tap ‘add friend’ and share your snaps and stories with the user.
You can also scan an image on your phone that contains a snapcode. Once you have clicked the picture with your device’s camera or have saved the picture in your phone, tap the Ghost button in the Snapchat app. Next, select ‘Add Friends’ and then choose ‘Add by Snapcode.’ You may be prompted to allow Snapchat to access your device’s photo storage. Then, tap the picture that contains the Snapcode. Snapchat will now scan the code and reveal your friend’s profile. You can now tap on ‘add friend’ and add your friend in your snapchat friend list. Your friend can then add you back and you can send each other message, snaps and even video chat with each other.
4. Adding Friends with Phone contacts:
Another way of adding friends on Snapchat is by using the contacts in your phone. Tap the Ghost button at the top of the Snapchat camera screen, this will open your Snapchat profile screen. By using this method, Snapchat scans the contact list on your phone and you will find people who have linked their phone number with their Snapchat account. It is not necessary that everyone who uses Snapchat have a phone number associated with their account. Also, the other users must have enabled this feature on their own Snapchat accounts in order to be found on your list.
To find which of your contacts are on Snapchat, click on ‘My friends’ at the bottom of your screen. This will open your current Snapchat friend list. You will see a tab called contacts. When you tap on that tab, it will display a list of people in your phone’s contacts that have their phone number linked with their Snapchat account. Scroll through the list and simply tap ‘+ Add’ to add whomever you wish to be friends with on Snapchat. These people will then be notified that you have added them and they can view your snaps and stories. Your friends can then add you back if they wish to share their stories with you. When you scroll to the bottom of this list, you will find the people who do not use Snapchat and an option to invite them to use the app. Snapchat only matches people based on phone numbers. It does not match by name, email address, or other social media accounts like Twitter or Facebook.
5. Add back Your Friends:
You can also add friends back when they add you. When you click on the ghost button on the Snapchat camera screen and open your profile, you will see an option that reads ‘Added me’. This will display users who have recently added you to their own friends list. Simply tap the ‘+ Add’ button next to the friend’s name that you want to add. These notifications disappear once you leave this screen, so if you don’t add someone back now, you’ll need to look them up later.
6. Add nearby:
If you and your friend are in the same room, adding them on Snapchat is very easy. You can simply use the ‘Add nearby’ option in Snapchat and add your friend to your Snapchat list. You can also use this option when you are in a café or any public place and you want to see who all around you are using Snapchat. This is a nice and interesting way of adding new people to your friend list. It obviously completely depends on the other person as they need to be on the same screen as you are.
Here is how you can add someone using the ‘Add nearby’ option. Tap the Ghost button at the top of the Snapchat camera screen and see your profile information. Then, tap ‘Add Friends’ and open the different options that can be used to add friends on Snapchat. Next, choose the ‘Add Nearby’ option. Your device will now wait to detect other nearby devices. Your friend needs to open the same screen on his or her device. Then, your friend needs to navigate to the same ‘Add Nearby’ screen. Once they are on the same screen as you, you will see their name appear on the screen. Now, simply tap ‘+Add’ next to your friend’s username. This will add them to your friends list. Now ask your friend to do the same so that you can both start sending and receiving Snaps from each other.