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5 Ways To Save Snapchat Snaps Permanently Without The Sender’s Knowledge

Snapchat is a photo sharing service that lets its users send photos and videos to others. There a lot of other messengers out there that do the exact same thing. So, what is Snapchat’s unique selling point? Snapchat lets its users send ephemeral messages i.e messages that expire after a short time. It is this very ability of Snapchat that has made it wildly popular around the world.

More and more people (especially teens) are using this app to send private messages in the belief that their private snaps would be destroyed after a certain time. Even Snapchat states that the snaps are removed from their servers after one time viewing. So, what exactly could go wrong and why shouldn’t you send really private snaps over Snapchat?

How To Save Snapchat Snaps. Is It Safe To Send Private Snaps Over Snapchat.

Snapchat has put in some effort to save the ephemeral nature of its messages, but it simply isn’t enough. Snapchat notifies the sender when the receiver takes a screenshot of the snap. Apart from this, the receiver can use different methods to save your snaps and there is nothing like true ephemerality in reality. Given below is a complete guide on how to save Snapchat snaps.

5 Ways To Save Snapchat Snaps Permanently Without The Sender’s Knowledge

1. The easiest way to save the snaps is to take a picture of the received snap with a camera. This method is a little cumbersome since you have to press and hold to view the snap.

2. There are a lot of apps already available in the market that let you save all the snaps you have received. Apps like Snap Save, SaveSnap, SnapBox etc. do all the heavy lifting for you and save your snaps.

Check Out: Top 5 iOS And Android Apps To Save SnapChat Photos/Videos/Stories

3. Use file managing software like iFunBox to browse the files on your mobile device after connecting to your computer. After careful examination you can find the temporary snaps on your mobile device. Download and save them to your system. This method can be used to save the snaps only before opening the snaps.

4. Since every snap you receive is stored locally on your device, data recovery software used to recover lost or accidentally deleted files can be used to recover the snaps too. This method is used after the snaps have been viewed and destroyed.

5. While taking a screenshot on your iPhone/iPad/iPod by holding the home and power button at the same time, keep a finger on the screen to hold the picture. When you let go and see the snaps section again, tap the home button twice before the picture disappears. This cancels SnapChat’s detection and you can view the screenshot on your phone as many times as you want. Personally, I haven’t had much success with this hack.

These are the various methods by which a Snapchat snap can be saved permanently without the sender having any hint about it. It is never safe to send private snaps over Snapchat. So, act wisely the next time you intend to send a private snap on Snapchat.

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  • snap June 1, 2014, 22:36

    Try http://www.snapkeep.tk it very cool

  • Durga prasad August 28, 2014, 10:12

    Facebook photo

  • kldowh3 October 2, 2014, 01:34


  • dragon December 20, 2014, 10:46

    Sorry to tell you all this but anything you use to take pictures or send to even snapchat there all on a hard drive or any storage device & even if they delete them it always can be recovered. Any real programmer will tell you this. If you believe them then I will say you got fooled. Any government authority Has programs that do this

    • Ahmed Ali July 30, 2015, 16:05

      In other words, everything I have deleted is still on the Harddrive? That means a harddrive has endless of space. Buy a 128gb, install and delete the files. According to you, it doesn’t get deleted, and all I need is a software for me to located the files.
      What program is this? I need it. With it, I don’t have to worry about enough space ever again ?

      • Dan August 10, 2015, 05:26

        If you are using an HDD (rotating drive, not phone/tablet), then you can recover deleted files if the space they were stored in hasn’t been overwritten. Basically, the computer marks the space as “allowed to overwrite” when you delete something, and it is possible to recover the data if the space hasn’t been touched. However, if you download more things, the space /will/ be overwritten, and the original files lost. That means you can’t have “unlimited storage” – sorry to let you down.

      • Mike October 14, 2015, 01:54

        You’re being sarcastic but data recovery is real thing. “Deleted” data is not really deleted until it is overwritten, and even then on physical hard drives a “shadow” is left on the hard drive. There is professional software out there for absolute permanent deletion which will overwrite that piece of memory over and over and over again. If I remember correctly a good standard is to overwrite at least 7 times to ensure a 99.9% chance of no recovery.

        • J December 1, 2015, 00:58

          To dispel myths. Most graphics format have defined file “magic” that can be used to detect the boundaries of that file on any storage medium and recover it post deletion. This is possible on platten based media and solid state. In fact, solid state recovery can often be quite a bit later due to wearleveling technologies. The only way to prevent recovery by a third party is where disk encryption with a strong key.

  • Undelete Snapchats January 14, 2015, 16:13

    Its important to remember the privacy issues involved

  • hj_932 March 8, 2015, 01:44


  • Snapchat usernames March 14, 2015, 04:06

    Nice :)

  • techloo June 2, 2015, 18:22

    nice one snap chat privacy is important

  • hugh g rection December 12, 2015, 19:10

    i really wanna save chats sent to me by my girlfriends sister they show me something i can never see when im with the family. LOL

  • June February 28, 2016, 11:24

    We are still assessing how severe an identification breach my son’s dalliance with a web-based stranger could have caused.
    It may be nothing.

  • Neanderthal June 2, 2016, 10:45

    Respect people’s trust, assholes. Let them vent from time to time without you exposing their thoughts to the rest of the world. Don’t record it.

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