How to use Snapchat on the web


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Snapchat is one of the most popular social media platforms, with millions of active users. However, Snapchat was initially available only on smartphones. But as its popularity increased, Snapchat brought forward its web version, which was accessible to users only from selected countries initially, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Snapchat then made the web version available to its global community in September 2022. If you haven’t used the app on your browser, it’s time to do so. Whether working on your laptop or binge-watching something, you don’t have to get your phone to use Snapchat. You can just the app on your desktop computer.

How to Use Snapchat on the Web

Here’s our step-by-step guide to get you started with the browser version of the Snapchat. It’s relatively simple, but you’ll need a decent internet connection and a laptop, PC or other device with a internet browser.



Head to the Snapchat web page

Head to the site to start using Snapchat on your desktop browser. This is pretty straightforward.



Log in

Once you reach the website, you will be asked to log in using your email ID or username and password. You can also change your password if you have forgotten it due to direct access on your phone.



Click the camera icon

When you sign in using your credentials, you will see a screen with your friend list on the left-hand side and a camera icon in the center.

Clicking on the camera icon button will let you take snaps and share them with your friends. You can also chat with your friends or call them. All your conversations on Snapchat’s web app, be it snaps, chats, or calls, will be synchronized with your mobile app. This ensures that you don’t miss anything when using Snapchat web.

Limitations of Using Snapchat on the Web

While you can use Snapchat on a web browser for seamless interactions with your best friends, it has some limitations.

Snapchat web has almost all the features of the mobile app. However, you cannot open snaps sent by your friends using the web version. This means you can send and receive snaps through the desktop version of Snapchat but not open one. Additionally, you cannot upload or view stories as you would on a mobile device.

Another limitation is that Snapchat app is available only on Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Hence, you will need either of these browsers to use Snapchat on the internet. Sad news for Safari fans.

Using Snapchat on a PC: Final thoughts

As you can see, using your Snapchat account on a desktop PC is straightforward. You can use most of its features, including sending snaps, sending text messages, and making voice calls or video calls. However, there are some limitations that you should be aware of before using Snapchat on the web. Once you know about these, you should be ready to go.

Gloria is a tech and AI writer for PC Guide. She is interested in what new technology means for the future of digital and broadcast journalism.