What Is Snapchat Spotlight? How Do You Use It?

Snapchat is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. With just a few taps, you’ll be able to share special moments of your lives with your friends.

As if that wasn’t great enough, there are many ways to customize these snaps. For one thing, you can add captions, music, and stickers. That’s not all, you can also overlay virtual effects aka filters onto the screen. If anything, that’s what the app has become known for. For example, you can use them to change the background or your appearance. Some will even let you add three-dimensional objects to your surroundings!

But wait, there’s more. You can also use Snapchat to video call, voice call, play games, live stream, send money, and more. In fact, they’re constantly adding new features! And that’s what we’ll be talking about today—Spotlight. For those who don’t know, it’s a feature that was recently released back in November. What is it? How do you use it? Find out by reading the rest of the post!

What Is Snapchat Spotlight?

Snapchat Spotlight is a new section that allows users to share vertical video content (up to 60 seconds in length) that’s more “meme-like” (instead of the usual “day-in-the-life” content). If anything, it’s designed to mimic Tiktok’s viral videos. All you have to do is tap into the “Spotlight” tab, and the app will automatically show you videos that it thinks you want to see (the algorithm will take into account what you’ve viewed in the past and how long you’ve watched).

That’s not all, these videos will also appear in search results so you can also search for them if there’s a particular snap that you’d like to see. Keep in mind, however, that Spotlight snaps won’t have a public comments section. Not only that, but the user’s profile will be private unless they’ve chosen to make it public.

Snapchat Spotlight is currently available in 11 countries including Canada, the US, UK, France, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and New Zealand.  It will eventually be added in other countries as well so don’t worry if you don’t have it yet!

Initiative For Posting Spotlight Snaps

Snapchat is investing quite a bit in its new Spotlight feature. For those who don’t know, they’re handing out $1 million a day for users who submit the best content. More specifically, it will go to those who have the most unique views on their snap. And no, you don’t have to be a celebrity to participate; you just have to be above 16 years old (with the consent of your legal guardian) to be paid for the content.

How Do You Post Spotlight Snaps?

Spotlight snaps are like any other snaps in that you capture them the exact same way. First things first, tap on the camera button at the bottom of the screen. If you want to switch to the front-facing camera, tap on the double arrow icon. From there, you can record your video by holding onto the shutter button. If necessary, you can enable flash by tapping on the lightning bolt icon at the top.

The only difference is that they have to be vertical with sound—horizontal snaps, text-only snaps, still-image snaps will not show up in Spotlight.

Once you’ve recorded your Spotlight snap, tap on the send icon at the bottom of the screen—there should be a “Spotlight” option.

Note: Snapchat may limit the number of videos that you can submit to Spotlight (they haven’t specified the exact number) so make sure that whatever you post is your best work.

How Do You Delete Spotlight Snaps?

Changed your mind about a snap that you’ve submitted to Spotlight? You can always delete it. To do that, open settings from your profile. Select “Spotlight & Snap Map” and you should be able to see the snaps that you’ve posted. From there, you can delete it by tapping on the trash bin icon.

Keep in mind, however, that your video may still appear off Snapchat if it has been shared elsewhere. After all, all Spotlight snaps are public content. In other words, users can easily share them outside of Snapchat.

Spotlight Guidelines

There are certain rules that you have to follow when it comes to posting Spotlight snaps. For one thing, you can only post your own original content. As far as music goes, you can choose from Snapchat’s licensed library. Anything that infringes copyright will promptly be removed from the app.

In addition to that, your submissions must be appropriate for a 13+ audience. In other words, don’t past anything about gambling, weapons, tobacco, or controlled substances. Excessive or underage alcohol consumption is also a no-no.

Finally, you can’t sell or solicit services or products through your Spotlight snaps. Similarly, you don’t want to submit paid-for or sponsored snaps.

Being Creative With Your Spotlight Snaps

The great thing about Spotlight snaps is that you can customize them the same way as regular snaps. In other words, you can add captions, sounds, stickers, doodles, etc. Of course, you can also use filters and lenses—just select them when you’re taking your snap.

Don’t forget to add a #topic when you’re submitting the snap. That way, more people will be able to explore videos like yours; it can also increase your snap’s visibility.

Spotlight Snaps FAQS

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the new Spotlight feature.

Why Isn’t My Snap Appearing in Spotlight?

Videos that are submitted to Spotlight may be moderated by the Snapchat team before it’s shared to the public. That may be why your snap is not showing up right away. Don’t worry, as long as it abides by the community guidelines, it should appear eventually.

Why Doesn’t My Spotlight Snap Have Any Views? 

Due to the large number of submissions, not all snaps will make it into Spotlight. The good news is that you can always submit a video again.

To check the status of your video, tap on the submitted snap from your profile. If it says “submitted”, it is not yet live.

How Do I Know If I’ve Been Picked For the $1 Million?

If your video has been chosen as one of the top snaps, you’ll receive a direct message from Team Snapchat so be on the lookout! Remember, they will never ask you for payment information over the app. Instead, they’ll link you to Hyperwallet, their third party payments provider.

Note: If you receive any messages from someone pretending to be Team Snapchat, report the account right away. Make sure not to provide them with any personal information.

Are There Any Fees Associated with the Withdrawal Amount?

Applicable transaction fees will be charged when you withdraw your earnings from your Payment Account. As it is, the exact amount will depend on various factors such as the currency and method you choose to withdraw your earnings. For more information, you can check out this page.

How Do I Make My Spotlight Snapchat Profile Public?

All user profiles on Spotlight are private by default. Those who are 18 years or older, however, have the option of switching to a public profile. That way, you’ll have increased visibility on the app and people will be able to discover you more easily.