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Step 1: Download Snapchat on
your device and sign up to create a new account. Sign up with your e-mail address and enter your password. Snapchat will ask your for your birthday. Make sure you fill in the correct date.
Step 2: Snapchat asks for
your mobile number as a verification method. You will receive a personal code to activate your account. Snapchat will ask you to accept the Terms & Conditions. You're ready to go!
Step 3: This is how
your main screen looks like - this is the camera mode. A little ghost on top navigates you to your profile. It also shows how many friends follow you. Tap on the big circle to take a photo. To start filming, press the button for longer. The left bottom icon takes you to your chat window (next step). I got 1 message! Right bottom icon takes you to Stories & Discover page. There are 2 new stories ready!
Step 4: Snapchat will take
you either to the camera screen (Step 3) or to this window. This is your history of chats, e.g. there's already one from Team Snapchat by default. To add your new friends or start chatting, click on the icon in the top left corner.
Step 5: This is where
you choose who to chat with. This is a list of your friends who are available on Snapchat. Click on one of them and a new chat window will open.
Step 6: This is how
the chat window looks like. Simply start typing and click send. You can also send a snap with the text on it (next step). Just press the yellow button for the camera screen. Your message will appear immediately in the chat. If you send a photo, you will see if it was delivered.
Step 7: This is how
Snapchat looks like when you want to send a snap to someone. After clicking the yellow button, the text already appears in here. You can further edit your text by clicking the "T" icon. Swipe to the right for funny filters such as black and white, geofilters or fast-forward feature (for video). Swipe or click on the arrow in the footer to send it to your friend!
You can change the colour
of the text by clicking the pencil icon, selecting the text and clicking on the colour you need. Zoom the text in or out to enlarge it or make it smaller. Add emojis by clicking the first button on the left in the top header (next to "T"). By clicking the clock icon you can select for how long your snap will be displayed (0-10 seconds).
Step 8: When chatting with
your friend, click on the menu "hamburger" icon (3 horizontal lines). Technically, there is no such thing on Snapchat as "Profile Page" - here you can check your friend's username and snaps. You can edit their name (how they appear on your Snapchat) and block or remove them.
Step 9: If you're wondering
how YOUR profile looks like, just go back to the main screen - the camera mode. Click on the little ghost on the top and your profile will appear. If you want to change your name just click on it and edit screen will show up. "Added me" shows how many new friends added you. "Add Friends" opens a new window (next step). "My Friends" goes to the list of all your friends (following step).
Step 10: You can add
friends in 4 different ways. The simplest one is by typing their usernames. Since few weeks, Snapchat now allows you to share your own username with others. This helps find your friends easier than it used to be. "Quick add" shows up once Add Nearby function is turned on. Here, Snapchat will find the friends who are near you faster and easier!
Step 11: Make sure you
know the username of your friend. Snapchat doesn't suggest any friends to you - this is why it's important to type in the exact username. A new feature is added - celebrities that post their "Official Stories" have an emoji attached to their usernames. Hence when searching for "Justin B... (you know who) will show a very popular Justin with an icon next to his username.
Step 12: If you want
to add your friends from your address book, Snapchat will ask you to allow access to your phone.
Step 13: An address Book
will appear showing all contacts that are on Snapchat. Simply click on the plus sign to add them. You will be notified when they add you back.
Step 14: That's my favorite
method of adding friends - Snapcodes! Simply take a screenshot or a picture of your friend's profile picture (usually it's the ghost). You can do the same for your favorite brand. Tap this photo and Snapchat will scan it (just like QR code) and come back with the question to add the person. The yellow photo in my stream shows me that I added the person already.
Step 15: Let's take you
back to the camera mode. When you swipe to the right or click on the hamburger icon, "Stories" window opens. This is where magic happens for brands. Stories are collections of snaps and short videos. You can publish your story as well and it will be live for 24 hours. Search for specific usernames, click on Discover for news (next step), see what is currently live or see what stories your friends posted.
Step 16: Discover window has
a selection of premium publishers that share custom content with Snapchatters. When clicking on any of them, you'll be redirected to their environment within Snapchat.
Step 17: Click e.g. on
Mashable to read their articles, selection of best mobile apps and short videos. Navigation is quite simple - just swiple to the right for more stories.
Step 18: In case you're
lost here, Snapchat comes back with reminder instructions showing you the possible options to swipe, share, save and close this story.
Step 19: This is one
of the stories from the brands themselves. I followed one from O'Neill Womens. It's a collection of short movies and photos clipped in a short story. (There's a tiny clock in the top right corner - it shows how long the screen is displayed. If you want to see the next one, just click on the clock and continue pressing)
Step 20: "Live" stories are
curated from all snappers in the world and created by Snapchat editorial team. They usually refer to whatever is currently trending, e.g. a football game or a Fashion Week. Snapchat also takes you for a city trip showing different landmarks or hotspots, e.g. in Argentina or Greece. The graphics are just amazing!
Step 21: Time to publish
my story! Go to the camera screen, take a picture (or a selfie by flipping the camera mode), and edit it. Add emoji, text or change the color of the font. The clock icon in the bottom left corner will ask you to select how long the snap will show on your friends' app.
Step 22: The second icon
will save your snap on your phone. Third icon (with the plus symbol) will ask you to publish the story. You can create a new snap and add it to the same story published before. It simply updates your story.
Step 23: Snapchat also offers
Analytics! If you publish your story, you can see how many "eyeballs" watched it. Look out for an eye icon with the number next to it. My first story got 2 views! Need to work harder!
Step 24: If you want
to see who viewed your story, click on it and simply swipe to the top. A new window will appear with all users that viewed it. A second icon next to the eyeball shows you how many people took a screenshot of your story and saved it on their phones.
Step 25: And now here
is my favourite feature on Snapchat - the Lenses!!! It's not quite obvious, but in the camera window make sure you're in the selfie mode (yes time to take a selfie!). Tap on your face and press until your face will get 'framed'. A row of Lenses will appear - start clicking on any of them and make a funny selfie!
Some of the Lenses start
animating when you record a video. Be creative with your selfie and make a funny one! You can still add text or emojis on a video. Add it to your story or send it to your friend. Lenses change everyday, which makes it a fun thing to try out!
FINAL Step: I've explained all
major functions and user experience on Snapchat. This is the last step. Start exploring, snapping and most of all - HAVE FUN!!!