Snapchat for Mac – Alternatives, FAQs and Download Methods

Snapchat is one of the world’s most popular apps on iOS and Android with its influential filters and Stories feature. But if the app was available on your Mac as well, you could view content on a much bigger screen. Find out below how you can get it on your Apple computer.

Snapchat for Mac - Alternatives, FAQs and Download Methods

How to Download Snapchat for Mac

Step 1: Go to “System Preferences” on your device.

Step 2: Click on “Security & Privacy.”

Step 3: Check the “Allow apps and identified developers” box found on the “General” tab.

Step 4: Open the Safari web browser.

Step 5: Download the 7MB Internet Download Manager to speed up downloads here.

Take note of the common IDM integration issues when using the Safari browser. The most important tip is to go to the IDM configuration dialog box and select the “General” tab.

From there, check the “Use advanced browser integration” box and the “Apple Safari” box on the list of browsers located below. Other questions about using IDM on Safari can be found here.

Step 6: Download the BlueStacks 4 Android emulator here.

Step 7: Double-click on the installer file once it’s been fully downloaded.

Step 8: Select “Install” once the BlueStacks 4 setup opens.

Step 9: Read the terms and conditions before clicking “Continue.”

If an alert stating “System Extension Blocked” appears, select the “Open Security & Preferences” option. Once in the Security & Preferences dialog box, click on “Allow” located at the lower-right portion under the “General” tab.

Step 10: Wait for the complete installation of BlueStacks 4 then run it.

Step 11: Minimize the BlueStacks 4 app player after successfully launching it.

Step 12: Follow the security protocol for running BlueStacks 4 on your Mac device here.

Step 13: Go back to BlueStacks 4 and sign in with your Google account.

You can create a free Google account here.

Step 14: Look for the “Search App” icon under the “My Apps” tab.

Step 15: Type in “Snapchat” and select the resulting “Search Play for Snapchat” option.

Step 16: Click “Install” on the app’s page of Google Play Store.

Step 17:  Open “Snapchat” once it’s been fully installed.

System Requirements

Operating System: Mac OS Sierra 10.12, High Sierra 10.13, or Mojave (10.14)

Storage Capacity: At least 4GB remaining on your HDD


Graphics Driver: It must be updated to the latest version

Mac App Store: Updated to the newest version as well

User Account: Administrator

4 Alternatives to Snapchat for Mac

1) Adium

This is a third-party messaging client, which means that it’s not available on the Mac App Store. Instead, you can download Adium on their official website. With it, you can use a variety of messaging apps such as Google Talk, IRC, and Twitter all in one place — saving you space and organizing your chat accounts.


LINE has more than 200 million active monthly users and offers not only messaging tools but also voice and video calls — all at no cost. In fact, you can have group calls with as many as 200 people. LINE also offers an auto-sync feature so that you can use both the Mac and the iOS version with ease.

3) KakaoTalk

This app also has hundreds of millions of users around the world. It’s free and offers a good variety of emoticons and stickers. KakaoTalk users will also enjoy using unique voice and video filters to lighten up the conversation. And if you’re worried about security, you can always use the remote log out feature.

4) Telegram

Telegram advertises itself as the fastest messaging app. It offers an auto-sync feature so that you can continue your message from your iPhone to your Mac. And unlike Messenger, there is no limit to the size and type of file you want to send and receive, with your chat history conveniently stored on the cloud.


1) Can I use Snapchat on Mac without a webcam?

If you want to just browse Snapchat and not post anything, you can do so by choosing the Cancel button whenever a pop-up appears telling you to turn on the camera. This will happen several times, but it will eventually stop as long as you keep closing it.

2) How can I use a Bitmoji on Snapchat?

You must first create a Bitmoji on the Bitmoji app, which you can download on the PlayStore using BlueStacks 4. After this, you should open the app and click on your profile icon then choose “Add Bitmoji.” Just wait for Snapchat to link to your Bitmoji account before you edit your Bitmoji.

3) Is there ever going to be a Mac version of Snapchat?

While it’s still not around, Apple did tease back in 2018 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference that they are working on a brand new version of the Mac App Store. In fact, they already teased at the end of the event that Snapchat is going to be part of this new App Store.

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