Every day, millions of people use the Snapchat app to express themselves and communicate with their friends worldwide.
What if you don’t have access to the app on your smartphone?
Can you use Snapchat on your computer?
If so, is it the same as the mobile app? Which features will you have access to?
Can You Log In To Snapchat On A Computer?
Yes, Snapchat released a web version in July 2022.
This allows users to log in to their account on a computer and continue online conversations via a browser.
To open Snapchat on your computer:
- Open Chrome or Edge.
- Navigate to web.snapchat.com.
- Enter your username/email address and password and hit log in (or if new to the platform, hit the Sign Up button and follow the instructions).
After logging in to Snapchat for the web, you’ll get a prompt to complete a two-step verification on your phone.
Although Snapchat for the web provides great convenience for its users, it has some limitations.
Unfortunately, Snapchat for the web is only available for Chrome or Edge, so you can’t access it with Firefox or Safari.
Also, it’s now only available to Snapchat+ users in the US, Canada, and the UK, along with all the Snapchatters in Australia and New Zealand.
The company is working on providing the service to their community around the globe in the future.
If you want early access, you can subscribe to Snapchat+ by paying a monthly fee and purchasing the service for a month, six months, or a year.
You can see a list of these features here.
To subscribe to Snapchat+:
- Make sure it’s available in your country and download the latest update.
- Open the Snapchat app on your phone.
- Go to your Profile.
- Tap on the Snapchat+ card on top of the page.
- Select a subscription and get your free trial (7-day).
If you can’t find the Snapchat+ banner card on your Profile, dismiss the other cards until it shows.
To cancel your Snapchat+ subscription, visit this link.
You can contact the support team if you face any trouble using Snapchat on the web.
What Can You Do On The Snapchat Web Version?
The web version of Snapchat allows you to keep talking with your friends on your computer while browsing the net or working.
Snapchat for the web lets you make and receive voice and video calls and continue the chats you started on your phone but with a larger keyboard.
Messaging on the web version gives you the top features, such as Chat Reply and Chat Reactions.
It’ll also include Lenses soon.
When you’re chatting from the web version, your Bitmoji will be shown with a laptop to tell others you’re using Snapchat for the web.
Also, the web version has a privacy screen to hide the Snapchat window when you want to do another task on your PC.
Like on the app, messages sent from the web version will be automatically deleted after 24 hours.
The web version prevents screenshots, but people can take photos of the screen with their phone, so be cautious about what you send.
The chat window on the web version provides more space and allows you to see all your ongoing conversations, so you can easily switch between them.
Therefore, if you use Snapchat mainly for making calls, sending direct messages, or having group chats, you’ll enjoy using Snapchat on your computer more than on your phone’s tiny screen.
If you plan on using both versions and switching between them, you shouldn’t worry about losing your conversations since they do synchronize.
In addition to making calls and sending messages, you can watch your friends’ stories and view pictures sent directly to you.
However, you still have to use your phone to send pictures to friends or post them on your story.
Snap plans to bring its app’s main features, like viewing Stories and Memories, to its web version and will gradually add to the limited features that are available now.
With Snapchat for Web, Snap can better compete with other popular platforms, such as Instagram and TikTok, which are also accessible on PC.
Can You Log In To One Snapchat Account On Two Devices?
The Snapchat application doesn’t allow users to simultaneously run one account on different devices.
Once you sign into your account on a new device, you’ll automatically sign out on the previous device.
Some users have reported that when they created an account on an Android device and then tried to log in to an iPhone, they were logged out of the Android.
Still, they could send Snaps from both devices after signing back in.
If you plan on using the Snapchat app on two devices with one account, save your password on your phone or record it somewhere else so you won’t lose your account if it logs you out.
Can You Have Multiple Open Snapchat Accounts On One Device?
Snapchat allows each user to have one personal and one business account on one device and switch between them.
This policy helps those Snapchat users who use the platform to promote their business to separate their friends from their customers.
However, if you need more than two accounts, you can use different phone numbers and email addresses to sign up and create multiple accounts.
Those accounts won’t be connected, and each time you want to switch between them on your phone, you must log out of one and log in to the other, or you should open them on different devices.
However, there are two ways to have multiple open Snapchat accounts on one phone.
1. Cloning Apps
These apps let you create multiple instances of a single app on your Android device and sign in to each with a different account.
2. Dual Messenger
Some manufacturers, such as Samsung and Xiaomi, put a feature on their phones that allows you to clone Snapchat and have two instances of it on your phone.
On Samsung devices:
- Open Settings.
- Find Advanced features.
- Tap Dual Messenger.
- Choose Snapchat.
- Install the second Snapchat.
- Sign in with your second account.
On other devices, such as Xiaomi, Huawei, and OnePlus, open Settings and look for options containing “dual,” “parallel,” or “twin” and follow instructions.
Remember that some devices, such as Google and Nokia, don’t have this feature.
Most Snapchat users are youngsters, so the company uses unique terms for its different features to make them more appealing.
Still, they might be confusing to other generations.
Below, you can see some of those terms with their definitions:
The Snapchat company and its app are colloquially called “Snap,” and so are the photos and videos you send and receive via the platform.
If someone wants you to Snap them, you should send them photos, videos, or even texts on Snapchat.
Snapcode is a QR code you can use to add new friends to Snapchat.
To find your Snapcode:
- Open the Snapchat app on your phone.
- Open your Profile screen.
- Tap the ghost icon on your Bitmoji located in the Camera screen’s corner.
If you open your Snapchat Camera and flash it on a friend’s Snapcode, you’ll automatically add them to your friend list, and you won’t have to look them up and hit the “add” button manually.
When you open the Chat section of the platform, you might see different emojis near the Snapchat usernames of some of your friends.
Those emojis indicate that they’re on a streak with you.
If you and your friend Snap with each other at least once every 24 hours and continue this for two or more consecutive days, chat messages count in a Snapstreak.
As you continue chatting on consecutive days, your streak will get longer.
Snapchat gives special emojis to those with long streaks.
For example, a streak that lasts 100 days gets the hundred emoji, and extremely long streaks get the mountain emoji.
Logging out of Snapchat and logging in later won’t end your streak.
To learn the meaning of such emojis, open the app’s Settings, go to Manage, and view Friend Emojis.
4. Snap Map
This feature lets you share your location with your followers and see the location of those friends who share their location with you.
To open Snap Map, open the Camera screen and touch the screen as if you were trying to zoom out.
When the Snap Map opens, you can see where your friends are by following their Bitmojis.
Even if you choose to share your location with someone, you can still turn on the ghost mode from the settings and go off the grid.
If you link your Snaps together when capturing them and post them on Snapchat, your followers can see them as a Story reel.
Just capture a Snap, hit the arrow at the bottom, and add the new Snap to a previously created Story.
If you haven’t created a Story, tap Add and create one.
Reels will only be available for 24 hours and disappear permanently after that.
However, you can save your stories or some of the Snaps in them to your Memory.
To reach the Stories screen and watch other people’s stories, swipe left on the Camera screen.
Your friends’ recent stories will appear at the top, and publishers’ stories are at the bottom.
To watch someone’s reel, just tap on their name, and if you want to skip forward, tap on a Snap within that reel.
When watching someone’s stories, you can swipe up and start a chat with them.
This feature allows you to screenshot your Snaps, save them in the app’s cloud, and access the media on your phone.
When you add a Snap to Memories, you can edit, lock, share, search, and organize it later.
You can also take a Snap in the Memories section, create new Stories, and access the Chat screens.
To access the Memories screen, open the Camera screen and swipe up or touch the circle or circle icon below the Capture button.
This feature allows you to add special effects and sounds to your Snaps.
To use Lenses, open Snapchat’s Camera screen to view your face and hold your finger on your face shown on the screen.
When the Lenses appear beside the capture button, swipe right or left, select the one you want, tap Capture, and take a cute Snap.
8. 3D World Lenses
Lenses add effects to your face, while World Lenses are applied to your environment.
3D World Lenses appear next to the other Lenses around the capture button but not on your selfie camera.
Snapchat frequently changes all the Lenses and adds new ones, but you might see some of them return.
When you take a Snap and see the preview, you can swipe around to add filters, local weather, geofilters, or time to the video or picture you’ve taken.
After decorating your Snap with the first filter, you can repeat the process and add another.
Filters are general, but geofilters are designed for specific locations and events to encourage others to share their experience with followers.
Individuals or companies can order and purchase geofilters designed specifically for them.
The Score is the number beside your friends’ handles on the app that shows the total of their Snaps, Stories, and some other factors.
This number indicates how much you use Snapchat, so a higher Score means more time spent on the platform.
Your Score is below your Snapcode on your Profile screen.
To see a friend’s Score, hold your finger on their name in your story feed, chat area, or contact list.
12. Trophy Case
Snapchat gives trophies to its users based on what they do on the app to encourage them to interact more and create more content.
When you get a notification for a trophy you’ve earned, tap on it, and you’ll be directed to the trophy case.
Bitmoji was an independent app until Snapchat bought it a few years ago.
Now it’s another trick that Snapchat uses to encourage you to spend more time on the app.
You should download the Bitmoji app, create an account, link it to Snapchat, and design your own avatar to use it.
Then you’ll have Snapchat Lenses and chat stickers that show your avatar.
You can also get “friendmoji” stickers in the chat area, which show you with a friend.
Discover is the area where publishers and brands, such as CNN, Daily Mail, and Vice, can post public stories.
To access the Discover screen, open the Camera screen and swipe left to open the Stories section.
Discover is below the stories.
You can’t choose what is shown there, but you can long-press on a publisher’s story thumbnail and hit the subscribe button to subscribe to that specific publisher.
While watching the stories in this section, you can hold your finger on a Snap (both videos and photos) and mark it to forward to your friends.