Snap announced Monday that it has launched Snapchat for Web, introducing the service to desktop users. Snapchat for Web will be available to Snapchat+ subscribers in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
After the initial launch, the company plans to roll out Snapchat for Web to Snapchat+ subscribers in France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, before making it accessible to all users around the world.
Using Snapchat for Web, users can send messages and snaps, make use of messaging features such as chat reactions, as well as chat via video and regular calls. Snap says it plans to bring its ability to use Lenses in video calls and view Stories and Memories to Snapchat for Web down the line.
To access Snapchat for Web, users can log in to web.snapchat.com using their Snapchat username and password. A Bitmoji will appear in chats while a user is typing, portraying your character with a laptop to indicate to other users that you’re accessing the chat via Snapchat for Web.
The new experience also prevents people from taking screenshots, and includes a privacy screen that hides the Snapchat window if a user clicks away for another task.
The company’s decision to expand to web follows feedback from users, and insights that show the average Snapchat user spends more than 30 minutes a day on calls. Snap comments: “With so many in our community spending more time online, whether it is for remote learning or working, streaming or just plain browsing – we saw a huge opportunity to make it easier for our community to stay connected throughout their day, and we cannot wait to bring our favorite fundamental Snapchat capabilities to the web.”
Snap officially launched its paid subscription plan, Snapchat+, two weeks ago, at $3.99 per month.
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