How To Save Snapchat Videos/Photos On Your Device? [Step By Step Process]

How To Save Snapchat Videos Photos On Your Device

Snapchat has grown a lot since its launching. The popularity of Snapchat has been exponentially growing due to its unique features. Since the very first day, Snapchat has never failed to amuse us.  From still-images sharing to creating your own Cameo and bitmojis, Snapchat has come a long way and always kept its user’s privacy at the top. 

Pictures and Videos on Snapchat are available for viewing only once or twice in maximum. The sender gets notified every time you screenshot, record, or replay their snap. But, since the new Snapchat update, some loopholes have been tracked. You have a chance to download the snaps you receive straight on your camera roll.

To save your own snap, hold the record button and tap down the arrow button until you see “Saved.” 

To save the snap that is posted as a story, tap the 3 dot menu on your story tab, tap the snap, and select the down arrow.

If you are looking for a way to save someone else’s snap, you can take a screenshot, screen record, use another phone to record the snap, jailbreak your device, etc.

Do you want a better view of how you can save the videos and pictures on Snapchat? If yes, stick with us till the end of this article. 

How To Save Your Own Snaps

Saving one’s own snap is one of the easiest tasks to do on Snapchat. The snaps you have taken and saved are saved in the “Memories,” while the snaps you posted as a story are saved on “Stories.” You can save the snaps from both Memories and your Stories.

Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Open Snapchat App

Begin with opening the Snapchat app on your device. Fill in the required credentials to log in to your Snapchat account.

Snapchat Log In

Step 2: Tap The Gear Button To Open Settings

Then, tap on your profile icon so that your Snapchat profile is displayed on your screen. You’ll see a gear button on the top right corner of your screen. Tap the button to open Snapchat settings.

Snapchat Profile Icon
Snapchat Settings Icon

Step 3: Choose To Save To The Camera Roll

Once you open Settings on Snapchat, go to “Memories.” You’ll be provided with three options now; to save to memories,  to save on the camera roll, and to save on both memories and camera roll. Select the option in your preference.

Step 4: Tap On the “Send To” Icon.

If you choose to save the snaps on “Camera Roll,” don’t forget to tap on the “Send To” icon that appears before sending a snap. 

Alternatively, you can save your snaps from Snapchat by Stories>My Story> Save or Download. 

You can also enable autosaving via Memories setting. 

How To Save Other’s Snaps

If you are a Snapchat user, it’s no harm knowing how to save someone’s snaps. You never know when you need the tricks and tips. Read this article so that you don’t run out of ideas when you really need one.

Saving other’s snap can be a little tricky. But you don’t need professional hacking skills just for the sake of saving the pictures and videos sent on Snapchat. With proper guidance and the right procedure, one can be able to save someone’s snaps from Snapchat to one’s own device. We have collected some of the effective ways to save someone else’s snap and explained them below. How about you have a look at them.

Taking Screenshots In Your Device

The easiest way to save someone’s snap is by screenshotting it. But, if you want to play safe, taking a screenshot of someone’s snap is not the thing you would want to do.

Enabling The Screen Recorder Of Your Device

Most of the phones come with an in-built screen recorder these days. Since the Screen Recorder records screen activities, you will be able to record the snaps as well. However, screen recording the snap sends a notification to the Snapchat user. So, if you don’t want the other person to know that you are recording his/her snap, using a screen recorder would be a bad idea.

Using Another Phone To Click The Snaps

If you don’t want the other person to know that you are being nosy and willing to save their snaps, using another phone can be an easy option. You can use another device that simply has a camera and the ability to process a video. You can use a smartphone, an iPad, an iPod, a tablet, a cam recorder, or anything to record the snap from the device you use. 

Certainly, you won’t get a quality picture, video, and sound of the snap while using another device’s camera. But what you gotta do is what you gotta do. If you want to save someone’s snap badly and don’t have any other easier option left, this idea can be a little help. 

Jailbreaking Your Device

Jailbreaking your phone gives hundreds of ways to save the snaps you receive. You can even install Android apps if you jailbreak iPhone. Now just imagine the loopholes yourself.

But jailbreaking a device is extreme. Don’t do it unless you are too desperate and are on the verge of life and death if you don’t save someone else’s snaps.

Saving Snapchat Videos On Mac By Using Quicktime

Are you a Mac user? If yes, you can use QuickTime to save pictures and videos on Snapchat.

QuickTime is owned by Apple itself. So, it is a reliable source if you wanna use it for screen recording. QuickTime serves you its great features without having to face any hurdles.

Follow these steps to use QuickTime for recording snaps on Snapchat using QuickTime:

  1. Install QuickTime on your Mac. Launch the app, then connect your Mac to your iPhone using a lightning cable.
  2. Once you connect the devices, you must click “New Movie Recording” to proceed further. 
  3. Now, it’s time to select a recording source. Click the down arrow that lies beside the recording icon to view the available options. Select your phone as your recording source.
  4. Since QuickTime needs to mirror your device’s screen, you may have to wait for a while. Once the app mirrors your device, open Snapchat on your phone. Start recording your screen on QuickTime and then open your snap. The app will record your snap cleanly without letting the other user know. Once you are done recording, don’t forget to hit the stop icon to save your snap. 

Saving Snapchat Videos On iPhone Using Snapbox

If you don’t prefer connecting your phone to any other device, you can use third-party apps such as Snapbox. 

Let me clarify to you that Snapchat does not allow the interference of any third-party applications and can block your account too. If you are willing to risk, below are the steps guiding you to save snaps from Snapchat using Snapbox. 

  1. Begin the procedure by installing Snapbox on your iPhone. Snapbox is not available in the Appstore, so you need to use a third-party source to install the app. 
  2. Once you install the app on your device, provide your Snapchat account details and log in using the app.
  3. Open the snap you are willing to save and tap on the “Save” button to simply save the snap.
  4. Snapbox also lets you autosave the snaps if you enable the option in “Settings.”  Any snap will be saved on your phone’s camera roll once you open the snap without letting the other person know. 

Using Screencast App

You can record anything, be it sound, picture, or video, using the Screencast app. Screencast app mainly focuses on recording the activities that happen on a screen. It is widely used for presentations, slideshows, etc. on desktop computers.

Screencast apps are mainly used for desktop computers. Only a few free screencast apps are available that work on mobile devices. AZ Screen Records the screen activities of Android phones. No screencast app is particularly released for iOS yet. 

Saving Snapchat Videos In Android By Mirrorgo Android Recorder

Like on Mac,iPhone, and desktop computers, some apps let you save snaps from Snapchat on Android devices too. MirrorGo Android Recorder easily lets you record the screen activity of your android devices. Unlike other scammers, MirroGo Android Recorder is a secured screen recorder running on the Windows system. The app saves your snaps by mirroring your screen.

Saving A Photo or A Video Posted As A Story

If you forgot to save your video before you sent it, there’s no way to get it back.

However, if you posted it as a story, there is a way to save it. From your Stories tab, tap the three gray vertical dots that appear to the right of My Story. Tap a snap video (if you have multiple stories posted) and then tap the down arrow that appears beside it to save it to your device.

Step 1: Open Snapchat

To perform any activity on Snapchat, it’s obvious you need to open the app first. Open the Snapchat app on your device and log in if necessary.

Snapchat Log In

For iPhone

If you are an iOS user, follow these steps to download the snap you saved as your story.

Step 2: Tap The Circle Next To “My Story”

You will see a circular icon next to “My Story” that has the thumbnail of your recent snap taken. Tap it.

Step 3: Save The Story

Now, you will see a “Save Story?” button with three different options, select either “Yes” or “Yes, and don’t ask again” to save your Snapchat story.

After completing these steps, your snap will successfully be saved on your device. 

For Android

In case you are an android user, you need to follow these steps to save your snaps on your device from “My Story.”

Step 2: Tapping “My Story” Section

Once you open the Snapchat app on your device, tap your profile icon and then tap the “My Story” section. Once you tap it, swipe up to view your snap. 

Step 3: Tapping The “Save Snap” Button

Now, you will see three options on the bottom of your screen. Tap the “Save Snap” option to download the photo or video on your device. 

save Snapchat videos and photos

Once you complete these steps, you are done.

Note: If you have posted multiple snaps on your story and want to save them all, swipe your story one-by-one and follow the same steps as above.

Saving A Photo Or Video To Your Camera Roll On Snapchat 

Saving a photo or video to the Camera Roll on Snapchat is not a big deal. Camera Roll is a unique feature on Snapchat that is visible to you only. Camera Roll is basically the collection of snaps you have taken on Snapchat.

Camera Roll is a private platform for all Snapchat users. Only you can view your snaps on your Camera Roll. You cannot access someone else’s Camera Roll, meaning nobody else can access your Camera Roll either.

If you are working on saving your Snapchat photo or video to your camera roll, the steps below might help you.

Step 1: Open Snapchat And Take A Picture

You can’t really save the snaps from Snapchat without opening the Snapchat app at all, can you? Open the Snapchat app on your phone and log in, providing your required credentials.

Once you log in to your account, take a snap by tapping the Camera icon.

Step 2: Tap The Down Arrow Symbol

Now, tap the down-arrow button that appears on the bottom left corner of your screen. You will see a confirmation that says “Saved!.” In case of the usage of an iOS, the snap will automatically be saved to your Camera Roll. 

Step 3: Exit Out Of The Photo Or Video

If you use an android device, you can exit out of the snap by tapping the “X.”

Step 4: Swipe To See Saved Snaps

You can see your saved snaps by swiping up from the bottom of your screen.

Step 5: Hold The Snap 

If you want to save your snap to the camera roll, gently tap and hold the snap. 

Step 6: Select “Export Snap”

After you tap and hold the snap for a while, you will see an “Export Snap” option. Select it. 

Step 7: Tap “Camera Roll” 

Now tap on the “Camera Roll” to save your snaps to the camera roll in an Android device. 

Saving  A Photo Or Video From Memories In Snapchat

We can guess by the name of “Memories” that the tab saves your Snapchat memories. Memories save all the photos and videos you take on Snapchat, which you can access in the future. You can easily save your snaps from the “Memories” of Snapchat as well. 

To save a snap from Memories, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open Snapchat App

Open the Snapchat app and log in if you haven’t already.

Snapchat Log In

Step 2: Open “Memories”

Once you open Snapchat, you will see a photo-like icon beside the camera button on the bottom of your screen. Tap the icon to open “Memories.” 

Step 3: Select The Snap

You will see all of your snaps that were saved on Snapchat. Scroll until you find the snaps you are willing to save and once you do, select the snap by tapping it. 

Step 4: Tap On The 3 Dots Menu

You must see a 3 dot menu in the upper right corner of your screen. Tap on the icon. 

Step 5: Tap “Export Snap”

Right after you tap the 3 dot menu, you will be displayed a list of options. Among them, tap on the option that says “Export Snap.”

Step 6: Tap “Down Arrow Button” 

Snapchat will show an option that allows you to save the snaps to your device. Tap on the down arrow button and get your snap on your phone. 

How to Save Snapchat Photos/Videos Without Them Knowing

You should know that taking screenshots of the snaps normally or recording the screen triggers the other user’s notification. You can’t use those techniques if you don’t want the other person to know that you are saving his/her snaps. 

What can you do to save the snaps without letting them know then?

Don’t worry, there are several techniques you can use to save your friends’ snap without letting them know. You can use another device to record the snaps, jailbreak the device, take screenshots by enabling Airplane Mode on your phone, or use third-party apps such as Snapbox, Snapsave, Casper, SnapCrack, MirrorGo, etc.

Warning: Snapchat has banned the use of any third-party apps since they may be hackers or scammers. So, before you fully trust the third-party apps, please give them a second thought, as they probably are scammers. 

How To Screenshot the Snaps Without Triggering The Notification?

I know being able to take screenshots on Snapchat without letting the other person know is a dream come true to many of you. Yes, there is a way you can screenshot on Snapchat without letting the other person know. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Enable the “Airplane Mode” on your device.
  2. Go to Settings>Account Actions>Snapchat>Clear Cache to clear the Snapchat cache. 
  3. Now, feel free to take a screenshot of the snaps. You can screenshot anything on Snapchat using this technique.

Snapchat generally sends a notification to the other user when you take a screenshot of their snaps, but enabling Airplane Mode on your device prevents the notification. This way, you can screenshot anything and everything on Snapchat without sending any notification at all. 

Changing  Where Snaps Are Saved In Snapchat

Are you not happy with where your snaps are being saved lately? Are you scared that if you try using random steps, you won’t be able to save your snaps at all?

If that’s the case, you are exactly where you ought to be. We have come up with the procedures on how you can change where snaps are saved in Snapchat. And don’t worry, these steps really work and won’t stop you from saving your desired snaps.

Follow these steps to change where your snaps are saved in Snapchat:

  1. Open the Snapchat app on your device and login if necessary.
  2. You will see your bitmoji on the upper left side of your screen, which is your profile icon. Tap the profile icon to open your Snapchat profile. 
  3. The next step is opening the Snapchat Settings. Tap the Gear button in the upper right corner of your screen to open settings on Snapchat. 
  4. Scroll until you see “Memories,” and once you do, tap it.
  5. Then, tap the “Save” button. 
  6. If you wish to save your snaps to your Camera Roll, tap on the “Camera Roll” option. 
  7. And if you are willing to save the snaps to both of the Memories and camera roll, tap “Memories & Camera Roll.”

If you are someone who saves a lot of snaps to the camera roll, you better select either camera roll or Memories & Camera Roll since that will make your work way easier. 

Should I Trust The Third-party Apps Claiming To Save Snapchat Videos And Pictures?

Several third-party apps claim to save Snapchat videos and photos on the internet. But, you need to be aware of them as they may be scammers. Avoiding the use of such apps and not filling your credentials on them would be a smart thing to do. 

Snapchat has announced way back in the fall of 2014 and April 2015 that it started banning all the third-party apps that might have the slightest chance of accessing Snapchat. Snapchat worked on banning these apps by enhancing their security system and maintaining privacy.

Initially, you may be able to download the third-party apps from different websites, Playstore, or Appstore, but most of them do not work at all. They may be trying to fool you with all the reviews and ratings, and there are high chances they are scammers. Forget about being able to save snaps; these apps won’t even be able to login to your Snapchat after the subscription package.

Following Snapchat’s advice, it’s best not to trust any third-party apps with your Snapchat account. Some apps ask you to make a subscription and rob you, while some apps are used for hacking your account. This is not a new thing. Many people have been victimized this way. 

So, do not count on any third-party apps that claim to save Snapchat videos and pictures. 

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Forgive me if I am mistaken, but I guess you still have some queries regarding the use of Snapchat. I can’t address them all at once, but I have tried to include some of your probable questions below.

Have a look at them. 

Does Snapchat Save Pictures In A Database?

No, Snapchat does not save pictures in a database, and your snaps do not last forever. Snaps on Snapchat generally last for around 30 days. Snapchat never saves the snaps for longer than they need to run the service.

According to Snapchat’s privacy policy, all the snaps taken are deleted after they are viewed. In case they are not viewed yet, the snaps last for 30 days on the Snapchat server. 

Where Are Snapchat Pics Stored? 

You may not know this, but it’s you who get to choose where your snaps are stored. You can save the snaps on Camera Roll, on Memories, and both Camera Roll & Memories.

You can also enable the settings to save your snaps and stories directly in My Eyes Only


And guys, this is how you can save snaps on Snapchat. Share these tips with your circle so that they will be able to save some snaps as well. 

Happy Snapping! 

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