The update has sparked fury among Snapchat users, as it makes sweeping changes to almost every part of the app. The app still opens to the camera like before, but most of the other features have been shuffled around.
For instance, swiping left reveals a Friends page that lets you see your chats with friends, but also all of their Snapchat Stories.
The Friends panel is also now ordered based on an algorithm that works out who you like to chat with the most.
“You can think of it as a more sophisticated Best Friends algorithm that makes it easier to find the friends you want to talk to, when you want to talk to them,” Snapchat explained.
WHAT IS THIS SNAPCHAT UPDATE IM SO CONFUSED pic.twitter.com/ivqCnNAVtA
— kimberley x (@usernamesugg) February 6, 2018
“We’ve all had the frustrating experience of scrolling endlessly through our Chats to find the right person – now your friends will be listed in the order that you want to talk to them.”
Swiping right now takes you to a redesigned ‘Discover’ page, which surfaces videos from people you aren’t friends with – like publishers and creators.
Discover used to be arranged in a horizontal pattern, but now it’s a full-screen layout that lets you scroll vertically.
It’s also now ordered based on what Snapchat thinks will be the most relevant content for you, based on what you typically click on.
Do not update snapchat! It is a horrible design. Stories are mixed in with your snaps. pic.twitter.com/iabgXi7k1i
— Skylar North (@BigDaddySkylar) February 7, 2018
Your own story is now managed through your profile page, and Group Chats will automatically get their own group story. The Snap Map has also moved, and now appears on the Discover page.
Actress Amber Frank wrote: “The new Snapchat update is more complicated than trying to turn on your friend’s shower.”
Another Twitter user said: “I’m contemplating deleting Snapchat because of the update that I DIDN’T even want.”
And one angry Snapchat fan said she was “honestly so disgusted” over the update.
In a statement given to The Sun, a Snapchat spokesperson said: “Updates as big as this one can take a little getting used to, but we hope the community will enjoy it once they settle in.”
How to avoid new Snapchat update
If you’ve already got the update then there’s no easy way to downgrade your app.
But if you haven’t got it then you can prevent the update by turning off automatic app updates on your phone.
On an iPhone, open the Settings app, swipe up until you find itunes & App Store, and then toggle the Updates icon to offer in the Automatic Downloads section.
For Android devices, you have two options.