Unlike most messaging apps, the process to save a video someone sent you is not as straightforward as you would expect on Snapchat. The photos and videos you share on Snapchat come with a time limit. Therefore, you have only a short window, up to 10 seconds, to view the Snap. But if you wish to extend the life of the content you send or receive, you can save the photo or video within Snapchat or your camera roll. With that said, we have detailed a few methods you can use to download Snapchat videos to your iPhone or Android phone. If that’s something you are interested in, read on to learn how you can save Snapchat videos.
Save Snapchat Videos (2022)
How to Save Your Own Snapchat Videos Before Sharing Them
1. Long-press the shutter button to record a video on Snapchat and wait for the preview screen to appear. From the preview screen, tap the “Save” button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
2. Snapchat will now store your video in the “Snaps” section of Memories within the app. To access Memories, tap the card icon next to the shutter button from the camera interface.
3. Long-press the video you saved and select “Export” from the list of options that show up at the bottom of the screen. Next, when the share sheet appears, tap the “Download” option to save the Snapchat video to your phone’s photo gallery. However, if you want to hide photos and videos from nosy friends or family members, you can set up and use the “My Eyes Only” feature in Snapchat.
How to Save Snapchat Videos from Your Own Story
If you are looking for a way to save a video you shared in your Story, you can do that too. Follow the steps below to learn how that works:
1. Open your profile page by tapping the Bitmoji icon at the top-left corner of the screen. Then, press the horizontal three dots menu icon next to the “My Story” heading. When the pop-up from the bottom appears, select “Save Story”.
2. You will then see a confirmation prompt informing you that Snapchat will save the entire Story to your Memories. Tap “Yes” to confirm. This method will save all your Stories to the Memories section. You can selectively save individual stories as well.
3. If you wish to save individual stories, tap on the Story you want to save from the profile page and swipe up (or tap on the vertical three-dot menu icon at the top right corner) on the screen. Then, tap the “Save” button at the bottom left corner.
4. As mentioned earlier, you can now long-press the video saved under “Memories” and tap the “Export” button. From the share sheet, tap the “Download” button to bring the Snapchat video to your camera roll.
How to Save Snapchat Videos from Other Users (without Expiration Timer)
If someone sent you a looping Snapchat video, i.e. videos without an expiration timer, you will get the option to save the video in the chat window. You can then download the saved video to your camera roll. Here’s how it works:
1. Long-press a video someone sent you and tap the “Save in Chat” option. You won’t see this option on images and videos set as “play once” before sending them. Once you save the video in chat, Snapchat will notify the recipient about it, and both of you will see the video in the conversation window.
2. Now, long-press the saved video again and select “Save to Camera Roll”. Again, Snapchat will let the other person know that you saved the video to your camera roll. The messaging app greatly values your privacy, and this feature highlights the work it has put in to safeguard your private photos and videos.
How to Save Snapchat Videos from Other Users (with Expiration Timer)
Snapchat rightfully doesn’t let users directly download videos a user has sent them. If you want to save the videos anyway, you will have to record your screen using your phone’s screen recording feature or rely on one of the best screen recording apps. We already have a detailed guide on how to record your screen on iPhone and iPad available on our website for your convenience.
Now, it’s worth mentioning that the user may get notified if you screen record their video or chat window. Hence, we would not recommend you record a video someone sent you.
If you would like to proceed anyway, all you have to do is start the screen recording just before opening the Snapchat video you received from someone else. Since Snapchat will likely notify the other person, try this workaround at your own risk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you save other people’s Snap videos?
Snapchat doesn’t have a native way to download videos of other users. You can, however, ask the sender to send looping videos or choose to take a screen recording of others’ videos. If you receive looping videos, Snapchat gives you the option to save them directly to your camera roll.
Can you save Snapchat videos without them knowing?
Snapchat usually notifies the recipient if you are screen recording the video they sent you. Hence, you will have to proceed at your own risk. We do not recommend recording Snapchat videos someone has sent you to save them.
How to save a Snapchat video someone sent you?
If someone has sent you a video without an expiration timer, long-press on it and select the “Save in Chat” option to make it available in the conversation window. Then, you can long-press the video again and select the “Save to Camera Roll” option.
Can you use Airplane Mode to save Snapchat Videos secretly?
Earlier, as a workaround, you could enable Airplane mode on your iPhone or Android phone and take a screenshot of the chat window. You could also save Snaps without the sender knowing about it. However, Snapchat was quick to recognize this loophole and has since patched it. So, the answer is no. You can no longer use Airplane mode to secretly save videos or screenshot chats. Snapchat will notify the user the moment you reconnect to the internet.
Save Videos on Snapchat with Ease!
Snapchat’s decision to omit a save button in videos or photos others send you is the right move, if you ask me, from a privacy point of view. Those videos are meant to be private, and the messaging app remains true to its ephemeral nature to date, with the lack of a “save” feature. You can always ask for permission from the sender if you plan on saving the videos or recording the screen. Now, if you have any questions regarding the process to save Snapchat videos, let us know in the comments section below.