If you’ve ever feel irked by having to hold down the record button in Snapchat then you’ll certainly be happy to find out that a hands-free mode is now being tested by Snap, albeit quietly. The latest version of Snapchat’s beta app enables users to record up to 60 seconds of video without having to hold down the record button for the entire duration of the recording.
Users can take advantage of the Snapchat hands-free mode by pressing the record button and then dragging downward before letting go. This eliminates the need to keep a finger on the record button at all times. The app still breaks up videos in ten-second clips.
As previously mentioned, this feature is being tested out quietly by Snap as the app’s changelog for beta users doesn’t mention it. However, it shows a prompt when the user records a video using the beta app.
This is obviously going to give users more freedom when they’re capturing videos to share on Snapchat. Many users have been requesting the company to add this feature and it might finally follow through for them. However, Snap is yet to confirm when it’s going to roll out this feature to all users. When it does roll it out many of its users will certainly be happy about it.
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Snapchat Hands Free in iOS
- So to get this to work on iOS, we need to go to Settings.
- Then tap on General.
- Then Accessibility.
- And then AssistiveTouch and tap Create New Gesture.
- Press and hold in the center of the screen to register a long tap (as in the same tap we would normally use to hold down the Snapchat record button). Once the blue bar at the bottom fills all the way up you can let go.
- After that, tap Save and give it a name.
- Open Snapchat to the screen where you can record and tap on the grey icon that’s floating on the screen (you can also move it around if you want by holding on it).
- Tap Custom.
- Tap the gesture you just saved.
- You can drag the new grey dot that appears over the record button in Snapchat and let go and it’ll perform that long press you just recorded.
Snapchat Hands Free with a Bluetooth Remote
For Android, unfortunately there is no native way of doing this and I couldn’t find an app to help either, if you know of one please let me know in the comments below, but you can use another way to get this to work if you’re willing to buy a Bluetooth remote.
The benefits of the Bluetooth remote is that you can, of course, not have to be near the phone to get it to record and the one I found works for iOS or Android and happens to only be about $7 with free shipping on Amazon so not a large investment at all.
Once you get your remote, you simply connect it via Bluetooth and then push the button for whether you have iOS or Android while Snapchat is open and it’ll record.
Combine this with a tripod that can hold vertical (since you’ll want to Snapchat vertically) like this one also on Amazon and you can get some interesting shots that would otherwise be pretty difficult to get in Snapchat.
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