Part of the appeal of Snapchat is that the messenger service doesn’t save photos and videos. It’s one of those features that sounds strange to people who don’t use Snapchat. Why wouldn’t you want to be able to save the things people send you?
Answers vary, but most of them have something to do with fatigue. Nearly every socially driven service keeps a record of your posts and interactions. After a while, you get tired of having a permanent record of your every post. Sometimes, you just want to share it and forget it. Snapchat allows you to do just that.
If you ever do want to save a snap, though, Snapchat does not make it easy to do so. The simplest method is to just capture a picture of your screen (more on that later). However, Snapchat will notify the sender that you have tried to do so. Sometimes that doesn’t matter…and sometimes it does.
So how can you save Snapchat videos and photos? To be honest, there aren’t a lot of great “official” options. Snapchat takes privacy pretty seriously. However, all hope is not lost. There are a ton of “unofficial” ways to save your snaps. They’re not as good as an official option, but they certainly get the job done.
Here are some of the many ways to save your Snapchat videos and photos.
Saving Your Own Snaps
While saving other people’s snaps can be quite tricky, it’s fortunately easy to save your own snaps. Here’s how you do that:
- Before you send your snap out, open Snapchat settings. From there, go to memories.
- You should have the option to either save to memories or to save to camera roll. Saving to memories will back up your photo/video on the Snapchat servers. Choosing to save to the camera roll will allow you to access the snap on your iPhone camera roll. You can also save them to both.
- If you’re saving to camera roll, be sure to select the Send To icon that appears on your screen after you take a snap.
Also, you can easily save your own stories by going to stories, selecting My Story, and tapping the save – or download – button. You can also enable an autosave option via the Memories setting.
How to Save Someone Else’s Snaps
We’re going to say this a few times, but you really should know that there are few great options for saving other people’s snaps. By “great,” we mean easy and effective ways to save a snap that don’t involve copyright violations.
Still, if you’re interested in doing so, these are your options.
Take a Screenshot With Your Device
Like we said above, the easiest way to save a snap is just to take a screenshot. In case you don’t remember, here’s how you do that:
iPhone X and 8: Hold the power button and the volume up button at the same time. This will save a screenshot to your camera roll.
Other iPhone Models: Hold the home button and the power button at the same time. This will save a screenshot to your camera roll.
As mentioned above, taking a screenshot of a snap is supposed to trigger a notification that alerts the sender you’ve done so. You’re probably wondering whether it’s possible to avoid that notification entirely. There are, but they’re not the best options. Actually, Snapchat has fixed some of the better options out there.
However, there are plenty of other options out there.
Use Another Phone To Take a Picture of the Snap
Want to save a snap in the least effective way possible? Just grab a different phone, use it to take a picture of the snap on your phone – or record a video – and send it to yourself. Hey, we said some of these options aren’t great. This is one of the most reliable, but cumbersome, ways to save snap videos and photos.
Delay the Notification by Going Offline
If you just want to delay when the sender receives the notification, it’s possible to do so. Just turn off your WiFi, Bluetooth, data, and everything else that connects you to networks. Then enable Airplane Mode and take your screenshot.
If you wait about a minute before turning everything back on, you should delay when the sender is notified you took a screenshot. In some cases, you’re able to prevent the notice entirely.
Still, we don’t recommend relying on this method if you’re trying to avoid having the sender receive a notice entirely.
Use QuickTime To Save Screenshots
Here’s an interesting option. First, hook your phone up to your laptop. Open up QuickTime player and choose File > New Movie Recording. Choose the drop-down arrow next to the record option and select your iPhone as the recording device.
From there, just hit record, open Snapchat, and go to whatever snaps you want a record of.
This is a somewhat awkward, but extremely high-quality, way to save videos and phones. That also makes it one of the most reliable options.
Yes, like we said, this is not the best way of saving photos and videos. If you’re desperate, though, the option is always there.
Use an iPhone Screen Recorder
First, the bad news. If you try to use the official iPhone screen recording app, you will trigger a notification that alerts the sender. If you’re trying to avoid that, you’ll need to go third-party.
One of the most popular – and proven – third-party services is FonePaw. See, FonePaw isn’t an iPhone app. It’s a desktop – or laptop – app that wirelessly mirrors your phone screen. The advantage there is that Snapchat won’t detect it.
After you’ve downloaded FonePaw, make sure that your computer and phone are connected to the same WiFi. Use the computer app to recognize your iPhone and then go to the control center on your iPhone. Enable screen mirroring and choose to mirror your PC.
If done right, you should see a record button on your iPhone screen. From here, just open the snap you want to save and hit the record button. When you’re finished, hit the record button again and choose to export it to your computer.
Note that any other screen recorders you might use should enable you to perform a similar function. The only problem is that there really aren’t a lot of great iOS screen recorders out there. Again, your best option is going to be to use a mirroring software system in order to record your mobile screen through a computer.
Use Snapchat saving apps
So, the thing about Snapchat saving apps is that they’re generally unreliable…at best. At worst, they can actually be harmful to your device.
However, when one works well, apps are the best way to save Snapchat videos and photos. They don’t require you to leave your mobile device and they usually save it in high quality.
Now, here’s the really bad news. Snapchat began cracking down on the existence of such apps – we told you they were serious – meaning that it’s almost impossible to find them on the app store. However, it’s still technically possible to download them elsewhere and transfer them to your iPhone.
If you’re interested in doing so, we highly recommend SnapCrack, SnapBox, and SnapSave. As far as where you get them…well, we probably can’t technically share that information. As always, though, Google is your friend.
Should you bother with that at all? It depends if you’re really desperate to save snaps. If you are desperate, then it might be worthwhile. Otherwise, we recommend one of the previously mentioned methods.
Jailbreak Your iPhone
Speaking of desperate…
We’re not going to get into the details of this process, but if you jailbreak – essentially hack – your iPhone, then there are a ton of ways to save snaps. The easiest among them is to just install Android apps. As it turns out, Android is much more friendly towards apps that let you just directly save snaps without much hassle.
At this point, you’ve really got to ask yourself how badly you want to save snaps. That brings us to our final point.
A Word About Snapchat Privacy
The entire reason Snapchat’s save policies exist is to make users feel safe about the privacy of what they send out. In other words, there’s a shared understanding that people aren’t going to try to save snaps.
To be honest, most people probably don’t care if you’re trying to save vacation photos or videos of dogs. However, if you think that a snap might be more sensitive, it’s better to ask permission before trying to save it. Or just ask them to send it to you in a more permanent way.
The point here is that you should save your snaps responsibly. That might sound corny, but Snapchat saving methods are really just there as a last resort way to keep things that might otherwise go away.
So long as you’re saving snaps that won’t anger your friends, you’re good to go. If that is the case, then we highly recommend that you just use official screen capture/recording and let the sender see the notification. If that’s not an option, then using a mirroring/recording service tends to be your best bet.