theSkimm's Guide to

SNAPCHAT

THE STORY

That app that lets you ‘safely’ send dirty pics is now used for vomiting rainbows. Welcome to Snapchat. It's confusing. So we made you this.

FIRST THINGS FIRST. HOW DO I SNAP WITH THESKIMM?

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GIMME SOME BACKGROUND.

Back in 2011, some college students a lot smarter than you figured out a way to make naked pictures disappear. One year later, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel pulled a Zuckerberg and dropped out of Stanford to focus on Snapchat. When Snapchat raised money -- in 2015 -- it was valued at $16 billion. Today, 25-year-old Spiegel is worth more than $2 billion. With a B.

HOW DO I SNAPCHAT?

Ask any 17-year-old girl for help. Or press the circular button at the bottom of the screen to take a picture. Hold the button down if you want to take a video of your drunk friend giving a best man speech. Make sure you turn your volume on in your phone’s settings, or else it’ll just be a silent video of your drunk friend giving a best man speech.

Use the button in the upper right corner (aka the button globally known to turn the screen around) to take a selfie. Re-takes are encouraged.

Use the button in the bottom left-hand corner to choose how long you want your friend to see your ‘I woke up like this’ selfie.

Use the arrow in the bottom right-hand corner to choose the person(s) you want to send the pic to directly.

Tap the center of the screen and start typing if you want to add text to your snap. Click the pen tool in the top right-hand corner if you want to give yourself a mustache. 

BUT HOW DO I GET IT TO LOOK LIKE THIS?

After you type a message, click the bit “T” in the upper right-hand corner. Use the rainbow bar to make the text different colors. Teal is the new black.

I’M READY FOR MORE.

Swipe right -- Tinder style -- to get to the ‘Stories’ screen. A snap story strings together snaps from the last 24 hours. So you can show your friends your entire day on vacation without getting a text that says ‘stop’ after you send 35 snaps in a row.

*Take a picture or a video.

*Go to the screen where you pick which friends you want to send a snap to. But instead, choose ‘My Story’ at the top of the screen.

Above the snap stories, there’s a section labeled ‘Live.’ That’s where you find stories curated by Snapchat. Think: the World Cup, St. Patrick’s Day, the Oscars. This is how Snapchat makes you feel like you’re on the red carpet instead of watching with Ben and Jerry on your couch.

Above ‘Live’, there’s a section labeled ‘Discover.’ That’s where media companies (cough, not theSkimm, cough) create content specifically for Snapchat.

WHAT ARE FILTERS?

Sending a snap without a filter is like sending a text without an emoji. Half-as*ed.

Once you snap a pic, swipe left or right for filters that make your selfies look less embarrassing.

Hold down your finger in the middle of the screen while posing for a selfie and you’ll see options to add filters that give you a rainbow tongue, or swap faces with your friend. Warning: this WILL give you nightmares. But don’t give up the ghost.

theSKIMM

Snapchat is the new Instagram is the new Facebook. Everybody’s snapping, and just when you think the company’s done growing...you discover a new filter that makes your lips bigger than Kylie Jenner’s.