How to Save & Recover Snapchat Photos, Videos & Stories


June 2016 Update: I have written a new and updated article on how to save Snapchat photos and videos. Follow the link: Save Snapchat Snaps (Photos, Videos & Stories)

Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging app, is emerging to be one of the most popular social applications of 2014 among teenagers despite notorious privacy cases with the FTC.

There can only be one reason why. Self-obsessed teenagers taking selfies and sexting — the act of sending sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phones. Selfies are the reason why Instagram became so popular. Sexy selfies could be the reason why Snapchat is becoming ever popular. Because selfies with your clothes on are too mainstream.

Whatever the case maybe, its growing popularity can be attributed to the ephemeral nature of messages exchanged on Snapchat. Snaps — texts, pictures and videos — expire once you have viewed or read them. And you’re allowed to ‘replay’ only one snap in 24 hours.

This means that you can now send embarrassing selfies to your friends. You can pose as stupidly as you want, give your friends a few seconds of laughter, and move on.

Well, at least that’s what the developers of Snapchat wants you to think.

In actuality, there are several ways you can save Snapchat photos, videos and stories to your phone without the sender knowing you’ve kept a copy.

You’ll now want to think twice before sending embarrassing photos.

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Anyway, here are some of the most popular apps and methods to save your friends’ snaps without them knowing.

1. Save Snapchat Photos by Taking a Picture of Your Screen

This is stupidly simple.

Your friends will be alerted if you take a screenshot of their snap. But they won’t if you use another camera to take a close-up picture of your phone.

The tricky thing here is that you need to constantly press and hold on to your Snapchat screen during the duration of you viewing the snap. So you’ll have to move your finger down to the bottom of the screen to get a good picture.

The next time you get a new Snapchat notification, get your camera out first, or use a friend’s mobile phone, then open the snap and take a picture of your phone’s screen.

2. Save Snapchat Photos by Using 3rd-party Apps

There are many applications both in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store that you can use to save and download Snapchat photos and videos.

Some of the most popular ones are:

  • SnapBox – This has to be one of the best apps in the market when it comes to Snapchat hacks. Whenever you receive a new snap, login to SnapBox with your Snapchat credentials and your snaps will automatically be saved permanently on your phone without the sender ever finding out.

    Download: iOS

  • Snapchat Saver – This is one of the most popular 3rd-party Snapchat hack apps in the Android marketplace. It allows you to save both photos and videos. However, make sure you save the snap using this app before you open it on Snapchat.

    Download: Android

  • SnapCrack – SnapCrack is also an awesome hack app for Snapchat and features some great functions. Besides saving your Snapchat photos, videos and stories, this iOS app also allows you to send photos from your phone’s memory using Snapchat. The paid version of SnapCrack costs $4.99.

    Download: iOS

  • SaveMySnaps – This Android app allows you to view your snaps, and also give you an option to download them. It’s great because you can choose whether or not to download the snap. Make sure you use the app before you open your snap on Snapchat.

    Download: Android

  • SaveSnaps – SnapSave is really cool in that it totally replaces your Snapchat. You can receive and send snaps right from the app. You can also save your snaps as you please.

    Download: Android

There are many more apps in the market, but the above apps have been known to be the most popular Snapchat hacks for saving photos and videos to your phone.

3. Save Snaps by Connecting Your Phone to Your Computer

Before you open your new snap, that is before it gets deleted, connect your phone to your computer. Use a good file managing software like iFunBox to look at the temporary files on your phone from your computer.

After careful examination, you’ll find the temporary snap files. Save these to your computer. For this method to work, it should be made sure that the snaps aren’t opened yet.

4. Recover Expired Snaps Using Data Recovery Tools

If you have viewed a snap and want to recover it, you can use data recovery tools that are normally used to recover lost or accidentally deleted files. These tools can be used to recover expired snaps too.

Well, the above-mentioned methods are some of the most popular and working methods that we know can effectively save Snapchat photos, videos and stories to your hard drive. Know any working method or app? Let us know in the comments.


54 Comments so far

  1. Emma
    August 15, 2014 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    What are recovery tools?

    • September 18, 2014 at 5:14 am | Permalink

      Here you go: recovery tools. Thank me later!

      • gg baby
        October 15, 2014 at 2:53 am | Permalink

        Please respond to my question !

        Thank you

      • chas
        November 17, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

        That was hilarious thank you hahahahahaah

      • Dayana Ramirez
        March 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

        So I was recording and taking pictures (650seconds) and since I didn’t have wifi they were all failed to upload and once I got wifi they uploading one by one and I accidentally logged out and they all disappeared and I didn’t get to save them. Is there a way I can get then back?

        • Dean
          June 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

          That’s what happened to me

        • Jessica
          July 5, 2015 at 6:03 am | Permalink

          Did you ever figure this out? This happened to me and I’m so sad.

          • brandon
            December 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

            will someone add me and send me nudes brannyd

        • nun
          October 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

          someone find the answer to that i need to know as well. this happened to me too n im pissed

        • Kiran Bharaj
          December 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

          That happened to me and they were all great pics of the Taj Mahel and now I feel like my life is over

        • Kimberly
          March 7, 2016 at 4:08 am | Permalink

          Same thing happened to me and it was an incredible moment that I need to get back so please if you know how to recover them , please tell me ASAP !

  2. Hope
    August 26, 2014 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    How do you recover someone else’s snapchat story that they have deleted? Need it ASAP

    • Ignoroth
      September 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      Hope: you don’t, unless u actually steal her phone.
      Husband: why? isn’t that invading your wifes personal space?
      Matt: same goes for you.
      Jones: Why would you disrespect your own wife like that?

    • Vanrssava
      January 27, 2016 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

      The app Sneakaboo will give you access to their story atleast like 4 weeks old

      • Elfree
        February 24, 2016 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

        How do you do this via sneakaboo?

  3. August 29, 2014 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    How do i check what my wife’s phone has sent out on snapchat

    • Matt
      September 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Did you find out how to do this? I need some help with the same issue

      • Jones
        September 5, 2014 at 4:49 am | Permalink

        ME TOO!!

        • aj
          December 12, 2014 at 6:13 am | Permalink

          Count me in.. I’m all ears for anything you guys can get to knw about this ! Curious & worried husband :(

  4. Jesse
    September 25, 2014 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    so i sent a snap story on my bday and there was a pic i forgot to save, even tried to screenshot it but i ended up getting the sent snapchat page lol but i really want to find a way to get the pic back :( its been 4 days, help!

    • kari tucker
      September 7, 2015 at 6:10 am | Permalink

      My daughter posted a snap story of a vacation and I missed it – everyone else saw it, but no one saved it. How can I find and retrieve?

  5. Jenni
    September 26, 2014 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    None of these apps allow you to save your own snapchat story videos ? That’s the only thing I want to do.

    • Mamadou
      September 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

      Exactly why is it so difficult to find this?

    • Laney
      November 4, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      You save them before you post them.

  6. gg baby
    October 15, 2014 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Hi! I was wondering how to recover the snap chat story?


    Thank you

  7. kay
    October 20, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Hi does my daughter recover a message she received on snapchat last week. Is this possible?

  8. samuel
    October 24, 2014 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Any windows phone apps that allow you to do these??

  9. michael
    October 29, 2014 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    How can you save a photo some one sent you but you already viewed it bit cant replay it no more please help

    • tectec42
      February 25, 2015 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      I need the same help

  10. Bandi.99
    October 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I want My snapchat back

  11. Juliana
    November 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    How can I recover a snapchat sTory picture I posted and expired and I forgot to save it

  12. Jojo
    November 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    How do I save a snapchat story video if I’ve alrefy viewed it? Please help! ASAP!!

  13. J
    January 5, 2015 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Add me- jaymeee11

  14. ft
    January 6, 2015 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    F us Ghana bc

  15. Jimmy chi
    February 13, 2015 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Is It possible to view old “sent” pictures or videos ? On snapchat

  16. Rooney
    February 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I took a video about 12 hours ago ( last night) but I forgot to save it in my phone. I REALLY want this video, is there a way to save it now?
    I sent it to some people but its also under “my story.” :)

  17. March 3, 2015 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Hay I deleted a video before sending it. Is there any way of getting it back

  18. Lauren
    March 15, 2015 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    A friend sent me 4 snapchats and I tried to screen shot one of them, and I worked..I then tried to screen shot another (the one I really need) and it didn’t screen shot..I then tried to replay the snaps and only one of the videos replayed..please help me get the picture my friend sent me back!

  19. Camille
    March 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I need to be able to do this. My best friend passed away last year and I want to recover his snaps to me. :(

  20. Jenny
    April 23, 2015 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I went up to see my boyfriend this past weekend, and I barely see him since we love so far apart, but Friday night we took some really cute videos on snap and forgot to save them. Is there anyway I can retrieve my old story and save it?

    • June 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      is there anyway of getting back past stories or pictures ive read all the comments and im not seeing any help as to getting them back are all mine gone for good does anyone know plz Thank you x

  21. Brian Adonis
    May 27, 2015 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Hi! I recently downloaded snapbox, and saved some snapchats from there, but now it just states “you’re using a version of snapchat or operating system that’s no longer supported. Please upgrade your devices operating system and update to the newest app version to use snapchat.” I updated everything and it still doesn’t work! Is there any way I can recover those snaps?

  22. Morgan
    June 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    So yesterday I sent a snap out to my friends, and apparently I sent one to my sister too. And I do NOT want it to be the same snap, but I don’t remember what it was. How do I find out what that snap was?

  23. MC
    June 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I opened a snapchat yesterday – is it possible for me to recover that particular one?

  24. Tyler
    August 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I took lots of pictures and videos of a precious memory and because I didn’t have any wifi at the time they didn’t upload, I accidentally logged out and they all disappeared and I don’t know how to get them back, could anyone help me? X

    • Kenzie
      February 6, 2016 at 3:55 am | Permalink

      This is the exact same thing that I need help with

  25. Kristin
    August 3, 2015 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    this is not a joke- if you really can help retrieve a deleted Snapchat video please contact me via email. We had a horrible accident last week and lost a child in a boating accident. he has drowned and we can’t find the body. Not knowing how it would end his jump from the boat was videos on Snapchat. The kids deleted it when they realized what had happened. We’re hoping if we could see the video we can triangulate where he may be. By looking in the background. Please please help us if you can it’s an iPhone

  26. Emilia
    September 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Is it possible to recover old snapchat videos that i sent to someone else? i took a video of my cousin last year (yes, a year ago) and i didnt know snaps could be saved (because i was new to the app), anyway, he has passed away and i would do anything to get that video of him back. Is it possible?

  27. September 16, 2015 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Naked photos of a minor sent to my son I need these pictures back asap

  28. October 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Old messages

  29. Maria
    November 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I had a snapchat story that I thought I saved but didn’t, and I need to know if I can get it back because that was a special thing to me. and it expired before I could save it. Please let me know if I can recover it?

    • Freya
      December 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm | Permalink


  30. Freya
    December 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    On the new version how do u retrieve expired pictures from you story

  31. worrying boyfriend
    January 18, 2016 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    I have my girlfriends Snapchat account and i knkw this other guy is sending and getting naked pictures of her and she is getting them of him how can I retrieve them on my phone through her account

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