Finally, Snapchat has listened to user feedback and changed the way the weather stickers work in its app. Before, the time effect used to be a filter that you could add by swiping left or right when taking a Snap. This was a very neat and useful geofilter, but it had a major flaw.
It used to obstruct the view, ruining your Snap. Now the time filters are actually time stickers, which can be easily moved around the screen to get them out of the way. Read on to learn how to get the time stamp and reposition it.
Before getting into the details, be sure to download or update the latest version of the Snapchat app on your Android or iPhone device. Just follow the links to the official app store for your respective platform, and you’re ready to start sending Snaps right away!
Snapchat is an incredibly fun app that makes messaging much more interesting and interactive than other social media platforms. Geofilters were always a big part of that, and two of the basic options are the location and time filter.
People used them all the time but, as we mentioned earlier, they had flaws. Since they were filters, you could enable or disable them. But there was no way to move them in the background of your photo or video. The result was an obstructed view of its gorgeous Snap, causing many users to avoid geofilters altogether.
Using the time tag on Snapchat
You don’t need to get the timestamp, you already have it if you updated the app on your device. People who have used Snapchat for a long time are certainly confused by this change, which is totally understandable.
This is why we decided to give you a short tutorial on using the new time tag on Snapchat. Follow these instructions:
- Open Snapchat on your device and sign in if you haven’t already. Snapchat will remind you next time and the login process will be automated.
- Launch the Snapchat app on your Android or iPhone.
- Tap the big circle icon at the bottom of your screen to take a new Snap. You can press and hold it to start recording video instead of a photo. Snapchat will use your front or rear camera depending on your choice. To switch between the two cameras, tap the rectangular icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
- After you’ve taken a Snap, tap on the Stickers icon, which should be in the upper-right corner of your screen (between the stylus and the scissors icons).
- Tap on the time effect, which should be the first effect in the upper left corner of the screen.
- The effect will be instantly added to your Snap, and you can share it with your friends or edit it further.
Other GeoFilters on Snapchat
You’ve probably noticed that there are other filters that were turned into stickers too. You can also add the location tag using the above method, as well as mentioning (tagging) people or adding your Snapchat QR code.
Frankly, this change is welcome. Now it is easier to add this information to your Snaps without having to sacrifice the visibility of your photo or video. Simply put, it is up to you where you want to place the stickers.
How to place Snapchat stickers
Some people may think that stickers work the same as geofilters, but that is not true. The key difference is that you can reposition the stickers wherever you want. That’s how:
- Open Snapchat on your phone.
- Take a short photo or video.
- Add a sticker (like the time sticker).
- Use your thumb and index finger to “select” and pull the sticker from both sides. You can resize it this way, but also move it away from the mainframe in the photo. When you’re satisfied, just release the sticker and lift your fingers.
This may seem a bit temperamental until you get used to it, but it helps to know. We suggest that you attach your stickers to the side, below, or on top of your Snap lens. As long as it’s not in the way, it sure looks good.
What time is it?
Timestamp is one of the best Snapchat stickers. You often want to let your friends know when the Snap was taken, so this tag is perfect. The geofilters were just as good, but, like we said, they couldn’t be moved around the screen.
Now you can easily reposition them and keep Snap’s subject in the spotlight, no matter if you’re taking a selfie, a photo of an object, or a pet. More importantly, it’s amazing that the Snapchat team listens to user feedback.
What do you think of this change? Adding filters is much easier now, don’t you think? Let us know in the comment section.