Snap has a paid subscription tier called Snapchat+, but how can users tell if someone they know or follow has a Snapchat+ subscription?
In late June, Snap Inc. introduced a subscription tier called Snapchat+, but how can users tell if someone they know is a paid subscriber? The premium subscription option costs $3.99 per month and offers a bunch of “exclusive, experimental, and pre-release features” for subscribers. It is currently available in only a handful of countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Snap says that the service will eventually be expanded to more markets but there’s no timeline for that at this stage.
Some of the notable Snapchat+ features include the ability to change the app icon, see who rewatched a story, pin a friend to the top of the chat history as a ‘BFF,’ see the location history of friends in the past 24 hours, Friend Solar Systems, and Ghost Trails, among others. To subscribe to Snapchat+, users can head over to their Profile page, tap on the Snapchat+ banner card at the top and then simply choose the subscription option to start a seven-day free trial. If they’re unhappy with the features on offer, they can also cancel their subscription in a few easy steps.
Snapchat+ subscribers can enable an optional badge on their profile to let other users know that they are a premium subscriber. To see whether a friend or a fellow user is a Snapchat+ subscriber, head over to their profile page and check if there’s a ‘star’ badge next to their display name. It should be a white star within a solid black circle. If the badge is there, that user is definitely a Snapchat+ subscriber. However, even if the badge isn’t visible, they could still be a Snapchat+ subscriber as the badge is optional and users have the option to display it or hide it as they please. Unfortunately, this is the only way to verify a Snapchat+ membership.
The Snapchat+ Badge Is Disabled By Default
Since the Snapchat+ badge is disabled by default, users will need to enable it manually by heading over to their profile, tapping on their Snapchat+ membership card at the top, and then turning on the toggle next to ‘Snapchat+ Badge.’ Once it is turned on, the badge will be visible to all users, irrespective of whether they are paying subscribers or not.
It is worth noting that Snap recently added a new Snapchat+ feature that wasn’t available at the launch of the new service. In mid-July, the company announced the launch of a web app for Snapchat+ subscribers, allowing them to send messages and make video calls from their desktops. However, the new feature is only available in a handful of countries and not in all the markets that Snapchat+ is available in.
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