How to use Snapchat’s new one-handed zoom

By , May 9, 2016

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We don’t hang out on Snapchat on a regular basis, but I myself use the app from time to time to check out new features. Earlier today, my boss Sébastien shared an amazing collection of handy Snapchat tips and trick, created by fifteen-year-old Victoria Samson.

Some of the tricks she demonstrates are quite brilliant, but her video how-tos don’t cover Snapchat’s latest feature addition—the ability to zoom while recording a video in one-handed mode using a simple gesture. That’s precisely what this quick tutorial will discuss: using Snapchat’s handy one-handed zoom mode during video capture.

1) Launch Snapchat on your iPhone. You must have at least Snapchat version 9.3 or later in order to take advantage of the new one-handed zooming mode. To see if there’s an update available for the copy of Snapchat that’s installed on your device, simply visit the App Store’s Updates tab.

2) Switch to Snapchat’s built-in camera and tap and hold the large circular shutter button at the bottom to start recording.

3) Drag your finger up and away from the capture button while recording to zoom in, or move it down and closer to the capture button to zoom out.

When you finish recording the video, you will see that your zooms have been recorded and captured on video, in real-time. Proceed with sharing this video as you normally would.

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  • ready1take1

    That’s pretty dang cool!

    Reminds me of google maps ability to do a one handed zoom by double tapping and holding, then dragging up and down to zoom in and out of an area.

  • techfreak23

    That’s not that new. They’ve had that feature for awhile now…

  • I Touch Myself One Handed

    Again, one fingered, not one handed.

    • ready1take1

      good point. a two handed zoom is something you’d probably only do on the ipad pro. Technically we’re talking about a one thumb zoom.