How do I call and chat on Snapchat using Snap’s desktop web app?
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(Pocket-lint) – Snapchat is bringing three key features – chat and video calling – to desktop through a web app. This is the first time Snapchat’s core service has been available on non-mobile devices.
What is Snapchat for Web?
With Snapchat for Web, you can log in with your Snapchat account and message or call your friends right from your desktop. The new web experience looks a lot like the mobile experience, but with extra space so you can chat and call in the same window on a desktop. Snap said AR Lenses support will be coming to the web version soon.
The company seemed to suggest that with people using computers more frequently during the pandemic, such as students now learning and working remotely, it ultimately made sense to bring more Snapchat functionality to the web. The service has always had a website, but it was extremely limited in that it directed you to Snapchat’s mobile apps and only allowed you to manage settings and data.
Snapchat for Web lets you
- Start a call or pick up where chats left off on mobile.
- Use messaging features like Chat Reactions and Chat Reply.
- Coming soon : Use AR lenses from the desktop
How does Snapchat work for the web?
Snapchat for the web is only compatible with Google’s Chrome browser (not Apple’s Safari).
Access Snapchat for web
To access the web version of Snapchat, just open your laptop or turn on your desktop computer and go to web.snapchat.com in Chrome. When the page loads, you’ll be prompted to log in to your Snapchat account.
Chat and call
Once logged in, the Snapchat for web interface appears, with your contacts on the left, chat in the middle, and video and audio calls on the right. The user interface is quite intuitive; click on a contact to start a chat with them. You will see buttons to call them by video or phone. You’ll also see the chat screen and the ability to react to and respond to chats, all from your laptop or desktop. Easy.
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Pick up where you left off
Snap said your calls, video calls, and chats are synced between its mobile apps and its web app, so you should be able to pick up where you left off if you switch from mobile to desktop or vice versa.
Can we try Snapchat for the web?
At launch, the web version will be exclusively available to Snapchat Plus subscribers. This is the first big launch of a paid feature since Snapchat announced its paid offering in June. For a monthly cost of $3.99, subscribers can access a few exclusive features, such as Snapchat for Web, as well as experimental additions long before they’re available to all users.
Where is Snapchat for Web available?
Snapchat Plus subscribers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be the first to benefit from this feature.
You want to know more ?
Check out Pocket-lint’s in-depth guide to Snapchat to learn more about the mobile app, including how it works and the best tips and tricks.
Written by Maggie Tillman.