Snapchat is an amazing social photo and video sharing app that gives you great control over all the things you send over to your friends. The app has become so popular that more than 350 million snaps are being shared on the platform every day, and it is showing no signs of slowing down. Setting up Snapchat on your favorite Android device is an easy affair. If you’ve ever wondered how to get Snapchat on Android, then the following steps should make the process clear for you.
Step 1: Install the Snapchat app Open Google Play store on your Android device and search for Snapchat app or visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapchat.android&hl=en. Once you’ve found it, it will take some time for the download and install to take place. Wait patiently till the installation process completes.
Step 2: Sign up for a Snapchat account You cannot use neither your Google credentials nor your Facebook or Twitter account to login into Snapchat. Hence, you need to create all new credentials to login. The signing up process will ask for your email, password and birth date. Once you’ve filled them up, click on sign up; your account will be created automatically.
Step 3: Select a Username Pick a unique username that identifies you on the Snapchat network. Once you’ve selected the username, you can neither change it nor edit it; so pick one carefully. You friends can search for you by typing in your username, and it will also appear below your real name in their Snapchat contact list.
Step 4: Add friends Once you’ve set up your account on the service, it is time to add friends to your Snapchat contact list. To do this, you can allow the app to access your mobile contact list and search for them on the Snapchat network. Once Snapchat has found them on the network, it will list them in an order; you can add the contacts you like to your friend list by clicking on the plus sign beside them. If the user you’d like to add is not in the list, then you can add them manually by typing in their username.
Step 5: Take pictures (and videos) Once you’ve completed the basic setup of your Snapchat account, it is time to take pictures or videos from your phone to share them with your friends. The app will guide you how to do these tasks: tap on the circle icon to take a picture, or hold the circle to take a video. Once you release your finger, the picture will be ready to edit, add caption and share with your friends.
Step 6: Set the picture time limit This is one of the main features of using Snapchat. You can set a preset timer limit for your friends to view your pictures. It can range from just 1 second to a maximum of 10 seconds. Once the timer goes off, the picture gets automatically deleted from your friends’ phone. As a result, you will be able to share your pictures as well as maintain privacy. As well as sending pictures and videos, Snapchat can also be used to send messages. You can also send messages along with your pictures and videos as captions. To edit Snapchat’s settings, click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner. Getting Snapchat to work on your Android device is very easy if the follow the steps laid down above.