Snapchat is rolling out two new features this week: Group video chat and the ability to tag your friends in Stories. Here’s what you need to know to use them both once your device gets the app update.
Setting up a video call with multiple friends is about as easy as creating a group chat in the app. All you have to do is open Snapchat and swipe left to pull up the Chat tab. Then, either start a new group chat using the icon in the upper-right corner or open an ongoing conversation. Tap on the camera icon, and everyone in the chat (up to 16 people) will get a request to join your video call.
Snapchat’s group videos also work with the company’s popular lenses, so you can talk to your friends while sporting bunny ears or puking a rainbow. If you aren’t comfortable showing your face in the chat you can also opt to only use audio, or you can just type your messages while the rest of your friends share live video feeds.
Snapchat’s second new feature is even easier to navigate. To tag a friend, start by creating a Story like you usually would. When you’re ready to add some text, type the @ sign followed by your friend’s username. You should see a list of options pop up just below your Story. Tap on the one you want in order to select it.
Before you go crazy tagging all your friends, just remember that anyone who can view your Stories will then be able to find your tagged friends in the app. Swiping up on a tagged Story will let anyone add that person as a friend and view their public Stories.