How To Use Snapchat On PC: Can You Use Snapchat Online Via Browser?

share to other networks share to twitter share to facebook
How To Use Snapchat On PC: Can You Use Snapchat Online Via Browser?

If you are wondering how to use Snapchat on your PC, this guide will help.

Snapchat is synonymous with mobile phones, and a generation who have grown up with them. But what if you want to use Snapchat on a PC? Can you actually use a web browser to enjoy the full Snapchat experience?

We'll explain the situation, and what your options are. At the moment, it isn't great news.

Can You Use Snapchat On PC Via Browser?

Potentially yes, but there's a little more to it.

Snapchat, as we know, is designed primarily for smartphone users, so it has been designed for use on iPhones and Android devices, rather than a PC. So at first glance, Snapchat doesn't work on your web browser.

However, there are things you can do in order to try to make Snapchat work on your PC via a browser or using an Android emulator. It isn't the most elegant solution, but it might work. The reason we say might, is because there are reports of Snapchat blocking their app from working on emulators. This seems to be happening with increasing regularity. So if you try these steps and it doesn't work, it is quite possible for this reason.

Here's what you need to know.

How To Use Snapchat Via Browser

How To Use Snapchat On PC: Can You Use Snapchat Online Via Browser?
click to enlarge

In July 2022, Snapchat rolled out a web version of its platform. Snapchat Web supports voice and video calling as well as Chat Reactions and Chat Reply, along with Lenses which will roll out soon.

Currently, Snapchat Web is available only to Snapchat+ subscribers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, and Snapchatters across Australia, and New Zealand.

To use Snapchat on your PC, open your browser and head to where you can log in with your username/ email and password. As of now, Snapchat Web only supports the latest version of Chrome and Edge.

How To Use Snapchat Via Emulator

An Android emulator is exactly what it sounds like. Namely, an emulator that allows you to run Android apps on a non-Android device. There is a range to choose from, one of the best known is an emulator called BlueStacks. Here's how you use it:

  • Start by downloading and installing your emulator of choice
  • Open the emulator and access the Google Play Store
  • Find and install Snapchat
  • Start using Snapchat

It really is as straightforward as that. Because there isn't currently a Snapchat web app, this is the best option available to you, for using Snapchat on your computer. Whether or not it will work, or if Snapchat is determined to stop emulators from using the app, is a beautiful mystery. Unless it doesn't work. Then it's a pain.

We are seeing increasing reports of Snapchat not working using emulators. it seems that Snapchat is utterly determined to prevent Android emulators from running the app.


But will this change with Windows 11? Keep reading to find out!

Will Windows 11 Run Snapchat?

When Microsoft announced Windows 11, they confirmed they would make Android apps available via the Amazon App Store. While this is certainly promising news, at the time of writing, the Snapchat app is not available on the Amazon Appstore.

If you were using a Kindle tablet, you could potentially sideload a Snapchat apk to enable your tablet to run Snapchat. However, it is unclear if this process would work on Windows 11. It is possible that Snapchat might decide to make its app available for Windows 11. But we'll have to wait and see.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Apps and How To page.