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How Long Do Messages Last on Snapchat?

How Long Do Snapchat Messages Last

Snapchat has built its entire brand by deleting chats and snaps after twenty-four hours. That’s what its users cherish the most about it. You don’t have to worry about your messages staying on the servers forever.

Snapchat encourages you to Snap without having any concerns. But how long do these chats last on Snapchat servers before disappearing forever?

Quick Answer

Snapchat deletes messages immediately or after 24 hours of viewing them. This disappearance time depends on the settings you’ve chosen. Unread messages on Snapchat can last up to 30 days. However, if someone has saved messages on Snapchat, they may stay until that person unsaves them.

Even though it completely goes against the essence of Snapchat to save messages for longer, it’s good to know that there are ways to change when the messages disappear. There is also a way to save some messages that are too valuable to disappear. All in a couple of easy steps that we’ll explain in this article! 

When Do Snapchat Messages Disappear?

“Deleting is our default,” says Snapchat, and, indeed, that is what they are good at. Most messages on Snapchat are automatically deleted once viewed or expired.

However, your messages won’t delete straight away if someone saves, replies, or reacts to your message. For messages you have not viewed, Snapchat will automatically delete them after thirty days

For group chats, Snapchat default is a bit different. Snapchat servers are set to delete texts sent in Group Chats one day after all the participants in the group have viewed them, or one week after the message was sent, whichever comes sooner!

However, Snapchat has recently rolled out updates that include changing the time your messages get deleted, making them stay on the servers for a little longer.

How To Change When Your Messages Expire?

Do you ever get annoyed when you are in the middle of a conversation on Snapchat, and suddenly you can’t remember the last thing the other person said because there’s absolutely no history of it in the chat? Yep! We’ve all been there!

Thanks to Snapchat for listening to our woes and delivering an update from the gods- the ’24 hours after viewing’ option.

If you don’t want your messages to disappear right away, you can choose this option and have your chats stay visible to you for twenty-four hours. 

Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Open Snapchat on your mobile device.
  2. Swipe right from the Camera screen to go to the Chat screen. 
  3. Press and hold on to your friend’s name.
  4. Select ‘Chat Settings.’
  5. Tap on ‘Delete Chats …
  6. Choose the ‘24 Hours after Viewing‘ option from the two that appear, and you’re all set!

It’s important to note that you will have to manually choose the message expiration time for every conversation. This way, you can select what chats stay for 24 hours and which ones disappear immediately after you view them. 

If you wish to change the settings to delete immediately “After Viewing,” Snapchat will delete all your previous unsaved messages, so be careful! 

Learn more on Snapchat chatting features.

How To Save Snapchat Messages?

If you want the messages in your chats to remain even after the 24-hour limit, Snapchat gives you the option to save them!

The save in chat feature on Snapchat allows users to save individual messages in a conversation. This way, you can save important information that you do not want to lose to Snapchats default delete feature. 

Here’s how you can save your messages on Snapchat:

  1. Open Snapchat and log in.
  2. Tap the chat icon at the bottom or swipe right on your screen.
  3. Open the conversation you want to save.
  4. Tap on the message to save it. It is as simple as that.
Good to Know

Once saved, the background of the saved message should turn gray, differentiating it from the rest of the messages. 

If you change your mind and wish to unsave the message, repeat the same steps and unsave the message! It’s that quick and easy! 


Once you’ve saved the message, it will remain on the Snapchat servers, meaning the other person will also be able to see the message, but only the user that saved it will be able to unsave it. 


Snapchat mimics real-life conversations by going poof as soon as they are finished. But that is not to say that its users are not given the convenient option to save and cherish important messages that are too valuable to be forgotten in the long string of deleted Snapchat content.

All you need to do is follow a few simple steps in this article! 


How long does it take for a message to expire?

Messages sent on Snapchat, if unopened, expire after 30 days of sending. After these 30 days, the snap or message will be automatically deleted from the servers, and you won’t be able to view it. 

Why do some messages on Snapchat not disappear?

If your Snapchat message is not disappearing as it should by default, you must check the sent messages to see if they have been delivered or not. Also, try checking your internet connection and if you’re logged in recently.

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