How to Use Snapchat Memories to Save Snaps and Stories

Snapchat Memories offer a seamless way to save your most cherished moments, making them readily accessible with a simple tap. This tutorial walks you through the steps required to save snaps and stories to Snapchat Memories, empowering you to capture, revisit, and relive your special moments.

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How to Save Snaps and Stories to Snapchat Memories

The method of saving snaps and stories to Memories on Snapchat is quite simple. You can do so before and after posting a story from the Snapchat app – but not from your browser on the desktop or the desktop client.

Saving a New Snap to Memories

To save a new snap to Memories, take a snap in the Snapchat app, then tap on the "Save" button at the bottom of the screen.

Tapping "Save" button in Snapchat app to save a Snap.

You will see a pop-up message stating that the snap has been saved.

Saving a Story to Memories

If you want to save a story you've previously posted, follow these steps.

Click on your profile icon on the top left.

Tapping on the profile icon in Snapchat app.

Scroll down to the "My Stories" section, and click on the story that you want to save.

Tapping on the story to save to memories from "My Stories" section.

Press and hold the snap, then select "Save" from the menu that pops up from the bottom. Keep in mind that snaps are stored in "My Stories" for 24 hours before they get deleted.

Tapping "Save" on a particular story to add it to Memories.

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How to View Saved Memories

To view the Saved Memories in the mobile app, swipe up from the camera screen, or tap on the photos icon on the left side.

Viewing saved memories in Snapchat

Browse through your saved photos and videos on the Memories screen. They will be organized by categories, such as "Stories" and "Snaps."

How to Save Snaps/Stories to Your Camera Roll Automatically

If you want to save snaps or stories to your camera roll instead, modify the Memories settings.

Tap the profile icon in the top-left corner of the Snapchat app, then press on the gear icon in the top-right corner.

Opening Snapchat Settings in app.

Scroll down and tap on the "Memories" option.

Accessing "Memories" settings in Snapchat app.

Tap the "Save Button" in the "Save Destinations" section.

Clicking on "Save Button" via Snapchat Settings.

Choose either "Memories & Camera Roll" or "Camera Roll only."

Selecting whether to save snaps/stories in "Memories & camera roll" or "Camera Roll only."

When you click on the "Save" button, the snaps or stories will be saved to the camera roll automatically.

It's important to note that when snaps are saved "automatically," it doesn't mean they will be directly saved to your camera roll once you create them. You'll still need to use the saving method discussed above.

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How to Reuse Saved Snaps and Stories

You can reuse saved snaps and stories from Memories whenever you want. Open the Snapchat app, and swipe up from the camera screen to access your Memories.

Browse through your saved snaps and stories, and tap on the one you want to reuse. If you want to edit the snap or the story, modify it using Snapchat's creative tools, filters, and stickers.

If you want to post it as a story, click on the "Story" icon and proceed with how you'd normally post a story.

Sharing or posting your story on Snapchat app.

If you want to send the story to a friend, click on the "Send To" option, and choose who you want to send it to.

Click on the "Send" icon (blue arrow) again once you have selected friends to share it with.

Sending a Snap in Snapchat app.

Are Snapchat Memories Private?

Unlike your Snapscore, your friends cannot see your Snapchat Memories. They remain in your account and can only be accessed by you unless you decide to share them. If you want to add an extra layer of protection, store them in the "My eyes only" section by following the steps below.

Tap the snap you want to secure in Memories, and press on the three dots in the top right.

Choose "Hide Snap (My Eyes Only)" from the menu.

Tapping the "Hide Snap" option in Snapchat.

If this is the first time you are using this feature, tap the "Quick Setup" button.

Tapping on the "Quick Setup" button in Snapchat.

Create a passcode, and confirm it.

Creating a passcode to hide snap in Snapchat app.

Agree to the terms in the following window, and click "Continue."

Confirming passcode to hide snap in Snapchat app.

Tap "Finish" and your selected snap will be added to the "My eyes only" section.

Finish setting up "My Eyes Only" feature in Snapchat app.

Tip: if you are concerned about your privacy and want to take additional measures to secure your account, we recommend enabling 2FA for your Snapchat account.

If you've accidentally deleted (some of) your Snapchat Memories and want to recover them, you can formally request a data download from Snapchat. This is also one of the preliminary steps to take before deleting your Snapchat account for good, which you can learn more about in our earlier mention of our dedicated guide. It may also be useful to learn what to do if Snapchat suddenly stops working.

Image credit: Unsplash. All screenshots by Zainab Falak.

Zainab Falak

Zainab is an Actuarial Sciences graduate from Pakistan with a passion for technology. When she's not busy writing insightful pieces on Windows and the latest tech trends, you'll find her with her nose buried in a productivity book, always on the lookout for ways to optimize her workflow and stay ahead of the curve.

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