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New Snapchat update finally introduces editable Snaps


  • Snapchat introduces editable Snaps feature, coming soon to Snapchat+ subscribers.
  • How to edit chats: within 5 mins of sending, select message, choose "Edit Chat."
  • Upcoming features include new emoji reactions, AI reminders, map reactions, Bitmoji AI fashion, and AI Lenses.

In a huge update this week (May 1) Snapchat announced several new upcoming features including one long requested by users – editable Snaps.

According to Snapchat’s press release, users of the communication app send more than five billion (yes, BILLION) Snaps per day. It’s inevitable that some of these will have a typo in them, or that users will wish they’d phrased something just slightly differently. Up until now, that was tough to you – once it was out in the world, a Snap was as unchangeable as a Tweet was in 2021.

One of the key features of the new batch of updates is editable Snaps. For up to five minutes after sending, and before anyone replies, you have a limited window to edit your Snaps. There’s no set date when this feature will launch but it will be coming soon to paid Snapchat+ subscribers first.

How to edit chats on Snapchat

You can only edit Snaps if both of these things are true:

  • it has been less than five minutes since you sent it – after that, messages will become uneditable
  • the message has not been replied to yet – as soon as someone responds, the message becomes uneditable

If both these criteria are met, it’s super simple to edit chat messages on Snapchat.

  • select the message you want to edit
  • amongst the usual copy/forward/save options, you’ll now find “Edit Chat”
  • when you choose the edit option, you’ll be able to make changes to the selected Chat

What else is coming to Snapchat?

  • New emoji reactions – reactions will no longer be limited to Bitmojis – react with whatever emoji best suits the occasion
  • My AI reminders – despite a shaky start, Snapchat is continuing to improve My AI, this time with reminders. Simply DM the AI chatbot with a request (such as “please remind me at 2 pm tomorrow to pick up milk”) and it will set up a countdown and let you know when your requested time arises.
  • Map reactions – if you’ve opted into Snap Map location sharing, you can now wave and send hearts directly to your nearby friends on the map.
  • Bitmoji AI fashion – use a short description prompt to generate unique patterns for your Bitmoji’s clothes.
  • AI Lenses – choose a lens (currently, there’s only a 90s lens, but it appears that more are incoming) and let AI transform you into a period piece.

Featured image: Snapchat

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Ali Rees
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Ali Rees is a freelance writer based in the UK. They have worked as a data and analytics consultant, a software tester, and a digital marketing and SEO specialist. They have been a keen gamer and tech enthusiast since their childhood in are currently the Gaming and Tech editor at Brig Newspaper. They also have a Substack where they review short video games. During the pandemic, Ali turned their hand to live streaming and is a fan of Twitch. When not writing, Ali enjoys playing video and board games, live music, and reading. They have two cats and both of…

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