How to create your Snapchat account
Install the app and sign up
Search for Snapchat on Google Play or the App Store and get it downloaded. When its yellow icon appears on the home screen of your iPhone or mobile, the app’s installed, you’re ready to open it up and follow the prompts to set up your Snapchat account. This, you could do in 30 seconds: enter your name, tap Sign Up and Accept, then pop in your birthday.
Afterwards, create your username. Only this step would really make someone stop and think. Because if you choose Change My Username, below Snapchat’s recommended username, it's worth taking a moment to create something timeless as your username can't be changed. When you're happy with your username, tap Continue and create your password. Almost there. Next, use your mobile number to sign up for your first Snapchat account or, if you’ve registered your digits with the app before, opt to put in your email address. And for the final push, select pictures to prove you’re not a robot and you’re done. You have a Snapchat account.
Add your friends and accept requests
Here’s how to find their accounts and connect on the app so you can Snap, Chat and game with people you know. When you have friends on Snapchat, you might see where they are around the world by swiping right twice on the main camera screen for the Snap Map.
Let Snapchat see your phone contacts
One of the first things the app does is offer to look through your address book and show you who has an account. Listing these people on Snapchat with an Add button next to their name, the app makes it super easy to tap and connect. For this to happen, agree to the popup while you’re setting up your account or go to your profile anytime and tap Add Friends, then All Contacts.
Search names or usernames
You can add someone on Snapchat without having their number in your phone by typing their name or username into the search bar. Give the magnifying glass a tap at the top of your screen and go looking for friends. When you come across their Snapchat, press +Add.
Swipe right on your Snapchat and sometimes you’ll have a notification that someone added you as their friend. If so, you can tap to Ignore them or do the sociable thing and accept their request by choosing to Add Back.
Next time you meet in person, your friend can pull up their Snapcode on their phone from their My Profile on Snapchat. By pointing your phone’s camera at this, then pressing and holding the image on your screen, you can add them fast without typing names or giving the app their details. Snapcodes, rather like QR codes, can do more advanced tricks on Snapchat though they’re pretty simple looking – a yellow box around your profile picture or Snapchat’s ghost logo.
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How to Chat on Snapchat
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