Here's How To Use Snapchat, The Awesome New Sexting App

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Snapchat, a photo-sharing app, has seen massive growth since launching last year in September.We are convinced that that runaway growth has a lot to do with features that make it ideal for sexting, or sharing risqué photos of yourself with friends.

Or “friends,” we should say, who might suddenly turn around and share those photos with others or post them online.

At least in theory, Snapchat makes it impossible for your “friends” to do that.

(In reality, there are ways around the controls, so be careful. Those nude, drunk photos you thought it would be fun to share might find their way to Facebook even if you use Snapchat).

Snapchat is pretty simple to use. You take a photo, send it to a friend, and decide how long they can see it for, anywhere between one and 10 seconds. After that, it’s gone.

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Sounds like a pretty good way to send naughty photos, right?


There’s no such thing as safe sexting.

While Snapchat tries to deter users from taking screenshots of your photos, it’s definitely still possible to do it.

Snapchat requires you to keep your finger on the photo the entire time you’re looking at it, so mobility is limited. But anyone with two hands can easily figure out a way to take a screenshot of your photo before it disappears.

Snapchat will let you know if someone took a screenshot of your photo, but at that point, it’s too late because now that person has their own copy of the picture to share with who knows how many people.

At least you’ve been warned.

We’ve asked Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel about all the sexting-friendly features he built into the app. After all, why worry about people sharing your photo if it’s an innocent snapshot?

He hasn’t responded to our questions, asking instead if we’ve used the app.

We have. It is possible to keep it clean while using Snapchat, as we’re doing in this walkthrough. But it also gave us a clear picture of how teens might use the app in the real world.

Locate the app on your home screen to launch Snapchat

Click the button on the right-hand side to add friends to share photos with.

You can pull in friends from Facebook or your address book.

Let the sexting begin! Take a picture of yourself or anything, really.

Click the pencil in the right-hand corner to draw or add text. You can also pull from the bottom of the app to open up the keyboard.

Click the timer at the bottom to determine how long you want your friend to see the image for.

You can also save the photo to your phone if you want. But that's not an option for the person on the receiving end.

You can send the photo to one person ...

Or to an entire group.

Before it's sent, you can confirm that you're sending it to the right person for the desired amount of time.

Busted! Snapchat lets you know if your friend pulled a fast one on you and took a screenshot.

Now, find out why Snapchat is all the rage

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