Lapse app: what you need to know about the new Instagram kil…

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It seems like new apps don’t generate much excitement these days, but recently one app has caught people’s attention. It’s called Lapse, and it’s a photo-sharing app that’s currently available via invitation only.

The app was created to allow you to share photos not just with followers, but with friends, in fun new ways. Friends vs followers may seem a little confusing, but it becomes clear once you understand how the app operates.

Are you ready to learn more about lapse and how it works? Let’s dig in.

What is Lapse App?

Photos about Lapse app on the App Store.

If you’ve ever used a disposable camera, you may better understand the concept of lapse. This app uses the same idea. When you take a photo within the Lapse app, it takes time to “develop”, just like disposable cameras. It’s worth mentioning that the app doesn’t have any filters or editing capabilities, and it’s not possible to import existing photos from your phone to send to friends.

This approach of not editing, combined with the “developing” aspect of the image, is meant to make sharing more personal. Lapse is really different from Instagram and other photo-sharing apps, and that difference is intentional.

Referencing how other photo-sharing apps work, Lapps explains, “We get so caught up in (the game of getting followers) that we forget the real reason we signed up in the first place Was.”

Lapse isn’t just a photo-sharing app; It is also a versatile platform. In addition to sharing photos, you can also create a journal that can be shared with your friends or kept private. Your profile will give you access to all your Snaps, allow you to write journal entries, add music from Deezer, and more.

With Lapse, you can add existing content from your iPhone Photos app and add selfies to your Journal. You can also select up to 36 photos to display on your profile, which will continuously shift on a loop. These loops can be shared via Instagram and Snapchat. You can also create albums that can be shared with others or kept private.

Do you need an invitation to join Laps?

Lapse app logo.

Currently, you need an invitation to join Laps. You can receive an invitation from a friend who is already using the service or send invitations to your contacts. This requirement is called “Early Access” by the Lapse team, which suggests that the restriction may be lifted in the future.

Download the app and follow the in-app instructions for more information about connecting to Lapse.

Is Lapse App Free?

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After receiving an invitation to join Lapse, you can use the app for free without any in-app purchases or ads. “Laps is completely free,” the company says on the FAQ section of the Lapse website. “Unlike other platforms, we don’t run ads or sell your data.”

It’s always possible that Lapse might start charging for access or introduce a monthly subscription, but for now, the app is 100% free to use.

Is Lapse App Available for Android?

Android 14 logo on Google Pixel 8 Pro.
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The Lapse app is currently only compatible with iPhones and is not yet available for Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra or Google Pixel 8 Pro. It is important to note that any Android developer that claims to offer a Lapse app through the Google Play Store or other platforms is promoting a fake app.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Lapse eventually creates an Android app, but at least for now, you’ll need an iPhone to use the app.

Should you download Lapse?

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Laps has received nearly 65,000 ratings on the App Store, with an impressive average rating of 4.8 out of 5. Early adopters are happy with the current state of Lapse and eagerly await future updates. However, many users find the joining process confusing and frustrating.

Some users have also complained about the time it takes for photos to “develop.” Currently, development times are kept as a closely guarded secret and vary deliberately, but you should not wait more than a few hours.

It will be interesting to see if Lapse catches up and how it performs over the next few months or years. Will it prove to be as successful as Instagram, or will it disappear entirely? Only time will tell.

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