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Snapchat Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know 2016


When I’m not rounding up Black Hills photos and posting to Instagram, I work in a marketing department for a company out of Sioux Falls. I have found a steadfast passion in learning all things related to social media so I thought I’d share these new (to me, maybe to you) discoveries on what you can do with the Snapchat app!

Expand your color palette

Once you take a photo or video, click the pen icon in the upper right corner of the screen, put your finger on the rainbow color slider, and drag your finger to the left. The farther over and up you go, the closer to white the color will become. The farther over and down you go, the closer to black the color will become. So you can get a light pink color by putting your finger over the red part of the rainbow color slider and dragging your finger to the left, nearly to the edge of the screen. Magic.

You can see who follows you back

From the camera screen, click the ghost icon (center and top of screen), click “My Friends,” and click on a friend. If you see a quantity of snaps next to their snap name (16,453 or whatever), then they ARE following you back. If you don’t see a number, then, alas, they are not following you.

Change the MPH, temperature, elevation and time setting filters

When you snap a photo or video, you can apply the above mentioned filter by swiping right or left. Tap the filter to change the MPH to K/PH, fahrenheit to celsius, etc.

“Stick” text (or an emoji) in a video 

Take your video, write your text or choose an emoji, and as the video plays, hold your finger over the text (or emoji) and it will stick to that specific frame in the video.

Save your data

Instead of Snapchat sucking the life out of your phone data and battery, make sure you have the Travel Mode setting checked. From the camera screen, click the ghost icon, then click the settings icon, tap “Manage Preferences” under Additional Services, and check that the checkmark is there next to “Travel Mode.”

Write more in your snap than the app allows

Have a lot to say in a snap? Write your long message, or format text into a list, in the Notes app. Copy and paste your message into your snap. The longer text, and formatting, will stay.

Flip back and forth from front camera to back camera

Sometimes you want to show you what’s in front of you and then flash back to your face for a narration or selfie. To do this, hold the shutter button down to take a video and simply double tap the screen to flip the front and back camera back and forth. Easy. (Fact: I didn’t know this one. #notashamed #hashtagsarepointlessinblogposts)

Upload something from your camera roll

No, I’m not talking about from your Memories with that annoying white border around it so everyone knows you you didn’t upload it in real time / in the moment. This trick takes a little more investment and you have to go outside the Snapchat app. Go to the app store and download “UploadnRoll.” This app allows you to grab an image or video from your camera roll and send it to your snapchat story (or a friend), and the snap looks like it’s in real time. I use this trick to put a quote up on my snapchat sometimes – an image I constructed in Photoshop. Two downfalls: you have to pay for the app after 5 or so uploads. Which I did, because I see value in it. And two, you have to log back into the Snapchat app because UploadnRoll kicks you out. Annoying. Remember to use this trick for good and not for evil, like snapping pics of yourself studying when you’re really out hiking (wink).
Note: Just discovered that Snapchat has cracked down on this one – they will block your account for 12 hours for misusing their Terms of Condition. Use at your own risk. 

Now you know

How many of you knew these tricks? I feel like I’m on the edge of being “old” (at 29, ha) and figuring this stuff out doesn’t come as easily as it does for the youngsters these days, ya feel me?

Follow my snaps

I have snapchat for Dakota Uprising. It’s a mix of personal and Black Hills-related snaps, when I’m out and about. I apologize for the lack of outdoor/adventure/hiking/shop snaps as of late. I had knee surgery a week and a half a go and have been hobbling around my house for the most part – nothing cool to see here!

Follow if you want – (screenshot this image if you’re reading from a phone, upload to snapchat, and boom, we’re friends).

Happy snapping!


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