Snapchat Update: Incredible New Chat Features

A massive March Snapchat update is out today that delivers a ton of new Snapchat Chat features. The company calls this Chat 2.0, and it is a huge upgrade to the way you use Snapchat to communicate directly with another user.

There are a lot of new Snapchat features in this update, and there is a new way that Stories are displayed. In short, this is the biggest new Snapchat update of 2016 so far.

We first heard about the Snapchat update that would revolutionize chat inside Snapchat back in January, and now it is coming to your iPhone and Android.

In an announcement on the Snapchat blog, which we usually only see for massive changes, the company shares, “We want Chat to be the best way to communicate — second only to hanging out face-to-face.”

What's new in the Snapchat update that adds Chat 2.0.
What’s new in the Snapchat update that adds Chat 2.0.

You’ll need to install the new Snapchat update and start chatting with friends while you use the Snapchat Chat 2.0 feature to see if they live up to that promise. Here’s a look at the new Snapchat Chat 2.0 features and what’s new with Stories in this March Snapchat update.

The March Snapchat update that enables Chat 2.0 is still on the way to users. You will need to wait for it to arrive before you can use any of the new features. Make sure you check for updates on your iPhone or Android.

When the last new Snapchat update arrived it landed on iPhone two days before Android, so there is a chance you will need to wait to get it on your device.

Snapchat Update Upgrades Chat

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For Snapchat users that rely on the app to communicate directly with other Snapchatters, this is a very important update. The old Snapchat chat options only allow you to perform basic communication features.

With Snapchat Chat 2.0, you can now start talking or video chatting instantly when you are both in the chat. This will allow you to quickly go from typing to talking or video chatting. Of course you can also send photos or videos that are not live as well. You can also send stickers inside chat with the new Snapchat update.

There are a lot of new Snapchat features available today.
There are a lot of new Snapchat features available today.

Here’s how Team Snapchat describes the new Chat 2.0 features,

“You can start by sending a few chats, and when your friend shows up, start talking or video chatting instantly with one tap. Your friend can simply listen if you want to sing them a song, or watch if you have a new puppy to show them. If they aren’t there, you can quickly send an audio note to say what you mean. And sometimes, a sticker says it best :)”

A major part of this Snapchat update is making it easy to switch between the various ways you communicate with friends, without changing apps or services that you use.

200+ New Snapchat Stickers

Check out the new Snapchat stickers in the latest update.
Check out the new Snapchat stickers in the latest update.

There are over 200 new Snapchat stickers to choose from in this new update. You can send these in chat to other users. While they may not look like you, Bitmoji style, they add a lot of new options to communicate with images. There are a ton of these tucked into the new Chat 2.0 screen.

Snapchat Update: Auto-Advance Stories

On top of all the new Snapchat chat 2.0 features, there is a change to how Snapchat Stories work.

Here's what's new in Snapchat stories.
Here’s what’s new in Snapchat stories.

If you love to watch a collection of Snapchat Stories from the people you follow, the new Snapchat update makes it faster to go to the next story.

When you finish a Snapchat Story the app will now go directly to the next Story from someone you follow.

To stop this auto advance or Snapchat Story auto-play, simply swipe to skip ahead or pull down to exit stories.

Snapchat Updates Privacy Policy

Another part of the March Snapchat update is a change to the Snapchat Privacy Policy. You can see the new Snapchat Privacy Center for details on what is new. When you open Snapchat you need to agree to the changes before you can use the app.

The company teases that this is laying the groundwork for new products to come. Snapchat recently bought the Bitmoji app, but that is just one of the things we expect to see from Snapchat this year.

16 Comments

  1. Ashley Karhoff (@ashley_karhoff)

    03/29/2016 at 2:39 pm

    Curious if people will leave Facebook Messenger opting for Snapchat’s new update instead… http://www.ashleykarhoff.com

    Reply

  2. Mike

    03/29/2016 at 5:48 pm

    How do I turn off auto-advance, I absolute abhor it?

    Reply

  3. Katie

    03/29/2016 at 7:01 pm

    How do I turn off auto advance! I hate it!

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  4. Sammy Dee Marcus

    03/29/2016 at 10:07 pm

    Auto Advance sucks! I’m friends with my ex and I hate seeing her snaps with the new fag, i used to just avoid the stories now they start automatically.

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  5. The chosen one

    03/30/2016 at 7:09 am

    I agree with the above! Auto advance is TERRIBLE. Expecting us to just “swipe down” in the current story to avoid the next one playing is a poor solution.

    Reply

  6. Les

    03/30/2016 at 8:07 am

    The auto advance is AWFUL there needs to be a real way to turn it OFF

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  7. [email protected]

    03/30/2016 at 12:09 pm

    lol wtf are y’all really that lazy?? lmao wtf is america coming to swipe down and exit not that difficult and not that time consuming.. and as for the user not wanting to see his ex? delete her of snapchat tf is wrong with you man we don’t love thee hoes

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  8. Butt

    03/30/2016 at 8:28 pm

    I completely agree with most above. Story auto advance sucks a lot. It goes so fast at times it’s difficult to read the names, figure out who it is, see/hear what’s going on in the snap, and read whatever message they may type. Tapping to watch a specific person’s snaps (the way it was before) one at a time is a much better solution. There needs to be a way to turn this feature off and on.

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  9. Allii Arent

    03/31/2016 at 4:47 pm

    I don’t like it at all. I can’t even seen who has seen my story and it’s just plain annoying

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  10. Lexy

    03/31/2016 at 6:08 pm

    Auto advance is terrible- I never know who’s story I’m reading and frankly, I don’t want to watch everyone’s story. Some of them are stupid boring. There has to be a way to turn this off- it’s a terrible feature.

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  11. mackabieviper42

    03/31/2016 at 10:11 pm

    The auto advance I use yesterday I didn’t know who I was following it just went from one person to next which I thought it was on big film from one perso till I press one at time of my friends why you need auto advance video any way for this app I loved it better the other way for when it goes from one person to next you do not know who you are really watching

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  12. Sara

    03/31/2016 at 10:12 pm

    AUTO ADVANCE IS THE WORST FEATURE EVER ADDED– makes me want to delete my account!! Fix it snapchat

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  13. dee

    04/01/2016 at 11:40 am

    Auto advance sucks…it should be an option not automatic

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  15. Sean

    06/12/2016 at 10:21 pm

    The auto advance is pretty terrible, but what i REALLY dislike is that the icons for the other stories (ie Comedy central, People, cnn, blah blah blah) are much Much too large and i have to scroll past all that crap (that i dont care to look at unless Im really really really bored) just to look at my friends stories. The little bar with the icons on it before was great. But i have no time for scrolling past useless crap every time i want to see my friends stories. Too many ads for me. Byebye snapchat. It was nice using you the past year.

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