And finally, at the bottom right you’ll see an arrow.Tap that when you’re ready to share your snap with your friends.Instead of left- or right-hand anchored menus, Snapchat has users swipe to access other elements of the service.
For instance, the puking rainbow lens is a favorite among Snapchat users.
Just apply it to your face, then open your mouth and watch a carnival of color pour out.
However you tweak it, once you take a photo or video, the app shows your work, and new options pop into the frame.
At the top right, you’ll see a sticker icon, which yields a bunch of emoji-like graphics you can use to gussy up your image. If you’re not in love with the default sans serif font in a gray bar across your photos, tap the text icon again, and you get more options.
The philosophy behind this unconventional landing place is that chats all begin with the conversation, and in Snapchat, images do the talking.
That makes even more sense when you think of how the app treats its photos and videos ephemerally.
) And finally, to the adults reading this to discover what they’ve been missing: Apologies, but Snapchat will show you things—like what you’d look like as a glasses-wearing chihuahua—that you’ll never unsee.
And with a rotating set of fun features and filters, it’s also the response to Facebook and Twitter’s stale experiences.
(You can also swipe left one more time for the “Discover” screen, which displays stories by media entities like ESPN, CNN, and People, also a Time Inc.
publication.) Sure, there are also buttons you can press to reach these screens (the bottom-left square for your chats, the top-center ghost for your account, and the bottom-right hamburger menu for your stories), but kids these days swipe their Snapchat like it’s Tinder—another app you’re probably too old to be using.
And the icon at the very right is a pen, which can be used for doodling all over your masterpiece.