Snapchat announced on Thursday that the desktop version of its app, Snapchat for Web, will be available to the entire global community. Snapchat for Web was first made available in July to Snapchat+ subscribers in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. All Snapchat users can now access the desktop version.
Snapchat for Web allows you to send messages and snaps, as well as chat via video and voice calls. Snapchat for Web also includes messaging features from the mobile app, such as chat reactions. It now has more than ten Lenses for video calls.
To use Snapchat for Web, go to web.snapchat.com and sign in using your Snapchat username and password. After that, you’ll be prompted to complete two-step verification on your phone. When you open Snapchat for Web, you can pick up where you left off on your mobile device. When you use Snapchat for Web, your Bitmoji will appear in chats holding a laptop to show that you’re accessing the chat from your desktop. Furthermore, the web version of the app includes a privacy screen that hides the Snapchat window when you click away to perform another task.
Messages sent via Snapchat for Web are automatically deleted after 24 hours, just like the mobile Snapchat experience. Snapchat for Web will also prevent users from taking screenshots, according to the company. At the time of the launch, the company stated that it was aware that people could still take pictures on their phone’s screen, noting that the product isn’t perfect.
According to the company, the average Snapchat caller spends more than 30 minutes per day on calls. Despite its continued focus on mobile, Snap said it decided it was time to bring Snapchat’s core features to the web after listening to user feedback.
Snap is currently focused on bringing the app’s core features to the web and will expand the experience from there. In the future, the company intends to bring the app’s other features, such as viewing Stories and Memories, to Snapchat for Web.
The expanded release of Snapchat for Web comes as the social media platform seeks to compete more effectively with TikTok and Instagram, both of which can be accessed via the web.
In addition to making Snapchat for Web available to all users, Snapchat is introducing new Chat Shortcuts at the top of the chat tab to make it easier to find unread Snaps and chats from friends, see missed calls, and respond to stories. According to the company, the shortcuts will also remind you when you need to respond to someone and show you when your friends’ birthdays are approaching.
Snapchat is also introducing a new “Question Stickers” feature that will allow users to ask questions in their stories in an AMA-style format. You can use the feature to ask your friends what you should wear to school and what to eat for dinner. It’s worth noting that the new feature looks a lot like Instagram’s question sticker.