Snapchat is one of the most popular apps on the planet, and the second most active social media platform to boot, which is why it’s so shocking that it took this long for the app to fix its absolutely horrid navigation controls. For years it’s been an huge headache to swipe, tap, and re-swipe the Snapchat screen to switch between the app’s various features and functions, but that’s finally coming to an end thanks to an update that begins rolling out today. 

As TechCrunch reports, the update doesn’t completely overhaul the way you switch between snaps, chat, stories, and other parts of the app, but it adds a universal search feature that will probably become your new defacto directory. It brings together all your conversations, groups, friends, and friend requests into one place, and the realtime search instantly produces results even as you’re still typing in a friend or group name.

The tool also makes it a lot easier to find Snapchat users you want to follow, by bringing up lists of suggested friends as you search. The list is populated with contacts from your address book, so there’s a good chance the people it flags are ones you’re going to want to connect with anyway.

It doesn’t completely solve the mishmash of features that Snapchat has crammed into the app over the years, but it definitely makes it faster and easier to find what you’re looking for. The update is currently rolling out to select Android users and will be pushed to all other Android users as well as iOS snappers “soon.”

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