This article was contributed by Spencer Hill, who works as an editor for iMyFone Software.
Snapchat has become one of the most popular photo-sharing platforms in a relatively shorter period. The app allows users to share photos/videos with their friends for a limited time, after which they automatically vanish from the server. Due to this unique feature and an intuitive interface, Snapchat has acquired millions of downloads on both Google Play Store and Apple's App Store.
However, Snapchat is only available for smartphones, which means you can only use Snapchat as long as you carry a compatible iOS or Android device. But many users also want to know if it's possible to download Snapchat for PC. If you're one of them, this guide is for you. This article will explain different working solutions to help you run Snapchat on your PC (Windows or Mac).
So, without any further ado, let's get started.
1. How to Use Snapchat on Windows by A Mirroring App
One of the easiest ways to run Snapchat on a Windows system is to mirror your smartphone on the PC. To do this, you can use iMyFone MirrorTo, a dedicated mirror app for Android that'll allow you to mirror your smartphone's screen on your PC and watch Snapchat's content on a larger screen.
Ideally, the tool is suitable for gamers who want to play Android games like Asphalt and PUBG on a bigger screen. But, due to its extensive functionality, you can also use the MirrorTo Android screen mirroring tool to mirror your phone's screen and run Snapchat for PC.
Here's the step-by-step process to run Snapchat on your Windows system using iMyFone MirrorTo.
Step 1 – First and foremost, install the software on your system and launch it to get started. Grab your USB cable and connect the smartphone to the PC.
Step 2 – The tool will automatically detect your device once the connection is established. Now, change the USB settings to “Transferring Files” on your device.
Step 3 – Before proceeding further, ensure USB Debugging on the smartphone is turned on. To do so, go to “Settings>Developer Options” and then toggle the switch next to the “USB Debugging” option to enable it.
Step 4 – Now, click “Turn On” on the pop-up on your PC's screen. This will install the iMyFone MirrorTo APK on your smartphone.
Step 5 – That's it; your phone's screen will now be mirrored on the PC's screen, and you'll be able to access all its content, such as Snapchat, easily.
2. How to Use Snapchat on Mac by Emulators
Apart from a mirroring app, you can also use an emulator to use Snapchat on a PC. For people who don't know, an emulator is a dedicated application that allows users to mimic a phone's environment on a PC. It means you can run all your phone's applications (including Snapchat) on the PC without hassle. While you can choose different types of emulators, the following two tools are the most reliable options.
2.1 Use LDPlayer
LD Player is an Android emulator primarily designed to help users play Android games on their Windows systems. The tool completely simulates the Android OS on PC and allows users to download different applications with a single click. One of the key benefits of using an emulator is that it's not necessary to keep your smartphone connected to the system. Since the emulator will set up a virtual Android device on your system, you'll be able to run Snapchat for PC even if you don't have your phone.
Here's how to run Snapchat on a PC using the LDPlayer Android emulator.
Step 1 – Download and install LDPlayer on your computer. Then, launch the application and complete the setup process.
Step 2 – Now, click on the search bar in LDPlayer's window and search for Snapchat. Click the “Download” button to install the application.
Step 3 – Once the app gets installed, sign in with your Snapchat credentials.
Snapchat will now start running on your PC, and you'll be able to access all its content without hassle.
2.2 Use BlueStacks
Like LDPlayer, BlueStacks is another Android emulator you can run on both Windows and macOS to simulate an Android environment and run applications like Snapchat on the PC. Compared to LDPlayer, BlueStacks is a relatively more popular Android emulator with an extensive customer base. Due to its wider popularity, you'll witness fewer bugs and smoother processing.
So, here's the detailed process to run Snapchat on a PC using BlueStacks.
Step 1 – Start by installing BlueStacks on your system. The installation process will take a few minutes to complete.
Step 2 – Once the tool is successfully installed, you'll have to set up your Google account (like a typical Android device) to access services such as Google Play Store.
Step 3 – After you've set up the Google account, open Google Play Store and search for Snapchat. Click the “Download” button to install Snapchat.
Step 4 – Finally, log in with your Snapchat credentials to set up the account and run Snapchat on the PC.
Bonus Tip: What to Do If You Can't Log In on the Computer
Now, while running an Android emulator, be it BlueStacks or LDPlayer, there's a huge possibility that your PC may run into unexpected errors. Why? Because an emulator is a heavy application and drastically consumes the PC's resources. Due to this, you may fail to log in to your computer from time to time.
If this happens, the easiest way to resolve the problem would be to restart the PC. When you restart the PC, the emulator's background processes will terminate automatically, and you won't encounter the same issue anymore.
Snapchat's popularity among millennials and Gen-Z is unparalleled. The youth spends 4-5 hours every day scrolling their Snapchat feed and creating streaks with different friends. Currently, the only downside of Snapchat is that it isn't available for PC. But, thanks to tools like BlueStacks, LDPlayer, and iMyFone MirrorTo, you can now run Snapchat on your PC and access your Snapchat profile on a bigger screen.
About the author
Spencer Hill works as an editor for iMyFone Software. He is a tech geek and loves researching everything related to iPhone and Android.