Snapchat: A Tutorial & my Favorite People.

March 21, 2016

If you're not on the Snapchat bandwagon, you are missing out. Sure, when it first became popular I thought it was all nude pics and naughty parts. I mean, it's reputation preceded itself. High school kids were getting caught soliciting nude pics and I didn't want anything to do with an app that did that.

But then I found out its not all nude pics and naughty parts. It's walks on the red carpet with Ryan Seacrest. It's behind the scenes at Good Morning America before the cast of Pretty Little Liars goes on and it's church on Wednesday with friends. I love snapchat. I find myself checking it immediately after Instagram.

I love when I see my friends post stories or when Coti sends me endless funny pictures and faces. Snapchat is all the rage. And if you're not on it, you're missing out.

When I first downloaded Snapchat, I legit had no clue what I was doing or how to use it. And like most thing, it takes some time getting used too. But since I would hate for any of you to miss out, here is a brief tutorial for all you newbies out there (I'm talking to you mom).

PS. All these names, I'm just making them up as we go.

  1. Camera Mode: When you first open Snapchat, it'll be your camera and you'll either see your self(ie) or your camera will be facing out. 
  2. On camera mode you'll see a variety of things: (a) At the very top center is a little ghost. If you swipe down on the ghost you'll be able to add friends, see your friends or see who's added you. To add friends, click add friends and then either add from address book (where you can see people from your phone contacts), add by username (physically type in their name) or the other options, which I never use. 
  3. Under the little ghost, you'll also see the settings button in the top right. This is where you can set your username, email, privacy settings ect. To get out of this, swipe thearrow on the bottom, up - back to camera mode. 
  4. In camera mode, on the top right of camera mode is where you can reverse the camera to either take a selfie or take an outside facing picture.
  5. Okay, go back to camera mode: if you swipe right, you'll go to your notification page. This is where you will see all snaps that people send you, who's added you or who's written you. In the top left, you'll see a little quote box, this is where you can "chat" with people. Swipe left to go back to camera mode.
  6. In camera mode, swipe right to go to Stories and Friends. If you've added friends and they have stories, this is where you'll see them under recent updates
  7. Recent updates are stories friends create that last for up to 24 hours. This is where you can see the red carpet and stories from friends and celebrities. Just click on their name and boom, story.  (I'll explain how to add friends below).
  8. Discover is where you'll see popular stories from places like Buzzfeed, I Heart Radio, ect. 
  9. Live is where you'll see live stories from around the globe. Things like NCAA tournament from random peoples perspectives, St Patrick's Day events, ect. These stories are compiled by Snapchat via random peoples snaps. You'll see different peoples stories all in one. 
Steps 1-6
Step 5
Step 6, 7, 8 & 9

So those are all the basic things. Now I'll tell ya how to do the fun stuff:
  1. To create a story: Start in camera mode and either record a 10 second video or take a picture.  On the bottom, the big arrow facing right allows you to share it with friends or share it to your story. If you share to your story, you will be able to see it on the stories page (#6 above). 
  2. Picture options: When you take a picture, you'll see some options. Let's start at the top of the screen, there's an X to cancel what you just took. There's a little square to add emojis. A T to write text or a pencil to draw. On the bottom, there is a timer which only shows when you take a picture. This allows you to decide how long someone can view the picture. The arrow pointing down shares it to your story. The arrow pointing right shares with friends or to your story. 
  3. Add a funny filter: Open camera mode and make sure the camera is facing you. While looking into the camera, hold your thumb on the screen on your face until your face is framed. On the bottom, you'll see the different filter options. Scan through, have fun, take pics and send them out! 
  4. Add a different filter: When you take a picture or video, swipe right and you'll see different overlay filters, fast forward option, slow mo option, backwards options, temperature, speed and different filters depending on your location. 

Those are the basics. Are you reading for so many funny snap stories and videos? Now that you know the secrets, here is my favorite list of people to follow! 
  • Me, obvs. Find me at Kgrace01
  • Charlotte from Charlotte's Little Web: Find her at Charslittleweb
  • Sophia Bush: Find her at sophiabushsnaps
  • Selena Gomez: Find her at selenagomez
  • Kylie Jenner: I know, I know. Find her at kylizzlemynizzl
  • Kristine from South of PlumFind her at baxstar23
  • Taylor Wolfe from the Daily Tay:  Find her at thedailytay
  • Helene from Helene in BetweenFind her at helenesula
  • Morgan Stewart from Rich Kids of Beverly Hills: Find her at Boobssandloubss
  • Kelsey from Candidly Kelsey Blog:Find her at iamkelskels
  • Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars: Find her at officialshaym
  • Stassi Schroeder from Vanderpump Rules: Find her at stassischroeder
  • Ryan Seacrest: Find him at ryanseacrest
  • Cara Loren: Find her at caralorenvb
What are some of your favorite accounts to follow? Leave your snapchat name below, I LOVE following everyone!

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  1. YES! Thank you, I just downloaded SnapChat this weekend and this tutorial is just the thing I needed :) Pinning it too!

  2. I love this! I also love finding new people on Snapchat so I am off to go find you! :)

  3. Love this! I am new to snapchat (@hundredblog) so I'll find you and some of these awesome people! This is so so helpful!


  4. I have been really into snap chat recently! I love sharing my recipe behind the scenes and stuff like that! So fun. I am gonna add you! I love following everyone too :) I'm @alexisroch

  5. I actually had to delete someone from this list because her posts were so rude and obnoxious. :/

    But other than that snapchat is such a great way to see "behind the scenes" or just to get a good laugh from other people's pictures.

  6. Is there a test after this??!! Thank you for trying to update me!
    Love, Your Mom :)

  7. A few of my friends are trying to get me to start this... I have a better idea of it now thanks to you!

  8. OMG I LOVE this post!!! I'm so glad I stumbled across your website! I'm a mom of two teenage daughters and they begged me for so long to get snap chat a couple years ago and I'm so glad they did! I've had so much fun with them and with other friends on snapchat! I'm sooooo sharing this post! Also- I look forward to connecting with you! I live in Oklahoma but am moving to Colorado in July! We're moving to Broomfield. :-) look forward to connecting more with you! xoShannon

  9. Love this, thank you! I haven't used it, and to be honest I am kind of scared of snapchat so maybe this will help me get over it!

  10. Ok this is AWESOME because I for one, LOVE snapchat and have so many friends I'm begging to get on but they are hesitant to learn another social media platform. I'm soooo sending this post to them!

  11. This is such a great how-to guide! I've been using Snapchat for almost two years and feel like I'm still learning new things about it, lol. I love following The Daily Tay, she cracks me up!

    xo Brie

  12. Great tutorial! I love following people on snap, but I have a hard time actually snapping! Thanks for the recommendations, I'm always needing new people to follow.

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  13. Thanks for this quick tutorial! I'm starting to like snapchat more and more but I'm more of a creeper and less of a snapper, haha! I'll be sure to check out the list of people you recommended :)

  14. Ya, I haven't gotten snapchat. Honestly with a teen in the house I should try it out but, have pushed back for the same reasons you mentioned and just another platform. But, I'm pinning this just in case I decide to dive in. Good to hear how your loving it.

  15. I'm thinking of joining just to stay current. But I seriously don't want to! haha! Thank s for the info. It'll help IF I ever join. ;)

  16. This is very helpful. I have been avoiding the Snapchat train for sometime now. I may embark on the journey soon though.

  17. Thank you - I felt really stupid but I never could work out how to use snapchat. However whenever I try to view a person snapchat and I have their username, it never show up? Do they need to add me as a friend first?

  18. Oh My Goodness! Thank you SO much for this. Snapchat is an elusive experience for me but now I have a guide!

  19. Yay!! Snapchat is my absolute favorite--adding you!

  20. This is a great tutorial. I've never used snapchat and keep thinking I should. Now I have an idea of what to do. Thank you.

  21. I love Snapchat now. This is a great tutorial! I downloaded it when it first came out, never got into it, but then reinstalled it earlier this year and totally love it.


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