App Launches Web Version

Only subscribers can use Snapchat on their desktop to start
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2022 6:55 PM CDT
Snapchat Offers Desktop Version
The logo for Snap appears above a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 2020.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

(Newser) – A popular messaging app announced Monday that it's going in what might seem like reverse. Snapchat has launched a web version, which will allow users to send snaps and hold video calls on their desktops, TechCrunch reports. For now, only Snapchat+ subscribers, who pay $3.99 a month, can use Snapchat for Web. It's not available everywhere yet but is live in the US. Snap said the new version will offer web chat reactions and chat reply, and, soon, Lenses, per NBC News. As with the mobile version, messages will disappear after 24 hours.

Snap said it's starting with the basics and will add features such as viewing Stories and Memories later. Snapchat for Web users will be able to pick up their conversations where they left off, per TechCrunch. A Bitmoji will appear with a laptop during chats to show others you're using the web version. A spokesperson said users spend more than a half-hour per day on calls. "We saw a huge opportunity," a company statement said. Snap shares have fallen about 70% this year, and the company said in May it would miss its second-quarter revenue and profit goals. (Read more Snapchat stories.)

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