Snapchat didn’t initially save your memories, but that changed. By default, saving a snap to a Snapchat story moves it to your Snapchat Memories automatically. This feature uses cloud storage that is directly linked to your account.
When you use Snapchat, you can store an unlimited number of snapshots and stories. However, if something happens to your Snapchat account, all these memories will disappear. Fortunately, Snapchat has the option to export individual or all memories to your device’s camera roll, whether you’re using Android or iOS.
This article explains how to set your Snapchat to automatically store memories on your camera roll instead of using the Snapchat cloud by default. Also, it will show you how to export existing memories to preserve those valuable photos and videos.
Saving New Memories on Camera Roll
If you want Snapchat to automatically backup your memories to your smartphone’s camera roll, you will have to enable that option. To do this, you must:
- Open Snapchat from the application menu.
- Touch your profile icon at the top left of the screen.
- Tap on ‘Settings‘at the top right of the profile screen.
- Select ‘Memories‘in the setup menu.
- In the ‘Save Destination’ section, tap ‘Save button.
- Choose where to save your memories. You can save your memories in more than one location.
- When done, return to the home screen.
Now when you edit a snap or story and hit the save button, it is saved to your chosen destination. The options are:
- Memories: Default option that will only backup your snapshots and stories to the Snapchat cloud.
- Memories and camera roll: Save to the cloud and your phone.
- Camera roll only: Save to your phone, but they won’t stay on Snapchat.
Saving Existing Memories on Camera Roll
If you enable storage of your memories on Camera Roll, existing memories will not be exported. This procedure is for existing memories within your Snapchat account. You will have to do this manually. Fortunately, the process only requires these few steps:
- Open the Snapchat app.
- Tap on the ‘Memories button‘at the bottom of the screen.
- Open the memory you want to save.
- Tap on the three vertical points (‘More icon’)
- Select ‘Export Snap‘
- Choose ‘Download.
- Snapchat will instantly save your chosen memory to your camera roll.
If you don’t want to open a memory, you can skip steps 3 and 4. Instead, after step 2, simply press and hold the memory you want to save. When the drop-down menu appears, select ‘To export.
You can also export this memory to a different application or cloud storage. To do this, simply choose ‘Plus‘option when you get to step 5.
Can you export all the memories at once?
Yes, you can save all Snapchat memories at once. That’s how.
- Go back or go to Snapchat Memories.
- Press and hold one of the memories to open the selection screen.
- Tap on ‘Select everything’ found in the upper right of EVERY MONTH.
- Check that all the memories are selected, especially since it shows the memories for each month in separate sections.
- Tap on the ‘To export‘button at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap on ‘Download‘to export files to your smartphone’s camera roll.
During the saving process, you can also select other options that suit your needs, such as ‘Save to files’, ‘Add to shared album’, etc. However, this guide is about saving to your camera roll, which is the main option. (s).
Once completed, be sure to confirm that your photos and videos were successfully saved to your camera roll.
Export chat, friends, profile and more from Snapchat
In addition to saving your snapshot memories, Snapchat stores a lot of other user data. Some of this data is available for export. For example, you can get your chat history, friends list, all your profile information and other data.
To do this, you must:
- Visit the official Snapchat account page from your phone’s browser.
- Login to your account.
- Tap on ‘My data.
- Scroll down and tap ‘Submit a request.
- An email link is sent to access your data. You MUST have a verified email address for this to work!
- Select the download link in your email.
Add and verify your email
If you haven’t verified your Snapchat email, do the following:
- Open Snapchat from your smartphone’s application menu.
- Touch your profile icon at the top left of the screen.
- Tap on the gear icon (settings) at the top right of the screen.
- Touch “Email”. If you never verified your email, this section is marked in red.
- If the field is blank, enter your email.
- If you can see your email, tap ‘Resend verification email.
- Open your email and verify the address.
Why backup your Snapchat data and memories?
If you deactivate your account and leave it for 30 days, your data AND media will be gone forever. This action ALSO means that your Snapchat memories and account data on your Snapchat cloud will be permanently gone!
Also, you can accidentally delete stored memories from your Snapchat account.
So if you care about your Snapchat memories, back them up! By using the information in this article, you can keep those valuable snapshots forever, or at least until you suffer a data loss where you saved them. With this in mind, please backup them more than once in more than one location. You can do it outside of Snapchat and anytime you need it.
Can I save someone else’s memories?
Snapchat doesn’t offer a native feature to save someone else’s story. There are solutions, but you need to be careful with them. Snapchat has a very strict terms of service policy. The use of third-party applications may prohibit the use of the service. Assuming you are really enjoying someone’s story, you may see a share button (depending on their privacy settings). If you touch the share icon, you can share your instant story with yourself. Once this is done, you may be able to save or export it. Just be careful, if you share someone’s content on Snapchat, they will know.
How can I backup my Snapchat memories to Google Photos?
There are several ways to export your Snapchat memories to Google Photos. Whether you are using iOS or Android, when you first select the option to export a plugin, your phone will give you an option where you would like to send it. You can select the Google Photos icon and send it directly via. If you don’t see the Google Photos icon, save the memories to your device, but select the option to save them to a specific folder within your phone’s Gallery. This will make it easy to back up your photos to Google Photos. Just select the album from Snapchat and upload it to Google Photos.
Can I export my memories to a new Snapchat account?
If you’re switching accounts but want to keep your existing content, you’ll want to take your Snapchat memories with you. Unfortunately, a workaround will be needed to do this. You will need to export everything to your device and then reload it. But, if you want it to appear in the memories, you will need to put it in the ‘For my eyes only’ folder. Then, tap on the three vertical lines in the upper right corner and tap on the option to remove the secret folder plugin. Then it will appear in your memories.