How To Leave A Snapchat Voice Message Using The New Features From Snapchat Chat 2.0

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The glory of Snapchat Chat 2.0 seemingly knows no bounds, what with its six (count 'em, six!) killer new features. And since those features include the ability to send audio "notes," you're probably wondering how to leave a Snapchat voice message. Since I've been spamming my friends with inane messages all morning — perhaps you should have Snapped back sooner, no? — I'll walk you through the process.

First things first: You need to make sure you actually have the latest Snapchat update. If you don't, you won't be privy to the string of fun little icons that allow you to take full advantage of Snapchat Chat 2.0's new features. Not sure how to go about getting Chat 2.0? Don't feel bad; I definitely wasn't, either. Luckily, it's pretty easy stuff. To update the Snapchat app, you just need to go into the App Store on your phone, click the button in the bottom right corner for Updates, scroll down until you see Snapchat, and then click it. Alternately, this may entail simply doing a search for the app in your app store and clicking the Update button. Either way, you'll know it worked if the glorious string of new option icons appear the next time you log into a private chat.

OK, so moving on to the main event. You see the little video and phone icons directly above this sentence? Those are your tools for leaving a "note." If you want to send a voice message, you simply press and hold the phone icon while you leave your message. If it isn't going the way you want it to, quickly drag it into that little center circle, which will have an "x" in it. The process is exactly the same for sending a video message, with the exception of pressing and holding the video camera icon as opposed to the phone handset icon. Get it? I chose to send an audio message, largely because I'm under-caffeinated and currently look like an extra on the set of The Walking Dead. See also: totally too lazy to put any sort of effort into making myself presentable right now.

If you're wondering what the message said, it was something along the lines of, "You better snap me back, or I'll tell everyone about that time you did that thing that was horribly embarrassing." You know, something to that effect. (It's probably worth mentioning that I'm snapping my sister at the moment.) You'll notice a little bubble popped into the chat area showing my audio note. If you leave a video message, the bubble will be filled with an image of your head, presumably. But word to the wise: You'll need to tell your friends to all make sure they've updated as well, lest you get a message like this...

Slack, sis. So before you go creating 30-second masterpieces of voice message mastery, remember that they will be wasted if your friends aren't hip to the update. Basically, Snapchat Chat 2.0 is new #squadgoals. Other than that, you're good to go, my friends. Snap responsibly!

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