Snapchat is now easier to use thanks to the addition of a search bar

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Snapchat’s major redesign is here.

As expected, the app’s new look, which features a search bar and several other UI nips and tucks to make it easier to use, is now live for iOS users.

One of the things first-time Snapchat users complain about is how complicated and confusing the user interface is. You can swipe up, down, left and right, and many of the icons have no explanation. Most people just don’t know where to begin.

The redesigned app can still be a little confusing if you’ve never used it before, but the new search bar located at the top of all of the app’s screens definitely helps to make it easier to jump into private chats and group chats.

Additionally, the search bar also shows shortcuts for recently added friends and friends (from your provided contacts), you might want to add.

One feature that doesn’t appear to be active yet is the ability to search for live stories.

There’s a new search bar at the top of all of the app’s screens.

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Tap on the search bar to quickly jump into a chat or add friends. You can also search for Discover channels.

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The old version of Snapchat didn’t make it very clear it supported Bitmoji.

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The new update puts Bitmoji up front (upper left).

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Old Snapchat

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New Snapchat

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