How to see memories on Snapchat – Quick Guide

Snapchat revolutionised social media with its introduction of disappearing photos and video messages. This was fine for a while, but after a little time long term Snapchat discovered that most users wanted to keep the images and videos they had sent.

The company then decided to launch Snapchat Memories, which allows you to keep the videos and photos that you send to another person.

What are Snapchat memories?

Snapchat Memories are simply the videos and photos that you’ve saved to the app – you can use the Save button in Snapchat if you want to save these Snapchats to your memories collection.

This makes it extremely easy for you to then re-use the video or photo at a later date, or send it to multiple friends at different times of the day. For people that run a business using Snapchat, this is super convenient.

You may also come across something called Flashback Memories within Snapchat. They are a reminder of previous images and videos that you have sent to friends in the past, usually around the 1 or 2 year anniversary since the image has been posted.

So if you have an anniversary coming up or you’ve been using Snapchat for more than one year, you may start seeing Flashback Memories from within the app. If you don’t want your Flashback memories screen to show up within the app, you can always disable it from within your Settings.

How to automatically save Snaps and Stories to Memories

One good thing about Snapchat is that you can make sure that you content you’re creating is being automatically saved to memories, making it easy to re-use these files elsewhere.

However, you need to set this up in advance if you want this feature enabled. You can do this by selecting the Save Button within your Snapchat app.

Here, you’ll be given the option to save all of your posts to Memories, Camera roll or both Memories and Camera Roll simultaneously.

You may also want to ensure that all of the things you post to your story are automatically saved to your memories too. You can do this by;

First, clicking into the Settings within your Snapchat app.

Then, select Memories.

Next, you can select the option My Story Posts.

Switch from “Don’t Save My Story Posts” to “Save to Memories”.

This ensures that no matter what you post on Snapchat, it’ll be saved to your iPhone or Android device too.

How to Save Existing Memories to your Device

Snapchat Memories lets users save the photos or video files that they’re uploading to their Snapchat accounts. If you haven’t set this up automatically to be exported to your Camera Roll, you’ll have to do this yourself.

You can swipe up within your Snapchat app to see the memories that you have available to save to your device. If you want to save it to your phone, you can simply tap the memory, select the More icon (three dots) and then select Export Snap.

If you want to save all of your Memories to a laptop or desktop, you can consider using something like

How to post old content created outside of Snapchat to Memories?

Some users wonder whether they can publish content posted elsewhere to their Snapchat account. Fortunately, you can import content from your camera roll into your Memories on Snapchat too.

You can do this by;

Going to Settings.

Next, tap Memories.

Then, select Import Snaps from Camera Roll.

Here, you can pick exactly which photos you want to import into Snapchat from your gallery. This is a simple enough process, making it easy to post the same file across your socials.

Can people see my Snapchat Memories?

It’s sometimes a worry that other users may be able to see the memories you’ve saved to your account. Fortunately, this isn’t something that you need to worry about – no-one else can see your memories on Snapchat.

Of course, if you give someone else your smartphone and let someone browse your Snapchat memories, they’ll be able to see them. However, they won’t be able to access memories unless they’re logged into your account.

Snapchat Memories will never be shared with whoever else besides you, but you can delete your Snapchat memories if you’re worried about someone else seeing them.


Billions of users log into the Snapchat app every day, though non-users still think of Snapchat as a platform for temporary snaps and videos. The Snapchat memories function changed this somewhat, as you can now save your own photos for later.

Snapchat Memories can be useful, especially if you want to post the same file across multiple different social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. So, learning how to saved those memories automatically can be a good idea.

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