How to get Snapchat Plus and unlock new features

How to get Snapchat Plus and unlock new features

  • Snapchat Plus is Snapchat’s new subscription plan, available on iPhone and Android.
  • For $3.99 per month, Snapchat Plus lets you change the app icon and see who’s rewatched your stories, among other features.
  • Snapchat intends to add more Plus features over time, but some of these features may end up being available to all users.

Between Twitter Blue and Tumblr Blaze, it seems every social media app has a paid version now. Snapchat is the latest app to join the fun, now offering a premium version called Snapchat Plus.

Here’s everything you need to know about Snapchat Plus, including price, features and how to sign up.

Snapchat Plus unlocks new and experimental features

Snapchat Plus is gradually rolling out to all iPhone and Android users in the US. It costs $3.99 a month, $21.99 for six months, or $39.99 for a year – after a week-long free trial.

Jacob Andreou, Snapchat’s SVP of product, told The Verge that Plus is intended for users who “spend most of their time communicating with their closest friends on Snap.” That’s probably why Snapchat Plus’ new features are pretty small additions, made for Snapchat’s true power users.

The three main features that Snapchat is advertising to attract Plus users are:

  • The ability to change Snapchat’s app icon
  • A way to see who has rewatched your stories
  • A special pin that lets you tag specific friends as BFFs

You’ll also get a badge on your profile, and the ability to see your friends’ “Ghost Trails” on the map – in other words, a history of where they’ve been recently.

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The Snapchat Plus feature that allows you to pin a friend as a

The Snapchat Plus feature that allows you to pin a friend as a “BFF”.

Snapchat; William Antonelli/Insider

In the future, Snapchat plans to add more features, but not all will be exclusive to Snapchat Plus users. It appears that Plus will be more of a testing ground, where premium users can test out new features before they are released to everyone.

Andreou says that “single-playerish” features — in other words, features that only involve the user and don’t affect anyone else — are likely to remain exclusive to Plus members. But features that involve interaction with other users will eventually become public.

If you are interested, you can register here.

How to get Snapchat Plus

First, make sure Snapchat is up to date. Check out our guides on how to update apps on an iPhone or Android if you’re not sure how.

1. Open Snapchat and tap your profile icon top left to open your profile page.

2. If Snapchat Plus is available to you, you’ll see a gold-colored banner advertising it under your name. Press the banner.

The Snapchat Plus banner on a user's profile.

If the banner doesn’t appear, Snapchat Plus hasn’t rolled out to your account yet.

Snapchat; William Antonelli/Insider

3. Choose the kind of subscription you want – one month, six months or a year – and then press Start 7-day free trial.

4. Depending on your device, you can sign up with your Apple ID account, Google Account, or an associated debit or credit card.

Once the payment process is complete, a menu will appear that explains some of the features that Snapchat Plus provides and allows you to turn each of them on or off.

The menu that allows you to manage your Snapchat Plus benefits.

You can enable and disable each Snapchat Plus feature.

Snapchat; William Antonelli/Insider

Snapchat Plus is free for one week. When this week is over, you will be charged for whichever subscription you chose.

To cancel your Snapchat Plus subscription, open your profile and tap the gear icon top right, and then Snapchat+. Press Manage your subscription to open the page that allows you to cancel. You must use the same device you used when you registered.

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