Snaps get deleted right after you view them, while stories disappear after 24 hours. That’s just 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. But you can still save Snaps and Stories you want to keep forever to your Android device, although the process isn’t as simple as tapping a download button. We show you how to do it, along with how to save your own Snaps and Stories as well.
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 then be saved to your phone.
Step-by-step instructions on how to save Snapchat videos:
- Download AZ Screen Recorder from the Play Store.
- Launch the app once installed — a floating icon will appear on your screen.
- Open Snapchat on your device.
- Tap the floating AZ Screen Recorder icon and select the camera icon to start recording.
- Quickly open the Snapchat video you want to capture.
- Pull down the notification shade and tap the stop button to stop recording.
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.
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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 you send a Snap. To save a Snapchat Story after it has gone live, tap the profile button in the top-left corner and then tap the download button next to the Story you want to keep forever. To view your saved creations, just swipe up on the camera screen and you’re good to go.
There you have it — that’s how to save Snapchat videos. There are other ways to do it, but some are even more complicated, requiring you to hook up your phone to a PC.
Which method did you use? Let us know by posting a comment down below.