Snapchat, the long-standing mobile-only messaging app, has finally released a PC version called Snapchat for Web. However, it has one major flaw compared to Discord and other desktop-based messaging apps – you have to pay to use it now.
Just like the mobile original, Snapchat for Web will allow users to share snaps, chat in text chats and even video calls, but now they can also be done from a PC. Additionally, Snapchat’s iconic feature, which allows messages to be deleted after 24 hours, also returns.
However, while this all sounds great — especially for Snapchat users who want convenient new ways to access their favorite social media platform — Snapchat for Web is currently exclusive to Snapchat Plus subscribers.
Snapchat Plus is a paid version of the messaging app that unlocks early access features for those willing to pay a monthly fee. It’s not the most expensive subscription on the market at just $3.99 / £3.99 / AU$4.89 a month, but it is infinitely more expensive than Discord and other free messaging services.
At a time when many of us are looking to cut corners, Snapchat Plus (and, by extension, Snapchat for Web) seems completely unnecessary.
This is especially true when you consider that Snapchat for the Web isn’t even a finished product. The lenses – Snapchat’s famous AR filters – aren’t yet available for web calling, offering a serious drawback compared to the smartphone version of the app. If users are expected to pay for the service, we expect it to be at least as good as the free version that already exists.
Adding insult to injury, the service is only available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. There are plans to expand it to users around the world eventually, but we’ll have to see when that happens.
Review: Yet another reason not to pay for Snapchat Plus
The disappointing launch of Snapchat for Web has once again seen Snap fail to give us a reason to pay for its paid tier. Earlier this month, our software and download expert Daryl Baxter tried out Snapchat Plus and instantly canceled it.
Snap Maps, a tool that lets users see where their friends are on a map of the globe, was weird enough, but the new Ghost Trail made it feel even more intrusive. Not only will you be able to see where your friends are now, but you’ll also see a trail of where they’ve been in the last 24 hours.
This setting can be turned off, but if a person isn’t aware of it, they could be blowing up their private location data without realizing it – which in certain circumstances could mean they’re unknowingly putting themselves in danger.
If Snapchat Plus is successful, we’ll need your updates to really give you a reason to sign up, as it’s now just encouraging us to stay away.