5 Super Easy Snapchat Hacks To Make You Awesome

Are you still wondering if you should invest your time into learning and using Snapchat?

Two things.

Over 150 Million Daily users


They are prepping a massive IPO

Ok, now that we’ve cleared that up. If you need to learn the basics of using Snapchat, check out this Snapchat for Grownups post first.

Snapchat is the opposite of intuitive. It’s as if the creators tapped in to the need for the teenyboppers to feel cool by knowing how to do stuff that others don’t. You know, like when you were in high school and the cool kids knew about a party that everyone else didn’t, and you felt ridiculously cool when the grapevine brought that tidbit to your ears. And then you proceeded to feel your own coolness elevated when you told your own friends about it?

While companies spend millions on UI and have entire departments and firms dedicated to the art and science of perfecting the user experience on websites and apps, these guys decided that it’s better to just create cool stuff and let the users figure it out. And guess what? Their gamble has paid off, because here I am writing another article about how to use Snapchat.

Here are your Snapchat Hacks:

#1 Make Emojis Bigger

I love emojis, especially Bitmojis, which help me convey emotions with my own personality thrown in.

Snapchat Hacks - Emoji Size

How to do it

  1. Take your photo as usual.
  2. Tap on the stickers icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the sticker you want to use.
  4. Drag the sticker/emoji to move it to where you want it on the photo.
  5. Pinch in to make the sticker smaller.
  6. Pinch out to make it larger
  7. Turn your fingers on the sticker to rotate it.

#2 Use 3D Stickers

Do you want to add an emoji to your video and have it follow something in the video, basically adding animation? Add 3D stickers.

Snapchat Hack - Add 3D Stickers to video
Image Credit: Snapchat

How to do it

  1. Record your video with either the front or rear camera.
  2. Tap on the sticker icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the sticker you want to use.
  4. Adjust the size of your emoji as you learned previously, by pinching
  5. Tap and hold the sticker you just added. The video will pause
  6. Position your emoji on top of the thing you want it to follow and let go.

#3 Apply Multiple Filters to a Single Snap

Geofilters are a great way to spruce up your snap, but sometimes I want to use more than one per snap. You can add up to three filters per snap.

Filter #1
Snapchat Hack - Add Multiple Filters
Filter #2
Snapchat Hack - Add Multiple Filters
Filter #3

How to do it

  1. Take your photo as usual
  2. Swipe right or left to choose the first filter.
  3. Hold one finger on the screen
  4. Swipe with another finger to select an additional filter.
  5. Repeat if you want a third filter.

#4 Use Video Close-Ups

This is one of my favorite hacks that I just learned, even though it’s been around forever.

How to do it

  1. Record your video as usual
  2. While recording drag a separate finger upward along the screen to zoom in.
  3. To zoom out, drag your finger downward.

#5 Send a Snap from a Story

It actually too me a while to figure this one out. I ended up reading through Snapchat’s support articles to find it. Before this, I was actually uploading my snaps twice, crazy, I know.

Snapchat Hacks - send image from story
Image Credit: Snapchat

Now that you have some cool Snapchat tricks, you’re free to test them out and them pass the word on so you too can be a cool kid.

You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

One more thing. Don’t forget to add me and get snappin’.

Post Author: Danay Escanaverino

Danay Escanaverino is a Latina entrepreneur, mom, avid traveler, tech geek, history buff, blogger and ADHD poster child She is CEO of LunaSol Media and Founder of #LatinaMeetup . Follow her on Instagram , Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

70 thoughts on “5 Super Easy Snapchat Hacks To Make You Awesome

    Eric || The Bucket List Project

    (December 27, 2016 - 8:05 pm)

    I have snapchat and am mainly a stalker but I guess for my Bucket List Brand I need to get more involved. Love all the functions they have on there!

      Danay Escanaverino

      (December 30, 2016 - 4:55 pm)

      Eric, I think your Bucket List brand would do really well on Snapchat.

    Amber Myers

    (December 27, 2016 - 8:11 pm)

    Cool! I actually don’t have Snapchat yet. Maybe one day. Looks fun.


    (December 27, 2016 - 9:28 pm)

    OMG, I soooo needed this. I know how to do the basics with snapchat but still feel like I’m missing put on some much. This is awesome, thanks for sharing! πŸ˜πŸ€—


    (December 28, 2016 - 2:23 am)

    Informative post. I will try for them and share with my friends as well. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Robin Rue

    (December 28, 2016 - 4:25 am)

    I have only uses Snapchat a handful of times. It looks like they are making it a lot more fun than before!


    (December 28, 2016 - 5:34 am)

    I love using snapchat. I had no idea about the third tip. Thanks for sharing.

    R U S S

    (December 28, 2016 - 6:21 am)

    I don’t have Snapchat. Boo. I know, I know. You’re probably wondering what was I thinking? Lol. Your post has been very informative though. Snapchat sounds like tons of fun – lots of room there to get creative.

    Steven Goodwin

    (December 28, 2016 - 8:30 am)

    Great tips, thanks for putting this together! My favorite was #4!

    Elizabeth O.

    (December 28, 2016 - 8:45 am)

    Awesome snapchat hacks! I still very much prefer it than the ones in facebook and instagram. Snapchat is so much fun. Thanks for these tips!

    Fatima Torres

    (December 28, 2016 - 9:07 am)

    I’m always trying to figure out the best way to use SnapChat for my blog. These would be great ways to get a little more creative. Thanks for the tips. I’ll be using a couple of them today! πŸ™‚

    Author Brandi Kennedy

    (December 28, 2016 - 9:09 am)

    I got into Snapchat for a while, just before Instagram added their story function. Somehow, that killed my interest in Snapchat temporarily, although I also found myself uninterested in Insta-stories. The rest was nice, but I’ve been thinking recently of downloading the app again – and I might, just to try your video zoom trick.


    (December 28, 2016 - 9:49 am)

    I had no idea I could do all of that!


    (December 28, 2016 - 12:11 pm)

    These are great tips! I use snap chat just to take funny pictures but I see there’s more to it!

    Allan Jardin

    (December 28, 2016 - 12:27 pm)

    cool. just this that following emoji on snap chat. it was awesome


    (December 28, 2016 - 1:03 pm)

    I didn’t know about the mobile emojis! This is great I love snapchat!


    Jennifer Gilbert

    (December 28, 2016 - 3:39 pm)

    My daughter uses Snapchat a lot. They have some really cool filters. I would definitely have to have her show me how to use it, lol!

    Hyla @hylaandpeterechols.com

    (December 28, 2016 - 4:04 pm)

    yeah a lot of people ask if I have snap chat. I find it pointless.

    Melanie Smith

    (December 28, 2016 - 4:46 pm)

    Thank you so much! I love Snapchat and these hacks are super cool!

    Angel Stew & Devil's Brew

    (December 28, 2016 - 5:28 pm)

    I keep going back n’ forth on Snapchat. I install, then uninstall.. Now I’m going to have to install again to try out these hacks! Thanks for sharing them. πŸ™‚

      Danay Escanaverino

      (December 29, 2016 - 6:27 am)

      Angel, stay on it, it’s going to blow up this coming year.

    Alison | So Chic Life

    (December 28, 2016 - 7:03 pm)

    Wow! I had no idea Snapchat could do all this. I play around with it on occasion but feel like most of my snaps get very few views. Most of my views come from Insta Stories where my audience is. I know I should spend more time but there are so many hours in the day. These features definitely motive me!

      Danay Escanaverino

      (December 29, 2016 - 6:26 am)

      Alison, since you are already on instastories and have an IG following, just crosspromote on Snapchat as well. It makes it easier.


    (December 28, 2016 - 8:30 pm)

    I have not ventured into SnapChat. You have a lot of cool hacks to keep in mind when I do start! Thank you!

    Zulhardy Rahim

    (December 29, 2016 - 12:15 am)

    Hmm, I never knew about Snapchat and I thought it was for younger generation. Maybe I should tap into my inner child and give it a try.


    (December 29, 2016 - 12:45 am)

    I have yet to try Snap chat. Before reading this I had no idea you could do so much on there. Definitely worth looking into!

    Nicky Quinn

    (December 29, 2016 - 1:20 am)

    Very cool. I still don’t even have an account… Now I might consider it

      Danay Escanaverino

      (December 29, 2016 - 6:25 am)

      Nicky, you should totally get an account, and don’t forget to add me!


    (December 29, 2016 - 2:00 am)

    These are great tips. While I have had my SnapChat account for a while, I haven’t actually used it much, so I will keep these in mind as I start navigating it. Thanks

    Ana De- Jesus

    (December 29, 2016 - 7:02 am)

    I only use snapchat very rarely and usually only personally. I like that brands are using it to elevate their businesses.

    Emma white

    (December 29, 2016 - 7:28 am)

    I have snapchat but not really sure how to use it properly which my kids seem to find hilirious! Can’t wait to show then my new tricks and see there faces! Yes mum is cool πŸ™‚

    valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    (December 29, 2016 - 9:29 am)

    I do have Snapchat but don’t use it much. I have always been surprised they didn’t make it simpler to use.


    (December 29, 2016 - 10:54 am)

    i love snapchat but i need to give it up and stop using it because of snapchat which I get more views and talk to followers more, i love snapchats hacks! save them for instagram after hehe

    Debra Schroeder

    (December 29, 2016 - 11:23 am)

    These are awesome Snapchat hacks. Although I confess, I have yet to signup for Snapchat. But I’ve bookmarked this for if and when I eventually open an account.

    mhaan a

    (December 29, 2016 - 12:10 pm)

    This post makes me want to try Snapchat. I haven’t registered yet lols.

    Amy Jones

    (December 29, 2016 - 1:01 pm)

    I had no idea you could do most of these on snapchat! I barely use it because I just can’t bother to learn how to do x thing, but I might start using it again

    Veronica Romero-Chapman

    (December 29, 2016 - 2:33 pm)

    Wow! For me it still sounds so complicated and I can’t find the use of it. But then on the other hand, I need to start updating myself into the things that teens use because right now I am a mom of a baby, but in 13 years, I want to still be able to understand what is he talking about!

      Danay Escanaverino

      (December 30, 2016 - 4:32 pm)

      Veronica, the thing with Snapchat is that the demographic is starting to change, so it’s always good to get on before the rush. Add me when you do so I can see the kiddo πŸ™‚

    maria @closetohme

    (December 29, 2016 - 2:55 pm)

    I need to utilize my snapchat more. Thanks for sharing these great tips

    Liz Mays

    (December 29, 2016 - 2:59 pm)

    Ah I didn’t know you could do things like this in Snapchat! Very cool. I may have to check it out now.

    Tara L

    (December 29, 2016 - 3:52 pm)

    I love snapchat and doing all the above stuff you mentioned. I am good at that, but have not yet made a Bitmojis and I may make one because I like yours it’s cute.

      Danay Escanaverino

      (December 30, 2016 - 4:31 pm)

      Try them out Tara, they’re so much fun. And don’t forget to send me a snap!

    Neely Moldovan

    (December 29, 2016 - 5:09 pm)

    These are awesome tips! I had no idea! I tend to watch more snaps than I actually snap myself


    (December 29, 2016 - 6:25 pm)

    These are interesting. I have a snapchat but no clue how to use it.


    (December 29, 2016 - 6:59 pm)

    I love Snapchat so this gonna help me a lot. Thanks for the tips!


    (December 29, 2016 - 11:03 pm)

    I’m not a snap chatter. No apps! lol

    Sondra Barker

    (December 30, 2016 - 6:32 am)

    These are great tips and tricks! Snapchat can so fun most of the time!


    (December 30, 2016 - 1:10 pm)

    I’m not on the SnapChat yet. Looks like maybe I should be. I love all the options

      Danay Escanaverino

      (December 30, 2016 - 4:27 pm)

      Ang you really should try it out. It’s blowing up πŸ™‚


    (December 30, 2016 - 1:16 pm)

    Wow! I definitely didn’t know how to add multiple filters! So cool! Thanks for this!


    (December 30, 2016 - 4:24 pm)

    These are awesome!! Im still not using snapchat, maybe one day ill give in lol


    (December 30, 2016 - 4:29 pm)

    Super good info! I had been wondering whether it was worth it or not! You definitely convinced me some! It’s super fun but also addictive! lol I have to watch out!

    Jhumki Nag

    (December 31, 2016 - 2:55 pm)

    Very cool and informative post. Really learned a lot on snapchat. I have still not started on fully using it, but this would surely help!!


    (January 1, 2017 - 8:45 am)

    This actually looks like fun–now if I could only figure out how to use a camera!!

    Wanderlust Vegans

    (January 1, 2017 - 11:14 am)

    Awesome tips. We never got into Snapchat. But we enjoy Instagram story.


    (January 1, 2017 - 5:32 pm)

    What a cool hacks, I’ve never thought this before. It’s easy and cool I will try it.


    (January 2, 2017 - 12:58 am)

    Oooo what neat hacks!!!! I suck at snap chat so I need all
    The help I can get with it!

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