SnapChat is a well-known name among Android users. If you’ve not used the app yet, then have a read through this article to get an idea of what it is, how to use it best, and how to install it on your Android device.

The app basically allows you to take pictures and short videos, put stickers or filters on them, and then share them with your friends. The pictures won’t be saved, although they can be captured by recipients in the form of screenshots – so it’s worth thinking about what it is you’re snapping, before you send it to someone!

The app was designed by the company Snap to allow users to send private messages and videos to one another – although, since its establishment in 2011, it has changed dramatically and is now host to many features, including videos, statuses, and stories that are visible to all of your followers.

It has almost 200 million active users, and has more than 20 million photos being shared per day. The app’s usage gradually increases, although there have been points where mass campaigns to uninstall it took place, notably when a former employee claimed in a legal case that one of the founders had made remarks suggesting the app was only for people living in rich countries, and not for “poor countries like India and Spain.”

Controversy aside, the app has its perks and its downsides, and is still frequently used by many people around the world.

If you’re new to SnapChat, then you may get a little overwhelmed by the features – so read one and we’ll give you the low-down.

Why Download SnapChat?

You’ve got Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or a combination of all three, so why would you want to download yet another social media app? Well, that’s a good question. Let’s take a look at some of the app’s beneficial features.

Share Moments

You can share moments with your friends wherever you are, simply by taking a photo or video. The snaps you send will disappear after a short time, meaning that users cannot save them directly onto their device. That being said, recipients of snaps can simply screenshot them to save them onto their device, so don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s some sort of Telegram-esque super-private photo messaging app that you can use to send “inappropriate” pictures with without consequence.

Video Chat

You can now video chat with SnapChat, meaning you can better keep in touch with the people that matter most to you in a fun and engaging way. This is a new feature of the app which has sought to make it more interesting to new and existing users.

Icons

You can spruce up your snaps with icons and emojis to bring them to life and make them more engaging for users. This is the core of what makes SnapChat tick – the photos are very little without their accompanying icons. This is what ultimately makes people enjoy using the app.

Free-to-use

Another great thing about SnapChat is that it’s free to use. The app doesn’t come with any in-app purchases and can be downloaded for free anywhere in the world. This makes it a very accessible photo sharing app for Android.

Stories

SnapChat recently added the stories features – similar to Facebook and Instagram, which allows users to publish stories publically. These can then be viewed by any user of the app for a day.

Messaging

Users can now message each other as well on SnapChat, making it more of an all-round social media app, rather than a specifically tailored one as it was when it was first released.

SnapMap

You can choose to have some people see where you are on the “SnapMap” – this shows your location and where your snaps were taken. You can turn this on or off at any time, so don’t worry about your privacy being compromised without your permission.

Downsides

There are some downsides to the SnapChat app – first and foremost is that it can be a little confusing for new users to get their head around. The main reason for this isn’t so much the features, but more all the icons in the app – there are loads, and they all mean different things, including types of relationship between other users, sent and received icons, icons indicating if a recipient took a screenshot of your snap, and more.

How to Download and Install SnapChat APK

Downloading SnapChat APK for Android is easy and it doesn’t take up that much space on your device. To install it, simply press the button at the top of this page and you’ll be taken to Google Play Store where you can install the app onto your device.

The whole process only takes a minute or two. Once you’ve got it installed, you can open it and go about snapping everything you please. The app opens with the camera screen, so you don’t have to waste time – simply go right into taking a photo or video, then choose someone to send it to. Those you interact with the most will appear first to make things more convenient for you.

The download is free and there’s no in-app purchases, so don’t worry about any unwelcome charges on your monthly bank statement.

Ready to Snap

Now that you know a little more about SnapChat, you can go about making use of this awesome social media app that is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Simply find something cool to photo, or show off your fun night out, or show your friends something memorable or hillarious. It’s up to you.

The app is a more personal choice than Instagram, as it emphasizes your personal connections and encourages you to share the most important things to you with them. Download it now to experience all the cool features mentioned above and share the best part of your day with your friends. We promise you’ll enjoy it.