There isn’t an automatic way to backup your camera files to Snapchat. You can auto-save snaps, but to save media from the camera roll, you must do it manually. The article covers 2 ways to back up the camera roll to Snapchat in 2022.
Note 1: Snapchat supports saving a maximum of 10-second camera roll videos, so ensure that the videos are 10 seconds or less than 10 seconds in length.
Note 2: If you select multiple photos or videos, the snaps are saved as a story. If you want to save individual photos, you must back up each photo separately.
The first method is to use your favorite gallery app. I have Google Photos, so I will use this application. Here are the steps to back up the camera roll to Snapchat:
- Open the gallery app
- Select photos that you want to back up
- Tap on the share button
- Find and select Snapchat
- Tap on the Save button in the bottom-left corner
The save button will have an icon displaying a save arrow. It should take some time, depending on the total number of files.
In this method, you don’t need a third-party gallery app to back up media because Snapchat supports showing your camera roll. Here are the steps:
- Open Snapchat
- Swipe up or tap on the Memories button to the left of the capture button
- Swipe left twice to go to Camera Roll
- Tap on the top right button or hold on a photo to select
- Select other media that you want to back up
- Tap on the export button on the bottom row
- Select Snapchat from the app list
- Tap on the save button down the bottom
Open the memories tab again to check the backed-up media. If you want to create stories of the backed-up photos, below is the way to do it.
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Creating a story from snaps
You can create a story of the saved media. To do so, open Snapchat and swipe up to see your snaps. You can also tap on the button to the left of the capture button to open memories. Here you will find recently added photos and videos. Follow the below steps to create stories:
- Select the photos in the Snapchat snap area
- Tap on the last button titled “Create” down the bottom
- Touch on “Save Story” on the next screen
- Swipe left to see your stories
The first story from the list will be your created one. Depending on the number of photos and videos, it may take a few seconds for the story to show up.
Checking for the backed-up media on Snapchat
There are a couple of ways to check whether the media is backed up on Snapchat or not.
The first method is just to delete the media from your phone and see snaps. You must ensure that the media is backed up on Snapchat before deleting it completely. Depending on your media size, it could take minutes. I recommend testing this option before implementing it on your photos.
The second method is to clear the cache on your device. Please note that this method will log you off from Snapchat on Android.
- Touch and hold the Snapchat icon in the app drawer
- Tap on App info
- Touch on Storage and cache
- Tap on Clear cache
- Touch on Clear storage
- Open Snapchat and log in
- Open Memories by swiping up
On the iPhone, clearing the cache does the trick. You can also log off and see if the photos are backed up. Here is the step to clear the Snapchat cache on iPhone:
- Open Snapchat and go to the profile area
- Touch the Gear icon on the top
- Under Account Actions, find and tap on Clear Cache
- Tap on Continue
This should do the trick and delete cache files. Still, I suggest deleting the media, which is the foolproof method to check whether the camera roll is backed up to Snapchat.
You can’t auto-enable the media upload because Snapchat is not cloud storage. If you are looking for an app to back up all your media, you can consider Google Photos. The manual way is what Snapchat offers to back up the camera roll to Snapchat.
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