I’ve been getting into Snapchat and want to have more friends on the system. I know they have SnapCodes that make it easy for people to follow you, but how do I create one to share?
Snapchat is one of many services that offers a scannable code if you scan the code from within the correct app, that is. You can do that with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Messenger too, and I’ve written about all of ’em: Create an Instagram Nametag, Create a Facebook Messenger Shortcut and Make yourself a Twitter QR Code.
Snapchat is also somewhat convoluted in how you do things (to put it mildly) and ties in pretty closely to another app called Bitmoji. In fact, as a first step, you might as well grab Bitmoji for your iPhone or Bitmoji for your Android device. It just makes things easier…
Now, launch Snapchat so you can see a preview of the camera. You can point it away from you or have it in selfie mode, either way is fine. For me, here’s what’s happenin’ today:
Yup, wearing headphones while working. Nothing new there. What you need to check is the top left, however. In my case, there’s already a Bitmoji, but yours might be a more generic icon. Either way, tap on it and you’ll get to… your snapcode! Ta-daaa:
So there’s your snapcode, right at the top and ready to screenshot and share if you’re so inclined. But hold on there, mate! Snapchat has some pretty nice tools to help you fine tune your Snapcode and share it across various platforms, so let’s use that instead.
To get to the Snapcode screen, tap on the small yellow snapcode graphic.
From here you can share what you have, but instead put aside 10-15 minutes and tap on “Edit Bitmoji”. Now you’re in the Bitmoji editor (kinda like an Identikit from the police, actually) where you can tweak your hair color, facial characteristics, outfit (you can see I have a Game of Thrones crown on!) and lots of other features. Good fun and an easy way to waste some time in a good way.
Finally, though, tap on “Share Snapcode” and you can proceed. For example, I’ll share mine on Facebook, which gives me a compose window like this:
Unlike some other services, Snapchat does this correctly and includes the graphic. 🙂 In fact, the resultant post on Facebook looks good and is ready for scanning from other Snapchatters:
More importantly, you can use the “Save Snapcode to Camera Roll” feature to get that slick snapcode saved. Now you can use it anywhere you want, on the back of a business card, projected on the screen at your next talk, as your wallpaper, even as a sticker!
And that’s how it’s done. Now have fun with Snapchat as you gain more followers!