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Snapchat was one of the first apps to offer self-destructing messages that protect your privacy, letting friends view a sent image for up to 10 seconds before being automatically erased. Early on, it was possible to screen capture images, or even find the cache of the file, but updates to Snapchat notify the sender if a screenshot was taken in the app. So while these messages are supposed to be destroyed, there are ways to keep a copy.

In response to video-sharing apps like Vine, Snapchat introduced video recording and sharing in its iOS and Android apps to support video as well.

Are you wondering exactly how to use the video recording option in Snapchat? It's very similar to taking photos, with only one minor change.

Snapchat Android iOS record video

To record video, instead of tapping the picture button, hold it down. This will start Snapchat's video recording. Unlike Vine, Snapchat allows you to take up to 10 seconds of video before sending to your friends (Vine only records up to 6 seconds). As long as you hold down the record button, Snapchat will continue to record.

Snapchat Android iOS send to

When you've recorded your video, you can send it to your friends just like you would a photo. Select the contacts that you want to send the video to, and hit Send.

Snapchat will still save a log of your Snapchats, along with unseen sent messages.

Snapchat Android iOS messages

Snapchat's expansion into video recording is great for friends to share creative and fun videos. For parents, the app creates concern for the types of content that gets sent. Even though Snapchat erases the photo or video content, parents should be aware of the possible content that their children could be exposed to from their Snapchat friends.

The newest addition to Snapchat video is the live-video function, which lets you have live, face-to-face conversations with other Snapchat users who are online. If you're interested in using this function, check out the tutorial here.

Snapchat is available for free on iOS and Android.

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  • ben |
    17/03/13
    ben

    I tried holding down the button to take a video but it took a picture instead. I have a Galaxy Nexus. Can you help me.

  • hi |
    17/03/13
    hi

    Go to the market and update the app

  • Luke |
    07/04/13
    Luke

    I have a HTC Desire and it keeps saying I am unavailable to download snapchat?? Why is this?

  • Tonii |
    13/04/13
    Tonii

    How do yoh add a captiom for android?

  • hank |
    14/04/13
    hank

    Snapchats is stopping my video from recording after like 2 seconds, even though im still holding down the record button. Im running it on my droid 2. I reinstalled and am still having the problem. Can any one help?

  • Ashleigh |
    16/04/13
    Ashleigh

    I have the exact same problem as 'hank' ^ I have a Droid Pro

  • blahblah |
    18/04/13
    blahblah

    There are six screens when i record on my "self" camera

  • me |
    20/04/13
    me

    Six screens, go to settings, video settings, camera orientation, rotation 180

  • Concerned Citizen |
    24/04/13
    Concerned Citizen

    I have a motorola electrify and my girlfriend has an iPhone. I can receive video snaps from other android users but not from iphone users. PLEASE FIX!

  • Scott Son |
    25/04/13
    Scott Son

    I have a galaxy axiom and when i record it shows 6 of me please help because I don't know what is happening

  • Andre |
    26/04/13
    Andre

    I'm having the same issue as Hank and Ashleigh, I don't know why it ends the video early, and for some reason, the more i move my phone around, the shorter the video is as opposed to if i were to just hold the phone still.

  • lou |
    30/04/13
    lou

    can you get snapchat on a symbian phone?

  • Kathy |
    07/05/13
    Kathy

    I have the same problem as Ben how do I record

  • Melanie |
    07/05/13
    Melanie

    I keep getting the ghost with the yellow background, what do i do? It wont let me do anything

  • angel |
    10/05/13
    angel

    mine doesent let me record it keeps saying sorry this video can not be played

  • Josey Thibodeaux |
    13/05/13
    Josey Thibodeaux

    I have a Galaxy S 2 Skyrocket, and when I go to take a screenshot it closes the picture before I can click the button to take the screenshot.

  • kiki |
    17/05/13
    kiki

    correction ** I can't hear sound when people send me a video and i can't hear myself when i play the video i want to send -__-

  • vic |
    18/05/13
    vic

    My phone will not let me send videos on snapchat it will only let ne receive them.

  • Jack |
    18/05/13
    Jack

    My snapchat videos are just black screens when people get them. I can only open some peoples videos as well - two people who have iphone but others who don't (both 4 and 5 models). Anyone else got this? or no solutions?

  • Jack |
    18/05/13
    Jack

    Ciara - I have the same problem, any idea how to fix it?

  • sammy |
    19/05/13
    sammy

    i have the same problem it wont let me see videos on my samsung

  • james |
    20/05/13
    james

    i don't know what problems you guys are having because it work fine for my HTC EVO 4G

  • kimmmmmm |
    21/05/13
    kimmmmmm

    I can take a video but when it sends to some one else it just appears black with sound, why is this?? I have android htc

  • andrea |
    21/05/13
    andrea

    i cannot see certain videos, it just says sorry this video cannot be played. but it is only the same person, how can i fix this?

  • fatamy |
    21/05/13
    fatamy

    my Samsung galaxy does take videos but when it shows me the video before its sent just like when i take photos the video gets split into a bunch of pieces so my face is everywhere all random bits.

  • Lauren |
    21/05/13
    Lauren

    I can send record and my videos send, but it's always just a black screen to the person receiving it, help?

  • Luis |
    22/05/13
    Luis

    I have the same problem as lauren. Please help?

  • Me |
    22/05/13
    Me

    I can record and send videos but I can't play any of the ones I receive.

    Dialog box: Cannot play video Sorry, this video cannot be played.

    I have a Lg Optimus L7 with Android version 4.0.3 and Snapchat is up to date

    Help please

  • Josh |
    23/05/13
    Josh

    I'm also having the same problem Ashleigh. Snapchat stops recording after about 2 seconds on my Droid Pro

  • sam carding |
    24/05/13
     sam carding

    It will only let me send a picture to one contact and not multiple contacts.

  • Kristen |
    24/05/13
    Kristen

    I have an iphone 5 and i can take the video but i dont know how to send it?? i see the red line go across but there is no send button like when i take a picture???

  • alex bukuru sexy |
    25/05/13
    alex bukuru sexy

    i works very good and i have no problems sortty

  • June |
    25/05/13
    June

    for some reason I can't to the front camera (selfies) on android ver 2.3.1 it just turns up as a black screen

  • Kori |
    26/05/13
    Kori

    I don't have a number and I can't talk to any one

  • Felicia |
    26/05/13
    Felicia

    I went to watch a video someone sent me and a text message popped up and now I can't view the video. Is there a way to view it??

  • Simon |
    26/05/13
    Simon

    I have an HTC Wildfire S and cannot view videos that people send me. Pictures work fine though. Are there any ways to sort this out?

  • pixie38 |
    27/05/13
    pixie38

    I cant take a video with my front camera. Using sony xperia U

  • SophieSopSo |
    27/05/13
    SophieSopSo

    I have an HTC desire and it says something like .. you are not compatible.with this version. What does that mean and why can't i download it?

  • Celina |
    28/05/13
    Celina

    I can't record. Is there anything specific I need to do w/ an Android??

  • Debaduck |
    28/05/13
    Debaduck

    I am using LG I think 970 and I can not get my camera to face me in snap chat it does any other time, any idea where to change this setting?

  • Supercalafragelisticexpealidocious |
    29/05/13
    Supercalafragelisticexpealidocious

    When I send videos from my android phone to an iPhone, it shows up black on their screen. Any solutions?!

  • Bhc |
    30/05/13
    Bhc

    It says my mobile number is invalid

  • Lara |
    31/05/13
    Lara

    I have snapchat on my iPod and when I try put in my fine number it says "Oops invalid phone number" so I don't know what to do!!??

  • Suse |
    01/06/13
    Suse

    I'm having the same problem as a few people on here. I have an HTC Desire X and it won't let me view video snaps. Pictures work fine. Just the videos.

  • followmeontwitter @beccajackson94 |
    02/06/13
    followmeontwitter @beccajackson94

    hello i have a "HTC DESIRE C" and i cant get snapchat :( i dont know why though!? because i have the goo enough android system and you can take snapchat pictures using the camrea at the back of the phone. but i cant get snapchat still! (im guessing its because i dont have a front facing camera) but i still thik its unfair as you can take snapchat photos from the normal camera. as i have already said!! sort it snapchat developers!!! it doesnt make sense! thanks :)

  • LISAODOWD |
    03/06/13
    LISAODOWD

    GET IT ON WINDOWS PHONE

  • layla |
    03/06/13
    layla

    my android wasnt letting me record more than 2 seconds so go to settings then video settings then go to camera orientation then change it do rotate 108 :)

  • tris1397 |
    06/06/13
    tris1397

    when i take a video on my samsung galaxy stellar it makes six of my face. any help?

  • mia |
    06/06/13
    mia

    I have a HTC and I sent a video to my friend with an iPhone and they told me the video was just black? How do I fix it?

  • Linards |
    06/06/13
    Linards

    I have snapchat, but it only takes pictures, whem I try to record a video, it turns black and takes a picture.

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