Snapchat, by default, deletes chat messages after viewing. If you use Snapchat to communicate with friends or family, it can be challenging to keep up with a conversation if the message is deleted. The best way to ensure you retain chats on your Snapchat is to save them.
To do so, launch Snapchat and navigate to the chats screen. Next, open the chat with the message you want to save and tap the message to save it. A saved pop-up will appear on the left edge of the message box.
To learn more about saving chats on Snapchat, read this article to the end.
Overview of Saving Chats on Snapchat
As earlier mentioned, Snapchat’s default setting is to delete messages after viewing. This setting makes it difficult to keep up with conversations if the recipient views the message but fails to reply at that moment. Saving chats on Snapchat helps you avoid this inconvenience.
To prevent a message from disappearing after viewing, change your chat settings to disappear after 24 hours. If you want to retain specific messages in a chat conversation longer than 24 hours, you can save the messages in the chat. If you keep some messages in the chat, the messages remain available even after the chat conversation disappears after 24 hours.
Unread one-on-one messages disappear after 31 days, while unopened snaps shared to group chats disappear after seven days.
Next, we delve into the exact steps to save chats on Snapchat.
A Step-by-Step-Guide on Saving Chats on Snapchat
Method #1: Changing Chat Settings
Changing chat settings is the first method of saving chats on Snapchat. Here’s how to do it:
- Launch your Snapchat app.
- Click on the chat icon on the icon bar at the bottom of the screen.
- Scroll to the chat conversation you want to save and long-press it.
- Select “Chat Settings.”
- Go to “Delete Chats.”
- Select “24 hours after Viewing.”
You’ll need to manually change chat settings for each chat conversation to keep messages from disappearing after viewing. This way, you can set some conversations to disappear after 24 hours while letting some disappear after viewing.
Also, note that if you change the chat setting to delete “after viewing,” all the chats from the previous 24 hours will disappear. If you have important messages you’d like to retain in a conversation, ensure you save them in chat before changing the chat settings to disappear after 24 hours.
The above method will give you a one-day window before the chat disappears. If there are specific messages in the conversation that you want to keep longer than 24 hours, you can save them in the chat.
Method #2: Tapping the Message
Saving messages in chat only takes a few simple moves. Here’s how to do it:
- Launch your Snapchat
- Click on the chat feature on the left side of the icon bar at the bottom of the screen.
- Open the chat with messages you want to save.
- Tap the message you want to save.
- A “Saved” message pop-up will appear on the left side of the message box.
Method #3: The Save in Chat Option
If you like doing things the hard way or just cannot access method #2, follow these steps:
- Launch your Snapchat.
- Click on the chat icon at the bottom-left side of the screen.
- Open the chat whose messages you’d like to save.
- Long-press the message you want to save.
- Select “Save in Chat.”
- Repeat the procedure above for all the messages you want to keep in that chat.
The messages you save in chat will have a gray background. Saved chat messages remain on the Snapchat server meaning the recipient will know that you saved the message.
The saved messages will also appear in your conversation for as long as they are saved. Only the person who saved the message on Snapchat can unsave it.
As you’ve learned, saving chat messages on Snapchat only takes a few simple steps. The first step to saving a chat message on Snapchat is to change the chat setting to disappear after 24 hours. After changing chat settings, you can save specific messages in the conversation by tapping them.
Messages saved in chat appear with a gray background, and only the saver unsave them. Remember, you’ll need to manually change chat settings for each chat conversation to keep them for 24 hours.