How To Use BeReal – A Complete Guide

So you have heard about this cool new social media app called BeReal and would like to test it. But before you start, you may be wondering what this new concept is all about and how you can use it. Luckily, we’re here to explain it all to you.

This article shares everything you need to know about the new app. You’ll learn how to create and set up your account, create stunning real-world emojis, and much more. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

What is BeReal?

BeReal is a social media app launched in 2020 by Alexis Berreyat. Although it originated in France, the app is especially popular abroad, especially among American students.

The app gained worldwide popularity after viral TikTok videos started referencing it. At the time of writing, BeReal ranks first in the Apple App Store’s Top Charts for Social Networking and has been downloaded more than 20 million times.

The main feature of the app is a daily notification telling users that it’s time to share a selfie and a photo of their surroundings at any time. The users have two minutes to share the photo, and the two-image collage is created automatically with the user’s front and back cameras.

The goal is to share random, ordinary everyday life moments and get a more authentic sharing experience than on Instagram and similar platforms that focus on aesthetics.

How to use BeReal – Step by step instructions

Using BeReal is relatively easy and requires no special effort. The process involves downloading the app, creating an account, and posting photos. You don’t even need to use an email address or set a password.

Here is the detailed step-by-step instruction on how to download the app and set up your account.

  1. Download BeReal from the App Store or Google Play, depending on your operating system.
  2. Open the app on your phone to install it.
  3. Enter your name, date of birth and telephone number.
  4. You will receive an SMS code on the phone number you just entered. Enter that code in the BeReal app to verify your account.
    • (Optional) Allow the app to access your contacts. This is done so that you can connect with your friends who are already using the app.
  5. Accept receiving notifications from BeReal. This is important if you want to post within the two minute time limit each day.

Note that you can skip step 5 as there are other ways to find friends in the app.

That is it! You have now set up your account and you will be taken to the screen where you will be asked to upload two photos – one from your front camera and one from your back camera. As you upload the images (you can press the “X” button to skip this part), you will also be shown which of your friends are available on BeReal.

An important thing to note is that if you want to see the posts of others, you have to publish a post beforehand. If you don’t feel like sharing what your day looks like, you won’t be able to see anyone’s posts for that day either. This may seem like a drawback to some, but it’s the philosophy of the app to create a circle of people who share random moments from their lives with the community. If you’re not willing to share, then according to the app philosophy, you shouldn’t see other people’s posts.

Take (or retake) a photo

If you are setting up your account for the first time by following the steps in the previous section, you will be prompted to tap the “Time to BeReal” notification that appears on your screen. Once you’ve done this, the app will open your selfie camera view so you can post a photo for your first BeReal post.

Taking a photo on BeReal is super easy. You just need to follow the steps below:

  1. Stand in front of the camera and tap the shutter (it looks like a white circle) at the bottom of the screen.
  2. When you’re done taking the selfie, the app will automatically switch to your rear camera. Press the shutter again to take a photo.
  3. Tap the lightning bolt if you need extra brightness.
  4. Choose whether you want to share the post with just your friends or with the BeReal community as a whole.
  5. Choose to share (or not share) your geolocation.
  6. Add a caption to your post as soon as it goes live.

Since you take both photos in seconds, you may not be happy with how the photos turned out and may want to retake them. You can do this by following the steps below:

  1. Tap the photo you want to retake.
  2. Press the “X” button that appears in the top right corner of the image.
  3. Take a new photo.

While you are taking a photo, you will see the two minute timer running. This means you can take a limited number of retakes until it goes off.

Take two selfies

As you scroll through your BeReal feed, you may notice that some people share posts with two selfies. That is indeed possible if you are fast enough to turn your phone over immediately after taking the first photo. You may not find it so easy on the first try, but if you are persistent enough, you will succeed.

Keep in mind that taking two selfies is not in line with the spirit of the app, which tries to show where the user is when their selfie is taken.

Time the messages – What you need to know

The company keeps the times when the items are requested secret. This means there is no way to know when to expect a notification. However, the app won’t ask you to send photos at night or outside of what’s considered “wake hours.” The app uses your phone’s time zone to calculate the time, so it’s very unlikely that you’ll get a notification at 2AM.

Not posting on time on BeReal

When you get a notification to upload a photo on BeReal, you only have two minutes to take two photos. This can create a sense of urgency to get the shot right away. But even if you don’t respond to the message right away, you can still post later. Whenever you start the app after you get the notification, the two minute timer will start.

The only difference is that, for example, if you were half an hour late submitting your message, your message will say “30 minutes late.”

Post due date

All posts on BeReal have an expiration date of 24 hours. This means that the post you share will only be available to your friends in their News Feed for 24 hours. Of course, if someone shares your post hours after you’ve posted it, it will remain active on their profiles for the 24-hour period after they’ve reposted it.

BeReal also has a separate section called “Your Memories” where you can access all your previous posts. Only you can see this part and scroll through it horizontally to browse your past images.

In addition, you can save your messages in your phone gallery, share them via email or forward them via another social network.

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RealMoji is the most popular way to respond to other people’s posts. It’s super easy to use it:

  1. Open the message you want to reply to.
  2. Press the response button in the lower right corner of the screen. You will see a strip of emojis.
  3. Tap the desired emoji. A selfie camera view will appear.
  4. Take a selfie and try to mimic the expression of the emoji.

A big advantage of RealMojis is that you can use the same response for future posts as well. But whenever you want to post a new, authentic comment, you can do it by following the steps above.

The app supports all standard emojis available on your keyboard. You can also easily share an emoji without having to create and send one with your facial expression.

Screenshot Notifications

If you’re concerned that someone will be notified if you take a screenshot of their post, it’s worth knowing that it’s possible to see this kind of information. However, this is not so simple. In fact, the app doesn’t immediately tell you who took a screenshot of your message. To find out, you’ll need to share your post on another social media site, via email, or any other means.

Pro tip: There is a simple solution to avoid sharing your message with others. Instead of sharing it on Instagram, you can send your message to an email address you don’t use often or send it to yourself as a file. The app only needs you to complete the action from the share menu, and it doesn’t matter which option you select. The result will be the same and you will see who took screenshots of your posts anyway.

Delete and report a post

If you don’t like your post, you can delete it by following the steps below:

  1. Open the message you want to delete.
  2. Press the three dots at the bottom for more details.
  3. Press “Delete”.

When you post to the Discovery feed, you can always delete your photo so that it is only visible to the people on your friends list.

Likewise, if you want to report a post on BeReal, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Tap the tree dots next to the message you want to report.
  2. Click the “Report” button at the bottom of the list of options.
  3. Mark the message as inappropriate or unwanted.

Time to get real with BeReal

BeReal is a refreshing addition to the social media networking platforms that are not focused on posing and making your feed aesthetically perfect, such as Instagram. The goal is to share random daily moments with your friends or the community and show life as it is.

Thanks to the detailed guide above, you can now download the app on your phone, set up your account and start posting. You can also now share RealMojis on other people’s posts and even take two selfies if you’re up for the challenge.

Prefer BeReal or Instagram? How do you think BeReal will change the way other popular social media networks are used? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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