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How to save and screenshot Snapchat Snaps on Android

Snapchat has become a social media art form, so it's no surprise that people want to preserve their Snapchat artistry. Saving your snaps is a lot easier than you may think, so here's how to capture and save your snap without having to screenshot yourself.

Note: Snapchat recently announced Memories — a new way to save your Snaps and Stories. We'll update this post once the feature has rolled out.

How to save your Snapchats on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Either take a new Snap, or open one you've already done.
  3. Tap the download button on the bottom left of your screen. It looks like an open box with a downward-facing arrow.

A prompt will appear at the bottom of the screen letting you know that your video or picture has been saved to your Android phone's gallery.

How to save other people's Snapchats on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Swipe right to your chat page.
  3. Tap on the snap to open it.
  4. Take a screenshot of the image or video. The way you take a screenshot will depend on your phone, but it's usually a combination of the power and volume buttons.

Fair warning

Every time you go to take a screenshot of a video or photo that's been sent to you, Snapchat will automatically inform the person on the other end that you saved their snap via a notification and a screenshot icon. While this may not seem like a huge thing, it actually makes saving other people's snaps nearly impossible.

Some people have taken to using screen recorders to save other people's snaps, while others will use a separate phone altogether to quickly take a photo of other people's Snapchat's.

Don't bother trying to delay the screenshot notification by turning off Wi-Fi or your mobile data either – the person on the other end will eventually get that screenshot notification no matter what.

15 Comments
  • Basically, don't screenshot nudes. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, that's pretty much the bottom line. I wonder if anyone actually believed it when Snapchat told everyone that snaps couldn't be saved by the recipient.
  • Or just screenshot? What does it matter that other person know that you screenshotted the nude pic? They gonna run to their daddy like "he screenshotted my nu.. Picture about bird". Posted via the Android Central App
    for LG G3
  • No, you'll just no longer see their snaps. -- Moto E (2nd Gen)
  • So I don't know if it's a glitch but if your phone has Google Now on tap, you can screenshot thing without sending any notification.
  • Does using Google Now On Tap to "share" a screen alert the other user that a screenshot was taken?
  • Yeah, works perfectly and they have no Idea.. I use SNote to save the screenshots. But If you dont own a Samsung or can't use Snote then I guess you could send it as a message to yourself to save it Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use Now on Tap for take screencaptures anonymously in Snapchat. Double Tested :) Posted via the Android Central App usin my LG V10 (MRA58K)
  • Or you could use Casper Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've found that if you take a screenshot via the power menu on numerous ROMs, it will NOT inform the sender of a screenshot... ;) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is this writer only assigned to writing about snapchat? 
  • Lgv10 screen Capture button doesn't notify them Posted via the Android Central App
  • It´s basically impossible to screenshot because you need to have your finger on the screen. You can just use the app Save my snaps so they save automatically (including videos). It´s effortless and free. After trying that out for some time I actually removed snapchat cause what´s the point, I exchange nudes through whatsapp now knowing it´s the same lol.
  • Ummmm Snapchat sent out an update last year so you don't need to hold your finger on the screen anymore. Now you tap the screen and it'll play the snap. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why would screenshot notifications make "saving other people's snaps nearly impossible"? It's certainly possible.. it just sends a notification. "the person on the other end will eventually get that screenshot notification no matter what"?
    Really, "no matter what"? That's a big statement to make. If I disable all network connectivity, take the screenshot, save it elsewhere, then wipe my phone, then it's more likely that there *won't* be a screenshot notification sent, "no matter what".