Ever wish you had a faster way to navigate Snapchat, without all the tapping and swiping? A new Snapchat update will be shaking things up by adding a universal search bar snappers can access regardless of where they are in the app. Wondering how to use the new Snapchat search to find friends, hop onto message threads, Discover channels and add new contacts with ease? From what's been seen so far, the new search function be accessible at the top of the app at all times ultimate convenience. It isn't available across the entire platform yet, but let's take a moment to learn a little more about it anyway — that way, you'll be ready for it when it fully arrives, right? (Bustle has reached out to Snap, Inc. for comment and will update this post if/when we hear back).
According to TechCrunch, the first major Snapchat update of 2017 began rolling out last week to select Android users; indeed, the Daily Dot notes that it's "currently live to users of [Snapchat's] beta Android app." But if you don't see the search bar on your own account yet, don't fret! TechCrunch reports that the update will soon be available for all Android and iOS users, though a specific timeline has not yet been established.
While December's update gave us the much-needed Group chat, exciting new editing tools, stickers, and a Shazam-esque song search, this latest edition is changing the entire interface. Now your Bitmoji will appear on the lefthand side of the search bar, and a single tap on the icon will bring you directly to your personal profile. The besties you snap with most often will be even more easily accessible, appearing in your profile under the "Best Friends" list.
For a quick tour of Snapchat's new search function, check out this video from TechCrunch:
Neat-o, right? Here's a closer look at exactly how to navigate Snapchat's universal search: