How to Scan a Snapcode in Snapchat
With Snapchat’s QR code-like Snapcodes, you can add friends, open filters and lenses, and access exclusive content on the Snapchat platform. These codes can be scanned from both your phone’s camera and your phone’s photo gallery. We’ll show you how.
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Scan a Snapcode with your phone’s camera
If your Snapcode is on another device or screen, use Snapchat’s camera view to scan that code into the app.
To get started, launch the Snapchat app on your phone. If you don’t see the camera view yet, tap the camera icon at the bottom of the app.
Point your phone’s camera at the Snapcode you want to scan. Then press and hold the Snapcode on your screen to scan it.
Once Snapchat has scanned the code, you will be redirected to the correct entry. For example, if you scanned a Snapchat user’s code, you’ll be taken to that user’s profile to add them as a friend.
And that’s it.
If your Snapcode is stored in your iPhone or Android phone’s photo gallery, use the method here to scan that code. The steps will vary depending on the phone you have, so follow the section for your phone.
Open the Snapchat app on your iPhone. Tap your profile icon in the top left corner of the app.
On your profile page, in the top right corner, tap “Settings” (a gear icon).
Scroll down the Settings page and tap Snapcodes.
On the “Snap Codes” screen, tap “Scan from Camera Roll”.
You will see a “Scan Snapcode” screen that allows you to choose a Snapcode from your camera roll. Tap a Snapcode image to scan it.
And Snapchat will scan and display the result of your code. You are done.
On your Android phone, launch the Snapchat app. At the top right corner of the app, tap the “Add Friends” option (a person icon with a + sign).
In the “Add Friends” screen that opens, next to the “Find Friends” field, tap the Snapcode icon. Allows you to scan a code from your photo gallery.
On the “Scan from Snapcode” page, find the Snapcode in your photo gallery and tap it.
You will see the contents of your Snapcode on your screen.
Each Snapchat account has a unique Snapcode and you can give yours to others so they can scan it and add you as a friend. Later you can delete Snapchat friends if you don’t want them.
To reveal your Snapcode, tap your profile icon in the top left corner of Snapchat.
On the profile page, next to your display name, tap the yellow Snapcode.
You can now see the Snapcode of your account. Use the options in the ‘My Snapcode’ section at the bottom of the page to share this code with others.
And that’s how you add friends and access various content in Snapchat, just by scanning codes. Very handy!
For example, scanning a QR code on your iPhone or Android phone is also easy. Check out our guides to see how.
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