The Best Snapchat Saver Apps [September 2020]

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 button using the power and home button combo, and any device without a home button using volume up and power instead.

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 users 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.

Everyone else

While screen-recording on iOS is completely possible, making sure that you’re untraced in your capture requires some additional steps: namely,  a computer, a Lightning cable for connecting your phone, and a computer running MacOS. Yeah, this is a bit of a tall order, and it’s not really an easy solution for recording your display, but regardless, screen recording through QuickTime is an option. Let’s take a look at just how this can be accomplished.

Start by connecting your iPhone to your Mac using your Lightning cable. Then, open QuickTime Player on your computer, either from your apps folder or by using Launchpad to select the app. When QuickTime has loaded, hit ‘File’ in the menu bar and click “New Movie Recording.” A recording menu will load on your display, using the webcam on your Mac as its default video source. From here, click the arrow next to the record button, which will produce a drop-down menu for selecting the source for your recording. You should then select your iPhone, as well as your iPhone’s microphone for the sound recording options. Once you’ve entered your new video and audio sources for your QuickTime recording, it’s time to take a screen recording of your phone.

Now, click the record button. From here, you should be able to use your phone as you normally would—which includes opening and viewing snaps. Once you’ve viewed your snaps (as we outlined earlier in the article), you can stop your recording within QuickTime by tapping the stop button on your Mac. And of course, QuickTime will allow you to trim your video within the app. Hit the edit button on the menu bar above the app and select ‘Trim.’ Drag the playhead using the yellow handles to select the part of the video you want to keep, while leaving the other parts of the video out of your selection. Once you’ve made your selection, click the trim button to save your cut.

Recording via QuickTime isn’t perfect. For one, you need a Mac to go along with your iPhone to take advantage of it, and plenty of iOS users prefer and own Windows PCs. It’s also a bit of hassle to record, primarily if you have to record a snap while on the go, away from your iMac or MacBook. And QuickTime recordings can be a bit choppy, leaving an imperfect recording of a video. Still, it’s one of the easiest ways to record a snap without being noticed, primarily since the functionality is built into QuickTime and iOS.

If the QuickTime method is a bit too cumbersome for you, with wires and required MacOS-based computers, you might want to check out Apowersoft’s iPhone/iPad Recorder. It too, isn’t perfect, requiring a computer to take advantage of recording on iOS. If you aren’t willing or able to use the built-in iOS screen recorder, using Apowersoft’s software is one of our best recommended methods here. It’s not without its own flaws, but it’s simpler of a setup than QuickTime on MacOS. Let’s take a look.

Apowersoft’s solution is actually not an iOS app, but an app designed for either MacOS or Windows, just as we saw with QuickTime above. Once you’ve installed their iPhone Recording software on your computer, grab your device and ensure it’s on the same network as your laptop or desktop computer. After ensuring your two devices share a network, it’s time to put AirPlay to work. Swipe up on your device’s screen and tap the AirPlay button from your quick settings menu. Find your computer’s name in your AirPlay options and tap the name to sync the two devices together. Your device should display on your Windows or Mac computer.

With your device mirrored on your computer screen, use the Apowersoft app to begin recording your screen. It’s as easy as tapping the red circle icon in the top-left corner, which will allow for your screen to begin recording right to your PC. In our testing, this actually prompted a smoother and better recording than using QuickTime, so long as your network is fast and stable-enough to handle broadcasting over wireless internet. Once you’ve recorded the snap you wanted to save secretly, tap the recording icon again to stop. Your recording will pop up in a brand-new window on your desktop. You can then save or delete the video as you see fit.

Obviously, there are some upsides and downsides to recording with Apowersoft over QuickTime. The quality is a bit better, with less skips and stutters in the recording, and we always prefer wireless recording where we can. But otherwise, it typically seems to be about equal to QuickTime in recording. Transferring files over to your phone can be a bit obnoxious, and you have to find a separate app to edit and change how the recording starts and ends. But it’s worth a download, if only to try. With standard screen recording coming in iOS 11, recording snaps on the iPhone is about to get a whole lot easier. But until then, Apowersoft’s method is nearly perfect, so long as you have a computer nearby.

If you can’t get SaveStory to work for you on Android, Private Screenshots might be worth a look. Though the app has some fairly annoying advertisements while in use, it’s a great way to quickly snap a photo of the story or snap you’re looking to capture without having to worry about alerting the other user. The app does require Android 7 or higher to correctly use shortcuts, but otherwise, it works on most versions of Android at the moment. Likewise, all photos are saved into a hidden directory, and sends no notification to your phone that you’ve captured a new photo. You just tap the button that appears on screen in order to save the image, and you’re set.

You will need to grant the app permission in order to use it in “presentation” mode, but once you do, you’ll just need to hit the screenshot button that appears on your phone. The app is reliable, cleanly designed, and worked as a great alternative to SaveStory.

4 thoughts on “The Best Snapchat Saver Apps [September 2020]”

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Joey Gleze says:
iOS 11 now has built in screen recording so 3rd party apps are no longer required on that platform. You can access it via “settings > control center > customize controls”
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