How to Use Snapchat

Chat Screen
Swipe right from the Camera to go to the Chat screen! Here, you’ll find your friends’ Snaps, Stories, and Chats — all in one place

Friends List: Your friends show up based on who you keep in touch with the most and who’s reached out to you most recently.
Watch a Story: If a friend has updated their Story, they’ll have a circular preview next to their name. To watch a Story, just tap it! If there’s no preview, you’re all up to date. You can also watch friends’ Stories on the Stories screen.
Rewatch a Story: Tap a Bitmoji on the Chat screen to view their Friendship Profile, then tap their circular Story to watch.
Up Next: After you watch a friends story, you’ll see a preview of your next friend’s story! Tap the screen to watch the next Story, swipe to skip it, or swipe down to exit.
Games: Jump into a game with your friends and chat while you play! Learn more about Games.
To get a handle on the different icons you’ll see around Snapchat, check out the Chat Screen Icon Guide

Profile Screen
Tap your Profile icon at the top to go to your Profile screen. Here, you can manage your Stories, add friends, update your settings, and more!

Stories: This is where you can add Snaps to Stories, manage them, see who’s viewed them, or delete Snaps from your Story. You can also view and manage all the active Snaps you’ve submitted to Snap Map— which can show up on Snap Map and elsewhere around Snapchat.
Profile Notifications: See a yellow dot on your Profile icon? Tap it to see updates like new Story views, friend requests, and more!
Send To Screen
It’s easy to send Snaps to your Best Friends, groups of friends, and newest friends!

Best Friends: The people you Snap and Chat are front-and-center on the Send To screen. You can now have up to eight Best Friends at a time!
Stories: At the top of the Send To screen, you’ll see all the Stories you can add to — including My Story, Snap Map, and more!
Stories Screen
Swipe left from the Camera to open Stories. You’ll find Publisher content, and Snaps and Stories from people you follow, creators, and the community. It’s all personalized for you!

Stories from Friends: You can view friends’ Stories at the top of Stories! Just tap to view the next Snap in a Story, or swipe to skip to the next Story.
Subscribing: Really feeling something on Stories? Just press and hold on a Story tile, then tap ‘Subscribe’! Those Stories will show up near the top of your Stories screen, and you should see more content like it.
Public Stories: Stories can also feature Stories that Snapchatters you know have set to public, or Stories from Snapchatters you follow.
Popular Stories: Trending Stories can now appear on the Stories screen. You can even subscribe to ones you really like!
Reporting: If you ever need to report a Snap found on the Stories screen, just press and hold on it and tap the flag icon or ‘Report Snap.’
Unsubscribing: If you don’t really vibe with a Story on Stories, just press and hold on it, then tap ‘See less like this.’ You should then see fewer Stories like this one on Stories!
Spotlight 🔦
Open Spotlight by tapping at the bottom of your screen. Here, you can discover the world of Snapchat in one place and see perspectives across our community!

Explore by swiping up and down to move between content
If you see something you want to see more of, tap the to Favorite it and personalize your feed!
You can view your Favorites from the past 30 days by going to your Profile and tapping ‘My Spotlight Favorites.’
Learn how to submit a Snap to Spotlight!
Dark Mode
You can change the appearance of your Snapchat app by enabling Dark Mode

To enable Dark Mode…

Tap ⚙️ in your Profile to open Settings
Tap ‘App Appearance’ under ‘My Account’
Select the ‘Always Dark’ option
To turn off Dark Mode, select the ‘Always Light’ option