Not even an hour after waking up every morning, and you’ve probably already checked Snapchat at least twice. Accept it, it’s just part of our lives today.
Over the past few weeks, our favorite app has been adding features and making changes to rectify complaints received after the last app redesign. NYgal is here to break down the changes.
New and Improved Sunglasses
Snapchat has revamped their Snap Glasses with two new designs. At $200, the new glasses retail for $50 more than their April predecessors, but they have new features like polarized lenses, water resistance, and more fashionable designs. The sunglasses can shoot over 70 videos and hundreds of pictures on a single charge, in both square and circular format.
The Nico style has square lenses with a straight top edge, while the Veronica style has a classy, oversized lens. Since streamlining all styles to only come in black, the camera is more concealed on this version. They’ll be available for purchase at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus in the coming months, as well as Amazon and the Spectacles website. Snapchat also plans to release a feature on the app called Highlight Stories, where all of your Spectacles footage will post.
Go Ahead And…Bounce
It was like summer was invented simply for Instagram Boomerangs. Wouldn’t you love to be able to do something like that on Snapchat? Now you can. The new Bounce feature allows you to playback and loop any part of your video Snap. Select the infinity loop icon on the bottom left until you reach Bounce, then use the horizontal slider to choose the section you want to be looped.
Saving a Conversation
The literal worst thing is to read a chat, go back to respond to said message 20 minutes later, and realize the message has disappeared. Along with your memory of what it said. Now, Snapchat is allowing you to save messages for 24 hours before disappearing.
When you’re in the chat, you can find the setting in the three white lines on the upper left corner. Change the “Delete Chats” setting from the default to “24 Hours After Viewing.” The only bummer is that you can’t make this the default for all your chats, it has to be changed manually for each chat.
Delete a Direct Message
You’re venting in a direct message to your best friend about your partner. You look at the messaging name. You accidentally sent it to your partner. *facepalm* We’ve all been there.
If you send a message in error to another, there is a way to prevent it from being seen by the party in question. Hold down on the message and select Delete. Warning – it’s not totally stealthy. They will get a notification that you deleted a message, but at least they won’t know what the message said. That has to count for something, right?
How to Record Video, Handless
The bane of our Snapchatting existence has been the need to hold the shutter while recording video. No more! Now, when you start holding the shutter to record, Snapchat has added a padlock.
If you slide your finger over it, you can lock the app to keep recording until you hit the shutter button to stop it. Now you can still be in the moment, enjoying life, while confident in the knowledge your video is recording. It’s like living life twice.