The controversial ephemeral photo sharing service Snapchat has received a major update today bringing out a text messaging feature conveniently named Chat, plus another one called Here which allows you to engage in live video chats with other users.

To start chatting, just swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox. Yes, the service will immediately clear all message exchange upon leaving the chat screen, leaving no traces of your communication session.

How to get snapchat update? Well, the update should land on the App Store later today so keep your eyes peeled..

So how do you start live video with someone?

First, you need to be in the conversation view. From there, just tap and hold the blue photo button to start a live video chat.

Snapchat writes:

We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face!

To switch between your front and rear camera, swipe up or down.

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As a really cool touch, you can see yourself in the background on the login page!

Check out these new features in the video below.

Again, as Snapchat was originally conceived as an app for sharing disappearing pictures, your photos and text messages get deleted by default, too.

“You keep what you want, and we’ll get rid of everything else,” as the blog posts says.

Download Snapchat free in the App Store. If your iPhone doesn’t offer the Snapchat upgrade yet, you might want to delete the app and install it from this link.

  • ✯Mike✯

    Can’t wait!!!

  • Virus

    Better than having them noisy creeps at Facebook spying on you

  • Marcus

    That looks amazing. Did anyone notice how on the video chat is you moved the circle with your face up on the screen it shows the rear-view camera and if you move it down it show the front facing camera? I just thought that was a great idea. This is going to be so cool.

  • You should really check the article about the update on The Verge. There they talk with the CEO and I found the interview very interesting. The CEO has really interesting views of how should messaging work.

  • neez

    Finally! Although I’m not sure if I like the idea of keeping my finger pressed against the screen while video chatting… It’s not the same thing as snap chatting, and I’d like to move around and be free to change hands without endind the call.

    PS: In this case this could apply to people with research proposes if you know what I mean…

  • chantelle

    Has the update come out yet? I really want it but right now it won’t let me update.

  • George V

    Requires iOS 7.1.1 ……. I tried changing the device firmware with iFile but no luck yet

    • sharmanhall

      /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion . plist

      • SKATE4FREE

        does this really work? i can download ios 7apps? with ios6 if t change it

    • I don’t think it would require 7.1.1
      What are you talking about?

      • mo

        its telling me to update my iOS also

    • Joni Vallés  ☁

      How can i do download this version?

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      what?!?! This better not be true…

    • Palmer Paul

      I’m on iOS 7.0.4 and i was able to download it on my iPhone 4.

    • Vighnesh Manick

      It works on 7.0.6 (iPhone 5). Still Jailbroken 😛

    • SKATE4FREE

      no it doesent or does it rqueire ios 7.1.1 for videocalls? i cant see them the blue button appear even if both are conected

    • George V

      It was just a confusion I thought it was that since i wasn’t on 7.1.1 it wasn’t showing up on my phone but that wasn’t the case the update wasn’t even on the app store yet at the time i posted this sorry for the sudden distraught to everyone

  • lia

    I want to downgrade i hate it 🙁

    • CasonAsherTech

      Snapchat or iOS?

  • Pandalady

    Don’t upgrade this! It’s very annoying I hate it 🙁

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      no one cares, every time you post this

  • jocastro

    garbage, downgrade lol

  • lulu

    is it for just 5th generation or for 4th too?

  • Jackie

    I have the iphone 4 and i can’t use the live video!! very disappointed!!