If you’re somewhat tech savvy, then you’ve probably heard of Snapchatーa free app that allows you to easily connect with your friends via the sending of photos. Unlike many of the other messaging services available out there, it self-deletes the sent images after a certain period of timeーthus, making it an appealing option for those who would rather not have their pictures “kept” online. Due to the temporary nature of the photos involved, users won’t have to worry about their images somehow finding its way to, and showing up on the internet. Recognized for its eye-catching yellow logo, Snapchat is easily becoming one of the most-used messaging apps in the world amongst smart-phone usersーmost of whom are, according to reported statistics, less than 24 years of age.
Originally created by a group of Stanford University students: Reggie Brown, Bobby Murphy, and Evan Spiegel, Snapchat actually started out as a school project. Initially called “Picaboo”, the application was started by Spielgel and Brown for a product design class; the idea was simpleーthey wanted to produce a selfie app that allowed for its shared images to be self-deleted (which makes sense as some individuals may not be too keen about having their photos being saved onto the internet). In April of 2011, Spielgel announced the ideaーwhich served as his final projectーin front of his class. Despite an underwhelming response from his peers, he eventually recruited the help of Murphy who helped to write the application’s source code. With that, “Picaboo”, as it was called then, made its way to the iOS app store in July 2010ーjust three months after Spiegel first floated the product idea. It wasn’t until two months later, that the application was renamed as Snapchatーas it is known to be today.
Since its inception, Snapchat has evolved to become more than just a photo-sharing app with self-deleting capabilities. Nowadays, users are not only able to send “snaps”ーwhich can be customized with personal writingーbut they’re also capable of sharing storiesーa series of snaps that are posted onto one’s account for their friends to see. As of 2016, Snapchat also offers an optional “Memories” feature, which allows individuals to save their snaps and stories into a private album, where they can easily be viewed from the device. Not to mention the addition of Geostickers, which enables its users to send city-specific stickers in both messages and snaps. Most recently in 2017, a search functionality was also added to the app, as well as a new global live “Our Story” feature.
Is It Possible to View Old or Deleted Snaps?
While self-deleting images may be Snapchat’s major selling point, we may find ourselves wanting to view old snaps from time to time (saving them may not have crossed our minds at the time). What if we want to view one of our friend’s hilarious photo again? Are we able to do such a thing? Or does the temporary nature of Snapchat’s shared pictures render this impossible? Luckily for us, the answer is yesーwe are in fact, able to recover expired images from the app. It might just take a little bit of time and effort, but it’s probably worth it in the end, right?
Of course, the method also depends entirely on the type of device that you haveーmore specifically, whether you’re using an apple iPhone or an Android smart phone.
In this article, we’ll be going over a few (that is, for both Android and iOS platforms) different, effective ways that you can use in order to recover and restore your old, deleted snaps. Some methods require the use of a third party tool on the computer while others simply require a downloaded app.
Please note: All methods for iPhone snap recovery mentioned on this page require the Tenorshare UltData software, which can be downloaded from: https://www.tenorshare.com.
How to View Old or Deleted Snaps on the iPhone: Method One
If you’re looking for the easiest way to recover your snapchat photos, this is it. For this method, you’ll be needing a iOS recovery software such as UltData, which allows you to scan your device for recently deleted data.
Step 1: First off, connect your iPhone to your laptop computer via its USB cable. To start to recovery process, you want to press on “Recover Data from iOS Data” from the topーit should be the leftmost tab. Once it’s highlighted, press the big green “Start Scan” button to behind. If you’d like, you can also specify specifically where you’d like the software to scanーwhich may be a good idea, considering the fact that you want it to search for your Snapchat app related files.
Step 2: After the search process is complete, you should see a list of files which UltData has been able to recover from your phoneーthey can easily be previewed by its thumbnails. Towards the left sidebar, look under “Media Content Recovery”, you want to check the “Photo” and “App Video” boxes. If the program was able to recover your snaps, chances are, they would be located in one of those two sections.
Step 3: If you see the old snaps that you’re after, select the files and click the red “Recover” button on the bottom righthand side of the screen. UltData will then automatically save the highlighted images to your selected location.
How to View Old or Deleted Snaps on the iPhone: Method Two
If you’ve regularly backed up your iPhone using iTunes (as it usually prompts you to do so as soon as you plug your phone to your computer), you can easily recover your old or deleted snaps using its back up files. How would we go about doing this? Let’s go over it.
Step 1: In UltData, select the “Recover from iTunes Backup Files” tab. Once it’s been highlighted, you should be presented with a list of your back-up files in the middle of the screen. Choose the one that you’d like to attempt recover data from and press “Start Scan” at the bottom.
Step 2: Once the program is finished with recovering from the backup file, you should see the recovered data on your screen. Once again, you’ll want to check “Photos” and “App Videos” boxes under the Media Content Recovery heading on the left. Once you’ve identified the snap that you’d like to recover and save, select the thumbnail in the center and press the red “Recover” button.
How to View Old or Deleted Snaps on the iPhone: Method Three
Say you weren’t able to restore from an iTunes back up, well luckily for us, we can still recover deleted snaps from an iCloud backup. To do this, follow the instructions below:
Step 1: From the top of UlData, you’ll want to select “Recover from iCloud Backup File”, the third tab from the left. After you do so, you’ll be prompted to enter in your Apple ID and respective password. Remember not to connect your iPhone to your computer during the recovery process.
Step 2: Assuming that UlData was able to successfully download data from your saved iCloud backup file, it will present the recovered data files in the middle of the screen. Choose the snaps that you’d like to restore and save, and press the “Recover” button on the bottom right.
How to View Old or Deleted Snaps on the Android: Method One
Even though Snapchat claims that all images/videos are deleted upon being viewed by its recipient, the truth is, the deleted data can still be recoveredーthat is, from your smart phone’s cache folder. You’ll only run into difficulties with this method if you’ve recently emptied the cache of your temporary files; if you’d done so, the data would have already been removed from your device.
Step 1: If you’d like to recover your snaps using your phone’s cache, simply navigate to the cache folder of your snapchat app (you can find it under “com.snapchat.android”)
Step 2: Due to the fact that all Snapchat files are stored with the “.nomedia” extension, all of your received files will appear “invisible”ーbut don’t worry, unless you’ve emptied your cache, they’re still there! After you’ve located the folder, you can browse through its files for the deleted snap in question.
How to View Old or Deleted Snaps on the Android: Method Two
If you were unable to recover your old snaps using the cache method, another possibility is to use a third party tool such as Dumpster. How it works, is that the app is able to recover and save accidentally deleted material and data from your Android device.
Step 1: Download and install the app, named “Dumpster – Recycle Bin” from the Google Play Store. While other alternatives exist, Dumpster is one of the most highly-rated recovery apps available for the Android, used by millions of individuals worldwide.
Step 2: After the app has finished downloading, open it and click on the “Refresh” button at the top. Once you’ve done so, it should begin scanning your phone for lost and deleted data files. Once the process is complete, the recovered filesーalong with a thumbnailーwill be displayed in the app.
Step 3: If you’ve identified the deleted snap that you’d like to restore, press on its file nameーyou will then see some of the file’s additional information in a pop-up. If you’d like to double check that you’ve got the correct image/video, press “Preview” on the upper right. Otherwise, if you’re ready to restore the data, press the “Restore” button.
You’re done! The deleted file should then be restored onto your Android phoneー see how handy the Dumpster app is?
How to View Old or Deleted Snaps on the Android: Method Three
If the Dumpster app wasn’t able to recover your deleted snaps, there’s still another option: you can try restoring your phone’s data using another third party programーmore specifically, with the Jihosoft Android Phone Recovery tool.
Step 1: Before you do anything, make sure your Android device is connected to your computer via USB cable; be sure to also enable USB debugging on your phone. Alternatively, you can also insert your phone’s memory card directly into your computer’s card reader.
Step 2: Download a free trial of the Jihosoft Android Phone Recovery program from its official website, https://jihosoft.com. Be sure to download the correct version, depending on whether or not you’re using a Windows PC or a Mac.
Step 3: Install the tool. Afterwards, open it upーyou’ll be greeted with the message, “Select File Types to Recover”, select “Multimedia” on the left and press the “Start” button. Assuming that the program was successfully able to detect your Android device, it will then proceed to scan all of the recently deleted files on your phone (amongst which, hopefully is your deleted snap).
Step 4: After the scanning is complete, you’ll be presented with all of the files that it was able to recover. All images are shown as thumbnails so you can easily preview the files prior to recovering and saving the photos. Locate the snaps in question that you’d like to restore, and press the blue “Recover” button.
That’s it! If you followed the above instructions and were able to locate your deleted snaps, pressing the “Recover” should have successfully saved the files back onto your device. Now you can easily view your deleted and old snaps!
How to View Old or Deleted Snaps on the Android: Method Four
A fourth option is to try to locate the deleted files from your Cloud backup. For this method to work properly, you would need to have synced your Android device previously with a Cloud storage such as Google Drive. Assuming that you’ve enabled the syncing feature on your phone, follow the following instructions:
Step 1: Sign-in to your Cloud account on your mobile phone
Step 2: Once you’ve logged in, click on your most recent back up
Step 3: Click on “Restore” to recover the deleted files.
So don’t lose hope just yet if you’re wanting to view an old, or deleted snapーthere are many things that you can do to try to recover the file, as illustrated above. In most cases, you’ll be able to reunite with the lost snap!