Since its debut in 2011, Snapchat has quickly become one of the most-used mobile messaging applications in the world, especially among young people. A big part of its appeal is that it deletes messages sent through it after users view them. This lets its users be a little more honest and spur-of-the-moment without stressing out over someone eventually seeing something on Snapchat that they weren't meant to.
If you haven't tried Snapchat yet and would like to give it a go, you can download it for your iOS device here, or for your Android device here. If you need help setting it up and using it for the first time, we've got a tutorial that can assist you here.
Another thing that makes Snapchat popular is how easy it makes the process of adding new friends to communicate with, offering no less than five different – but simple – methods. One of the more innovative of these methods is by scanning special graphics known as Snapcodes. In this article, we'll explain what Snapcodes are, as well as how you can use them to find new friends in Snapchat.
A Snapcode is a one-of-a-kind graphic that is assigned to you when you join Snapchat. It serves as your profile picture, and you can add a photo of yourself to it (if you'd like). Since every user's Snapcode is different, you can scan Snapcodes to quickly identify and make friends with other users.
Snapcodes are similar to "quick response" ("QR") codes that you may have seen on certain advertisements or product packages, which look like this:
Basically, the patterns on both Snapcodes and QR codes are scanned by an image sensor, like the camera on your mobile device. They're then analyzed as binary (computer) language so that they spell out something more complex. For instance, they could take you to a website on the Internet, or let you send an email message to a pre-determined address.
That's a bit of a trick question, because there are actually two ways you can use Snacpodes to add new friends. The first, as we alluded to, is by directly scanning a Snapcode with your mobile device's camera. The second is by uploading a picture that contains a Snapcode and having it analyzed.
Okay, so we've shown you how you can scan other people's Snapcodes to add them as friends. But what if your pals want to scan your Snapcode so they can add you as a friend on Snapchat? How do you go about showing them your own Snapcode? Let us demonstrate!
There you have it: the two ways that you can use Snapcodes to find new friends to chat with on Snapchat, as well as how you can find and share your own Snapcode! If you'd like to learn about other ways to add friends on Snapchat, or anything else that Snapchat can do, be sure to check out our Snapchat course!
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