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Snapchat - When pictures speak louder than words

Messenger apps are often about keeping in touch with specific users with your messages. The app Snapchat takes a different approach. Because the classic text messages are only in second place here. Instead, you send or collect so-called snaps. These are pictures or short videos that Snapchat users take and send to their friends.

Similar to other services, you can edit your snaps and make them more attractive before sending them. The app offers a wide range of filters and tools for this purpose. You can also set up a time slot.

Snapchat differs from other messenger services in that it deletes its messages automatically. After viewing, the snaps are removed all by themselves within the time window that you have set. In this way, Snapchat ensures that the messages cannot be copied and duplicated so easily. The developers of the app have stated as a reason for this system that the safety of the users and their privacy should be in the foreground.

However, Snapchat also offers the option of storing your own snaps on the homepage of your profile. They are then accessible to all other users of the app as a so-called Story and can be viewed or shared. But here, too, you have to watch the time. Because your Story is only visible to other users for a maximum of 24 hours. After that, the snaps are deleted and you have an empty start page again.

How does Snapchat work exactly?

The main function of Snapchat is snapping, i.e. sharing your snaps with friends, acquaintances or other users. To do this, the app accesses your camera directly and offers you a few basic functions with which you can take pictures and videos. You can then edit your shots using a number of filters. For example, you have the option of adding certain colors or effects to your recordings to amuse the viewers of your snaps.

You can then send the finished snaps to individual users. As with normal messengers, you also have the option of sending short text messages or calling your counterpart directly for a video chat. On the other hand, Snapchat shows you how many chats of other users you have not yet viewed.

Before you send a snap, you can set how long the message can remain on the other person's phone before it is automatically deleted. The longest period is ten seconds. This means that the message will remove itself ten seconds after you view it. However, if you want to send particularly spicy messages, you can keep the time period shorter. The minimum is a single second. The snap will then delete itself immediately after the recipient has viewed it.

In addition to direct messages, you can also view Stories from other Snapchat users. The app recommends currently popular channels and snaps on your homepage. You can also search for specific user names if you know what they are called.

However, Snapchat is not only geared towards chats between individuals, but also offers an option for group chat. Here, you can chat with up to 16 other users at the same time. You also have the option to see where your other contacts are at the moment. This should make it easier to arrange meetings and get organized.

Who is Snapchat suitable for?

Although Snapchat is now a very well-known app, only a few target groups use the software to keep in touch with each other in Snaps. The main users are teenagers and young adults. The average age is between 14 and 27. Younger users are not really supposed to use the app, and for older users Snapchat hardly has any added value because there is no traceability in the chats. It's easy to forget what you were talking about with someone a few days ago. It is not possible to read or look up the conversation. Young people, on the other hand, like to use the chat to send lewd pictures and videos of themselves. The problem here is that there is no filter to block inappropriate content. There is also no age check made for the app. In addition, sent content can still be photographed within the set viewing time, so Snapchat is not always quite as safe as it would like to be.

Snapchat is already suitable for a little fun in between. However, the app is not a replacement for other messengers.

Rating Summary of Snapchat
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Advantages / Disadvantages
  • Easily create snaps 
  • Many filters to refine the images and videos 
  • Snaps delete themselves automatically after a short time 
  • No filters for content 
  • No age control 
  • Content can still be duplicated and shared 

Tutorial installation / de-installation on iOS

This is how easy it is to install and uninstall / delete iOS apps (applies to iPhone and other iOS devices):

The installation of apps is basically possible on iOS via the App Store. The App Store contains both free and paid apps that can be installed on the iPad, iPod or iPhone. The prerequisite for use is an Apple ID, which can also be created free of charge (this ID is also required for free apps).

1. In the AppStore, the user selects the appropriate app using the search or categories. To the right of the app icon there is a "load" button that is pressed.

2. In the next step, the user must log in with the Apple ID. If the ID has already been used for an app, all you have to do is enter the password - alternatively, Touch ID or Face ID can be used for new devices.

3. After entering the password or after authentication, the app is finally loaded and automatically installed. Entering the password is also necessary for free apps.

4. The app is loaded at the next free space on the home screen and can be opened there - alternatively, the "Load" button becomes the "Open app" button so that the app can be opened directly from the AppStore.

Uninstall apps in iOS

Deleting apps and programs on iOS is very easy and can be done directly from the home screen.
1. In the first step, the user looks for the app that needs to be deleted and presses the app icon with one finger for a long time.

2. The mode opens in which the home screen can be edited. An "X" appears at the top left of every app. Clicking on the "X" opens another dialog that asks you to confirm the deletion.

3. "Delete app" is selected here. Some apps save user data (e.g. scores) - therefore iOS can ask the user for some apps whether the app data should also be removed. If the app is reinstalled in the future, stored information can easily be reused.
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