Since its inception in 2011, Snapchat has only been available on mobile devices. You can download the Snapchat app on your iPhone and Android device to send pop-up messages, photos, and share stories with friends. The company has never launched a desktop application allowing users to connect with friends from their PC. We had to rely on workarounds like emulators to use the Android Snapchat app on our laptop. However, you don’t need to do that anymore, and that’s become a thing of the past with the launch of Snapchat+. Yes, the company recently launched its paid Snapchat Plus subscription, and its most useful benefit will have to be Snapchat for the web. Now you can start using Snapchat in your browser on a laptop with ease, which is exciting for its nearly 350 million strong user base. That said, if you’re looking for a reliable way to use Snapchat on a laptop, keep reading.
How to Get Snapchat on a Laptop (2022)
In this article, we will first discuss Snapchat Plus subscription and how it unlocks the ability to use the app on a laptop. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
Prerequisites for using Snapchat Web
As you may have already guessed, you will need a Snapchat+ subscription to access Snapchat Web and use the ephemeral messaging app in a browser on your laptop. The Snapchat+ subscription service is available in a limited number of countries at the moment, and you can check the list of 25 supported countries via the linked article.
How to get a Snapchat+ subscription
Now, before talking about using Snapchat web app and all its features, let’s learn how to get Snapchat+ subscription on your iPhone and Android device. We’ll show the process on an iPhone, but the steps are the same on Android as well.
1. Open the Snapchat app and tap your profile icon (or the Bitmoji icon) in the upper left corner.
2. On the profile screen, you will see a Banner “Snapchat+” under your Bitmoji avatar. Tap this banner. If you don’t see the banner, tap the “Settings” icon to find the Snapchat+ option under your email.
3. Select the subscription duration on the next screen and press the “Start the 7 day free trial” button at the bottom. Now you just need to complete the payment and you will have successfully purchased the Snapchat Plus subscription.
The paid subscription will give you access to a host of cool features such as the exclusive amn badge, multiple app icons, ghost tracks, story review counts, and more. The highlight, however, will have to be the Snapchat for web experience as it lets you use the messaging app using a browser on your laptop or desktop.
How to Use Snapchat on Your Laptop
It’s time to learn how to log in and use Snapchat on a Mac or Windows computer with ease. Just follow the steps below:
1. First of all, head over to snapchat for web (visit) in browsers like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Then sign in with the credentials you use for the app. The web app is only supported on Chrome and Edge, and I used the latter.
2. Next, you will need to perform two-step verification and authenticate the web login request using your mobile phone. You will get a notification on your phone saying, “Are you trying to access Snapchat from a browser?” Tap on this notification and select “Yes” to log in to Snapchat on your laptop.
To note: We set up Snapchat for web on an iPhone and an Android device. However, most of the testing was done on the Android device. Thus, you will see screenshots of upcoming Android devices.
3. This is what the Snapchat web experience looks like. You have your chat list on the left and the Bitmoji camera and avatar on the right.
How do I install Snapchat on my laptop?
Now, if you are wondering whether you can install Snapchat app on your PC or not, the answer is yes. The company lets you create a shortcut for the Snapchat Web PWA (Progressive Web App), so you can use it whenever you want with ease. Here’s how to install the Snapchat app on your laptop:
1. Once logged into Snapchat Web, click on your profile icon in the upper left corner.
2. Next, select the “Create desktop shortcut” in the drop-down menu that opens.
3. Now you will see a popup in the right corner of the address bar at the top. Faucet “Install” on this popup to get the Snapchat app on your laptop.
4. Once Snapchat is installed on your PC, you can choose to create a desktop shortcut and pin the app to the taskbar or start menu. That’s all. Now you can use the Snapchat app on your laptop anytime.
Snapchat Web: Features and First Impressions
After learning how to set up and use Snapchat Web on your laptop, it’s time to look at all the features you can and can’t access with this app. So let’s take it one step at a time:
Let’s talk about the messaging experience first. The Snapchat web app lets you continue your conversations right where you left off on your mobile on desktop and laptop. You will see the chat list and messages loading right after login. Simply click on a chat to view the conversation in the right pane. You can reply to messages, react to them with emojis, save them to the chat or delete them if you wish.
In the conversation view, you can send messages to your friends or make audio and video calls to them from your laptop. I tested this feature with my colleague Akshay, and it works perfectly. So, you can also join group calls on Snapchat from your browser. Also, if you want to track your Snapchat streaks or see Snapchat emojis that describe your friendship, birthday, etc., you can do that on the web app as well.
Now, many of you might be wondering: can you send Snaps using Snapchat app on laptop? Yes you can, but the process is strangely confusing. Instead of showing a camera icon in every chat window, you only get the camera view on the home screen. It lets you click on images, add overlay text, or download the snap before sharing it with others. Look at the screenshot above.
And there we encounter the first flaw of Snapchat Web, which is the impossibility of posting stories on your profile. You can only do this from your mobile. That’s not all. The biggest flaw of the Snapchat app that you install on your laptop is that you can’t open or reply to Snaps. I mean, sharing Snaps is one of the core features of the Snapchat experience, but sadly, that’s missing here. However, if you want to send Snaps or post Stories from your laptop, you can install Android apps on Windows 11 using the WSA subsystem.
So, as you can see, the Snapchat web app currently focuses on text messages rather than photos and videos. Next, let’s focus on the privacy features here. As you know, all your messages automatically disappear after 24 hours by default. But you can click on a person’s name to set messages to delete after viewing.
This may also come as a surprise to many, but you can use Snapchat for web on a laptop even when your phone isn’t connected to the Internet. So you can keep chatting with friends even if your phone runs out of juice and you’re too lazy to plug it in. There is not much you can do in terms of settings other than enable dark mode in Snapchat, delete your Snapchat account. , and more.
Additionally, Snapchat claims that just like its mobile app, users won’t be able to screenshot chats, which is great. However, we were able refute this claim by taking a screenshot of the texts and photos in the chat without the sender being notified. We used the Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts “Win + Prt Sc” and “Win + Shift + S” to capture a screenshot (evidence attached). We see a “Looks like you’re trying to take a screenshot” pop-up when right-clicking anywhere in the web application.
Snapchat’s privacy feature that will prevent users from spying on your messages is called “Private screen“. It hides the chat and shows a message saying – “You are no longer present”, which is great. When you return to the Snapchat web app, click anywhere on the screen to re-enter the chat.
So if I had to sum up the feature set and my experience with the Snapchat laptop app, this was a long overdue release, and Snapchat does a decent job of offering the same ephemeral messaging features as its mobile app. . However, the the lack of essential features such as the ability to view snaps and post stories is disappointing. What other feature would you like to see in Snapchat Web on your laptop?
Use Snapchat Online in Browser on Mac and Windows PC
So yes, this is the easiest way to set up and use Snapchat in a browser on your computer. Snapchat+ has already attracted over a million subscribers, giving users exclusive new features and the ability to use the messaging app on devices other than their smartphones. My brief usage experience was fun and easy, but it was a shame that the Snapchat web app didn’t have the ability to view Snaps and share Stories. I hope Snapchat will introduce these two features to provide the same experience as its mobile app on laptops. Do you have Snapchat+ subscription? Do you already use Snapchat on your laptop? Let us know in the comments below.