Here's How to Upload Saved Photos or Videos to Snapchat

Share photos and videos stored on your device with your Snapchat friends

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You can upload previously taken photos or videos to Snapchat through its Memories feature. So if you have a photo or a video that was snapped/recorded using your mobile device's camera and then saved to your camera roll (or other folder), it's possible to share it on Snapchat either as a message or as a story.

How to Access Snapchat Memories

Snapchat Memories allows you to both store snaps you take through the Snapchat app and upload existing photos/videos from your device. To access the Memories feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Snapchat app and navigate to the camera tab (if you're not on it already) by swiping left or right through the tabs.
  2. Tap the small circle displayed directly beneath the camera button.

A new tab labeled Memories will slide up from the bottom of the screen showing a grid of snaps if you saved any. If you didn't save any yet, this tab will be blank. 

How to Start Uploading Your Photos and Videos

To upload something from your device, you have to be familiar with navigating the Memories feature. Don't worry, it's easy!

  1.  At the top of the Memories tab, you should see three sub-tab options labeled Snaps, Camera Roll and My Eyes Only. The Memories tab is always on Snaps when you first open it, so you'll need to tap Camera Roll to switch to the correct tab.
  2. Allow Snapchat to access your camera roll by agreeing to give the app permission. Your camera roll or other photo/video folder is never backed up by Snapchat, so photos and videos you see here don't actually exist on the app.
  3. Select a photo or video to send as a message to friends or post as a story.
  4. Tap Edit & Send at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Make optional edits to your photo or video by tapping the pencil icon in the bottom left of the preview. You can edit it just like a regular snap by adding text, emoji, drawings, filters or cut-and-paste edits.
  6. Tap the blue send button to send your uploaded snap to friends as a message or to post it as a story.
  7. If you want to create a story from an uploaded photo or video, you can tap on the menu icon in the top right corner while in editing mode and select the option labeled Create Story from this Photo/Video. You'll be able to select additional photos or videos to create your story, which will live in your Memories tab and aren't posted to your stories until you press and hold on a story to share it.

    Note that if you try to upload a video that's longer than 10 seconds, Snapchat won't accept it and you won't be able to edit or send it. Since Snapchat has a 10-second limit to videos, you'll have to cut your video clip down to 10 seconds or less before uploading it to Snapchat.

    You may also notice that some of the photos and videos you decide to upload to Snapchat look different than the ones you take directly through the app. For example, some may appear cropped with black edges all around them. Snapchat will do its best to make your photo or video look good enough to send, but because it wasn't taken directly through the app, it won't necessarily look perfect.

    Third-Party Workaround Apps Blocked

    Before the Memories feature was introduced, there used to be several apps available from third-party developers that claimed to help Snapchat users upload photos or videos to Snapchat. Snapchat has since banned third-party apps, stating that it's a violation of the company's Terms of Use.