Wednesday, 18 January 2023 21:50

10 things you didn't know you could do on Snapchat


Snapchat is one of the most used apps in the world, with more than 363 million daily active users. Many who have been using the app since their early teens may consider themselves quite the Snap connoisseurs, however, with new features and updates dropping regularly, there are bound to be new tools and features that even the most diligent of Snapchatters have missed.

But fear not, we’ve got you sorted, rounding up 10 of the coolest things you can do on the platform. Heard a song in the club you just need to know the name of? Intrigued to see how that new ‘it’ bag you’ve seen absolutely everywhere would look on? Want to know your astrological profile? Consider Snapchat your go-to destination.

Here are 10 cool things you didn’t know you could do on Snapchat ?

1. Learn about a bottle of wine ?

Get to know your Sauvignon from your Soave by using the Snap Scan feature. It's a great tool to learn a thing or two about that new bottle your colleagues gifted you for your birthday. Just press and hold your Snap cam over any wine label and we’re sure you’ll have your wine newbie friends thinking you’re a connoisseur in no time.

2. Solve maths problems ?

It’s as easy as 1-2-3, just press and hold your camera on a written maths problem and voila! Problem solved.


3. Discover popular places to visit ?

There’s no better seal of approval for a great night out venue than a friend's recommendation. Using Snap Map’s public heatmap, Snapchatters can discover and explore the hottest bars, restaurants, clubs and events in the area based on what’s popular among their Snapchat friends and the Snapchat community. No more awkward clamouring for after-dinner plans!


4. Book venues, check opening times and find out popular show times ?

Once you’ve found out about that buzzing new social spot through Snap Maps, you can simply click on the heart to add to your favourite places. Venue profiles allow Snapchatters to call up to make a reservation, and find out the best routes to get here, making your Friday night easy.


5. Check out your astrological profile ?

Sure, you know your star sign, but have you ever had your astrological profile laid out for you?

Snap’s Astrological Profile can be accessed through the profile page and covers the Sun, the moon and the planets to dig just that little bit deeper. Plus, Snapchattters can send these to friends and post them to their Stories. It’s all in the stars...


6. Discover new artists and sounds on Snap ?

In just a few taps you can figure out the name of that new (or new to you) song that might as well be the soundtrack to the movie that is your life. Using Snap’s scan feature to discover songs is the easiest way to find out about new artists and music – simply press and hold anywhere on your camera screen for the app to recognise.


7. Check out your star sign compatibility ♌️

The girls that get it, get it. Want to know more about why you and your Snap besties ‘click’? Check out your star sign compatibility by opening their Snapchat profile, scrolling to the bottom and tapping on your compatibility charm.


8. Use Lock Screen widgets ?

Start chats with one tap by saving conversations right to your lock screen. That way, Snapchatters can keep conversations with their besties going in super real-time.


9.  Voice scan ?

Did you know Snachatters can find the Lens they're looking for in record time - by literally just asking? Using Voice Scan, Snapchatters can simply use their mic and voice commands to search for Lenses that use AR to change their appearance or their surroundings.


10. Shop your favourite designer brands ? 

Fashion-forward Snapchatters can use the AR lenses on the app to try on popular items from their favourite brands. Items like the Prada Galleria bag and Off White t-shirts via Farfetch are all available to try on in the app. All that’s left is for Snapchatters to fall in love and bring their URL fashion try-on into real life.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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