Snapchat allows you to record and send video clips up to 60 seconds long. Even better, there’s a simple trick you can use to record video without holding down the camera button. This is great for times when you want to record yourself dancing, playing an instrument, or anything that implies both hands are free. Here’s how it works.
Snapchat | Record video without holding the camera button
It’s easy to record Snapchat videos without holding the camera button. For hands-free recording, press and hold the camera button briefly, then swipe left on the lock icon. Your video will continue recording without having to hold the button down.
This method is built into the Snapchat app and doesn’t require workarounds like using AssistiveTouch on iOS devices. It is true that you will have to press and hold briefly, but only for a moment. Otherwise, you can record up to 60 seconds of video without having to hold down the camera button all the time. You can also zoom in and out by swiping up and down on the screen, although of course you’ll need your hands to make it work.
It is also possible to record Snapchat videos hands-free using some Bluetooth accessories. Camera remotes, such as those that come with some phone tripods, are able to turn Snapchat video recording on and off. Some controllers and Bluetooth stylus with integrated buttons also work. However, many of these don’t work like a switch, which means you may have to hold down the buttons to record. At the very least, it allows you to shoot videos while being further away from the phone.
The easiest way to record Snapchat video without holding the button is to swipe to the lock icon. The app will continue to record on its own, leaving your hands free and allowing you to walk away from your phone for up to 60 seconds of video.