In the past we’ve talked about how many Ugandans have failed to adapt the use of Snapchat due to its unpopularity among the youth and also the data hog app that it its. With the advent to social media data bundles by the telecoms like SWIFT and WTF we have seen several “slay kings and queens” use Snapchat more often. So with that in mind, we decided to come up with several Snapchat tips and tricks that you should be using but may not know about yet. These range from hidden settings to less obvious fun features.

1. Put a filter on it

Once you’ve taken a Snap you can swipe left to add color filters and more. But did you know you can also layer filters? Say you’ve taken a photo, and you want to make it black and white, but you also really want to put the time on it. Just swipe to the black and white filter, then hold the screen with one finger and keep swiping to the time filter. Done.

2. Check out the hidden Snapchat settings

Swipe down and tap the Settings icon. Scroll down to Additional services > Manage and check out the hidden Snapchat options. These include front-facing flash, friend emojis, permissions and filters. You can even reduce Snapchat’s data consumption when you’re traveling.

3. Change front-facing and main camera during Snaps

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This feature doesn’t work for everyone (unless you’re on iOS, ahem) but it is possible to double tap the screen to switch between the front-facing and main camera while recording a video Snap. This is great for capturing your reaction to what’s in front of you for your friends.

4 . Get Bitmoji

In order to spice up your Snapchat profile and captions, we recommend you download and set up the Bitmoji app. This will enable you create an expressive cartoon avatar of yourself and customize your Snaps and your profile. You basically create an emoji that looks like you from the various options you are given. Dress up your Bitmoji the way you would dress and have fun with it while Snapping.

5. Adding a background song to your video Snaps

If you’d like some audio accompaniment on your video Snaps, just open your music player app, start the tune you want in your Snap, switch back to Snapchat and record your video. You’ll now have your very own music video Snap.

6. Add a profile GIF

Swipe down from the top of the screen to see your Snap code. Tap the ghost and you’ll see your mug in the viewfinder. Tap the shutter button and you’ll get yourself five selfies that are then turned into a GIF in your Snap code.

7. Set up login verification

Login verification is basically two-step authentication for Snapchat. Add a phone number to your account and hit up the settings to enable Login verification. You’ll receive a code via SMS whenever you (or someone else) tries to log into your account on an unfamiliar device.

8. Compose your own Story

Stories are Snaps that are visible to your contacts for an unlimited number of times for the next 24 hours. So whenever you grab a great Snap that you know your friends are going to want to see more than once, tap the square icon at the bottom of your Snap window with the plus sign on it. It will then be saved under Stories in the Discover tab. You can see who has been viewing your Story by tapping the eyeball next to your shared Story.

9. Enable location filters

Once you’ve taken a photo you can add filters including time, temperature, speed and some color overlays to your Snap by swiping left, but did you know that there’s also a check box for location filters in Settings? Enable this to add location information to your Snaps.

10. Fake your location with Geofilters

Depending on your location, you can access specific filters. Want to impress your friends without traveling? Rest assured, it is quite possible to make your friends believe that you are on the other side of the world – you just have to make Snapchat believe that you are elsewhere. For this, you can use a Play Store app to trick Snapchat with your GPS.

11. Save battery life and data

Snapchat has two major technical flaws: it uses up a lot of battery power, and a lot of data. But, there’s a way to limit this: travel mode. Travel mode allows you to disable automatic loading of images and videos (including Stories). That way, data and power are only used when you open something manually. How much data and power this saves you depends on the size of the files you receive and, of course, the frequency at which you open them.

12. Verify your email address

If you’re relatively new to Snapchat then it’s a good idea to check the settings to make sure you have a verified email address attached to your account, and to review the new terms and conditions of Snapchat service (there have been some changes to your visible name and other information, so it’s worth keeping up to date).

13. Put more life in your captions

When you tap the pen icon to add a caption in Snapchat you’re automatically given a basic font with a background across your image. But if you tap the pen icon a few more times, you get larger, centered text. You can also select a color from the palette in the top right, add emoji with the sticky note icon and rotate, resize and move your additions.

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