12 Cool New Snapchat Tricks For Android and iPhone

Last Updated: September 29, 2016

Snapchat is one of the most popular apps in countries like US but it has just begun to gain traction in other countries. So, if you are someone who has just started using Snapchat or even if you are already hooked to the app, it’s important to know that there are a number of cool Snapchat tricks you might not be aware of. Sure, everyone knows the basics and we have already brought you a few Snapchat tricks in the past but if you are looking for fresh new ones, you’ve come at the right place. Here are 12 cool new Snapchat tricks that you should know about:

1. Pin emojis to objects in video

Snapchat introduced a cool “emoji pin” feature a few months back and it’s super fun. The feature basically lets users stick emojis to moving objects in Snapchat videos. For instance, if you pin an emoji to your face in a video where you are moving around, the emoji will remain stuck to your face even when you are moving.

To pin an emoji, record a video which has a lot of movements or an object moving. Then, tap the emoji icon at the top and select the emoji you want. Resize the emoji if you want and then, press hold the emoji at the object you want to pin it to. Once done, Snapchat will reload the video with the emoji pinned.

Pin emojis to video Snapchat

2. Control who can contact you

It’s important that you take control of your privacy on Snapchat and that is why Snapchat lets you control who can contact you. You can also control who gets to view your stories and if you want to be seen in “Quick Add”. To set things up, go to Snapchat’s Settings and here, you will find a “Who Can” section, where there are options to who can “Contact Me“, “View My Story” and “See Me in Quick Add“.

Snapchat who can contact you

The Contact Me option lets you decide if only your friends can contact you (snaps, chats, calls etc.) or everyone can. The same options are available in View My Story option but additionally, there’s a “Custom” option, which lets you block specific users from seeing your story.

3. Zoom in smoothly while capturing videos

Zooming in while capturing a video on Snapchat can be pretty troublesome, considering you have to pinch to zoom, while you are holding the capture button. However, Snapchat has included a cool workaround, which not many people know of. While capturing a video, you can simply move your ‘press hold’ from the capture button towards the top to zoom in and it all happens smoothly. Simple yet very effective! It only works with the rear camera, of course.

4. Take screenshot without notifying the sender (Android)

We don’t really recommend doing this but if you really should, there is a way to take screenshots without notifying the sender. When you receive a snap, you can just use Google Now on Tap to take a screenshot easily. If you are running an older Android version, don’t worry, there’s an alternative method as well. You should check out our detailed article on how you can take screenshots on Snapchat without notifying the sender.

Snapchat take screenshots with Google NOw on Tap

5. Save parts of a chat

When you send text messages on Snapchat, they are self-destructed when the messages are read by the recipient. However, if you want to save a few text messages in a chat, there is a way to do so and it’s pretty simple. To save a message, just press hold on the text and the message should feature a grey highlight, which suggests that it has been saved. You can press hold again to make it self-destruct.

Save parts of chat Snapchat

6. Check out older lenses

Snapchat’s lenses is arguably the most used feature in the app and rightly so, because it’s just too much fun to miss out on. And Snapchat makes sure to add new lenses every now and then to keep the fun alive. In doing so though, it does remove a few fan favorite lenses. The good news is, you can use the older lenses by simply changing the date on your iPhone and Android smartphone.

You can simply go to Date and Time settings and disable automatic date & time and set it to the past. Then, open Snapchat and the lenses from that date will start loading. This trick has a hit and miss record, so check out if it works for you. Also, changing the date can result in a number of apps not working properly, so make sure you correct the date after you are done.

7. Add more text in a snap

By default, Snapchat limits the text accompanying the snaps to 31-characters, which is not enough for every picture but as you might have guessed, there is a trick to add more text in a snap. All you have to do is go to notes app like iOS’ Notes app or Evernote on Android, create a new note and simply hit return/enter multiple time to add spaces. Once done, just copy the empty area and paste it in the text space in Snapchat. You can then just go to different lines and add more text.

Add more text to snaps Snapchat-compressed

8. Record Video without holding down the capture button (iPhone)

Holding the capture button to record videos on Snapchat isn’t very user friendly, considering the moment you take your finger off, the video gets stopped. If you are using an iPhone though, there is a workaround.

Go to iOS Settings->General->Accessibility->Assistive Touch.

iOS Accessibility settings

Here turn on “Assistive Touch” and then, tap on “Create New Gesture…“. In the New Gesture page, just press hold at around the center of the display and move it in a circular pattern. Once done, tap on “Save” and enter a name for the gesture.

Snapchat Assistive Touch gesture

After you are done, open Snapchat and in the camera viewfinder, tap on the Assistive Touch icon. Then, tap on “Custom” and hit “Snapchat Trick” or whatever you named the gesture.

Snapchat trick gesture assistive touch

You will then see a circular icon, just hold it and drop it on the capture button and the video should start recording.

Snapchat record video without holding capture

9. Create your own filters

If your favorite color filters are not available, you can create your very own filters through this neat trick. Just capture a photo or video and add a text and change the text’s color to the one you want. Once the text is added, enlarge it until you get a neat filter effect.

Snapchat create color filters-compressed

10. Know when someone has removed you or blocked you

If you think you might have been removed or blocked by someone on Snapchat, you can confirm it. If you are still friends with someone on Snapchat, you will be able to see their snapscore and if you are removed or blocked, you will not be able to see it. If you want other ways to know if you have been blocked, you can check out our detailed article.

Snapchat check if blocked or removed

Bonus: Create your own geo-filter

You must have used Snapchat’s geo-fiters, which are simple overlays that suggest a location or a landmark. Well, Snapchat lets you create your very own geo-filters. There are two types of filters, Community (city, landmarks, public locations) and On-demand (logos and brand trademarks). Creating a geo-filter is not a very simple process, as it involves you submitting the design and then, Snapchat will check it out and see if it’s worth approving. You can check out all the details here.

Snapchat Geo Filters-compressed

SEE ALSO: How to Use Multiple WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat Accounts on Android

Here is our video on cool snapchat tricks where you can see all the tricks in action:-

Enjoy Snapchat better with these latest tricks

Snapchat can be a complex experience if you are new to the app, considering the user experience includes a lot of gestures and hidden features. Well, our older tricks and these latest aforementioned tricks should get you well acquainted with the app. So, try out these tricks and let us know what you feel in the comments section below.


Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!