You know those magical life moments when everything comes together to make something completely, unexpectedly hilarious happen? Don’t you wish you could watch those precious seconds over and over and over again? You can, social media lovers: Snapchat just released an update featuring Looping Videos. Making Looping Videos in Snapchat — that is, videos that repeat continuously — is as simple as a tap on a button, and I’ve got the how-to for you right here.
On Tuesday, Snapchat released an update that adds a number of fun features to the image and video sharing platform. Among them are the aforementioned Looping Videos, as well as Limitless Snaps and a tool called the “Magic Eraser.” Looping Videos are a bit like Instagram Boomerang, in that they’ll play a continuous loop of a video until someone closes it or moves ahead in your Story (although, unlike Boomerang, Looping Videos move forward, not back and forth). Limitless Snaps let users create Snaps that viewers can watch indefinitely, though the Snaps will eventually be deleted in standard Snapchat fashion. (Lucky for you, Bustle’s got a whole tutorial of how to use Limitless Snaps.) The Magic Eraser lets you erase anything in your photo and replace it with something else, including drawings made with Snapchat’s new emoji brush.
Frequent updates and new features are a common for Snapchat, which seems to thrive on change. In a blog announcement of the new update, the company wrote, “These changes allow us to continue evolving the Snapchat service and provide a foundation for introducing even more creative tools for making fun Snaps!”
If you’re a Snapchat fan, you’ll no doubt want to take your time trying out these new features, but here’s a quick rundown of how to make a Looping Video:
1. Make sure you have the update.
You might get the update automatically, but if you’re not seeing the looping option on your Snapchat screen, take a moment to download the update manually. To do that, go to the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store and tap on “Updates” on the lower right corner of the screen. Scroll through and see if you have any Snapchat updates waiting for you. If you do, tap to download and install, and if you don’t, be patient and check back again later. Updates like this can sometimes take a while to roll out.
2. Take a sweet video.
To take your video, tap the red dot in the center.
3. Set your video to Loop.
Find the Looping icon on the bottom of the new vertical toolbar. (It’s the circular one in blue, above.) Tap once to have your video play once and stop, and tap again to have it loop. (When you tap the icon, it’ll say “play once” or “play forever,” depending on what you choose.)
4. Send your Snap.
Send your Snap by tapping the blue arrow in the corner.
And... done! Easy, right?