The Snapchat Update That Makes Your Snaps Last Forever

As you may or may not have heard, Snapchat recently unleashed an update that could very well change your life. Or at the absolute least, make Snapchat ever so slightly more interesting.

So what’s new?

For a start, you can now draw with emojis. As in, select the desired emoji, pull it across the screen, and hey presto, the emoji will serve as the outline for whatever masterpiece you’ve created. For example:


Credit: Social Media Today

The update also features a ‘magic eraser’ tool. This allows you to make an object/person/whatever in a photo ‘disappear’ by covering it with the colour that appears next to it. Observe:


Credit: Social Media Today

We’re particularly fond of this one, as it means unwelcome intruders can be smudged out of your glorious selfies. Annoying younger brother photobombing your snap? Erase! Need to confuse your parents? Erase! Bug landed on your forehead just before you took the shot? Erase!

However, the biggest – and probably most controversial – update, involves the introduction of ‘limitless’ snaps. As the company wrote in a recent statement on their website: ‘We’ve all felt the frustration of not being able to fully enjoy a Snap – even after replaying it – and we wanted to give you the option of allowing the recipient to enjoy your Snap as long as they’d like. After your friend finishes viewing the Snap and taps to close it, it will delete as usual.’

This seems a bit odd, seeing as it kind of defeats the entire purpose of the app. The feature also allows users to loop their vids and pics, so even if your story doesn’t go on forever, you can set it to repeat over and over and over – much like the Boomerang feature on Instagram.

How will this affect you, the Ummahsonic reader? We’re not totally sure, but we did think that limitless snaps might come in handy this Ramadan. Especially because – SPOILER ALERT – your very own Ummahsonic might be on Snapchat sooner than you think. (As in much sooner. Very soon. In time for Ramadan soon). Maybe an endless snap of a particularly delicious meal will get you through to the next Iftar. Perhaps limitless vids will let you offer endless visual support to friends and family, for when you’re not with them. You could even snap a few passages from the Quran, to remind you of the values of the holy month at any point.

If you’ve used the update, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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