Snapchat is finally accessible through a browser, but it will cost you
It’s been ten years since the release of Snapchat. Since then, the company has expanded app capabilities, moved into the hardware space with drones and goggles, and battled competitors old and new. Perhaps unique to Snapchat was its inability to access content directly from the web using a browser. Users were forced to install the app to share, communicate or view content. This is different from other social platforms like TikTok or Instagram. Today, that will finally change as Snap Inc. announced that for the first time, Snapchat will be accessible from a computer.
Snapchat for the web gives over 300 million users a new way to connect with the service. Users will have access to chats and be able to respond seamlessly from a web browser or the app. Additionally, Snapchat’s voice and video calling services will also be available when accessed through a browser. The company is currently focusing on its core features and said it will bring Snapchat’s popular AR lenses to the platform later. A bit of a shame, the service will only be available to people registered for Snapchat Plus.
Snapchat web access for $3.99
Snapchat Plus launched last month and is a new paid subscription service that gives users early access to features and some experimental content. Users paying the $3.99 monthly fee can pin conversations and see who has reviewed their story. Since the subscription service is in its infancy, there are very few features to savor, but more are expected to come in the future.
If you are interested in Snapchat for web, you must be a Snapchat Plus user and you may need to go to web.snapchat.com. From there you can log in and use the web service. Snap Inc. warned that while it has some settings in place to prevent screenshots, there might be ways around it, so always be careful.
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