How To Download Your Data From Snapchat, With Photos


How To Download Your Data From Snapchat, With Photos

Key Points

  • You can download your Snapchat data on iOS, Android, or web browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Safari.
  • Snapchat will email you a link to download your data within 48 hours, usually in just a few minutes.
  • Your downloaded Snapchat data comes in a .zip file, which you can open and browse on your device.

Snapchat lets you create and hang out with friends. Whether you’re keeping up with Snapstreaks or posting Stories, the site records all your activity. But how do you download your data from Snapchat and get a complete copy of your account history?

We’ll show you how to download a zip file of all your Snapchat data in a moment. So, launch the Snapchat mobile app or pull up the website and follow the steps below!

How to Request a Download of Your Data from Snapchat – Mobile App

Most of us use smartphones to play around on Snapchat and social media. Fortunately, you can download your data from Snapchat on your iOS or Android mobile device. The steps to download your data are really simple. But if you need help unzipping the files after you initiate the request, we’ve included those sections below.

When you’re ready, follow these steps:

Step 1: Tap the Profile Icon

Launch the Snapchat app on your smartphone or tablet. Log into your Snapchat account (if you aren’t logged in already), and tap the profile icon in the top left corner.

Snapchat’s profile icon is at the top left of the screen.

Step 2: Tap the Settings Cog

When your profile page appears, tap the settings cog in the top right corner.

Snapchat Settings has privacy controls, among other options.

Step 3: Tap My Data

Scroll down the list on this page.

Choose My Data option from the list.

Step 4: Enter Your Password

Snapchat will now prompt you to re-enter your password near the bottom of this page. Input your Snapchat login credentials to move forward.

Before you can continue, you have to re-enter your Snapchat password.

Step 5: Tap Submit Request

Now you can set the date parameters for the data you want to retrieve. But do remember, the longer the range, the larger the file. After setting the timeframe, tap Submit Request.

Snapchat lets you filter the data you want to download.

Snapchat will email you the link to your Snapchat data within 48 hours (typically only a few minutes). Check for emails from Snapchat to download your data. If you need more help, scroll down to the section to retrieve your Snapchat data on a browser or mobile device.

This quick and informative video will guide you through the step-by-step process of downloading your data from Snapchat. Discover how to access your memories, messages, and more with just a few simple clicks. Stay in control of your digital footprint and watch the video now to unlock your data!

How to Request a Download of Your Data from Snapchat – Web Browser

At one time, Snapchat didn’t offer browser support. Fortunately, in 2023, you can use Chrome, Edge, or Safari to access the site and download your Snapchat data. However, browsers like Mozilla Firefox won’t work.

Assuming you have a Snapchat-compatible browser, follow these steps to download your account data:

Step 1: Log Into the Website

Open the Snapchat website on your web browser, then log into your account with your username or email and your password. A new window will open, taking you to the Snapchat PC website, where you can check and send snaps.

Go to the Snapchat website on your desktop or laptop computer.

Note: You may need to receive a text verification code or authorize access to the mobile app, so it’s best to have your phone nearby.

Step 2: Click Your Profile Icon

Now, the steps are similar to those of the Snapchat mobile app above. Click your Profile icon in the top left corner.

Your profile icon is at the top left of the PC screen.

Step 3: Click Account Settings

A small dropdown menu appears when you click your profile icon (your Bitmoji). Click Account Settings.

Open the Account Settings.

Step 4: Click My Data

A new window will open, taking you to your Snapchat account settings. Scroll down the page just a bit and click the My Data option.

Open My Data under your account’s Settings.

Step 5: Input Your Email Address

You must verify your identity again to move forward (at least you know your data is secure, right?). Input your email address again and work through any other verification steps.

Re-enter your password to confirm your identity.

Note: You can set the data range to download all your Snapchat account data. But the more you request, the longer it takes to receive the email to download it.

Step 6: Click Submit Request

After you’ve set the data timeframe and verified your identity, click the Submit Request button at the bottom.

Toggle the switch to include memories as a downloadable file.

Then, wait for the email from Snapchat. If you aren’t sure how to extract your data, scroll down to the next section.

How to Download Snapchat Data – Desktop

Now that you completed a request for your Snapchat data, you’ll receive an email with the link to download it onto your desktop. When the email comes in, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Click the Link in Your Email

Launch your email account on your computer and open the email from Snapchat. Then, tap the Click here link in the email.

Sign into your email and click on the Snapchat email.

Step 2: Click the .zip File

A new webpage will open with a link to the .zip file containing your Snapchat data. Click it.

Click on the download link to your data file.

Step 3: Open the Folders

Your file manager will open (Mac or Windows). You can click to open the folder and access more files.

Go to your Downloads folder to locate the Snapchat data file.

Step 4: Browse Your Data

Scroll through the files and browse your Snapchat data.

Open the zip folder and browse through the HTML files.

Note: If the file manager doesn’t open automatically, open the Finder on a Mac or go to type File Explorer into the search bar at the bottom of your PC screen and click Downloads.

How to Download Snapchat Data – Mobile App

If you prefer the mobile app version of this tutorial, you can download all your Snapchat data onto your iOS or Android device. Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Tap the Link in Your Email

Launch the email app on iOS or Android and open the Snapchat email. Then, tap the Click Here link near the top.

Snapchat will send you an email with the download link.

Step 2: Tap the .zip File Link

Your device’s mobile web browser will open, and you can tap the .zip file link near the top of the page.

Tap the link to download the zipped data files.

Step 3: Tap the Download Option

If you’re using an iOS device, look for the blue download icon near the bottom. Tap it to launch the Files app with your Snapchat data.

Those using Android will see the download file in their notifications. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap on the .zip file to download your Snapchat data.

Step 4: Open the Files

Finally, open the files and browse your Snapchat data.

Go to your downloads folder to find the zipped Snapchat data files.

Snapchat Data Download – Complete!

As you can see, getting a copy of all your Snapchat data is pretty straightforward. The company offers free requests and downloads of everything it has collected about your account. Follow the steps above and get your copy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download my Snapchat data if my account is suspended?

Yes! Snapchat will still allow you to download your Snapchat data if your account is suspended. However, if your account is permanently deleted and it’s been more than 30 days, the company may have scrubbed your account information, meaning you can’t download it.

Will Snapchat give me copies of Snaps in downloaded data?

No. While you may recover some information about who and when you sent or received a Snap, you can’t recover a deleted or expired Snap.

How long does Snapchat keep my data if I delete my account?

Snapchat will delete all your account data after thirty days of account deletion.

What data can I retrieve about my Snapchat account?

Snapchat will give you the following sections of data:

  • Login history, Account and Profile information, and Bitmoji
  • Snap history, saved chat history, and Memories
  • Shopping and Support history
  • Friends, location, and search history

The company gives you more data options as well. Click this link to view everything.

Can I find all of my Snapchat friends if I download my data?

Yes! Fortunately, if you lose touch with friends and you don’t remember their Snapchat handles, you can download your data and re-add them. Follow the steps above and click on the Friends folder. Then, scroll through, looking for their Snap handle.

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