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Snapchat update adds new selfie Lenses + paid extra Snap Replays

Tim Cook Snap

Snapchat is out with its latest update bringing new features and tricks to the photo messaging app. The release notes are short: Before you take a selfie, press and hold on your face for a surprise! That’s referencing the new selfie Lenses trick, which lets you apply some pretty wild effects to your face before sharing with friends. To use Lenses, just tap and hold on your selfie before taking a Snap. A facial outline appears as well as seven effects including that dramatically change up your selfie.

Some of these effects ask you to raise your eyebrows or open your mouth to work and include popping heart eyes and and rainbow vomiting blushed cheeks effects.

On its blog post, Snapchat also highlights the addition of “pricey” paid Replays for users wanting extra chances to view Snaps. This feature is currently US-only for now.

We introduced Replay in Additional Services almost two years ago, and we’ve used it to relive those amazing moments (or the ones we weren’t paying attention to…) just one more time before they disappear. We’ve provided one Replay per Snapchatter per day, sometimes frustrating the millions of Snapchatters who receive many daily Snaps deserving of a Replay. But then we realized — a Replay is like a compliment! So why stop at just one?

Today, U.S. Snapchatters can purchase extra Replays, starting at 3 for $0.99. You can use a Replay on any Snap you receive, but you can only Replay any Snap once. They’re a little pricey — but time is money! ;)

There’s also a new Trophy Case feature placed above the camera with 16 in total to unlock. This uses your Snapchat score to unlock emojis that show your progression with Snapchat.

Snapchat also recently removed the need to press and hold on Stories, which proved to be too much work on longer stories, and gained a high-profile new user: Apple Music. No word on whether or not Tim Cook himself is on Snapchat yet, but his selfie game with Eddy Cue at Fifth Ave this week is strong:

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You can grab Snapchat 9.15 on the App Store.


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  1. - 8 years ago

    At my ripe old age, I just don’t get it.

  2. Maddy Sherlock - 8 years ago

    but it doesn’t work with my 4s…

    • Joel Antonio Ibarra - 8 years ago

      same here on my 6 Plus oddly I’m on IOS 9.1 beta but it should not make a difference

      • Update your app. App Store, Updates. See if that works.

      • Sarah Jane - 8 years ago

        I’m having the same problem on my Iphone 6 – Updated Snapchat App in Store, Updated to iOS 9 – Still can’t get it to work!

      • Melissa Ann - 8 years ago

        Try going in an area with more light…I was having the exact same problem, but it works when I go into a brighter room. I think maybe it has trouble identifying your facial features without good lighting.

    • dannyboy11122 - 8 years ago

      Not working on my 4S either…. Im on iOS 9.1 Beta

    • Alejandro Rosales Carter - 8 years ago

      Same here. I thought I was the only one having this issue with the iPhone 4s. :(

    • Razzburrys - 8 years ago

      Update app. Restart app. Selfie camera mode, press and hold face for a few second until you see the options pop up. Do this before taking a picture or video.

  3. flybirdx101 - 8 years ago

    Thats the Looksery technology, guys from my hometown! Great job!

  4. Nicole Cairns - 8 years ago

    how the hell do u do it? ive pressed and hold my face but nun happens???

  5. Alejandro Rosales Carter - 8 years ago

    Does this new Snapchat update work for iPhone 4s?

  6. Razzburrys - 8 years ago

    For those saying it doesn’t work:

    Update app. Restart app. Selfie camera mode, press and hold face for a few second until you see the options pop up. Do this before taking a picture or video. Your options will appear after holding down on your face in self facing camera mode.

    Have fun!

  7. Alexa (@moirasison) - 8 years ago

    Are the new features for the new update for Snapchat applicable or can be utilized with iPad Mini? Immediate answers are appreciated.

  8. Alexa (@moirasison) - 8 years ago

    Are the new features for this new update applicable for or can be utilized in an iPan Mini? Or just for iPhones only? Immediate answers are appreciated. Thank you.

  9. Alicia Smith - 8 years ago

    It does t work on iPad mini! How do I get it to work please?

  10. C’mon. Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the strongest variant with Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 300 with newest build of Android 5.0.1 and these features are not working? Seriosuly?

  11. Those lenses don’t work for me. WTF?

    • Well, apparently: Note: Lenses aren’t supported on some devices including older iPhones, iPod Touches, and many older Android devices. Also, recording video with Lenses is only supported on Android 5.0 or higher.

  12. James Carpenter - 8 years ago

    does the update work for ipod 5

  13. Kaelin Ripley - 8 years ago

    My updated won’t work on my iPhone 4s :( I can see the trophies, but the filters don’t work…

  14. Gabby (@dollyoldgirl) - 8 years ago

    I have an iPad 2 with the new updates but it doesn’t seem to work for me!

  15. merrieesarah - 8 years ago

    Add me on snapchat merrieesarah

  16. kianocallebaut - 8 years ago

    It doesn’t work on my brand new Huawei P8 running Android 5.0 but it works great on my Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini running Android 4.4.2. How is this possible?

  17. You would think that this would work on LG G3S but apparently it’s ‘too old’…

  18. Jessica Miller - 8 years ago

    on an iphone 5s and its not working…. :(

  19. httpjasmine - 7 years ago

    Okay so I have a friend that has an iPod 5 and the lenses work for her but I have an iPod 5 also and they don’t work for me?

  20. I have an Iod 5th generation …. and the feature doesn’t work, everything is update so i don’t understand why it is not working

  21. Hanna Kenk - 7 years ago

    I have a Sony Xperia M2 Aqua 5.1.1 and the lenses won’t work.. Very dissapointed! >:(

  22. Marisol Herrera - 7 years ago

    can u use this with i phone?


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