Calling Friends on Snapchat (with Pictures)

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Calling Friends on Snapchat (with Pictures)
Calling Friends on Snapchat (with Pictures)
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After Snapchat's 'Chat 2.0' update, you can now make free calls and video calls with all your Snapchat friends. You and your friend must both have Snapchat 9.27.0.0 or later to make calls. These options are available on Android and iOS.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Calling

Call Friends on Snapchat Step 1

Step #1. Update Snapchat

If you haven't updated Snapchat in a while, it's best to install the latest version so that you have the features of Chat 2.0 – which includes calling. This feature was introduced in March 2016, with version 9.27.0.0. You can update Snapchat in your device's app store.

Calling is not available everywhere

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Step 2. Start a conversation with the person you want to call

You can start calling right from the call screen. You can only make calls to other Snapchat users.

  • Access your recent chats by swiping from left to right, or by tapping the box in the bottom right corner.
  • Swipe a conversation from left to right to open it, or tap the New Conversation button in the top right corner and choose the one you want to call.
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Step 3. Tap the Phone button to start a phone call

You may get a warning that calling will cost Wi-Fi or mobile data. You will now start calling, and the recipient will receive a notification of your call. If the recipient has notifications enabled for Snapchat, he or she will receive your call anyway. If notifications are turned off, the recipient will only receive your call if they are also currently using Snapchat.

If you see the message "Busy?" the recipient cannot record at this time

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Step #4. Wait for the other person to answer

The recipient has the choice of listening alone or joining the conversation. If the other person is only listening, he or she will be able to hear you, but not the other way around.

When you get a conversation call, you can tap "Listen" to listen only, "Join" to make it a dialogue, or "Ignore" to ignore the call altogether

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Step 5. Hold your phone away from your face to put the call on speaker

Snapchat will automatically switch to speakerphone if you don't hold the phone to your face. Hold the phone to your face again to return to normal call mode.

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Step 6. Tap the video button to start a video chat

The other has the option to only watch or to participate completely.

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Step 7. Hang up by tapping the phone button

This does not break the connection yet. You can still hear the other person until he or she hangs up or you end the call. You can end the conversation by going to another screen in Snapchat, or by opening another app.

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Step 8. Press and hold the phone button to send an audio message

If the other person isn't available, or you just want to say something, you can send a short audio message in the conversation by pressing and holding the phone button. After recording, your message will be sent and the other person can hear it when they open the conversation.

Method 2 of 2: Start a video call

Call Friends on Snapchat Step 9

Step #1. Update Snapchat

You need the latest version of Snapchat to start a video call. This feature was introduced in March 2016, with version 9.27.0.0. You can update Snapchat in your device's app store.

Video calls are not available in all areas

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Step 2. Start a conversation with the person you want to call

You can start a video call right from the conversation screen. You can only make calls to other Snapchat users.

  • Access your recent chats by swiping from left to right on the Snapchat home screen.
  • Swipe a conversation from left to right to open it. You can also tap the New Call button in the top right corner, then choose the one you want to call.
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Step 3. Tap the video button to start a video call

When doing this for the first time, you will see a warning that video calls will use mobile data if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network. The other person will now receive a notification that you are calling them for a video call. If the recipient has notifications enabled for Snapchat, he or she will receive your call anyway. If notifications are turned off, the recipient will only receive your call if they are also currently using Snapchat.

If you see the message "Busy?" the recipient cannot record at this time

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Step #4. Wait for the other person to answer

The recipient can choose to only watch your video, or to participate and share video themselves.

When you get a call for a video call, tap "Watch" to see the other person but not show yourself, "Join" to also send video back, and "Ignore" to let the other know you're busy are

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Step 5. Switch cameras

You can switch between your front and rear cameras during the video call. Tap your video to make it full screen, then tap the "Camera Switch" button in the top right corner.

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Step 6. Swipe down the video to minimize it

So you can use your phone without hanging up. Tap the conversation to make it full screen again.

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Step 7. Tap the video button to hang up

This does not break the connection yet. You can still hear the other person until he or she also hangs up or you end the call. You can end the conversation by going to another screen in Snapchat, opening another app, or exiting Snapchat.

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Step 8. Press and hold the video button to record a video message

If you hold down the button you will see a small circle appear. You can record for up to 10 seconds, and the video will then play when the other person opens the conversation. You can cancel recording by dragging your finger to the X.

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