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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel doesn’t take decisions lightly. Especially a decision as monumental as the introduction of Snapchat Memories.

This is a huge upgrade that builds on Snapchat’s core features 12 Surprising Things All Snapchat Users Should Know 12 Surprising Things All Snapchat Users Should Know Honestly, from cryptic smiley faces to the elusive replay feature my enjoyment of Snapchat is always tempered by the sneaking suspicion that I'm missing out on something. Read More . And it’s shifting Snapchat from being the platform of self-destructing photos and videos, to a direct competitor of your camera roll, Facebook Albums, and Google Images.

According to Snapchat, Memories is “a new way to save Snaps and Stories on Snapchat. It’s a personal collection of your favorite moments”.

Here’s what you need to know.

Your Personalized Album of Snaps

Snapchat Memories is a personalized album of your favorite Snaps and Stories that you access by swiping up on the camera home screen.

Previously, you could download your snaps and stories direct to your phone. Now, you can save them within the app itself for even easier access. This makes for a fun, more engaged way to share your memories with friends and family without scrolling through unsorted camera rolls, while keeping your “private” shots safe.

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Everything you save to Snapchat Memories is securely backed up by Snapchat using Google’s reliable App Engine Cloud. This means that even if you lose your phone, you’ll still be able to access your saved snaps and stories next time you log in to the app.

Understanding the Memories Tab

When you open up Memories within Snapchat, you’ll see a reverse chronological list of your saved snaps and stories. Snaps are displayed as rectangles, and Stories as circles.

Snapchat memories

To search for specific Snaps and Stories, click on the Search button in the top-left. This search feature will not just look for words within your captions, but also recognizable objects (like cats or hats), as well as location (if you’ve allowed Snapchat to access your location).

The select button in the top right enables you to select one or more of your saved Snaps and Stories. You can then send these to friends, delete them, add them to your current Story, share on other platforms, or move to the “My Eyes Only” folder (more on this later).

Saving Your Snaps and Stories to Memories

Just before you send a snap to a friend or publish it to your Story, click on the download button at the bottom of the screen. This will save that snap to your Memories. Alternatively, if you long-hold the download button, you can also choose to “save to Camera Roll and Memories”.

Saving to Snapchat Memories

If you want to save your currently viewable Snapchat Story (My Story) to Memories, navigate to the Stories screen. Click the download button that’s next to “My Story”. This will save the entire Story to your Memories.

Naturally, you can only save your own Snaps and Stories to Memories, not anyone else’s.

Posting Old Snaps and Stories

One of the main benefits of Memories is the ability to re-share your old Snaps and Stories. This is perfect for some #TBT posts. These can either be added to your current Story, or sent individually to friends.

Note that all old Stories and Snaps that you share will have a black border around them, and a timestamp, to make it clear how old they are.

Sharing Old Snaps and Stories

To re-share a saved Snap, long-hold the Snap from within Memories, then edit as you normally would. Click the blue share button and choose to either add the Snap to your Story, or select the friends you want to send it to.

To re-share a saved Story, long-hold that Story, and make any edits. Click Send Story, and choose where you would like the story to be sent. You also have the option of only sending individual snaps from within your Stories.

Create New Stories From Your Memories

If you’ve created loads of snaps and taken loads of photos during your holiday and saved these to Memories, you can easily compile these into a brand new story.

To do this, click the Select button at the top right, and choose each of the Snaps, Stories, and photos from your Camera Roll, which you want to compile. Then click the circular + button at the bottom of the screen. A new Story will be created.

Add Snap to Story

To name your new Story, long-hold the Story, click the hamburger button (top left), and click “Rename Story“.

You can then share this story as explained earlier.

Understanding “My Eyes Only”

How many times have you allowed a friend to browse through your Camera Roll, only to realize there’s a photo there you just didn’t want them to see?

That’s what “My Eyes Only” is for. This is a private album that you can add your private Snaps and Stories to.

My Eyes ONly Snapchat

Click the Select button within Memories, then choose one or more Snaps and Stories to make private. When you’re done, click on the padlock button at the bottom of the screen, and click “Move”. The first time you do this, you’ll be asked to provide a 4-digit passcode. Make sure you choose something you’ll remember. If you forget this, Snapchat can’t help you recover those Memories.

Why Memories is a Game-Changer

There are two main reasons why Memories is a very smart move by Snapchat.

Saving Snaps and Stories used to be incredibly frustrating. This turned a lot of people (and brands) away from the platform because they didn’t want to spend time creating content that would simply disappear. Now that’s changed. Snapchat is already hugely popular 7 Reasons Snapchat is a Teenager's Favourite Social Network 7 Reasons Snapchat is a Teenager's Favourite Social Network The latest craze amongst the adults of the future is the secretive photo-sharing service Snapchat. Why do they love it? Read More , with more users than Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn. With this move, its growth will only increase further.

But more importantly, Snapchat is helping to revolutionize the way we store, share, and look back on our memories. Up to now, social media has offered us a way to create semi-public albums of photos, and streams of status updates.

Sharing Memories

Snapchat is instead offering a searchable archive of Stories that we’ve lived through. Each of these stories now comprises filters, stickers, captions, images, and short-form video. If images paint a thousand words, Snapchat Stories could easily paint a million.

This offers a whole new experience when we’re looking back at old memories, or showing them to our friends and family.

Not only can we rest easy knowing that our private photos are behind lock and key. But with Stories offering so much more than a set of photo albums Picasa Is Going Away: 11 Apps That You Can Use Instead Picasa Is Going Away: 11 Apps That You Can Use Instead Read More , what we have is a Camera Roll on steroids. A camera roll that comes alive, and brings our memories to life, too. Plus, it allows us to snap later, rather than right now, so we can spend more time in the present.

Mix this with all of Snapchat’s other cool features The 15 Newest Snapchat Features You Need To Know About The 15 Newest Snapchat Features You Need To Know About Few apps update quite as frequently or as dramatically as Snapchat. The app's most recent update featured a major overhaul that offers brand new features, new filters, a new font and tons of confusion. Read More , and its ever-creative popular users 25 Snapchat Accounts You Need to Follow Right Now 25 Snapchat Accounts You Need to Follow Right Now Snapchat isn't like Instagram and Twitter, where you can search for users based on keywords. Instead, you either need the other Snapchat user in your contacts, or you must know their username. Read More , and it looks like the company really is onto a winner.

What do you think? Is Snapchat Memories a feature you’re going to be using a lot?

  1. Sarah Flowers
    November 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I really don't like this memories thing. In the camera roll it uploadef ALL my pics from my phone and those are extremely private and I do not want them on there!!! Can other people see your camera roll? Please tell me how to completely deactivate the memories. I don't want it. And when I do delete dome off there it deleted it off my phone. Please help I am terrified. I don't want to felete my account.

  2. Kris
    November 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    When I activated memories on the Snapchat app it deleted the Snapchat folder on my phone that had all my previous pictures. And they did not move over to memories before they disappeared. Any suggestions for recovery?

  3. Brett
    November 12, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    When I go to post a picture from my camera onto my story it says "Camera Roll ismt backed up by Snapchat". So I can't share an old pic

  4. Colton Adams
    November 5, 2016 at 1:53 am

    If you save the message and the other person doesn't save that message will it show up on their saved messages on chat?

    • j
      November 8, 2016 at 12:25 am

      Yes. Both parties do not need to save the chat. Only one person does and it'll still be present for both parties to see.

  5. Jess
    October 18, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Does anyone know how to save memories quickly onto your camera roll? Im trying to make a video from my trip and i have HUNDREDS that im trying to save individually and its very tedious.
    Also i lost a lot of footage that didnt even save onto memories! I think its because i didnt have internet, but its so frustrating! Is there anyway to retrieve lost footage?
    I dislike this feature very much... I see the benefits, but its done more bad than good for me.

    • Rob Nightingale
      October 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      So far there doesn't seem to be a way to bulk download these to your camera roll, I'm afraid.

  6. Barbara
    October 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Hate this feature! No way to restore deleted snaps that were in memories like you can with camera roll..and it's a hassle to save to both

    • Kurorin
      October 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      If you want to save the snap that's stuck in Memories:
      A bit tedious, but go into memories (swipe up from camera), tap on the snap you want to save (I’ve only been able to do one at a time), tap on the image and tap on ‘edit and send’ at the bottom. Then, tap on the three horizontal lined icon on the top right, and select ‘save to camera roll’. :) Hope this helps!!

    • Rob Nightingale
      October 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Unfortunately not. Though saving to camera roll from Memories is probably the best way to have a backup.

  7. Kayla
    September 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I hate this feature. Even worse, I hate That once I accidentally clicked "start memories" I cannot go back.

    If I want to save my pictures to my phone, because I take photos on Snapchat that seem to look better than my camera, I have to go through the process of deleting them off memories because I don't want everyone seeing them.

    Stupidest idea. There should be a setting where you can decide whether the save or download button sends it to your memories, to your phone, or both. And it should be a remembered setting so I don't have to hold it down to save to both places, just to go back and delete it from my memories. Horrible "upgrade" to snapchat. I want my pictures saved to my phone quick and easy like it used to be. Memories seriously ruined Snapchat for me.

    • Kurorin
      October 4, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      If you want to save the snap that's stuck in Memories:
      A bit tedious, but go into memories (swipe up from camera), tap on the snap you want to save (I’ve only been able to do one at a time), tap on the image and tap on ‘edit and send’ at the bottom. Then, tap on the three horizontal lined icon on the top right, and select ‘save to camera roll’. :) Hope this helps!!
      + And if you want to change the settings so that it saves to camera roll instead, go to your main Snapchat page (the one with the huge ghost icon in the middle), click on settings (the gear in the top right corner), scroll down to Memories. Tap on Memories, and tap on 'save to...', select 'camera roll only'. :)

      • Rob Nightingale
        October 7, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        What Kurorin said :)

  8. Noureeen
    September 20, 2016 at 3:14 am

    how can I get my photos back from backup? they're not in
    memories anymore but it says that they're in backup
    REPLY

    • Rob Nightingale
      October 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      I guess deleting the app, then downloading it again should give you the option of downloading your backed-up memories, though your backed up memories are synced quite often, so if you've deleted your snaps, they're likely deleted from your backup, too.

  9. Noureeen
    September 20, 2016 at 3:14 am

    how can I get my photos back from backup? they're not in
    memories anymore but it says that they're in backup!!!!

  10. emma
    September 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    how do you get photos back that are in "backup"? I accidentally deleted them from
    my memories and now it says that they're in "backup".

  11. emma
    September 17, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    how can I get my photos back from backup? they're not in
    memories anymore but it says that they're in backup

  12. Amy
    September 4, 2016 at 1:47 am

    In memories, is the camera roll seen by anyone who is my friend if they go to it? What does it mean when it says, " Your camera roll is not backed up by snapchat"???

    • Megan K.
      October 8, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      I'm wondering the same thing and am completely worried. I'm very upset, because I don't want ppl to see anything from my camera roll.

    • Megan K.
      October 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      I'm wondering the same thing. I'm completely worried and upset. I don't want anyone to see my pictures from my camera roll.

    • Cassidy
      November 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Your snapchat memories are not public to everyone. No one can access your memories except for you. It's like a camera roll for snapchat. Now, for the camera roll setting, when it says "your camera roll is not backed up by snapchat" it just means that while snapchat saves your other memories (like stories etc) it doesn't save your camera roll on the app. So if you delete a photo from your camera roll then it will delete on the camera roll setting on snapchat too. Get it?

      • Brett
        November 12, 2016 at 8:47 pm

        It doesn't allow us to post any pics from our camera roll onto our stories

  13. Ansh
    September 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Where memories photos are saved

  14. Kay
    August 8, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Can you recover accidentally deleted snaps from memories?

    • Rob Nightingale
      August 21, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Not that I know of...

  15. Lamegame
    August 3, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Retarded that they have now moved the rec button in order to squeeze in the memories button. Terrible idea, people are accidentally failing to record golden moments due to that damn button jumping up few millimeters after opening it. Cannot describe how frustratingly retarded this is

    • Rob Nightingale
      August 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      I'm sure everyone will get use to it :)

  16. JOhn
    August 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    How do I save memories to my computer? Or post them to facebook?

    • Rob Nightingale
      August 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Hit the download button, then choose where to save them...

  17. Hannah
    July 31, 2016 at 12:08 am

    I accidentally deleted a saved snap, can I recover it?

    • Rob Nightingale
      August 21, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      As far as I know, there's no easy way to do this, sorry Hannah.

  18. Steph
    July 30, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Heya I signed out of snapchaf after taking pictures and saving them onto my memories but singing back in and they have disapeared how do I get them back??

    • Rob Nightingale
      August 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      I've never come across this issue, so am not sure, sorry, Steph. You might be best checking the Snapchat website for more info?

  19. Hello
    July 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    How do I get the videos onto my computer?

    • Rob Nightingale
      August 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Hit the download button then choose to save the video to your phone, then you can transfer it to your computer like you would any other video you record...

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