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How to save Snapchat videos on Android

Snapchat is temporary by nature, but some content is too good to let go.
August 23, 2019
Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Snaps get deleted right after you view them, while stories disappear after 24 hours. That’s how Snapchat works, and it’s one of the reasons why so many people love using it. However, some of the Snaps and Stories created are so good you don’t want them to go away — ever.

Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t let you save them to your device and will even notify the sender if you take a screenshot of their creation. Although the process isn’t as simple as tapping a download button, you can still save Snaps and Stories to your Android device. We show you how to do it, along with how to save your own Snaps and Stories as well.

Also read: How to upload saved photos and videos to Snapchat

Editor’s note: Remember, Snapchat videos are the creators’ intellectual property. If they uploaded their content to Snapchat, it’s likely because they like the temporal nature of the platform, and might not want people to have it. Always make sure to ask permission before you save Snapchat videos that aren’t yours.

How to save Snapchat videos

The best way to save a Snapchat video is to use a screen recorder app on your phone. It’s not an ideal solution, but it gets the job done. We suggest using AZ Screen Recorder (download below), but there are plenty of other similar apps out there to choose from.

Launch the app once installed, after which a floating icon will appear on your screen. The next step is to open Snapchat, tap the floating AZ Screen Recorder icon, select the camera icon to start recording, and then quickly open the Snapchat video you want to capture. To stop recording, pull down the notification shade and tap the stop button — the video will be saved to your phone.

Step-by-step instructions on how to save Snapchat videos:

  1. Download AZ Screen Recorder from the Play Store.
  2. Launch the app once installed.
  3. The app will ask for permission to display its content over other apps. Allow it.
  4. A floating icon will appear on your screen.
  5. Open Snapchat on your device.
  6. Tap the floating AZ Screen Recorder icon and select the camera icon to start recording.
  7. Select Start now.
  8. Open the Snapchat video you want to capture.
  9. Let it record.
  10. Pull down the notification shade and tap the Stop button to stop recording. You can also use the floating icon.

Next: These are the best screen recording apps

Other methods

Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

If this process is too much of a hassle for you, there’s an alternative you can try. Play the Snapchat video on your phone and record it with a different device — a phone, tablet, point-and-shoot camera. It’s not the best solution, but it’s quick and easy.

If you want to save your own Snaps, the process is a lot simpler. The best way to go about it is to tap the Save button in the bottom-left corner of the screen right before sending a Snap. To save a Snapchat Story after it has gone live, play it, tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner, and select Save. To view your saved creations, just swipe up on the camera screen, and you’re good to go. It should also be in your camera roll.