Snapchat adds Group Video Chat and Mentions

Snapchat adds Group Video Chat and Mentions

Group video chat will be for up for 16 Snapchatters and you'll be able to use face lenses during the calls. As with many of Snapchat's past updates, Instagram is not far behind, as one recent article found a hidden group video chat feature buried in the platform's codebase. The updated feature allows up to 32 people to join a voice-only call.

Getting a video chat going seems pretty easy as well - simply tap the video camera icon you see in the lower left of your group chat screen to get one started.

When a friend joins a group video chat, their name will light up and appear above the keyboard to confirm that they've joined the call.

Group Video Chat and Mentions will be rolling out to Snapchatters globally over the next few weeks. Tap the phone icon in a Group Chat to kick off a group voice call. This means that whenever someone mentions another user in their Story, that user will receive a notification via Chat informing them of the mention.

People that view your stories with tagged users can swipe up to add them as friends, and the person you tag will get a notification once you've posted a photo/video they're in. The person you tag will be notified in the chat window that they've been mentioned in your story.

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Snapchat has upped the ante in its bid to separate itself as the social media outlet of choice for younger consumers.

The new features are created to ensure that Snapchat users remain engaged with the service and spend more time using the app. We'll let you know when this feature inevitably makes its way into Instagram as well, so stay tuned.

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