Big New Updates for Snapchat!

4 new changes to Snapchat dropped today and here’s what you need to know

On July 1st, Snapchat rolled out a substantial update, one of which fundamentally changes the way the app is used.

No More Tapping

The hold and tap is now more. In this new release, users will no longer have to press and hold the screen to view a Snap or Story . Simply Tap to View.

This means no more tired thumbs while watching a several-hundred-second Story. 

Add Friends Nearby

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Historically, to add a friend you’d have to have their phone number, know their username or have access to their Snapcode. But in this new update you’re able to add friends who are nearby.

“It’s a quick way to add a group of friends when you’re all hanging out together.” Says Snapchat.

If everyone opens Add Nearby, a list of your friends will appear on the screen. Just tap to add.

Add Selfie to Your Snapcode

You can now personalize your Snapcode buy adding a selfie to the center. This new little feature makes it’s easier for friends to recognize you when you add them on Snapchat.

So now, If you see a Snapcode in another app, around the web or out in the world, just take a screenshot, open up the app, “add friends” and you can add folks in a flash.

Bonus: Export your Snapcode! No more screenshots, cropping and sharing around the web. Snapchat has created a quick and easy share option, built right into the Snapcode section.

Security Updates

And last, but certainly not least, Snapchat rolled out “Login Verification”, also known as two-factor authentication. This is an optional feature that helps you keep your Snapchat account more secure.

If enabled, you will need both your password and an SMS code sent to your phone  to log in to your Snapchat account on a new device.

This is just one step toward the safety and security that Snapchat has been seriously lacking, compared to many other social networks.

- Jack DeManche