Snapchat is a social media platform and multimedia messaging application that can be accessed via Android and iOS mobile devices. Snapchat users can share pictures and videos with each other while adding filters or other effects.

Snaps, or messages, exchanged via Chat are meant to automatically delete after they are viewed unless users choose to save a Snap. Users can also select how long messages can stay visible after they are sent or if they want to save the messages.

What is Snapchat used for?

Snapchat is used for exchanging messages, pictures and videos with other Snapchat users. Users can also share Snaps with their followers by posting content on their Snapchat profile. Snapchat is known for its camera features and filters. Businesses and brands often incorporate the app into their marketing strategy to take advantage of branded app filters and Snap ads. The app’s other widely used features include:

  • Stories
  • Facial recognition filters
  • Geofilters
  • Voice and video calls
  • Chat
  • Snap Map
  • Polls
  • Bitmoji

Snapchat lingo

Users on the app often use unique terms to refer to specific app features. Below we answer what some of the most common Snapchat lingo means.

What are streaks on Snapchat?

A Snapchat streak means that two Snapchat friends exchange snaps, or messages, with each other within a 24-hour period for at least three consecutive days. According to Snapchat, the snapstreak number appears next to a fire emoji.

What is quick add on Snapchat?

Snapchat’s quick add feature is where users can add mutual friends or contacts from their phone list. It’s a quick way for users to add their friends without having to search for them.

What is Spotlight on Snapchat?

Spotlight on Snapchat is a dedicated section for discovering popular short-form video content of up to 60-seconds made by users on the app. Users can also filter through trending Snaps, no matter who created them, based on sounds or topics.

What is cache on Snapchat?

Snapchat cache is the saved data on the app which helps Snapchat function faster. Users often clear their cache to free up storage space or troubleshoot issues. According to Snapchat, clearing your cache won’t delete any of your memories, snaps, or chats.