American photo messaging application

Snapchat is a photo sharing app.[4] Using the app, people can take pictures, add a text or drawing and send them to a list of contacts.[5] The service started in September 2011.[6] At first it was intended to send selfies that would disappear quickly but people learned how to save the pictures.

Original author(s)
Developer(s)Snap Inc.
Initial releaseSeptember 2011; 12 years ago (2011-09)
Operating systemAndroid 5.0 or later
iOS 12 or later
Size64 MB (Android)[1]
258 MB (iOS)[2]
Available in37 languages
List of languages
English, Arabic, Bengali, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese[3]
LicenseProprietary software

In June 2017 the app added "Snap Map". Snap Map is a feature that broadcasts the user's location on a map. This caused concerns over privacy and safety.[7]


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  2. "Snapchat". App Store.
  3. "Snapchat". App Store.
  4. Snapchat, Inc. (13 July 2011). "Snapchat". App Store. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. Elyse Betters. "What's the point of Snapchat, and how does it work?". Pocket-lint. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  6. J.J. Colao (27 November 2012). "Snapchat: the biggest no-revenue mobile app since Instagram". Forbes. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  7. Deahl, Dani (June 23, 2017). "Snapchat's newest feature is also its biggest privacy threat". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved June 30, 2017.