Snapchat 101

best snapchat accounts to follow

I love Snapchat and it’s the only social media that I use all day long, everyday.  It’s fun, it always has new content and I love watching how people tell stories on it. Everyone has their own way of story telling, sharing their day and being creative using video, filters and stickers.  I’m also obsessed with the dog filter. Everyday, I have friends asking me how to use snapchat and once they learn they are addicted.  I literally get several friends to sign up everyday that you would think I work for Snapchat.

If you are completely new to Snapchat you might wonder what the point of it is, since stories (which is your own personal snaps you post), disappear in 24 hours from when you post them.  You can screen shot other peoples snaps and you can save your own snaps to your gallery on your phone.  You can learn what Snap is about straight from one of the creators here

Here is a crash course on Snapchat.


Snapchat is 4 screens, when you open the app its the camera because you start with a snap.  If you swipe right it will show your messages where you can choose to chat with your friends or your with “everyone”, if you swipe left from the home screen then you can view your friends stories and on top will show your own story.  If you swipe right again that is the Discover page where it shows stories from brands, or other publications.

Start Snapping:

Step one:

The circle on the bottom middle will take a photo or a 10 second video.


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How to use filters:

You have to have the camera facing you so that you are taking a selfie, then you put your finger to the screen of your phone to your lips.  Then the filters will pop up, they change some of them everyday.

How to use moving emojis:

You can add emojis that will be 3d on video only, you can add non moving emojis on photos.  So shoot your video and then before you post it to your story you have to the top right where the square is and pick the emojis you want and hold them down on your screen until they shake.

Other filters:

Slo motion, rewind, geotags…

After you shoot a video in the latest version of the app, simply swipe left or right until you see three arrows (rewind) or a snail symbol (slo-mo). The rewind filter is useful if you want to make ‘magic’ effects such as impossible catches. Geotags will show the location you are at, you need to turn on location settings for these to work.

How to skip stories:

you just have to tap your screen and it will “fast forward” through a story.

Adjust your settings:

Go to the ghost in the middle of the screen then tap the gear icon in the top-right corner.

This is where you can update your personal information, choose who can contact you, see your snaps and view your Stories. If you prefer not to have your friends find you using your phone number, tap on “Mobile Number” to turn off that feature.

Send private messages (snaps), photos and videos:

You can also have real-time conversations. To start a chat, visit your Snapchat inbox and swipe right on a friend’s name. To attach a photo or video, tap the yellow camera button.

When you leave the chat screen, all messages between you and your friend will disappear. If you want to save your message, you can either take screenshots of it or tap the conversation to save it. When you tap on the messages, the font will change and will be highlighted in gray, which means that you have saved the conversation.  If you and your friend are both in the chat at the same time, the camera button will turn blue. To start a live video chat, you and your friend must hold your fingers down on the camera button at the same time. Your screen is now a live video chat.

If you need some people to follow on Snapchat here are some my favorite accounts:


Allure Magazine: Alluremag

Jamie Beck (fashion photographer): annstreetstudio

Brides Magazine: bridesmag

Boucheron: boucheronparis

Dior: diorlive

Harpers Bazaar: harpersbazaarus

Kleinfeld Bridal:  kleinfeldbridal

Kristie Dash: kirstiedash

Sephora: sephora

Stella McCartney: stellasnapping

W Magazine: wmagazine

Oscar De La Renta: odlr

Burberry: burberry

Louis Vuitton: LVLive

Alexander Wang: alexanderwangny

Balmain: balmainofficial

Fendi: fendi

Gucci: gucci

Elie Saab: eliesaablive

Valentino: maisonvalentino

Zuhair Murad: zuhairmurad


Kevin Hart: lilswag79

Pharell: sonofapharaoh

Bella Hadid: babybels777

Bob Saget: bobsterclaw

Chrissy Teigen: chrissyteigen

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: therock

Gabriel Union: gabunionwade

Gigi Hadid: itsgigihadid

Gwen Stefani: itsgwenstefani

Ice Cube: icecubethegreat

Jamie Foxx: iamjamiefoxx

Jamie Oliver: jamieo1975

Jennifer Lopez: jlobts

Jessica Alba: jessicamalba

John Mayer: johnthekangaroo

John Legend: johnlegend

Kerry Washington: ohsnapkerry

Lady Gaga: ladygaga

Nicole Richie: itsnikkifresh

Justin Bieber: rickthesizzler

Selena Gomez: selenagomez

The Weekend: xo.official