What is Snapchat Plus? Every Feature Explained For 2024

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Snapchat is easily the most popular social media platform among teenagers due to its unique offerings. However, since the app is primarily a messaging platform, its revenue streams have historically been limited. To counter this issue, Snapchat introduced its Plus subscription, which provides a slew of perks and features to subscribing users. Now, you might wonder what features Snapchat Plus offers and whether it is worth subscribing to. To answer these questions, here is everything you need to know about Snapchat Plus.

What is Snapchat Plus?

Before we get into the features, it is important to understand what Snapchat Plus is. In simple terms, it is a subscription service that introduces many quirky features, such as pinning a BFF and your solar system. Moreover, the subscription also gives access to several generative AI features to create avatars, captions, and snaps. It is important to note that the subscription doesn’t disable ads on the platform.

In terms of pricing, Snapchat+ is on the cheaper side, costing only $3.99 per month compared to other social media platforms. Moreover, if you live in a country like India, the subscription costs only Rs. 49 per month.

Snapchat Plus Features

In total, Snapchat Plus offers 33 features, including:

  • Pin #1 Best Friend
  • Story Rewatch Indicator
  • Custom App Icon Snapchat+ Icon.png
  • Custom App Themes
  • Snapchat+ Badge
  • Solar System
  • Priority Story Replies
  • Post View Emoji
  • Bitmoji Backgrounds
  • Custom Story Expiration
  • Capturing Color
  • Custom Notification Sounds
  • Friend Snapscore Change
  • Chat Wallpapers
  • Custom Capture Buttons
  • Gift Snapchat+
  • Story Boost
  • Map Appearance
  • Replay Again
  • Create a Bio for My AI
  • Extended Best Friends List
  • One free monthly Snapstreak Restore
  • Custom Chat Colors
  • Home Tab
  • Free Dreams
  • Peek a Peek
  • AI Captions
  • AI Creative Tools
  • Snapstreak Reminders
  • Tiny Snaps
  • Snapscore Multiplier
  • Story Timestamps
  • Story View Notifications

1. Edit messages

You might assume editing messages is a fundamental feature, but Snapchat has locked this feature behind the paywall. According to the company, users can edit messages for up to 5 minutes after sending them, similar to platforms like WhatsApp.

How to Edit Messages on Snapchat?

  • Open the Snapchat app and navigate to your desired chat.
  • Long-press on a specific chat to open the menu.
  • Select the “Edit Messages” option.

2. Pin Best Friend

If you are a frequent Snapchat user, you know that people have multiple best friends on the app, represented by different emojis. However, since the best friend status changes based on your interactions, you might want to pin someone as your “Number 1 Best Friend.” Snapchat Plus allows you to do exactly that.

How to Pin a Best Friend on Snapchat?

  • Open the Snapchat app.
  • Click on the profile icon of your friend.
  • Tap the three dots located at the top right
  • Pin your best friend.

3. Story timers

Similar to Instagram, Snapchat has always allowed users to post stories for their friends that last for 24 hours. However, Snapchat Plus subscribers get extra leverage, as they can post stories for varying durations, ranging from one hour to a whole week.

Screenshot of the Story timers feature

4. Custom App Icon

While not as practical as other features, Snapchat allows its subscribers to change the app icon to something unique, helping them differentiate. Currently, users can choose from 30 custom icons, and the company regularly adds new ones to keep things interesting.

How to Set Custom App Icons on Snapchat?

  • Open the Snapchat app.
  • Click on your profile icon at the top left.
  • Tap on the Snapchat+ menu.
  • Click on “App Icon.”
  • Select the desired one.

5. Custom Notification Sound

It’s no secret that replying to certain special people is a priority for many. However, considering that all Snapchat notifications make the same sound, knowing when that special someone sends a snap can be challenging. Snapchat Plus allows you to set custom notification sounds for different contacts. Currently, there are a total of 12 notification sounds users can choose from.

6. Story Rewatch Indicator

Perhaps the most controversial feature, the story rewatch indicator allows users to see which people have watched their story multiple times, effectively helping them keep an eye on potential stalkers. While this feature might raise some concerns, Snapchat plans to introduce it to everyone in the near future.

Screenshot of the Story Rewatch indicator feature on Snapchat Plus

7. Chat Wallpapers

As the name suggests, Snapchat+ allows you to set custom wallpapers for different chat heads. Additionally, you can use Snapchat’s generative AI to create wallpapers based on your prompts.

How to Set Chat Wallpapers on Snapchat?

  • Open the Snapchat app.
  • Click on the person’s profile for whom you want to set the wallpaper.
  • Open the “Wallpaper” section.
  • Select one of the featured wallpapers or generate your desired one.

8. Story Boost

For creators using Snapchat to post content, story boost is a valuable feature. When you post a photo or video to your story, you can use this feature to pin the story at the top spot for every friend, thus enhancing its reach. However, note that you only get one story boost each week.

9. Priority Story Replies

If you follow your favorite creators on Snapchat and want to interact with them, the priority story replies feature can help you do just that. According to the company, replies from Snapchat Plus members to Snap Stars’ stories are given priority, increasing fans’ chances of interacting with their favorite celebrities.

Screenshot of the Priority Story replies feature on Snapchat+

10. Snap Replays

While snap replays are generally available for a limited time, Snapchat Plus users can replay any snap. However, this only applies until a user has opened a specific chat head. Additionally, members can replay any snap twice.

11. Custom Themes

Keeping up with the customization trend, Snapchat Plus offers a variety of custom themes for users to choose from. While some themes may seem a bit tacky, users have the option to mix and match items from different themes to create their desired look.

How to Set up a Custom Theme on Snapchat?

  • Open the Snapchat app.
  • Click on your profile in the top left.
  • Navigate to “Snapchat+.”
  • Customize the theme.

12. Custom Bitmoji backgrounds

On Snapchat, bitmojis are the primary way for users to express themselves, as the platform doesn’t allow profile photos. Therefore, many users spend considerable time making their bitmojis look cool and pleasing. With Snapchat+, you can take your bitmoji game to the next level, gaining access to exclusive bitmoji backgrounds. Additionally, members can use generative AI to create backgrounds of their liking.

13. Solar System

Snapchat+ takes the best friend feature to the next level by creating a solar system for your friends. You are represented as the Sun at the center, and planets represent your best friends. For example, Mercury represents your closest friend, and so on. To learn more about your Snapchat solar system, check out our full guide on it.

14. Snapchat+ Badge

As with any premium membership, Snapchat wants its users to flaunt their status, indirectly encouraging others to join. Premium members receive a star badge on their profile, visible to others when they visit the profile.

Screenshot of the Snapchat Plus Badge

15. Change home tab

Since its launch, Snapchat has always opened the camera section by default, allowing users to capture memories quickly. However, not everyone wants their camera tab to open first. With Snapchat+, you can change which section opens by default when you launch the app.

How to Change Home Tab on Snapchat?

  • Open the Snapchat app.
  • Go to your profile.
  • Click on the “Snapchat+” section.
  • Navigate to “Home Tab.”
  • Select your desired section.

16. Restore Snapstreak

Longtime Snapchat users will remember the days of contacting support when they mistakenly broke their snap streak. Recognizing the need for a concrete solution, the company introduced a streak restore button in 2023, allowing users to restore one streak every month. With Snapchat+, users are allowed five free restores per month.

Screenshot of the streak restore feature on Snapchat Plus

17. Change map appearance

For years, Snapchat’s map system has helped users keep an eye on their loved ones. With Snapchat+, you can add some flair to this experience by accessorizing your bitmoji with items like a pet, a car, and more.

18. Extended Snaps

Following the AI trend, the extended snap feature allows users to stretch their image using generative AI, essentially creating a wider version of the photo. While this feature sounds great for moments when you might have accidentally captured a zoomed-in shot, the results are often underwhelming, with a significant drop in quality.

19. Dreams

Similar to Midjourney, the Dreams feature allows users to reimagine themselves in different scenarios using generative AI. Currently, Snapchat offers 13 different scenarios, including Classic Hollywood, Cozy Christmas, and more.

How to Create Dreams on Snapchat?

  • Open the Snapchat app.
  • Swipe up from the camera section.
  • Navigate to Dreams.
  • Upload your selfies.
  • Select a pack.

20. AI captions

Have you ever captured a great snap but struggled to come up with the perfect caption? This is where AI captions come in. The feature analyzes the snap and suggests relevant captions. To use the feature, simply click on the AI button on the top right when typing in a caption.

21. AI Snaps

In line with the AI trend, Snapchat Plus users can create snaps based entirely on prompts, limited only by their imagination.

How to Create AI Snaps on Snapchat?

  • Open the Snapchat app.
  • Click on the AI button.
  • Type your prompt, and that’s it.

22. Peek a peek

While Snapchat always notifies users when someone has viewed their message, some people use the half-swipe technique to sneak a peek without marking it as read. With Snapchat Plus, users can now know when someone has half-swiped their message, trying to evade the checkmark.

Screenshot of the Peek a peek feature

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