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What Apps Are Like Snapchat?
The history of social media may be fairly recent, but the field is developing at a rapid pace. Facebook has become all but obsolete, with most of the content switching to Instagram and similar apps. Considering how the trends are changing at the speed of light, we can safely call Snapchat a pretty consistent social media platform. Ever since it came out, it has enjoyed a steady userbase, with its popularity only increasing over time. What started out as a discreet way of chatting and sending pictures has now become a complete user-interactive experience.
With the never-ending updates bringing more fun features to the table, it is hard not to be enamored by Snapchat. However, if for some reason you want to dabble in other similar apps, I have got you covered. Take a look at a few apps like Snapchat down below with surprisingly similar features and interfaces.
Apps Similar to Snapchat
- Wickr Me
- Youcam Perfect
1. Wickr Me
Think Snapchat's twin brother and you get Wickr Me. You can exchange texts, pictures, and videos discreetly—pretty much emulating all the basic functionalities of Snapchat. Your chats are encrypted, which ensures full privacy. Also worthy of note is the shredder function, which deletes all the data permanently. Though it's geared towards the young crowd, the app is also a hit among adults. It's sufficient to say that Wickr Me caters to every age group's need, providing people with ample tools to have a fun time interacting with each other.
My only gripe with Wickr Me is the app’s lack of an extensive filter collection and visual enhancers. Even with this minor drawback, Wickr Me is still a solid alternative to Snapchat.
Snow shares similarities with not only Snapchat but Instagram as well. This versatile app's prime currency is videos. Shoot and share them with your fans at a moment's notice. Like Snapchat, you can also chat with other users via a textbox/chatbox. But the best part about Snow is its ability to create animated GIFs on the go. Texting never has to be a dull affair again.
"Story Section" is another intriguing feature of Snow. Just like Insta and Snapchat, you can create and share stories on your timeline for all your friends and followers. Overall, this app has covered all its bases for being a solid social media substitute for Snapchat. The only drawback, if it can be called so, is that there is no option to save images on the app itself. Unlike Snapchat, which has a dedicated camera roll section, you will have to save your clicks directly on the phone gallery.
I introduced you to Snapchat's twin brother; now meet its new and improved clone, Clipchat. The creators of this app have captured the essence of Snapchat and made it even more appealing. The first thing they have improved on is privacy. Like Snapchat, you can send and receive texts, images, and videos discreetly. However, it is even more difficult to take screenshots in Clipchat.
When a user receives an image, it is initially blurred, and the receiver has to interact with the app in order to unlock it, thereby drastically reducing the window of time available to take a screenshot. Also, the user interface of this app is so much better than Snapchat. It’s easy to use and engage with.
Conversely, one might argue that Clipchat lacks originality as it's a Snapchat rip-off in some ways. However, the improvements and user-friendliness of Clipchat compensate for its lack of originality.
MSQRD (Masquerade) acts as an accessory to major social media platforms. While the doesn't feature any option for interaction among its users, they have filters, tons of them. And MSQRD keeps bringing new and innovative ones into the fold.
From beautiful to funny, depending on the mood, you'll always have an overwhelming number of filters to choose from. You can be an astronaut, some cute animal, a zombie, and more at the click of a button. If that doesn't cut it, you can always use its "Face Swap" feature to have some fun with your friends. For the uninitiated, the Face Swap feature reads your face along with a friend’s and swaps it on the app.
Let's face it; many people use Snapchat these days just to have fun with the face filters. MSQRD caters to this particular need without the pressure of interacting with anyone or keeping appearances.
When it comes to being highly interactive and user-friendly, few can compare to Boo!. This simplistic yet fun app lets users take photos, videos, and allows them to chat with friends at the click of a button.
The face filters and other similar features are also pretty addictive and can hook you for hours. Doodles and motion stickers are almost identical to Snapchat, adding a sense of familiarity. Clicking a picture or shooting a video on Boo! is super easy. Point your camera and just click anywhere on the screen.
Thanks to its simple and vibrant interface, Boo! is extremely popular among kids in some corners of the world. School students, in particular, find this app highly enjoyable. Although it is not as famous as Snapchat, Boo! is still a pretty solid substitute for Snapchat with a young userbase.
6. Youcam Perfect
Youcam Perfect is pretty similar to MSQRD since they both function as accessory apps for other social media platforms. While you can't interact with other users on the app, you can certainly enjoy all the other benefits of Snapchat.
A lot of people use this app to click pictures as it provides some great, high-quality clicks, making anyone look photogenic. In fact, it beats Snapchat in this department, thanks to the plethora of filters, stickers, doodles, and extra effects to get the perfect shot.
The app also has face detection technology (read: face swap), which makes it more fun to click pictures with friends. So, if you're looking to up your social media game, you should have Youcam Perfect in your arsenal.
A more simplistic version of Snapchat, Yovo is a great social media app if you're not into face filters and the extra gimmicks. With Yovo, you can click live pictures and add captions, doodles, stickers, and more to make your post more attractive.
Unlike the previous 2 entries, Yovo allows interaction with other users. Also, the stories posted on the app stay on for 48 hours. Yovo also upholds privacy and prevents users from taking screenshots. Your posts are truly discreet.
With excellent image quality and quick loading, Yovo is one of the best alternatives to Snapchat. As of the time of writing, it’s still rough around the edges. The user interface, for instance, still looks clunky. Here is hoping that they iron these issues out with future updates.
If you find Snapchat somewhat juvenile, Dust may be more up your speed. This app takes user-friendliness and secrecy to a whole new level. Touted as the world's most secure messenger (self-proclaimed), the creators of this app assure that once you delete your data off this app, there is no way to recover it.
Apparently, even their servers and drives don't store user data, ensuring complete encryption and safety. In this age where and old tweets come back to haunt you, it seems as if nothing truly vanishes. So when an app assures the privacy of such scale, it’s truly appealing.
The interface of the app is better and faster than Snapchat, earning Dust another feather in its cap. Thanks to all these advantages, one can consider Dust to be a more mature, streamlined version of Snapchat.
Not to be confused with Slingshot, a Facebook creation that no longer exists, Slinger has a rather niche market. This is specifically designed for vertical videos. On Slinger, you can shoot and share short, vertical videos with your friends and followers. You can also add filters, doodles and use other visually enhancing features to make your posts stand out.
It can also be compared to Vine to some extent, although there isn’t a specified time limit for videos like the latter. Unfortunately, Slinger is still gathering steam and is not popular. The good news is that you can use Slinger as an accessory to Snapchat.
StealthChat is another app making big claims about keeping your data safe and private. As the name suggests, it is purely dedicated to providing encrypted and secured communication. As soon as you make the choice to erase your chats, pictures, or videos, they are deleted on both the sender and receiver's ends. So, if you want to send sensitive stuff with no repercussions, this is the app. Just like Telegram, you can also decide the time frame in which these messages will disappear.
By covering all bases from texts, pictures, videos to calls (those are encrypted), this app will really please those who value privacy.
I have saved the best for the last. This list won't be complete without the mighty Instagram as it provides all the features of Snapchat, including face filters, stories, doodles, emojis, and video calls. With its recent updates, Instagram has been gradually imitating many of Snapchat’s popular features, making it more appealing for those looking for a good Snapchat alternative.
One might argue that Instagram isn’t as private or secure as Snapchat. For instance, you won't be notified if someone takes a screenshot of your pictures or videos.
If you’re a somewhat private person, maybe Instagram is not the best option for you. Try one of the safer apps mentioned above in the listicle. On the other hand, if you love showing off, Instagram might be the best fit for you.
So what did you think of our extensive list? Do you think Snapchat will ever be able to surpass a social media giant like Instagram? Did I miss out on some apps like Snapchat? Most importantly, do you think some new app or technology will wipe them all off the market someday in the future? Looking at the history of social media apps ever since their inception, it doesn't seem like a far-fetched idea.