Snapchat no longer requires you to tap and hold to view a Snap or Story, the company announced in a blog post Wednesday. According to developers, a new version of Snapchat, which is rolling out now on the App Store, lets you view Snaps and Stories with a single tap.
The new tap-and-view experience means your thumb will be no longer tiring while sorting through a bunch of Snaps or watching a several-hundred-second Story.
In addition to this change, the new version of Snapchat brings out the ability to add friends nearby using the new Add Nearby option. “If everyone opens Add Nearby, a list of your friends will appear on the screen,” says the company. “Just tap to add.”
You can now optionally add a selfie to the center of your Snapcode.
This makes it easier for others to recognize you when you add them on Snapchat. Snapcodes screenshotted from other apps can be easily added through Add Friends.
Lastly, Snapchat has recently rolled out two-factor authentication to improve your security by requiring one-time codes in addition to your user name and password.
Though an optional feature, you’re advised to immediately enable Snapchat’s two-factor authentication by going to in-app settings and choosing Login Verification. The app will send you a unique verification code via SMS to the verified phone number linked to your account.
Once Login Verification is enabled, you will have the option to verify additional devices and request a Recovery Code should you lose your phone or change your mobile number.
Snapchat 9.11 changelog:
- Tap To View: now it only takes one tap to view a Snap or Story.
- Improved Snapcodes
- Tap your Snapcode to add a selfie
- Add by Snapcode: screenshot a friend’s Snapcode, then go to Add Friends to add them
- Share your Snapcode: export your Snapcode directly from the app
The 53.7-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later. The app is optimized for the iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes and currently lacks a WatchKit component.
Grab Snapchat at no charge in the App Store.