Snapchat Introduces Tap to View, Removes Forced Screen Touch

Snapchat introduces tap to view and changes the way their app works.

Snapchatters are rejoicing because they don’t have to hold their finger to the screen anymore to view Snaps. New feature added in a recent app update now auto-plays content when it is tapped upon which changes the way users have always consumed media on the platform.

According to a recent blog post from the Los Angeles based company, “This means no more tired thumbs while watching a several-hundred-second Story.”

Even Snapchat’s CEO thought the feature was a bit frustrating.

It’s annoying to hold your finger there. – Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEO

Back in May, he hinted that we could see the feature being dismissed due to recent screenshot API changes but I don’t think anyone saw it coming that quickly. So how does it work exactly?

How it Works

When a Snap or Story is tapped once, it starts playing. When you swipe down, you exit the Story or Snap, just like you would normally if you released your fingers from the screen.

Snapchat hopes this makes the experience better for everyone although it may take a little bit a time to get used to. What do you think about this update? Leave your comments below!

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