When using Snapchat for the first time, you may be confused about the numerous differently-colored icons that appear throughout the app. The icons are used to display different features of Snapchat, and often have different colors to make them easier to differentiate. The graphic interface of Snapchat has changed over the years, and now as the app becomes more and more popular, with new features being added to the program all the time, users are finding out the best ways to send and receive Snaps. This article explores the different icons that you will find around the app, and what you need to do if you want to access a particular feature.
What does the “w” mean on Snapchat?
When Snapchat updated its app in 2013, a number of new icons and colors were used to simplify the design and make it easier to users to distinguish between unopened messages and recent messages that have already been viewed. In your list of snap chats, messages are listed in chronological order, with the most recent message appearing at the top of the screen, and subsequent messages listed in order underneath.
An unopened Snap will appear at the top of the screen, even if you have opened other messages that were sent to your device after this one. A blue ghost symbol with a plus sign next to it, and looks similar to the letter ‘W’, lets you know that someone has added you to their list of contacts on Snapchat. This will allow you to send messages to this person and you can also add them to your list of Snapchat friends.
Other icons and colors used in Snapchat
Colors are used in different ways on Snapchat. Blue means that a person as added you to their snap chat, while purple signifies a message that contains video content. Red is used to display picture messages that have been sent your account. You will also notice that since the recent Snap Chat update, the famous ghost logo no longer has a face, but this logo is still used throughout the app and will appear at the top of screen when you receive a new Snap.
Receiving and sending messages in Snapchat
When you open your list of Snapchat, you will notice a number of different icons. The arrows to the left of your contacts will signify a Snap that has already been opened. If these arrows are purple, they contain video content, while red is used if the Snap is a picture message. An unopened box will signify a brand new Snap that has been sent to your account, whilst an opened box with a ghost appear from within the box will signify a Snap that has been recently sent to your account.
To reply to the Snap, you can double tap the screen and start to construct your message. To view an unopened Snap from the list of snap chats, just hold your finger over this part of the screen. You will then be able to view the recently sent Snapchat.