Even as some may think this is a limitation from Snapchat’s part, it isn’t. In fact, you can access all those great features on your Mac computer as well, with the addition of more convenient features such as mouse and keyboard. We have compiled a step by step guide on how to use Snapchat on a Macbook or an iMac below:
Method 1: Install Bluestack
- Bluestack is a free Android emulator that we use to run the Snapchat app on our Mac. It basically simulates Android OS, and you can download snapshots taken in Snapchat automatically through iMessage.
- Download the Bluestack App Player , which will allow you to run apps created for Android OS on your Windows or Mac computer.
- After installation, open the app player (you can also search for it if you’re having problems finding it) and sign in with the Google user ID that’s associated with your phone number (it should be written under your phone settings). If this doesn’t work, then try using any email address that is used by someone in possession of your phone number containing at least one digit.
- Search for Snapchat on the search bar that’s displayed on top of Bluestack, or you can type it in if you know exactly what to type. It will take a few seconds to find, but you should see it at some point. Click on it once it is found, and the download process will begin automatically.
- A popup box will appear before starting with the download process asking which app storage memory you want to use. Look for the minimize option next to disk space usage and select your PC/Mac hard drive . The download process starts after this, so simply wait for it to finish (which shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes).
- Open the Snapchat icon from the app list. It’s a new icon in green with Android written on it, and should appear after installation is completed.
- Allow permissions when prompted by Snapchat to log-in to your account using your phone number (the one you linked earlier). Enter your password so that Bluestack can access your account for activation.
- You’re logged in! From here on out, everything will be exactly like how it appears on an Android device, except that you have the added convenience of using keyboard shortcuts and clicking pictures through your mouse rather than having to stretch out your arm every time someone sends you a snap.
Method 2: Use Your Phone as a Remote
- Another way to use Snapchat on Mac is through the use of your phone. This requires no installations, but you will need bluetooth connectivity between your phone and your computer. Follow these steps to set it up:
- Download the Android version of Snapchat from here . Make sure that your phone is logged into the same Google account that’s linked to your Snapchat account (this may require you to log-out and back in again on both devices).
- Connect your phone using Bluetooth by clicking on the bluetooth icon located at the top right corner of your screen either through wifi or an internet connection for this method.
- You’ll see a list of all available “media audio” with their respective names pop up afterwards – look for the name of your phone and select it.
- You’ll see a confirmation message on both devices saying that the connection has been established successfully.
- Open Snapchat on your computer and you can now take pictures through your webcam with your phone, and vice versa.