Text Messaging and Video Chat on Snapchat

Snapchat made a huge update yesterday. The controversial photo-video sharing app popular for its self-destructing snaps (photos and videos) is now well on way to becoming even more popular.

Before we take a look at the new updates, here's a brief recap on the existing features of Snaphcat.

Stories was introduced in the previous update to give a whole new meaning to storytelling. A story has a beginning, middle and an end. Snapchat users were able to create narratives and share it with their friends.

Filters were introduced for better photo editing effects. This is accessible from the Settings page.

The number of Best Friends can be increased to 5 or 7.

Snapchat Latest Update

In its latest and biggest update yet, Snapchat has introduced text-messaging and video chatting. But with a twist. The chat messages will disappear after you've left the screen, which is awesome because many of us like to indulge in drunk chatting, something I myself fall victim of every so often and regret it the next morning.

Here's the latest updates:

  • Snapchat text-messaging:

    To text message your friends, swipe right across from the camera screen to access the feature. If you're browsing the list of your contacts, swipe across the name of the person you want to text.

    All your messages and conversation will disappear once you leave the screen. So if you'd like to save a certain conversation, make sure you screenshot it before leaving the chat screen.
  • Snapchat video chatting:

    If both you and your friend are online at the same time, for instance if you receive a text message from the other, you can start a video chat by pressing and holding the blue button.

    To know if your friend is online, just send him a text message and Snapchat will alert you when he's actively reading your message.

    When you want to stop chatting, release the finger from the blue chat button and that's it.

For a detailed video tutorial, please refer to Snapchat's official guide:

This latest Snapchat update comes at a time when Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat reportedly turned down a $4 billion acquisition deal. Although Snapchat does not currently have a revenue model, it's likely that more investors will pour in with the updates.

The response from Snapchat users on its latest update has been majorly positive. This app has taken chatting to a whole new level.