How to Save Snapchat Videos on Your Phone

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Snapchat Stories are infamous for their short life span on the Snapchat app, but there’s a way to make them live forever on your phone.

Maybe you haven’t quite figured out how to actually save Snapchat videos to your phone to watch or share later, or maybe you weren’t even aware that Snapchat allows you to save users’ videos—especially as the app is known for disappearing Stories.

This article will show you how to save Snapchat videos on your phone—whether they’re your own or from other users on the platform.

How to Save Your Own Snapchat Videos on Your Phone

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While smartphones are great and have sufficient cameras, their editing features leave a lot to be desired. Sometimes you need to add more flair to your images and videos—that’s where Snapchat comes in.

Snapchat has a host of filters that take your videos and images up a notch, allowing you to create beautiful, engaging content. But how do you then share your Snapchat creations with your friends on other apps?

Up until now, you might have been taking screenshots and screen recordings of your Snapchat-edited images and videos to share with your friends. But there’s a better way.

Related: How to Make a Snapchat Filter

Snapchat allows you to save images and videos to your phone to watch later or to share directly with your friends. This allows you to share the actual content as it is, instead of video links. When it comes to videos, this makes it more likely that your friends will actually watch the videos you send them.

Here’s how to save Snapchat photos and videos to your phone’s camera roll…

How to Download Snapchat Videos Before Posting

You can download your Stories before or after posting them on the app.

Follow these steps to download a Snapchat Story before you share it…

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  1. Launch the Snapchat app on your device.
  2. Tap the media upload button to the left of the camera button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the Camera Roll tab at the top of the screen.
  4. Choose the media you want to upload to your Stories and add the desired effects.
  5. Tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of the screen.
  6. Select Export Video or Photo.
  7. Swipe left and select Download under the Share Elsewhere menu.

That’s it. You can now access your video in your phone’s camera roll.

How to Save Snapchat Videos to Your Phone After Posting

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You can also download media you have uploaded to your Snapchat Stories.

Here’s how:

  1. After uploading a photo or video to your Stories, tap the circle in the top-left corner of the screen, next to the search icon.
  2. Under My Stories, tap the download button to the right of My Story.
  3. A pop-up window will appear, confirming whether you want to Save Story. Select either Yes or Yes, and don’t ask again.

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When you save a Story to your camera roll, Snapchat also saves it to your Snapchat Memories. That means that in addition to being saved on your phone, you can also access it on the Snapchat app.

How to Save Other Snapchat Users’ Videos to Your Phone

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Much like any other social media app, Snapchat is full of viral videos, videos that are funny and relevant, and so much more.

Considering the wide variety of niches that are catered for on the app, you’re likely to find videos that appeal to you and that you’d probably want to save to your phone and share with your friends.

You may even find users whose pages you frequent because their content appeals to you. In this case, you’d want to save that content to your phone’s camera roll to share with friends. You may have even tried to do this to no avail.

That’s because Snapchat doesn’t let you download other users’ videos or photos. That means your only options are to take a screenshot of their photo, or to do a quick screen recording of their video.

Though you should be aware that they might receive a screenshot notification when you do.

Read more: How to Take Screenshots on Snapchat (Without Them Knowing)

You should also note that some users might not want you recording their posts on the app.

Because of Snapchat’s ability to save the Snaps you’ve created and uploaded to Stories, you’re able to share your genius creations with your real-life friends.

And even though you can’t save other people’s Snaps in the same way, your smartphone’s functions make that possible. In essence, technology helps us merge our online lives with our real lives, allowing us to cross-share content and expand the lifespan of our Snaps.


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