Snapchat Update Brings Video Chat and Texting

Snapchat has released a new update to its self-destructing snap and video sharing application, adding video chat and texting features. In a 30-second ad spot, Snap notify users in the application by sending you the video and allowing you to double tap to upgrade your application.

So what’s the big deal? Well, users can now interact in real time with each other. Rather than simply sending belated videos and photographs, Snapchat now allows users to send real time texts and videos. In order to interact in real time, Snapchat notifies you when a friend enters a conversation with a teal camera icon. Without a live demo it’s a bit confusing at first. Snapchat explains that it’s a one-way or two-way type deal. You can show your friends around while they observe, or they can react to you in real time just like any Facetime/Skype/Google Hangout.

Much like Facebook Messenger, there’s a sort of “chathead” functionality to the upgrade. You can move around an avatar of your friend’s camera view while interacting. As always, Snapchat requires users to hold their thumb down to  continue shooting. Holding the blue button during text conversations will allow you to send snap reactions to messages. Oh, and did we mention that you can even send snaps from your camera roll? Sound like Whatsapp, anyone?


The entire update seems like a pointed kick in the teeth at Facebook, who recently acquired Whatsapp for an epic $19 billion. That said, there’s still the obvious difference of self-destruction that makes Snapchat’s functionality less or more desirable depending on your own conversation preferences. Texts, snaps, and videos are deleted immediately at the end of conversations in Snapchat, although important addresses or phone numbers can be saved with a simple tap. Screenshots are also still possible (while holding your thumb down). We can’t exactly see this update as making Whatsapp useless, but perhaps Snapchat will bring back the relevance of video chatting. Honestly, how often do people Facetime anymore?

For more, check out Snapchat’s full blog on the update below:

Building Snapchat has taught us a lot about what makes conversation special. When we first started working on an application for sharing disappearing pictures, we had no idea how much we would learn. Our classmates were quick to point out that you could always take a screenshot. That led us to the notion of deletion by default – you keep what you want, and we’ll get rid of everything else!

We also learned that conversation feels better when it’s visual. So we decided to make sure that every time you launch Snapchat we take you straight to the camera. It’s the fastest way to capture and share a moment on your smartphone.

With our last product update, we honored the true nature of storytelling – every Story has a chronological order – a beginning, middle, and end. We built Stories to help Snapchatters create narratives and share them with all of their friends in just one tap.

But until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting.

We could not be more thrilled to announce Chat.

Swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared – but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!

We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face!

Happy Snapping!

Team Snapchat

Via: Verge

Source: Snapchat

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  • Erika

    I’m not able to update my snapchat. Is there something wrong with it?

    • Robin

      Neither can I. And it’s been 6 hours. Have deleted and reinstalled. In time, hopefully.

  • Sam

    I can’t update mine why ???

  • Cait

    How can we update???

  • Mad.

    Why can I updateeeeee

  • Keith

    The update hasn’t made it to the app stores… But it will be today

  • douchey

    I updated mine! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    • Marlene Chacon

      How did you updated it

    • Erika

      So you gonna tell us how, after you see only comments that we couldn’t update? Nice…

    • Margaret Johnson


    • FilthyPig

      How did u update urs you bitch

  • Just meee ok

    What won’t it updated

  • Grace

    I cant update mine

  • Marlene Chacon

    I can’t update mines 🙁 help me

  • yvw

    Is this a free upgrade?

  • jenna

    How you supost to update it tho

    • Lauren

      Try deleting and re-installing the app, worked for me

  • Shay

    why give us the option to update if the update isn’t available??

  • TechVoid

    It appears that the update is not functioning properly just yet. Will let you know if we find out more.

  • Sam

    How do you update it on iPhones 🙁 waited too long now!

  • Toni

    ughhh I’m sooo anxious for this update!! why the torture?? this is not right, HURRY UP PLEASEEEEEEE.!!

  • Oliviiaaa

    every person I know who has it has a galaxy, no one else with iPhones or anything have it yet.

  • Jesus Flores

    I updated mine I have the m8 at first I couldn’t but of you are on wifi and go to the play store and search snapchat click on it then update should be there

  • Riley

    Instead of double-clicking the video they sent you, just go to the app store, click updates, and update Snapchat!!!!!!!!!! 😉

    • Riley

      I have an iPhone

  • shae

    Me and my friend have been trying to video chat? How do you do it

  • Alexis

    How do you erased/delete the update? I hate it!

    • Justin

      I hate it to. I have no clue how to get the other one back

  • mar

    I’m having trouble video chatting the camera won’t turn blue

    • Siddharth Sharma

      are you using Iphone 4? Facing the same issue.

      • bob

        Me too! its driving me crazy

      • A

        Same! Yep, iphone 4. So irritating- was literally the only thing I cared about with the new update. Snapchat is gonna become another messaging app, its lost its originality. JS

        • Lily

          live video chat is only supported for iPhone 4S and newer

  • Tarika Seth

    I have an iphone and it was updated but even if we both are online it won’t turn blue! Whyyyyyy is this happening. Is it happening to others too?

    • bethyboo888

      I don’t know either! I’ve tried everything

      • gisselle

        yes it is. it turns blue when we’re both on the chat, but wont let us see eachother. but our camera view does become circular.

      • Tarika Seth

        We both are sitting never to each other and it just won’t go blue! Is this a genuine Iphone prob or am I just having a bad day?

    • MarZia

      Mine won’t turn blue either and all of my friends at school have tried.

  • lo

    you just have to wait… its up now…

  • Courtney

    How do you live chat?

    • gisselle

      cant. its not working

  • cody

    easy as shit to update refresh your update in app store retards but its gay your phone fills up with snaps and u cant delete them

  • jessica

    anyone having a problem trying to actually live chat??? The button turns blue for both people but nothing shows up…all I see is my own face! Help! so annoying!

    • bethyboo888

      Mine wont even go blue!

      • jessica

        it will only go blue when the other person is actually on snapchat and in the live chat.

        • bethyboo888

          We both are but nothing

          • jessica

            yeah I dont think it is working for anyone yet… Everyone I know has been trying it and it never works.

        • bethyboo888

          And to do it you go on yellow hold it down drag it down so your face should be at the bottom

  • sofia till

    i have a samsung galaxy gio and its taking me to the play store but not letting me update it. HELP

  • Luke

    Is there a way i can get rid of the update?

  • jamie

    when i go to update it, theres not update button, it just simply sayd “open” where there is no change to original snapchat app itself.

  • Justin

    How do I delete the update? I want to go back to the other one

  • Tiana

    How do I send a picture I take

  • MKL

    Is there anyway to clear your snapchat feed on the new update? I have a snapchat that won’t open and it is driving me crazy. I want to clear my feed but I can’t figure out how! I’m so frustrated.

    • Kikara

      I have the same problem!! I was “chatting” with a friend and I sent her a pic from my camera roll and the chats wont delete! How can I uninstall the new update?? I hate it.

      • Joby

        Same problem. They need to put a patch out or preferably let me clear my feed. Why they took that away is stupid to begin with

    • me


  • Tiffany Emery

    Can you delete the new update? I absolutely hate it.

  • Sarah

    I have an IPhone 4s and i was able to live chat with two people but with one other person the button wouldn’t turn blue so I couldn’t live chat with them! Waiting for the update to be fixed so it works for everyone…

  • samantha

    It won’t go blue!!! :/

  • amanda

    good idea but it won’t turn blue nice try snapchat

  • noddy

    how do you clear your feed?

  • Hawkeye_12

    How do i clear all my feed

  • zeeh

    This app sucks how the he’ll do clear my feed

  • lala

    Can you please fox the clearing the news feeds its bugging me that I cant delete them!

    • lala


  • Naf

    how can i send a picture from my camera roll with this new update. i came across it yesterday but can’t do it now! help!!

  • Guest

    Help! I can’t clear the feed! WTF….if I can’t clear the feed, the app may be deleted from my phone. I don’t want anyone seeing who I snap with….

  • loveeS.

    To chat other person has to be on snap chat IM each other an yellow button will turn blue if there on snap texting already.. basically you both should be on writing an messaging each other an it will ring to alert you Video is starting..

  • john

    I hate this update why remove the clear feed option what harm was it doing I can see snapchat loosing a lot of people over this HATE HATE HATE this update

  • Sam

    Me and my sister trying to video call each other but the yellow button doesn’t turn blue snapchat tbh you update is crap why give people the option to update it when the all doesn’t even work properly!!

    • Sam


  • Ashley746

    I absolutely hate it, you cant even clear the feed, it is a stupid update and i can tell snapchat is going to lose a lot of people!!

  • Kikara

    Me and my friend were chatting and I noticed it deleted her snaps, but not my own… Why wont it delete mine??

  • Kikara

    Also I picked a picture from my Gallery to send to my friend and thats when the snaps stopped clearing themselves. What do I do???

  • ADS said the feeds delete after 24 hours of having them. But mine still haven’t cleared! They need to fix this problem and fast!

  • Jds

    So you can’t videochat when you have an Iphone 4? Or it just doesn’t work in generally?

  • Megs

    When I’m videoing chAtting I can’t hear the other person ? I can at the start for like a second but then It goes off but they can hear me? Can anyone help

  • Sammy

    How do I delete people in my snapchat feed?! I’ve got people that I’ve deleted from my friends list and who I have blocked in my list on my snapchat feed and want them gone! How??

    • Erinn

      You can’t – they disabled it! I wanted to know the same, it is SO annoying! Starting to hate snapchat!

  • jr

    My yellow button wont turn blue and its making me mad

  • Sara

    You REALLY need to put back the “clear feed” button, this is annoying!!!

  • Phlatbeef

    Can an Iphone 4 facetime or not???

  • Jadey

    how do I delete my feed? HELP

  • Raaachy

    if yer gonna introduce something new, at least wait til the damn thing works before ye release it. so many unhappy snapchat users here which is gonna end up pushing them away from the now kinda crappy app! urgh get it sorted asap snapchat!

  • Michelle Lopez

    I have the galaxy s4 active and the video chatting button won’t turn blue how do I make it work? Or does it even work on the galaxy?

  • This update blows.

    Make it so we can clear our feed.

  • lg

    I have an iphone 4s and the update but the facetime thing doesnt work i know how to do it it just doesnt work how do i fix it?

  • derek

    Still trying to figure out how some messages are saved and some aren’t…I want to delete them all but I don’t know how. I would also like to clear my feed like the old version had. Chat is nice but I liked the functionality of the previous version.

  • Jason Scott Nogolahighlavitch

    Does the Video-Chat not work for iPod 4th Gen?
    Me and my girlfriend tried but the stupid thing wont turn blue. (she has iPad) Whats the problem?

  • tko

    Worst, we need to clear our feed, got a video from a friend but can’t open it and since the new snaps just come up under one name I cant even snap with him now. HATE THIS UPDATE!

  • Shermy666


  • Bree

    To clear ur feed go to your inbox and see the gear in the top right corner scroll to the bottom and it would probably say clear conversations, BTW I have the new update

  • Sarah

    After I tap on the chats how do I untap them to delete them? They only untap some and others don’t. I want them gone! Please help!!

  • Cocheta

    When I video chat the other person cant hear ms but can see me but I can see and hear them. Help!!!!