Mastering the Camera Snapchat’s camera works a little differently than the default Android or i OS camera app, so it’s worth walking through.
Instead of left- or right-hand anchored menus, Snapchat has users swipe to access other elements of the service.
For instance, from the camera, swipe to the right and the chat screen will appear, swipe down and your account preferences will drop in, and swipe left to view other users’ snaps.
(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.
At the bottom left, if you shot a video, there’s a mute button, so you can mask out the noise from your movie.
If you want something longer than that, you’ll need to build a Snapchat Story, which is what the third button at the bottom left is for, but more on that later.
The second button is a download button so you can save your snaps to your smartphone, which doesn’t happen automatically.
However you tweak it, once you take a photo or video, the app shows your work, and new options pop into the frame.