The process of backing up your camera roll to Snapchat may seem daunting at first, but it’s actually quite simple once you know the steps. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process, step-by-step, and provide some tips and tricks along the way.
First, let’s start with the basics. What exactly is the camera roll, and why would you want to back it up to Snapchat? The camera roll is simply a storage location for all of the photos and videos that you’ve taken with your smartphone.
Snapchat may not be the first platform that comes to mind when thinking about photo and video storage, but it actually has a built-in feature that allows you to back up your camera roll with just a few simple steps.
Plus, with Snapchat’s end-to-end encryption, you can trust that your photos and videos are safe and secure.
Why Backup Camera Roll Photos and Videos to Snapchat?
Backing up your camera roll to Snapchat has a few benefits. First, it allows you to share your memories with friends and family on the app. You can even edit your photos and videos with Snapchat’s fun filters and lenses before you share them.
Second, it provides an extra layer of protection for your memories. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, you’ll still have access to your photos and videos on Snapchat.
Ways to Backup Camera Roll to Snapchat
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the process. To back up your camera roll to Snapchat, you’ll need to have the app installed on your phone and be logged in. Then, follow these steps:
How to Backup Camera Roll to Snapchat on Android
- Hide your Snapchat story from the public. (Just for this process’ sake.)
- After opening your Snapchat app, tap on the “Memories” tab (it is located at the left of the capture button).
- Under the memories tab, tap on “Camera Roll.” You might see the notice “Your Camera Roll isn’t backed up by Snapchat,” indicating you have not backed up your camera roll.
- Long-press on one of the pictures you want to back up to select it. To select additional photos, tap on each one at a time.
- Once you’ve selected the items that you want to back up, tap on the “Export” button at the bottom of the screen and tap on “My Story” below the “Stories” tab.
- Tap on the “Send” button at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
- Post the selected photos or videos to your story. (This is why you have to block people from seeing your Snapchat story, as indicated in step 1 above. You can still allow others to see, if you wouldn’t mind.)
- Go to your Snapchat stories tab and tap on “My Story.” Select “Save Story” and confirm by tapping on “Yes.”
- Wait for the items to be backed up or saved to your Snapchat memories. This may take a few minutes, depending on the number and size of the items you’re backing up.
Once the backup is complete, you can access the photos and videos in your Snapchat memories by tapping on the memories icon in the top-right corner of the camera screen.
How to Backup Camera Roll to Snapchat on iPhone
Backing up your camera roll content on iPhone is almost the same way as doing it on Android phones.
Here’s how to get your camera roll photos and videos backup to Snapchat on iPhone:
- Open the Snapchat app on your iPhone.
- Tap on the “Memories” tab (it is located at the left of the capture button).
- Under the memories tab, tap on “Camera Roll.”
- Post the selected photos or videos to your story.
- Go to your Snapchat stories tab and tap on “My Story.”
- Tap on “Save Story” and confirm by tapping on “Yes.”
Wait for the backup to complete, which may take a few minutes depending on the number and size of the files being backed up.
That’s it! You’ve successfully backed up your camera roll to Snapchat. To view your backed-up photos and videos, simply tap on the “Memories” tab and then tap on the “Camera Roll” tab. You’ll see all of your backed-up pictures and videos on Snapchat.
How to Import Camera Roll to Snapchat Memories
- Open the Snapchat app and swipe left to access the “Memories” tab.
- Tap on the “Camera Roll” option.
- Allow Snapchat to access your device’s camera roll by granting permission when prompted.
- Select the photos or videos from your camera roll that you want to import to Snapchat Memories.
- Tap on the “Import” button to import the selected media to your Snapchat Memories.
- The imported media will now appear in your Snapchat Memories, where you can view, edit, and share them as you would with regular Snapchat photos and videos.
How to Fix “Your Camera Roll Isn’t Backed Up by Snapchat” on Android and iPhone
If you have followed all the above steps in an attempt to back up your camera roll to Snapchat and yet you see the notice “Your Camera Roll isn’t backed up by Snapchat,” then you may want to troubleshoot with the recommended steps below:
1. Enable “Smart Backup” for Snapchat Memories
First, let’s take a look at why this error occurs in the first place. The camera roll on Snapchat is supposed to automatically back up your photos and videos so that they can be accessed even if you lose your phone or delete the app.
However, this feature doesn’t always work as intended, and can sometimes result in the error message “Your camera roll isn’t backed up by Snapchat.”
The good news is that this error is relatively easy to fix. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open the Snapchat app on your phone, and navigate to the settings menu. You can do this by tapping on the profile icon in the top-left corner of the screen, and then selecting the gear icon in the top-right corner.
- In the settings menu, scroll down until you see the “Memories” option. This is where you can manage your camera roll, as well as other features related to Snapchat Memories.
- In the Memories menu, you should see an option called “Smart Backup.” This is the feature that’s responsible for backing up your camera roll. If it’s turned off, then that could be why you’re seeing the error message “Your camera roll isn’t backed up by Snapchat.”
- To fix this issue, simply check the box next to the “Smart Backup” option. This will enable the feature and should start backing up your camera roll automatically.
- Remember to periodically check the “Smart Backup” to make sure that your camera roll is being backed up successfully.
2. Grant Snapchat the Required Permissions
Next, you’ll need to check your phone’s settings. Open the Settings app and tap on “Apps” or “Application Manager.” Scroll down until you see the Snapchat app, then tap on it. From here, you’ll need to look for a setting called “App Permissions” or something similar.
Make sure that Snapchat has permission to access your photos and videos. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to grant it permission by tapping on the toggle switch next to the relevant permission. This will allow Snapchat to access and back up your camera roll.
3. Test Your Internet Connection
It’s crucial that you have a strong, stable connection in order to properly back up your Camera Roll.
You can test your internet connection with online tools such as Speed Test by Ookla.
After testing your internet connection and realising it is not strong enough to back up your photos and videos, put forth the effort to improve your internet connection.
If you’re using a mobile device, try switching to a different network or reconnecting to your current one. If you’re on a computer, make sure your WiFi is functioning properly.
4. Update the Snapchat App
First, you’ll need to make sure that your Snapchat app is up to date. Open the app store on your phone and check for any updates.
The app is constantly being updated with new features and bug fixes, and sometimes these updates can resolve issues with the Camera Roll backup.
To check if you have the latest version, open the App Store (for iOS users) or the Google Play Store (for Android users), search for Snapchat, and see if there’s an update available.
If there’s a new version available, go ahead and install it.
This will ensure that you’re using the latest version of the app, which may have fixed any issues with the camera roll backup.
5. Check Your Phone’s Storage Space
The Camera Roll backup requires a certain amount of storage space on your phone, and if you’re running low on space, Snapchat won’t be able to save your photos and videos.
To check your phone’s storage, go to your phone’s settings and look for the “storage” or “storage usage” option.
This will show you how much space you have left, and if you’re running low, you may need to delete some old files or apps to free up space.