How to Post and View Snapchat Stories

Have you ever wanted to show something to all of your friends at once? Or perhaps wanted to showcase what a day in your life looks like? If so, you’re in luck! The “stories” feature on Snapchat allows you to do just that. In this article, we’ll tell you all about what Snapchat stories are, and how to make one of your own!

What are Snapchat “stories”?

“Stories” are sequences of “snaps” that you can string together to make a chronological narrative.  Unlike regular “snaps,” each “snap” that is part of a “story” can be viewed for up to 24 hours. 24 hours after each “snap” is added to your story, it disappears from your story and can no longer be viewed.

How to make a Snapchat story

  1. Turn on your mobile device, tap Snapchat to open it, and log in.
     
  2. Create an initial “snap” for your story
     
  3. After you are finished creating your initial snap, tap the page icon at the bottom of the screen to add the snap to a story. (Tap Okay in the window that pops up to confirm).

    Snapchat page icon
     

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for any other snaps that you wish to add to your story.

How to view, edit, or save a Snapchat story

  1. 1.From the main screen on Snapchat, tap the three bars in the lower-right corner to go to the “Stories” menu.

    Snapchat Stories button
     

  2. To view your current story in order, simply tap My Story.

    Your Snapchat Story view
     

  3. To save all snaps in your current story to your device’s internal memory, tap the three dots beside “My Story.”  This should cause an arrow icon to appear beside it. Tap this (and tap Yes in the window that pops up) to save the snaps in your story to a folder on your device named “Snapchat”.

    Save a Snapchat story
     

  4. To remove a snap from your story, tap the three dots (if you haven’t already) to display a list of snaps in your story. Then tap the one that you wish to remove.

    Remove Snapchat story

    From there, simply tap the trash can icon at the bottom of the screen (and tap Delete in the window that pops up) to remove the snap from your story.

    Snapchat Story delete button
     

  5. You can also view other people’s stories on Snapchat from here, too.

    View Snapchat Stories of other users

    Tap one of the stories under “All Stories” to view stories from your friends.  You can also tap the story under “Live” to view a story from a featured user that’s being put together right now. Finally, you can tap the magnifying glass icon to search for a user by their user name, and see if they currently have a story to tell. Or, you can click the globe icon beside it to explore sample stories from high-profile users (tap a user to see their story).

 

That’s all you need to know about Snapchat stories! 


Snapchat Emoji Meanings

Now that you’ve learned about what Snapchat is, and the basics of how to use the app, you may be wondering what all the little symbols, or “emojis,” you see in the app mean. There are lots of them, so it can get confusing as to what each of them means. In this article, we’ll explain what each of the Snapchat emojis means.

What are Snapchat “emojis”?

“Emojis” are small picture representations used to convey information in “snaps.” They may represent an emotion, response, activity, or other environmental condition. Snapchat also uses special emojis to denote your relationships to your friends and the statuses of your snaps and chats.

What do emojis mean?

Snapchat’s pool of general emojis used in snaps is rather large, so it’s rather difficult to explain what each one means in a single article.  We suggest consulting Emojipedia, which is a database on emojis (including what they look like and what they mean).

However, Snapchat also uses emojis to denote relationships with your Snapchat friends, as well as to indicate the status of your snaps and stories. The default emojis and meanings are listed below.

Snapchat friend-related emoji meanings

Snapchat friend emoji icons

Emoji Meaning
baby face Denotes a user that you recently added as a friend
smiling face with sunglasses You and this Snapchat friend have at least one “best friend” in common (besides each other). This means that each of you sends a lot of snaps to the same person (but not the most out of each of your respective friends).
smiling face This user is one of your “best
friends”; you send a lot of snaps to this person, but not the most out of all of your friends.
gold heart You and this friend are each other’s “#1 best friend.” This means that each of you is the most frequent recipient of the other’s snaps.
red heart You and this friend have been each other’s “#1 best friends” for at least two weeks.
pink hearts You and this friend have been each other’s “#1 best friends” for at least two months.
grimacing face This friend has the same “#1 best friend” as you do. This means that the most frequent recipient of snaps for each of you is the same person.
smirking face This friend has you as their “#1 best friend,” but they are not one of your “best friends.” In other words, they send you snaps the most frequently out of any of their friends, but you do not
send them snaps very often.
gold star Denotes one of your friends on who has had one or more of
their snaps replayed in the past 24 hours, either by you or by another
user.
fire Denotes a Snapchat friend that you are sharing a “Snapstreak” with. A
“Snapstreak” occurs when both you and one of your friends send each other at least one snap within a 24-hour period. Next to this emoji will be the number of days that you have been able to maintain your “Snapstreak” with this friend.
100 sign This will appear next to a “fire” emoji if you have managed to achieve a “Snapstreak” of at least 100 days with one of your Snapchat friends.

 

Snapchat snap-related and chat-related emoji meanings

Snapchat snap and chat emoji icons

Emoji Meaning
filled red arrow You have sent a photo snap to your friend(s)
filled purple arrow You have sent a video snap to your friend(s)
filled blue arrow You have sent a chat message to your friend
hollow red arrow Your friend has viewed a photo snap that you sent them
hollow purple arrow Your friend has viewed a video snap that you sent them
hollow blue arrow Your friend has viewed a chat message that you sent them
hollow green arrow Your friend has received “Snapcash” that you sent them
filled red square You have received a snap without audio from your friend
filled purple square You have received a snap with audio from your  friend
filled blue square You have received a chat message from your friend
hollow red square You have viewed a snap without audio that your friend sent you
hollow purple square You have viewed a snap with audio that your friend sent you
hollow blue square You have viewed a chat message that your  friend sent you
hollow grey square A snap or chat that your friend sent you is pending or has expired
overlaid red arrows Your friend, whom you sent a snap without audio to, has taken a screenshot of the snap
overlaid purple arrows Your friend, whom you sent a snap with audio to, has taken a screenshot of the snap.
overlaid blue arrows Your friend, whom you sent a chat message to, has taken a screenshot of the chat
red circle with arrow Your friend, whom you sent a snap without audio to, has replayed the snap at least once
purple circle with arrow Your friend, whom you sent a snap with audio to, has replayed the snap at least once

 

Besides the emojis and symbols that automatically appear based on your activity using Snapchat, you can also add emojis to the snaps you send to your friends. Next, we’ll show you how to do just that! If you want more information on emojis related to snaps and chats, you can find that here.

How to add an emoji to a snap

  1. Turn on your mobile device, tap Snapchat to open it, and log in.
     
  2. Create a “snap.”
     
  3. Once you have captured your “snap” and have moved on to editing it, tap the note icon in the upper-right corner.

    Snapchat note icon
     

  4. Snapchat will now show you a list of available emojis.

    Snapchat add emojis screen

You can tap the category icons at the bottom of the screen to filter available emojis by:

  • Emojis that you’ve recently used
  • Emotions and people
  • Animals and nature
  • Food and drink
  • Festivals and celebrations
  • Sports and activities
  • Places and travel
  • Objects and signs

Tap an emoji to insert it into your “snap.”

 

That’s our overview of emojis on Snapchat, including how they work and what they mean. If you want to learn more about the features of Snapchat, including Snapchat stories, be sure to look over the rest of our Snapchat course!


How to Find and Add Friends on Snapchat

Using Snapchat isn’t much fun unless you have friends to send snaps to, and to receive snaps back from them! Without adding friends, who will you send your awesome pictures and videos to? Who will view your Snapchat story? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to add your friends so you can get the most fun out of the app.

What is a Snapchat “friend”?

Simply put, your “friends” on Snapchat are your Snapchat contacts: other users whom you know and have connected with. They may be existing contacts who happen to use Snapchat, friends or family whom you invite to use the app, or new people you meet who invite you to be their “friend.”

How to find friends on Snapchat

There are at least 5 different ways to find new friends: search for someone’s user name, add or invite people from your device’s address book, scan someone’s “Snapcode,” find users near your current location who are also looking for friends, or send your Snapchat user name to other users.

You can also add or invite people in your device’s address book to Snapchat when you first set up your account. See our tutorial on how to use Snapchat for information on how to do that.

To Find and Add Friends on Snapchat

  1. Turn on your mobile device and tap Snapchat to open it. Then, log in.
     
  2. Tap the ghost icon in the top-middle portion of the screen.

    Snapchat menu icon
     

  3. Tap Add Friends.

    Snapchat Add Friends button
     

  4. Choose how you want to add your friends: by username, from your device’s address book, by snapcode, add people nearby, or share your username.

    Choose method for adding friends to Snapchat

5 Ways to Add Friends on Snapchat

1. Find your friends by searching their Snapchat username.

Add someone as a friend by entering their corresponding user name. Tap where it says “User Name” and type in the user name of the person whom you want to add as a friend on Snapchat. When their user name appears below, tap the “+” button beside it to add them as a friend.

Add Snapchat friend by username screen

2. Import your contacts from your device’s address book. Invite those who don’t have Snapchat to join

To add a friend from your address book, simply tap the “+” icon beside one of your contacts to add them as a friend on Snapchat. If they do not already have Snapchat, you will instead send them a text message (using either Google Hangouts or your phone’s default texting system) inviting them to download and join Snapchat.  If they do, then you will automatically add them as a friend.

Add Snapchat friend from address book screen

3. Add your friends by scanning their Snapchat “Snapcode.”

Scan a photo on your mobile device to see if it contains someone’s “Snapcode.”  A “Snapcode” is an image that hides information about you as a Snapchat user in the way that it is drawn. You can read more about Snapcodes here.

Add Snapchat friend by snapcode screen

Simply tap one of your pictures to have Snapchat scan it, and see if it recognizes a Snapcode. If it does, the person whom it belongs to will be added as your friend on Snapchat.

4. Add other Snapchat users that are in your area.

Search for other people who are also using Snapchat’s “Add Nearby” function in your general area. If anyone is, their name will appear in the list; tap the “+” icon beside it to add them as a friend.

Add Snapchat friend using People Nearby screen

5. Share your Snapchat username on your social media accounts.

Create and send/post a message that shows others your user name, and provides a link that lets them add you as a friend. As you can see here, this can be done over several different services.

Share your Snapchat username on social media

 

And that’s our explanation of what “friends” on Snapchat are, and how to find more of them. Be sure to check out the rest of our Snapchat course to learn more, including what emojis are and what they mean, as well as how to post Snapchat stories, and more!


How to Use the Snapchat App

Now that we’ve introduced Snapchat and have gone over some safety and privacy precautions for Snapchat, it’s time to start using it! This tutorial will cover how to do most of the basic functions for the app on your mobile device (e.g. smart phone or tablet computer). 

NOTE: the screenshots of Snapchat in this tutorial come from a smart phone running the iOS operating system, but it shouldn’t look too different on a device running an Android operating system.

To sign up for Snapchat:

1. Tap the Snapchat icon to launch the app.

This will start up the app on your device.

Launch Snapchat app icon

2. Tap “Sign Up” to make a new account.

Tapping this button will take you to the first step of the sign up process.

Snapchat sign up button

3. Enter your email address, a password, and date of birth.

After entering your personal details, you can move on to the next step.

Snapchat sign up form

4. Tap “Sign Up.”

Tapping this button will create your account.

Snapchat sign up form

5. Type in a user name, and then tap “Continue.”

Pick something unique to identify yourself on Snapchat. No two usernames can be the same!

Choose Snapchat username

6. Verify your phone number (if using a mobile phone; optional).

After selecting your country and inputting your mobile phone number, tap Verify.You will be asked whether you wish to verify via SMS (i.e. text message) or Phone Call. Select your choice, and then type in the number that you get where it says “Verification Code.”  Then tap Verify once more. (NOTE: if you verify through text message, Snapchat may automatically verify you without having to type in the code). You can also tap Skip to skip this step.

Verify phone number for Snapchat

7. Add and/or invite contacts to Snapchat.

Snapchat will ask if it can access your mobile device’s address book to find people you know who already use the app. Tap Continue, and then tap Okay if you’re cool with this (or tap Don’t Allow instead if you don’t want Snapchat snooping through your contacts).

Import contacts to Snapchat

If you allow Snapchat to find potential “friends” in your address book, it will display any of them that it finds.  Simply tap the “+” sign next to their name to add them as a “friend” (or contact).  When you’re done, tap Continue.

Invite friends to Snapchat

On the next screen, you will also have the opportunity to invite other people in your address book to join Snapchat and add you as their friend.  You can also just skip all this, if you’d like. 

How to log into Snapchat

  1. Turn on your mobile device or tablet and tap the Snapchat icon to launch the app.
  2. Tap Log In to sign in to your account.
  3. Enter your user name in the first text box (if it doesn’t appear automatically), then type in your password in the second box.
  4. Tap Log In to start using Snapchat.

Snapchat log in screen

How to add friends to Snapchat

1. Turn on your device, tap “Snapchat” to open it, and log in (if you haven’t already).

This will start up the app, and allow you to enter your username and password so you can access your account.

2. Tap the “ghost” icon in the top-middle of the main screen to get to your profile screen.

This will take you to your profile, where you can see your snap score, and access your friends list and account settings.

Snapchat options icon

3. Tap “Add Friends” in the bottom-middle of your profile screen.

Tapping this button will take you to the next step, where you can add your friends!

Add friends to Snapchat button

4. Tap the method that you wish to use to add friends to Snapchat.

You can add friends by their username, import them from your device’s address book, add them by their snapcode, or add people nearby!

Choose method for importing contacts

How to create a Snapchat “snap”

1. Open Snapchat and log in (if you haven’t already).

This will start up the app and ask for your username and password so you can access your account.

Snapchat log in screen

2. Press the large button at the bottom-middle portion of the main screen.

If you tap this button, Snapchat will take a picture.  If you hold it, Snapchat will record a video until you release the button.

Snapchat snap screen

You can also tap the switcher icon in the top-right corner (if available) to switch your mobile device’s camera between facing towards you and facing away from you. The flash icon in the top-left corner (if available) will turn your mobile device’s camera flash on or off.

3. Add emojis to your snap.

Tap the notepad icon in the upper-right corner to add an emoji to your snap.  Select the category of emoji that you want, and then tap the emoji that you want to add it to your snap.  You can also tap and hold on an emoji, and then move your finger around to move the emoji to wherever on your snap you want it.

Add emojis to snaps

For more on adding emojis and what they mean, see our article on Snapchat emojis.

4. Add a caption to your snap.

Tap the “T” icon (or tap pretty much any empty space on your snap) to add a caption to your snap.  Simply type in what you want to say about your snap, and then tap anywhere else on the screen when you’re done.  Like with emojis, you can tap and hold on your caption and drag it to a more suitable spot on your snap.

Add caption to snaps

5. Draw on your snap, or add filters to it.

Tap the pencil icon to draw on your snap.  Simply tap the places on your snap where you wish to draw stuff.  You can also tap the colour bar underneath the pencil icon to switch colours, or tap the undo arrow icon to the left of it to erase the last part that you drew. Tap the pencil icon again to stop drawing.

Draw on top of a snap

While back on the main editing screen for your snap, you can also swipe the screen to add filters to your snap. Some may only be available if you have allowed your mobile device to find your location using GPS and other tools.

6. Set your snap time limit (if it’s a picture).

Tap the clock icon in the bottom-left corner, scroll through your options, and then tap to set the amount of time that someone is allowed to view this snap before it deletes itself (if it’s a picture). You can choose between one and ten seconds.

Set time limit for snaps

7. Send your snap to your friends.

Tap the arrow icon in the bottom-right corner to begin the process of sending your snap to your friends.

Send snap button

On the next screen, tap the check boxes beside the friends that you wish to send your snap to. Then tap the arrow icon again.

Choose recipients for your snap

How to send a Snapchat “chat”

1. Open the app and log in (if you haven’t already).

Launch the app so you can get started chatting with your friends!

Snapchat log in screen

2. From the main screen, Tap the “Chats” icon in the bottom-left corner.

The icon looks like a little speech bubble. Tapping this icon will take you to the next step.

Snapchat chat button

3. Tap the “Chat With” icon.

This will take you to a screen where you can choose who you want to send a message to.

Choose recipients for messages

4. Tap the name of the person whom you wish to chat with.

Pick one of your friends to send a message to them.

Tap on a friend to message them

5. Tap the “Send a Chat” box, type in your message, and then press the yellow circle.

Start a conversation with your friend!

Send chat button

How to make a voice or video call on Snapchat

1. Launch Snapchat and log in to your account.

Open up the app and sign in to your personal profile.

Snapchat sign in screen

2. Tap the “chats” icon.

Access a list of your text chats with your Snapchat friends.

Snapchat chats icon

3. Tap the button in the top right to start a new chat.

This will allow you to open a new chat with one of your friends so you can call them.

Start a new Snapchat chat

4. Select the name of the person you want to call.

Simply tap the name of one of your friends to open a chat window.

Choose friend for Snapchat chat

5. Tap “Chat” to open a new chat window.

Tap the blue button that says “Chat” to start up your conversation.

Start a chat on Snapchat

6. Tap the phone button to make a voice call. Tap the video camera button to make a video call.

Starting a voice or video call will notify your friend that you are calling them. Once they pick up, you can start chatting!

Tap phone icon to voice call or camera icon to video chat

How to log out of Snapchat

1. From the main screen, tap the “Profile” icon in the top-middle.

Tapping the icon that looks like a ghost will open up your profile screen.

Snapchat profile icon

2. From your profile screen, tap the “Settings” icon in the top-right corner.

The button that looks like a gear will allow you to access your account settings.

Snapchat settings icon

3. Scroll to the very bottom of the settings options, then select “Log Out”.

Swipe your finger upwards to scroll down on the page. When you see it, tap the Log Out button.

Snapchat Log Out button

4. Tap “Log Out” in the window that appears to confirm you want to log out.

Confirm that you want to sign out of your account by tapping the button that appears.

Confirm log out of Snapchat

 

That’s about it for our guided tour of Snapchat! We still have lots more to teach you in the rest of our Snapchat course, so be sure to check out our other tutorials to learn about Snapchat friends, emojis, and stories.


How to Download and Install the Snapchat App

Now that we’ve shared how Snapchat works, you’re probably ready to get started using the app. The first step to that of course is to download and install Snapchat on your mobile device or tablet. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to download and install Snapchat.

To download and install Snapchat:

  1. Open up the app store on your mobile device or tablet.
  2. In the search box, type in “Snapchat” and tap the logo when it appears.
  3. Tap Install to start downloading Snapchat.
  4. Tap Accept to allow the app to access your camera and other aspects of your device Snapchat needs to function.
  5. Tap Open to launch the app.

Those were the super quick instructions of how to download and install Snapchat on your device. If you’d like a little more guidance, check out our detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures below.

Detailed instructions for how to download and install Snapchat

1. Tap the “Play Store” to launch it.

On iOS devices, it will be called the “App Store” instead.

Play Store icon

2. Tap the search box, type in “Snapchat,” and select the suggestion with the Snapchat logo.

If you’re using an iOS device, an option with a logo might not appear. That’s okay; just search for “Snapchat” and you should find the application by its trademark ghost logo, as seen here.

Search for Snapchat app in Play/App Store

3. Tap Install.

If you’re using an iOS device, you may need to tap Get first, and then Install.

Play Store Install button

4. Tap Accept to let Snapchat access areas of your device that it may need to function.

If you’re using an iOS device, you may be asked to log into your Apple account.  If you don’t have one, click this link and follow the instructions in order to set one up.

Allow access for Snapchat on your device

5. When Snapchat finishes downloading and installing, tap Open to launch it.

This will start the Snapchat app, where you can create your own account. We can teach you all about how to do this in our next tutorial that outlines how to create a Snapchat account.

Launch Snapchat from Play Store

 

Those are all the steps to downloading and installing Snapchat! Now that you’ve installed the app on your device, have a look at our next tutorial, which explains how to learn how to sign up for a account, and how to use the app’s basic features.