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How to backup your Snapchat photos

Originally, Snapchat was the social app where your snaps only lasted for 10 seconds or less and automatically disappeared. Now, the ball game has changed in that you can save snaps sent to your friends and vice versa. In addition, you can save your stories as well. Below is a step-by-step tutorial on how to backup and save all your Snapchat photos and stories to both the Snapchat cloud as well as your camera roll/photos library on your phone.

  1. On the Snapchat app, tap the ghost icon at the top left of the camera screen.
  2. Tap the gear icon on top right of screen
  3. Scroll down the list and select Memories.
  4. Click on Auto-Save Stories and tap Save to…Now you have the option of saving just to Memories (Snapchat cloud), Memories & Camera Roll (Snapchat cloud and your onto your phone), or just to Camera Roll Only (your phone). I strongly suggest you click on Memories & Camera Roll.

For snaps sent to you, screenshots are the only solution in order to save the image. However, the sender will get a notification on their end that you’ve saved the snap. Here’s how to take a screenshot and save this on your mobile device:

  1. Android : push your Power + volume down button simultaneously.
  2. iOS: push sleep/wake + home button simultaneously.

Save and backup to the cloud:

Your mobile device may already be set up to automatically save pictures from the camera roll back to the cloud. But if you want to make sure then do the following:

Android device:

  1. Go to Google Photos
  2. Go to Settings from the app menu
  3. Select Backup & Sync
  4. Select Back up device folders
  5. .Make sure Snapchat is set to On

Note that if you are screenshotting snaps that you’ve been sent or from friends’ stories, then you will need to enable the Screenshots folder and set it to On as well.

iOS device

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Photos & Camera
  3. Select iCloud Photo Library

In addition to your backing up your snaps, memories, and stories using Google Drive or iCloud, you can also use third party services like Dropbox. Hope this helps.

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