How to Use Snapchat on PC: Can you use Snapchat online via browser?

Can you actually use Snapchat via your PC browser? Or are you forever obliged to use a mobile app? Here’s everything you need to know.

by Steven Shaw
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Snapchat is synonymous with mobile phones, and a generation who have grown up with them. But what if you want to use Snapchat on PC? Can you actually use a web browser to enjoy the full Snapchat experience? We’ll explain the situation, and what your options are.

Can you use Snapchat on PC via browser?

The answer is yes, but. 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 on first glance, Snapchat doesn’t work on your web browser. That’s where the ‘but’ comes in.

Because despite this, there are things you can do in order to try to make Snapchat work on your browser, 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. So if you try these steps and it doesn’t work, it is quite possibly for this reason.

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Here’s what you need to know.

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How to use Snapchat via browser

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 are 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 are determined to stop emulators from using the app, is a beautiful mystery. Unless it doesn’t work. Then it’s a pain.

But will this change with Windows 11?

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 side load 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.

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Steven Shaw