The Snap Camera in Snapchat offers users the opportunity to add creative filters, but it can also help them learn more about the world around them, thanks to the Scan feature. While filters can come and go, like the speed filter that Snapchat removed back in June, Snapchat still offers plenty of tools and features for its users to enjoy. One especially fun thing to do is customizing the Bitmoji, including changing the outfit.
Snapchat Trends is another useful feature as it allows users to see which keywords and topics have been popular in the app recently, something that’s all the more important for those looking to create content on currently trending topics. Snapchat users can also take advantage of My Places, which not only helps users keep track of their favorite locations, but also allows them to find new and popular locations nearby. To get started with My Places, users just have to open up the Snap Map, and tap on the Places button. Users can even watch pilot episodes of HBO Max shows, thanks to Snap Minis.
The Scan feature allows users to turn the Snap Camera into a search engine just by pointing the camera at something they want to know more about and tapping the yellow Scan button underneath the record button. Users can also press and hold the screen while their camera is trained on something to start using Scan. After scanning something, the results will surface in the Scan tray, including relevant lenses. In the Scan tray, Snapchat also offers tips on how to get more use out of the Scan feature, such as making sure to aim the camera directly at what they’re trying to scan and ensuring the camera lens is clean. It’s also important that the area is well-lit so that the Snap Camera can clearly pick up on the object when using Scan.
With Scan, users can point the camera at themselves or their surroundings and find a variety of lenses. For example, if users are taking a selfie and want to find a fun lens, they can point the camera at themselves and activate Scan. In the Scan tray, users will then see Face Lenses, and can scroll through the search results until they find the right lens by tapping on “Try lenses.” Alternatively, if users see a product they like and want to buy it online, Scan can help. Simply open the Scan tray, scroll down and tap on the “Find a product” button while pointing the Snap camera at the object. An Amazon link will then pop up with the same or a similar product making it easy to check the price, find more information on the product or buy the item.
If a song is playing and the user wants to learn more about it then use Scan while standing as close to the speaker as possible. In the Scan tray, information will pop up, including the song title and the artist. Users can also learn more about plants, animals, and cars with Scan. Not to mention, if they’re having trouble with a math problem, Scan can help with that, too. Simply aim Scan at the difficult equation and the scanned problem will appear in the Snapchat Scan tray, along with the solution.