Difference Between Snapchat and Texting (With Table)

Texting can be the best way of communication. Through a text, one can express his emotions and sentiments in the best possible way without any hesitation. Nowadays many other advanced alternatives apps to texting are made available to us. One such alternative is Snapchat with so many more features than texting.

Snapchat vs Texting

The difference between Snapchat and texting is that Snapchat is not just for sending a text message but has a variety of features like sending snaps (snaps are images or short videos taken on snap chat), using different kinds of filters, sharing location, and more. Texting can only send messages and images. 

The snaps once opened by the person you have sent to may disappear if the sender has put a time limit to it while messages stay until the person deletes them. Text messages need not be for fun purposes but Snapchat is made for having fun with friends since the messages or images or videos disappear after a short period.

Comparison Table Between Snapchat and Texting

Parameters of Comparison SnapchatTexting
DefinitionSnapchat is a multimedia messaging app on which you can share pictures and texts which stays for a short duration with the receiver.Texting is the process of sending messages and images. It is also known as text messaging.
FeaturesApart from sending messages and images, Snapchat has many features like face lenses, geo-filters, shazam, snapcash, snap store, etc.Through a text message, you can send texts and images, you may send videos or documents through multimedia messaging service though.
Advantages It has relatively more advantages than simple text messages when talking with a friend.It is a better option to text your teachers, parents, bosses rather than sending them snaps.
PurposeThe purpose of Snapchat is to make messaging fun through snaps which remain for a short while only. It can be used only in an informal way of expression.The purpose of sending text messages depends on the sender. It can be used both in a formal as well as in an informal way of expressing.
Time for which a message staysThe sender can limit the time for which the message would be visible. Generally, the message once opened disappears after 24 hours.The message stays for an unlimited period unless the recipient deletes it.
Requirements to accessYou just need a smartphone or a computer and an internet connection.You need a phone and a sim card. 

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app in which we get a variety of filters to capture snaps. The messages sent through snapchat stay only for a limited duration and then get inaccessible to the receiver. Besides, in the discover section, you get news and ads.

Snapchat has the following features:

  • Lenses

Snapchat offers a variety of lenses to make pictures appealing.

  • Geofilters

These can be unlocked when you visit a particular place in the world.

  • Shazam

It is a special feature that helps you identify a song.

  • Snap store

It is a place from where you can buy snapchat related stuffs

  • Snapcash

It is used to transfer money from one user to another

  • Discover

Here, you can find different lenses, news, ads, and stalk your favorite celebrities.

  • Bitmoji

It is a sticker or avatar of yourself that you can make and beautify yourself.

  • Bitmoji T.V.

Here you can watch the bitmoji cartoon series.

  • Games

You can even play minigames on snapchat.

  • Memories

You can save your snaps here to watch it later.

  • Snapcode

It’s a personal QR code for every snapchat user which can be scanned to add someone as a friend.

  • Snapchat stories

Any snapchat user can add any snap to their snapchat stories and these stay for 24 hours after which it disappears.

Apart from so many features, Snapchat sends you a notification if someone takes a screenshot of your snaps or if someone reopens them.

What is Texting?

Texting is the way of composing messages and sending them to someone using a cell phone and of course you need to have a sim card. A message has a word limit and if you exceed that you would be charged according to the number of messages you send. You can also send the same message to several people.

The World’s first message was sent on 3rd December 1992 through the Vodafone network. Sending text messages could be the best way to say things that you would hesitate or stammer to say in person. Also, government organizations, schools, and offices prefer texting over any other way of sending messages.

Main Differences Between Snapchat and Texting

  1. The snaps that you send to your friends stay only for some time with the receiver while texts stay forever until it is deleted by the receiver.
  2. Snapchat has so many features and it is mainly used to send snaps which are images or short videos while via a text message, you can only send messages and images.
  3. You can share stories on Snapchat which remains for 24 hours while texting doesn’t have such a feature.
  4. You cannot send snaps for official purposes or to your teachers, bosses, parents, or anyone as such while a text can be sent to anyone you wish to. Snaps are just an informal way of expression while texts can be formal as well as informal ways of expression.
  5. You can check someone’s location using Snapchat if the person has allowed sharing of his location but you can’t do the same with texting.


Snapchat and texting, both are ways to send messages. Snapchat is a fun way of sending text or images or videos and is a great app to enjoy with friends. You get so many filters and so many features in it whereas while texting, you can just send messages and images. Messages sent via Snapchat stay only for a fixed duration while text messages stay in your inbox until deleted.


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