It was possible to save snaps or stories in the past, but only if you put the image or video files on your device or backed them up in the cloud. Both of those options worked, yet came with the hefty caveat of storage and accessibility concerns. Snapchat realized its users wanted a way to organize and save their snaps for longer than 24 hours, so it created the Memories feature that saves them onto a Snapchat server. Happier users equal more time spent in their app, so everybody wins.
Users Guide to Snapchat’s Memories Feature
Before we get into step-by-step instructions, make sure your device is updated. Then, follow these simple instructions:
- Create a snap normally and tap the arrow at the bottom that used to indicate the photo or video went to your camera roll. Now, it means you’ll be able to save it to Memories. (Note: The snap is not automatically saved to Memories. You have to do that separately in Step 2.)
- Go to the main Snapchat screen and navigate to “Welcome to Memories” by swiping up. Import your saved snaps. From there, you’ll be able to retrieve them to share later. (Hint: Check the box to import more than one snap at a time.)
- After importing, you have several options: Send to a fellow snapper, add the selected snaps to your story, or even send via email. If you wish, you can also delete snaps from your Memories at this phase by clicking on the trashcan icon. (Hint: If you want to make sure the selected snaps are private, click the lock symbol.)
When you’re through, you’ll find that Memories is searchable by time and location, similar to what happens when you sync your photos to iPhoto or similar service. Here’s something exciting: Memories also utilizes object recognition technology, so you can even search by keyword! This makes it easy to use old Memories to create completely new stories—as SocialPilot insightfully reported, that’s a lot like curating!
First, let’s address the elephant in the room. I know you thought the development I was going to cover was the recent release of Snapchat’s geostickers, special stickers you can use if you happen to be snapping from some of the biggest cities in the world. (Where in the world do I have to be to get this pizza-holding mouse? Because I want it.)
Geosticker. Source: Snapchat Blog
Instead, I brought you proof that already-successful platforms can still create value by listening to the needs of their audience. In Snapchat’s July 6th blog post announcing the release of Memories, they wrote, “We realized that Snapchatters want to feel comfortable showing their Memories to friends while they’re hanging out together, so we made it easy to move Snaps and Stories to My Eyes Only — and avoid awkward moments when a friend stumbles upon a Snap meant just for you.” In other words, they addressed one need while proactively anticipating another, and there’s something every brand can take away from that move.
Do you use Snapchat? What do you think of the Memories feature? I’d love to hear your thoughts.