November 29, 2023

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The Best Snapchat Saver Apps – September 2019

Snapchat is the immensely popular disposable social network. Temporary shares on Snapchat allow you to send a photo or a video to a friend, and within ten seconds, it’s gone forever. Even public posts, called “Stories,” are only available for twenty-four hours. Once they’re gone, they’re gone—no one can have access to your content any longer. Not even you, unless you have the foresight to save your snaps to your own “memories” option.

Of course, you can save the snaps others send you. Whether you’re on iOS or Android, your phone always has the option to record a screenshot. It’s incredibly useful, though Snapchat’s obviously thought ahead. Whether you screenshot a conversation thread, a photo or video, or someone’s story, with Snapchat notifying them to your recording. And while they can’t exactly stop you from saving the snap, you can be sure as hell they know you have a copy of their photo.

So how do you get around this limitation? Well, it’s not easy. Both iOS and Android are filled with applications that promise to allow users to bypass these notifications and keep your actions secret. The problem: plenty of them have in-app purchases, advertisements, feature unfixed bugs and issues with crashes, and worst of all, can even occasionally cause your Snapchat account to be locked down for a limited time. This makes “Snapchat Saver” apps a difficult proposition, as Snapchat continues to crackdown on applications that bypass restrictions and break their terms of service. The best way to capture snaps sent to you is to perform a system screenshot on your phone—a method we’ll cover in detail below—but short of that? Well, we have a few recommendations, so keep reading for more information.

Screenshotting Snaps on iOS and Android

Start by logging into Snapchat if you haven’t already. Once you’ve received a snap you want to save to your device, prepare to perform the screenshot function on your device. Typically, most Android devices use the Volume Down & Power, though if your phone has a physical home key (like Samsung’s flagship devices up to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge), you’ll want to tap Power & Home. Keep in mind you only have a certain amount of time—typically up to ten seconds—to screenshot the snap displayed on your screen, though some users set their snaps to loop until the snap has been closed. On iOS, the screenshot key combo also depends on your device, with any device with a home bu

When you open the snap, performing a screenshot will cause the display to flash for a moment. The snap itself won’t close until you’ve closed it (or until time has run out on the snap), so don’t worry about missing the content. If you missed your screenshot, or you need to view the snap again, just replay the snap by  pressing and holding your finger on the chat display. The snap will be refreshed, and you can view it again. Do note that this can only be used once per snap, so if you’re hoping to re-view the snap over and over again, you’ll have to screenshot the app. Also, if you replay the snap, the user who send you the app will receive a separate notification alerting them to the replay. And of course, remember if you view a snap and leave the chat page, you won’t be able to replay that snap—it’s gone forever.

While it may seem a bit odd, we actually recommend sticking with typical screenshots on Snapchat. The app’s been around long enough for most users to adapt to the idea of screenshotting snaps. The etiquette between users of the social service has become solid enough for most users to recognize when screenshotting should and shouldn’t be accepted, and with the alerts sent between devices enough of a deterrent to stop users from screenshotting snaps they know the other user(s) won’t appreciate. Still, if you’re looking for a secret method for grabbing those shots—or even for saving videos in full length with sound—we have some app recommendations for you. This is by no means a complete list of app recommendations, but we think you’ll find most of these apps worthy of taking over your screenshot duties—all while keeping your screen-capturing activities under wraps.