Snapchat seems like it has been around forever, but in fact, this feature-laden little app is still a relative newcomer to the social media landscape (though, it is still a powerhouse). There are far too many image and video sharing apps floating around out there on the Internet for anyone to declare a particular app “the winner” of the niche, but if one app could claim the title, it would be Snapcat. Since it reached the marketplace in 2011, Snapchat has become one of the most popular and widely used apps for real-time photo chat and image sharing.
A lot of this popularity was due to the fact that the posts felt more “real” than they did on other similar apps, as everyone knew that the photos were taken in real-time, seconds before being shared with other users. The ephemeral nature of Snapchat messages made the app a much more unique platform than its competitors.
At least, that’s how things used to work. However, some changes have been made over the past few years, and although not everyone knows this, it’s now possible to “fake” a live snap. In this article, I will show you how it can be done.
Can You Fake a Live Snap?
From the beginning of Snapchat, you could always post a story that was made up of videos you had filmed earlier. However, doing so would always inform the viewers of your video of your actions. Whenever you upload an existing picture from your phone’s camera roll, Snapchat will display the story underneath a header that reads, “From Camera Roll.”
In recent years, Snapchat has lightened up a little bit with the addition of the Memories feature, which allows you to stitch together a series of photos from your camera roll.
That was the only way of posting something you’ve taken in the past until recently. The Snapchat app allows you to film clips and save them as Memories you can upload later. Instead of reading “from Camera Roll,” it now reads “from Memories.” The white border won’t be visible anymore, giving your content a cleaner look.
This feature attracted more users because it gave them a little more freedom when it came to uploading pictures. It makes it easier for users to pass off old photos as live Snaps because people won’t know exactly when the video or photo was taken.
How Do You Send Snapchats From Your Camera Roll?
Sometimes you want to share a picture with your Snapchat friends directly from your camera roll. Is it possible to send Snapchats straight from your camera roll?
There used to be a bug that would let you upload old photos, but Snapchat seems to have repaired this glitch as of the time this article was written (January 2020). Here are the archived instructions from when this did use to work. Uploading an old photo should be impossible, but there’s a tiny bug you can exploit to send snaps from your gallery as live snaps without the “Memories” sign appearing in the corner.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Tap on the original picture in the albums and choose “Send to My Story.”
- Open the story and click download. Delete the saved image right away.
- Tap on the Settings icon and scroll down to Memories.
- Tap on Memories and hit Import from the Camera Roll. Find the picture you downloaded from “My Story”.
- Go back to the starting screen and select the new picture.
- Tap on the “Send” button, and you can choose to send the new photo to your Camera Roll as well as your friends. In this case, tap on “Send to My Story”. The newly uploaded camera roll picture won’t have the “Memories” header.
As you can see, the process is straightforward and only requires you to follow a few very simple steps. If you’re still not sure how to do it, you can find all kinds of YouTube tutorials that will show you each step.
If you want to take things further and add old photos from your gallery, you will need a complimentary app that will make this possible. You can find a bunch of apps that do that. Let’s take a closer look at a few of those apps and what they offer. (Do you ever get a little insecure about whether people are seeing your snaps? Check out this guide to what it means when someone is typing but no message comes through.)
How to Send a Picture From Camera Roll as a Snap
However, there is still one fully functional third-party app that allows you to fake live snaps, and it is available for iOS. The app is called SnapShare.
SnapShare is a great looking app you will fall in love with, and fortunately, it doesn’t take a long time to learn. Apart from being able to fake live snaps, you will also be able to block unwanted users from viewing your profile and stay in touch with friends and family through a built-in instant messaging system.
If that’s not enough, the app allows you to scan QR codes, photograph documents, add filters, improve the resolution of your images, and so on. The entire communication is encrypted, so you won’t have to worry about safety in case you’re sending sensitive information.
All things considered, SnapShare is a great app for sharing photos with your friends and is definitely worth checking out for yourself.
Fake Stories for Snapchat
Unlike the SnapShare program for iOS, Fake Stories for Snapchat is actually a prank app that lets you fabricate an apparent Snapchat story with your own pictures and videos. Once you create the fake Story, you can upload it to your own Snapchat account. Some users do warn that Snapchat does not approve of this app, and there are rumors of one-day account suspensions for anyone found uploading a fake Story. So prank with care!
With that in mind, Fake Stories for Snapchat is one of your best options if you want to be able to fake live Snaps.
Ever wondered whether or not it’s possible to fake a live Snap in Snapchat?
If you find yourself still scratching your head at Snapchat’s sometimes-arcane free-form interface, you should check out this great resource on understanding the basics of Snapchat.