New version of the app attracts fierce criticism from users

How to get the new Snapchat update

The Snapchat update is here

If you want, you can also turn off Auto-update for specific apps. Twitter users have been particularly negative.

The app has updated automatically for most, but if you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't have automatic updates and are curious to see what the hype is all about you'll have to install the update yourself.

"People that you may never Snapchat are now right at the top, making it hard to find the people who you do Snapchat", petitioner Emily Andrews from Roanoke, Va. Most of this new activity is being driven by US users, though the largest petition against the Snapchat redesign was started on January 10 by a user in Australia, a Change.org spokesman told PCMag.

The update contains an nearly completely reconfigured system, removing and replacing some of the traditional designs the app has featured for over a decade.

Snapchat Lenses, the masks and backdrops that appear when you press on a face while in camera mode, were made popular back in 2015.

Jacob was more vocal with his critique: "Yeah the new snapchat update really is as bad as everyone was saying. the simplicity of snapchat was the only thing keeping me from fully switching to IG stories". Now you have to download a File Explorer app on your Android device to locate the Snapchat APK in the Download folder. Copy the older Snapchat APK file that you retrieved from another device into the Download folder.

Snapchat users now have the ability to create their own personalized Snapchat Lenses and Filters, which you can buy through Snapchat's website or application. Go to Snapchat's page on the Play Store, tap the menu button, and disable Auto-update for Snapchat.

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Users with iOS devices can only get an older version of the app if it's hosted in their iTunes. But first, delete the new version on your iPhone (by pressing the app's icon for several seconds and then tapping the X in the corner). You can also allow installation of apps from unknown sources by going to Settings Security and then toggle on Unknown sources. Then, connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.

Remember when people used to freak out about Facebook News Feed changes?

It's weird. And if you hate change, you will hate the new Snapchat.

In there, select Apps in the sidebar and look for Snapchat, select install and then sync your phone.

You'll need to select your device, but do not sync yet.

Now you can enjoy the old Snapchat design.

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