Up until today, Snapchat was all about sharing disappearing photos, but now it’s so much more.
In the most recent update to its apps, which is are now available for download, it brings “Chat,” the ability to now interact with your friends and contacts through video chat and instant messaging.
After you update, all you have to do is swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting.
Messages from both parties will disappear once both leave the screen, but either can take a screenshot to save anything they’d like to keep, just as before with photos. To video chat, all you have to do is go read a message from the text messaging screen and if that person is also there, just tap and hold the blue button to start a face-to-face chat.
There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting.
According to a blog post on its site, the company said that while building Snapchat, they learned a lot about what makes conversation special, that conversation feels better when it’s visual, but an important part was missing — presence.
If you’ve been in need of a way to use Snapchat as your sole instant messaging client or even just wanted to add another way to communicate to your repertoire, check it out now.
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