If you’re a newbie to the Snapchat world, it can be a difficult app to figure out. Instead of an easy-to-read menu screen, most of the app’s features are hidden behind swipes and screen taps, which make for a confusing experience. Even to experienced snappers, it can still provide a decent amount of frustration.

Also, the tech guys behind Snapchat have become known for slipping in updates to their app which go undetected until someone pulls apart the code. This means that might be features inside Snapchat right now that we don’t know about!

Regardless, here are five Snapchat tricks that we do know about.

Change the emojis next to your friends’ names

On your contacts list, you might notice there’s a few emojis next to everyone’s name. These emojis indicate your levels of interaction with each friend, although they can be pretty hard to decipher sometimes.

But if you want to change these emojis to something else, tap the icon in the top left corner of the screen (which should be a ghost providing you haven’t altered it). Then press the tiny wheel (for settings) in the top right, then scroll down until you see “Manage”. Hit that, and then “Friend Emojis” to personalize your contacts screen.

Use the hidden colour palette

Whenever you take a snap, you’re greeted with an edit screen which you can draw on your picture with. On the right hand side there’s a rainbow slider which you can use to choose your text color, but there’s actually a bunch of other colors hidden just out of sight.

If you hold your finger over the rainbow slider and then slide right down to the bottom of the screen, you’ll be able to use a bunch of colors which aren’t immediately available.

Use two filters at once

If puppy ears alone just aren’t enough for you anymore, try using two filters instead of one. First of all, you need to swipe right to left to bring up the filter screen. Then once your first filter is applied, hold your finger down on the screen and swipe left to right to bring up a second screen.

Take a video without holding down the record button

If you’re on an Apple device, you’re in luck. This nifty feature lets you hold your phone steady while a video records without having to keep your finger on the button. Perfect for anyone using an oversized iPhone 8!

First of all, hit the Settings wheel then go into General > Accessibility. Hit “Interaction” and then turn on the feature which says “AssistiveTouch”. This will make a small icon appear on the side of your screen.

Tap the icon, then a new page will open. On this page, hold your finger on the screen and wait until the blue bar at the bottom of the screen fully loads. Then tap “Stop” and save the file.

Open SnapChat, then before you begin recording, tap the icon. Select “Custom”, which then bring up a small circle on the screen. All you need to do now is tap the capture button and viola – auto record!

Make your videos play faster, slower or backwards

In the filter screen, you might come across three mysterious little white icons with no explanation of what they do. Well, they’re used for slowing down, speeding up or reversing your videos.

If you click on the snail icon, this will make your video play in slow motion. If you click the rabbit, your content will play twice as fast. If you choose the three backwards arrow, this will play your video in reverse. Simple when you know the tricks.

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