As it is with every other social media network and its mobile application, there are some minor differences to the sign-up process. For the decently popular Snapchat in particular, things are pretty straightforward, so here they are laid out for you in a basic list form.


At the beginning of February 2020, Snapchat is set to launch its brand new Bitmoji TV series. Uncovered by TechCrunch in a recent article, Snap Inc. is indeed working on bringing out their customizable series of cartoon shows, where you'll be able to use your own Bitmoji avatars.


This post is a collection of small changes you may notice in the Snapchat app for Android if you will open it next time. For every point, I also added a short sentence about the "potential impact" of the change/feature on your day to day app usage and performance.


Some users may see this new survey on their lenses list. It is a server-side feature and not really new but I got a chance to see it just now. The whole "survey" interface is done inside a lens too. Users are going to be asked about how satisfied are they by the variety of lenses and frequency of changes. Every option has an emoji next to it which makes it easy to understand its meaning. Apart from this, there is a progress bar on top.


If you are not an active Snapchat user like me you may get surprised by some features you find in the app even if they were released a long time ago. A Snapchat Map Status feature released in May 2019 is one of the examples.

Many Snapchat features can be considered as secondary (Snapmap or Games for example) compared to the primary feature of capturing and browsing stories. Snapchat also doesn't tell to users about these secondary features proactively and this makes them some sort of "hidden".


Snapchat, mostly favored because of its funny and unique AR lens effects, is expanding its already broad enough feature set by adding new caption styles and a "Year End" Story to celebrate the end of 2018. The update we are looking at today has a build number 10.47.2.0 and is currently rolling out to all Snapchat users through the Google Play Store. These are the release notes for it:

Changelog

While typing a caption, tap the new button to change its alignment.

Fresh caption styles. Check back often for new ones!

Updated caption styles

Without giving you too much unnecessary details because you can discover by yourself, the latest caption styles included in this version can be seen simply by hitting the "T" icon at the top right, which becomes visible after taking a Snap. Next, you will surely notice at the bottom portion of the screen the style options and by scrolling from right to left you can swap between them effortlessly. As a bonus, the freshly added text alignment settings such as left, right, or center can be toggled between from the action button, which has four horizontal lines with different lengths.

"Year End” Story

Almost all social media platforms do offer a roundup highlighting their users' best memories for the past year. With that said, Snapchat had launched their own variant called "Year End" back in 2017 and is reviving it this year as well. It tries to create the perfect collage from all of your favorite memories filled with unmatched emotions as a celebration gift for you. But it comes with a caveat - you must have saved enough content with different varieties in Snapchat's Memories archive for it to work.

To view your "Year End" Story for 2018, you just have to launch the app on your Android device, navigate to the 'Memories' tab by swiping from right to left or tapping on the appropriate icon for it, placed at the bottom right in the main screen. Your personal "Year End" Story will show up below the Snaps tab at the top of the page and will be titled as “My 2018 in Snaps." You can view it directly and also share it on your Story if you want to do so.

At the moment "Year End" is at a staged rollout and should be available very soon. Please, note that it is being enabled server-side, so updating to the latest version may not make any change, plus there are always other criteria that are being considered.

Source: Google Play, Twitter, Fast Company


Now you can finally become an Alpha tester for the Snapchat app for Android even if you don't have a rooted device or if you were not lucky to get a server-side feature rollout.

How to enable Snapchat Aplpha:

  1. Pinch to zoom and open Snapmap
  2. Search for "Bermuda"
  3. See a walking ghost on top of the Bermuda island
  4. Tap on the ghost to see an option to enable Snapchat Alpha.

Previously, it was possible to enable Snapchat Alpha via the "root method" and in the same place, you can also find some info about the Alpha UI changes. Later after release, Snapchat Alpha switch was shown to some users directly in the settings menu.

This Snapmap easter egg way is very Snapchattish. Did you manage to catch this ghost?

Source: XDA


The Snapchat app has a feature called SnapMap and this time we are going to get to the bottom of the questions "What it does?" and "How does it work?".

To begin with, accessing SnapMap is possible from the main camera UI by pinching in with two fingers - quite tricky, huh? Then, you are going to be greeted with a map, where the live location of your friends is being displayed, and yours too. There are also being shown Snaps for popular buildings like museums, skyscrapers and such from other people as featured content.

Tapping on the location button at the bottom right gets you back to your location and shows you the weather at the bottom left. Tapping on an avatar of a friend shows you when was the last time he or she was online and where. By accessing the SnapMap settings, you gain control over location sharing options, and with whom, with possible exceptions included. Also, if you do not have a Bitmoji avatar, you get a shortcut for creating one.

Note: The SnapMap feature in the new alpha version of Snapchat is almost the same as the current one, but much faster and smoother.

This is it for now. If you find out that we have missed something, we will appreciate if you use the 'Tip Us' button to let us know.


While Snap Inc. works on the revamped version of Snapchat, they are continuously adding some new features. As you know, the core principle of the platform is disappearing content. Some of them have default time limits before going away, but the messages were inaccessible once read.

The latest change which is rolling out, starting today, is the 24-hour availability of chats. Yeah, your messages will disappear after a day, but here is the caveat - you will have to manually enable it for individual chats. Basically, you need to tap on the menu button in a chat page, select 'Delete Chats...' and choose whichever option you want. I guess, most of you will not want their messages to go away instantly and this is why I would wish for a setting to choose the default behavior for all chats. On a side note, this isn't available in the alpha version for now, which is a huge bummer.


Snapchat is one of the most used social media applications all around the world and their Android app has a beta program available. First, you can check out our guide, which explains deeply How to become a Snapchat beta tester on Android.

To start with, there is a feature in Snapchat beta called 'Shake To Report'and it is made to report bugs/issues. It is enabled by default and you can shake your device when you are in the app to report an issue. You will be greeted with a pop-up menu, which has three options. The first one is 'Report a Problem' and this is what you need. The other two are 'Suggest Improvement' and 'Turn Off'.

Other than that, you should include a detailed explanation of what happened and the steps to reproduce it. The more information, the better! Also, the Snapchat app sends a screenshot with the report, so if there is a UI issue, then you are covered.

Other ways of getting support are visiting the Snapchat Support web page or asking for help on their Twitter account @snapchatsupport.

As you can see, this is not that complicated of a process, but it is very helpful to report problems if you want them to get sorted out.


Enabling the latest Snapchat alpha features is going to be a lot easier and seems like the new UI is going to become official soon, at least for Beta/Alpha users.

In the Settings of Snapchat v10.40.2.0 and v10.40.3.0 Beta, a new settings entry is showing up. It is called 'Snapchat Alpha' and as the name suggests, it lets you enable every experimental feature in the app. You can find it just below the 'Snapchat Beta' option and enable it by hitting the green-colored 'ENABLE' button at the bottom part of the page. That's it. Isn't very simple?

Keep in mind that it isn't visible for all users by this time, so if you are curious, you can check out our guide on how to enable it with ROOT in the article named 'Snapchat is testing a new much faster and smoother Alpha UI and here's how you can enable it with ROOT'. In case you want to know more about the new features that are coming to the app, you can read our 'Snapchat 10.40.xx.x updates summary' article on TestingCatalog too.

So, that's it for this time folks. We just wanted to give you a heads-up about this and if enjoyed it, don't forget to drop a line in the comments, like and share.


As some of you may already know, Snapchat for Android is about to get a huge re-make. A couple of weeks ago it was discovered that they are testing a new UI and now are building upon it. There are a total of three new features that may catch your attention, so let's begin with the first one:

  • Adaptive icons

Adaptive icons are supported on Android 7.1 and above and they are Google's way of making things simple and keeping uniformity across the UI by allowing the user to choose the desired icon shape (Not customizable in some OEM ROMs). Snapchat has added all of the necessary assets to support this feature in v10.40.2.0 Beta but, currently, it isn't working as intended. We were able to combine the included assets for icon foreground and background and you can see from the images how they are going to look.

  • The new 'Bounce' feature

This one is quite simple but very useful. It allows you to loop any portion of a video Snap. Let's say you just took the best Snap ever of your friend, who is jumping in a pool. You can loop the part where the water splashes to emphasize on it, thus immortalizing the moment.

  • SnapMap

In previous versions, SnapMap was nowhere to be seen when the new UI was on. Now it's back and works a lot faster. To people who don't know what it is, it's a map, which shows you where all of your friends are and lets you share your location with them.

To summarize. Snapchat is indeed trying to get back its old fame because Facebook and Instagram have added all of its unique features, rendering it just like a copycat, or one of all. Looks like Snap.Inc is working hard this year trying to make things faster. so let's wait and see if everything goes to plan for them.


Snapchat users on Android were all complaining about how slow the app is. Looks like finally, Snap Inc is working on a much faster version of the app and here is how you can enable it by yourself. Be sure to have root on your device and follow the steps carefully.

How to enable the new Mushroom UI

  1. Get a root-enabled file manager. We recommend MiXplorer or Solid Explorer.
  2. You must have Snapchat v10.39 or 10.39.1.0 beta or higher.
  3. Open MiXplorer and tap on 'Root' in from the side panel.
  4. Navigate to /data/data/com.snapchat.android/shared_prefs and look for a file named 'dynamicAppConfig.xml'.
  5. Open the xml file and look for a line containing this string:

<string name="appFamily">snapchat</string>

  1. Change the 'snapchat' value to 'mushroom'. The string should look like this:

<string name="appFamily">mushroom</string>

  1. Now you need ADB or a terminal emulator app.

Enabling via ADB

  1. Connect your phone to your PC and enable USB Debugging in Developer Options if you haven’t already.
  2. Download and install the latest ADB binaries on your PC if you haven’t already.
  3. Open up a command prompt on your computer in the same directory where you saved the ADB binaries and enter the following command to enter ADB shell:

  4. Windows Command Prompt: adb shell

  5. Windows PowerShell: .\adb shell

  6. macOS/Linux Terminal: ./adb shell

Now, enter the following 4 commands one-by-one (After entering ‘su’ you will be asked to grant root access.):

su

pm enable com.snapchat.android/com.snap.mushroom.MushroomMainActivity

pm enable com.snapchat.android/com.snap.mushroom.MainActivity

pm disable com.snapchat.android/.LandingPageActivity

Enabling by using a terminal emulator

  1. Installs a terminal emulator app - You can use Material Terminal or Termux.
  2. You just need to enter the following 4 commands one-by-one and that's it:

su

pm enable com.snapchat.android/com.snap.mushroom.MushroomMainActivity

pm enable com.snapchat.android/com.snap.mushroom.MainActivity

pm disable com.snapchat.android/.LandingPageActivity

Please, tell us your thoughts on the new Snapchat UI and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Source: XDA


How to become a Snapchat beta tester using the web sign up form

  1. Open the Snapchat beta page on TestingCatalog and select the green 'BECOME A TESTER' button.
  2. Then click on the blue colored 'BECOME A TESTER' button in the Android App Testing for Snapchat page.
  3. Don't forget to like Snapchat beta on TestingCatalog to get informed about the latest updates available.

How to become a beta tester using the in-app option

  1. Open the Snapchat app and go to your profile.
  2. Hit the gear icon on the top right to open the settings.
  3. Scroll down until you find the 'Snapchat Beta' option, select it and tap on the 'Opt-in' to enter the beta program.

How to leave the beta program

To leave the beta program, hit the 'Leave the program' button on the web sign up page or select 'Opt-out' inside Snapchat's settings.

Joining the beta program for Snapchat on Android lets you test every upcoming feature before their official release. Though, you should always keep in mind that there may be some unforeseen bugs and crashes. To report, shake your phone when you are in the app. You can also report on our website from our Snapchat reports form.