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How to upload your saved photos and videos to Snapchat

Snapchat doesn't have to be full of fleeting moments.
April 4, 2023

In June 2016, the Snapchat app got a significant update, adding the Memories feature to the social network. Before the update, you were able to upload photos to Snapchat, along with videos. Those images and clips then disappeared pretty quickly, with no way to check them out after they left, unlike other services like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The Memories feature allows users to save any of their smartphone videos or pictures to a particular section of the Snapchat app, along with any of their previous Snaps made with the app. They can use that content to help create new Snapchat Stories. Users can also send anything saved in Memories to their friends, or they can reserve anything they don’t want to be seen by anyone else to a My Eyes Only section.

You may be wondering just how you can upload photos to Snapchat Memories, along with videos. This article will tell you exactly how to do just that.


To upload saved images and videos to Snapchat, open the app, tap on the icon with two photos next to the shutter button, go into the Camera Roll tab, and select the photo or video you want to upload. Edit the Snap, select Send To, and share your Snap.


Editor’s note: We developed these instructions using a Google Pixel 7 Pro running Android 13 and Snapchat version Some steps may be different depending on the device and software you’re running. 

How to access Memories on Snapchat

If you are unfamiliar with the app, here’s how to get started saving those photos or videos by opening up the Memories feature.

  1. Launch the app. You should be directed to the main camera page.
  2. Tap on the small icon located to the left of the shutter button. It looks like an icon with two photos.

How to upload photos to Snapchat Memories, and videos too

It’s pretty easy to save any images or videos stored on your smartphone to Memories. Just follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Snapchat app.
  2. Tap on the small icon located to the left of the shutter button. It looks like an icon with two photos.
  3. Go into the Camera Roll tab
  4. Pick one of your photos or videos that can be saved to Snapchat Stories or sent to a friend.
  5. You can edit your Snap by clicking on the pencil icon.
  6. Tap the Send To button.
  7. Select who you want to send the Snap to.


Some believe Snapchat only works with pictures and videos you shoot through the app. This is not the case. You can use the Memories section to upload your photos and videos to app.

Photos need to be 5MB or less. It also needs to be in JPG or PNG format.

Snapchat videos need to be 1GB or smaller. Supported formats include Mp4, Mov, and H.264. The video also needs to be three to 180 seconds long. If the video was created using Snap Publisher, it can only be 30 seconds long.

Are you not liking Snapchat? It’s not for everyone. We have guides for deleting your account and finding the best alternatives. If you want to learn more about Snapchat, though, we suggest starting with learning about Snapchat symbols. And if you’re having problems with Snapchat, here’s our guide to the best tips and tricks for fixing it.