30 June 2022
After over 10 years of existence, Snapchat is finally coming to desktops and laptops via a web version. Snap has confirmed that Snapchat for web is currently available for Snapchat+ subscribers. It means the web version is currently limited to the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It will be expanded to the rest of the world in the near future.
Snapchat for web will deliver a user experience similar to smartphone apps. It will offer access to chats and video calling so that users can resume where they left off on the phone. The recipient will see the sender's Bitmoji with a laptop to signify that the user is chatting via the web version. It will have features like Chat Reactions and Chat Reply and all chats will get deleted after 24 hours.
The announcement Lenses support on the web is currently under development. It will be added soon to the version but a specific timeline is yet to be shared. The web version is accessible through a dedicated web page (web.snapchat.com) where users will need to sign in using their credentials and by completing a two-step verification. It has a new privacy feature that hides your Snapchat window when you click away for some other task.
It should be noted that Snapchat still sees itself as a mobile-first platform. The decision to release a web version was due to continuous feedback and requests from users. It says that a lot of its users are spending a good amount of time on laptops and desktops for different reasons like online learning, working, streaming, and even plain browsing. This is why it wanted to reach to those users who are also on desktops and laptops.