Idea: Button to both “Add to Story” and use “Camera” to do in one-tap & help people share more (#52)

Purpose is to maintain video limit while still letting users share to their Story with the same tap that the user makes a new video. Saves one step in the process, and particularly relevant in cases where the user wants to keep talking about something, or the user is trying to record an entire experience that is time sensitive such as sports or a friend singing a song, etc.

Start on Camera view, press and hold to make a video then release to stop recording, then press and hold on “Add to Story & Camera” to both “Add to Story” and start using the camera again by making another video, note that the top bar indicates the Story is being added and completed being added, and release finger when done recording the second video. Designed by D.J. Sherrets.

Snapchat today:

  • You can make a photo or video, then you can tap “Add to Story” button which takes you to the Stories view. Then to make another photo or video, you need to swipe to Camera, then tap on the Camera button again. So there are 3 gestures needed to make new media.
  • There’s an opportunity to do this faster.

Proposed idea:

  1. Start on Camera view. Press and hold to make a video.
  2. Release finger to stop recording. Note that you can tap “Next” to go select recipients, or you can tap “Add to Story & Camera” to both “Add to Story” and interact with the camera again.


  • The Camera defaults to whether front facing or back facing was set last. For example, you may back a back facing video then the “Add to Story & Camera” button would start with the back facing camera on.
  • Opportunity is to enable people to share a lot of videos and photos quickly. And this preserves the limit of 10 seconds on video.
  • This addresses the problem of people wanting to use Snapchat’s camera to make a lot of videos and photos really quickly without having to have 3 gestures in between each.
  • Alternatively, allow for a preview of the Camera view so the user can know what’s in the Camera view when tapping “Add to Story & Camera.” However, for making videos a preview may not be as required because the user can adapt where the Camera is pointed.
  • Reason to not do this is that there may be some confusion about what happens.
Designed by D.J. Sherrets.

© 2016 D.J. Sherrets