Snapchat has always been pretty strict about the fact that, since they call themselves a camera company, they want you to use their camera app to capture your photos to be able to share them to the social network aspect of their “camera app”.
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When they finally allowed you to use past photos they shamed these photos with a white border letting everyone know how ridiculous you are for trying to share something from the past. Then they decided, okay, past photos are fine but only if they come from the memories section of the app which is where the Snapchat camera itself can save photos to but if you try and share a photo from any other app (i.e. the normal camera app on your phone): white borders of shame.
How to Add Any Photo to Snapchat
Turns out though, it doesn’t have to be that way.
I actually was shared how to do this from Des, T-Mobile’s social media guru, a titled he clearly deserves with this hack–shout out to him for spreading the knowledge. But essentially there is a way to import photos into the memories section of Snapchat and thereby convincing the app that they were taken by the Snapchat camera and letting you upload them sans borders. Here’s how to do it.
Add Any Photo to Snapchat
For Android, I’m going to use Google Photos for this because it’s just the most universal across every device, and frankly it’s an app you should use even if just for the unlimited free photo storage (more on that here). But regardless of whether you use Google Photos or not, you just need to use a file explorer or something that can see the different folders where photos are stored on your phone, then find the photo you want.
For iOS, we’ll use the normal Photos app.
Post Any Photo to Snapchat
On Android (Google Photos)
- In Google Photos, though, you tap the menu icon and then tap on Device Folders and find the photo you want in there to post.
- Once you do, hold down on it to select it (and you can select multiple if you wanted, as well) then tap the three dots at the top right and select Copy to Folder.
- Navigate to the Snapchat folder and move the photos to there.
- For iOS, open the Photos app find the photo you want and tap select at the top right (you can select multiple photos to if you want) and select the photo.
2. Then tap Add To at the bottom of the screen and select the Snapchat folder to copy them over to it.
Import into Snapchat
- Now, open Snapchat and tap the Snap icon at the top left.
- Then go to Settings by tapping the gear in the top right corner.
- Scroll down and select Memories.
- Tap Import Snaps from Camera Roll.how to upload pictures to snapchat story from gallery or camera roll in Android IOS
- Tap the photo you just added and hit Import Snap.
- Now go back to the regular Snapchat camera and swipe up and select the photo now from your memories, swipe up to edit and then send it to your Story, specific people, what have you.
There you go though, you’re all set.
Vertically Crop a Landscape Photo
Now, one finally tip with this though is that a lot of the photos you take you’ll usually take them horizontally and not vertically like Snapchat wants you to.
- So to fix that, you can open the photo in Snapseed on any other photo editing app and select the photo you want.
- Then choose Edit > Crop, select the 16:9 aspect ratio from the bottom and then tap the rotate icon to make it vertical and crop the image as you want it to appear in Snapchat.
- You can then save it to your photos and then follow the same steps above, or skip a step and just tap Export in Snapseed and choose the Snapchat folder to have it save it in there immediately.
- You can then go back into the Snapchat settings, select Memories, and import from camera roll the new photo like we did the other one.
There you go, not only a way to share older photos without anyone knowing but also a way to increase the quality of your photos as the native camera app on a phone is always better than the Snapchat camera and their public API.
Let me know if that helped you out in the comments below, and feel free to follow me on Snapchat (or any other social network for that matter) and chat with me there. As always, thanks for reading!
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Upload Photos & Videos from the Camera Screen and camera roll
Open the app and you’ll see an icon next to your Camera button that allows you to upload videos and photos to your Snapchat. You can send these as snaps or Stories. You can even save snaps sent to you.
There are many things you can do with a jailbroken iPhone and this is just one of those. But you should know that jailbreaking your iPhone negates your warranty. Do the necessary research before you dive into it.
Other Ways To Upload From Gallery To Snapchat STORY
As have been discussed above, the correct way to send photos from your Gallery to your friends via Snapchat is by way of Chat. This is allowed by Snapchat. And it has given us the provision to do so.
Other than that, all other methods are flirting with ‘illegal’. Because Snapchat is very serious about the use of third-party apps to access your account, using Casper for Android and Phantom for jailbroken iOS devices could cause your account to get locked. If Snapchat locks you out of your account, you will likely stay that way for 12 hours or more. You will also need to uninstall all the third-party apps that you use.
So even if you do succeed at using these apps to upload Snapchats from your Gallery, you can in no way abuse the system.
That said, an alternative to uploading pictures and videos from your gallery to Snapchat Stories — and mind you, this is widely used and is in no way illegal — is by taking a picture of your picture, or a video of your video from your Snapchat camera.
That is, you open the picture or video on another device and take a picture or video of the device’s screen from your Snapchat. This will cause the quality of the snap to decline, but it’s your best bet if you want to stay under the radar.
Snapchat has about 150 million monthly active users, surpassing Twitter, according to latest reports. You can be certain that there has to exist a complex algorithm that scans your activities. So if you do use third-party apps, upload a maximum of 1 picture from your gallery using such apps and at least 5 photos from your Snapchat app per day. Although this is not proven, but it’s quite likely you are not caught.
Of course, if you’re using a jailbroken iPhone and the Phantom app, you can use the app as it is without having to worry about being flagged by Snapchat, because your phone has been jailbroken.
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