How To Change Your Snapchat Chat Wallpaper (And Why It Isn’t Working)

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Snapchat has launched a new feature, Chat Wallpapers, so users can personalize their conversations. Today, there isn’t much room for customization on social media. In the early days, Xanga and Myspace allowed users to do whatever they pleased with their profiles. Users decked their accounts out with tailored designs and favorite songs. These days, users generally can customize only their picture and bio description. Still, platforms are finding ways to sneak in a touch of individuality.


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A recent Snapchat+ feature drop included a social media favorite, Chat Wallpapers. This feature brings flair and fun to chats with friends. Instead of the standard bland white background, friends can now enjoy exclusive custom backgrounds behind their conversations. It’s the same as Meta’s themes in Messenger and Instagram. While it isn’t unique, personalization remains a popular feature. Here’s how to do it.

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Guide To Installing A Snapchat Wallpaper

Phone displaying a friendship profile in Snapchat with 'Our Chat' and 'Wallpaper' circled.

To change the wallpaper in Snapchat, start by opening the app and swiping right to the messages menu. Tap the chat to open and then click the name at the top to open the Friendship or Group Chat profile. Once the Friendship profile is open, scroll to ‘Our Chat’ and tap ‘Wallpaper.‘ Choose ‘For Us’ to select from one of Snapchat’s premade wallpapers, or tap ‘Camera Roll’ to choose a more personalized picture. From there, the user can preview the wallpaper and even choose to blur the image. Once the desired wallpaper is chosen, tap ‘Confirm.’ Now, everyone in the chat can enjoy the wallpaper.

As stated above, the user requires a Snapchat+ subscription to use this fun feature. Paying members enjoy Custom App Icons, Post View Emojis, Story Rewatch, Bitmoji Backgrounds, Priority Story Replies, and more. The premium plan gives users exclusive features and access to new functions before everyone else, such as Snapchat for Web.

Chat wallpapers are a new feature for Snapchat+. If users upgrade to the premium but cannot find the Our Chat menu from the Friendship profile, they may need to update their app to the latest version. While this should fix the issue, the user may need to delete the app and re-download it in some cases. Don’t worry, Snapchat will save everything.

Upgrade To Snapchat+

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Snapchat users can choose to pay a monthly subscription fee for Snapchat+, or pay annually for a discounted rate. Snapchat+ costs $3.99 per month, which adds up to $47.88 over the duration of a year. The annual plan, on the other hand, costs $39.99 per year, paid upfront. It also comes with a perk for first-timers — when users sign up for Snapchat+ under the Annual Plan, the first month will cost only $29.99. In addition to the added customization options, Snapchat+ gives users access to favorite features like the Friend Solar System and the ability to pin a friend to the #1 BFF slot. Even without the paid features, though, free Snapchat is still a top social media platform driven by stories and lenses.

Sources: Snapchat