Snapchat is somewhat different from the many apps that allow you to communicate with other people. Based around sharing short videos, the point is to be able to show what you’re doing at any given moment. And the trick is, everything you share gets deleted after a few seconds.
With that in mind, Snapchat isn’t usually the first choice you use to make calls. But thanks to the constant improvements added to the app, it now allows you to make voice and video calls as well.
As with any other call, sometimes you may answer but can’t really talk. Or you simply don’t feel like it. In that case, you might want to end the call immediately. Also, there might be an incoming call that you’d like to reject as well.
And if you’re not exactly sure how to do that in Snapchat, you can learn all about it in this article.
Before you proceed, please make sure that you have the latest version of the Snapchat app. It can be downloaded from Google Play and Apple App Store, depending on the device you’re using. Please note that Windows phone users still don’t have the app available, and there’s no mention about that happening any time soon.
Ending a Call
If you have an incoming call from someone, and you can’t answer right away, you can tap “Ignore” to end the call. This will send a message to the caller informing them you’re currently not available for a conversation.
Whilst in a voice call with someone, you can end the conversation in two simple steps:
- Tap the “Phone” button
- Exit the chat.
To exit the chat, you can either go back to the list of recent conversations, or simply switch to another app on your phone.
Please note that tapping the “Phone” button will not in fact end the call entirely. While the other person won’t be able to hear you, you’ll still be able to hear them. That’s why it’s important to exit the chat if you really want to hang up.
Of course, if the person on the other side of the call taps their “Phone” button as well, that would end the call fully.
Similar to voice calls, to end the video conversation, follow these steps:
- Tap the screen to bring up the conversation commands.
- Tap the “Video” button at the bottom of the screen.
- Exit the chat.
Exiting the chat is the same as for voice calls – return to the menu that shows your recent conversations, or switch to another app.
As before, tapping the “Video” button won’t end the call; you’ll still be able to see the other person’s video feed. Of course, they won’t be able to see yours. Only if they tap their “Video” button will the conversation end.
Making a Call
In case you need a bit more info about how the voice and video calling works on Snapchat, you can find detailed instructions on that topic here as well.
When you’re in a chat, whether with one person or up to 32 people, you can initiate a Voice Call directly from the Chat window. Just tap the “Phone” icon.
A pretty nice feature Snapchat provides is to control how you’ll listen to the voice call. If you hold the phone close to your face, you’ll hear the conversation on your phone’s earpiece. If you move it further away, the voice call will automatically switch to the phone’s speakers.
For video calls, you can use this feature with up to 15 people at once. It’s nice that you can use Face Lenses during your call as well. To initiate the call, simply go to a Chat or Group Chat and tap the “Video” button.
While in a video call, you can minimize the video chat to a smaller window. Just swipe down on the screen. If you want to go back to full screen, simply tap on the minimized video window.
A Useful Feature
With Snapchat best known for micro video messaging, it’s good to have the voice and video calling features as well. It’s also great that it allows group calls, letting you share your thoughts with your friends and family.
Are you using Snapchat’s calling features? Do you find it useful to know how to end a call? Please share your experiences with the app in the comments section below.