Much of Snapchat’s popularity is due to the fact that the posts feel more “real” than they do on other similar apps since Snaps are taken in real-time, seconds before being shared with other users. The ephemeral nature of Snapchat messages has 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?
Snapchat has always allowed you to add previously-recorded videos to your Story. However, when you do this/ the text, “from Camera Roll,” will appear above the story — making it obvious that the video wasn’t recorded in real-time.
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.
Now, though, Snapchat app allows you to film clips and save them as Memories that 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.
How Do You Send Snapchats 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 (March 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.
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.
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.)
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.