Snapchat: How To Edit Photos & Videos from Your Camera Roll


Want to share a photo that you took three weeks ago at your best friend’s birthday bash? Follow these simple steps to access all of the photos in your phone’s camera roll.

  1. Open Snapchat.
  2. Go to the Snapchat Camera view (if you’re not there already).
  3. Tap on the “two phones overlapping” icon at the bottom center of the camera view to open the Memories section of Snapchat.
  4. Tap the Camera Roll tab.
  5. Tap to allow Snapchat access to your phone’s camera roll.
  6. Tap and hold on the photo you want to share.
  7. Tap Edit Snap.
  8. Tap the blue arrow to share the photo immediately, or use the editing features to edit the photo.


When you share a photo that was not originally taken in Snapchat, you still have access to most of the photo editing features. Note that we said “most.” You will not be able to use any geofilters or tags, as they directly pertain to the time and place that the photo was taken, information that Snapchat doesn’t have regarding photos taken outside of the app. However, you still have access to all of the following editing features.

  • Text – Tap T to add text to the photo. Change the color of the font with the color bar on the right. Change the size or style of the text by tapping the T again.
  • Draw – Tap the pencil to draw on the photo. Change the color of the pencil with the color bar on the right. Tap the pencil icon again when you’re finished.
  • Sticker or emoji – Tap the sticker icon to add a sticker or emoji to the photo. Remember to look at the bottom bar for more sticker options.
  • Cut and paste – Tap the scissors to cut and copy a portion of the photo. Use your finger to trace the section you want to cut. Use your finger again to move the cut portion around and place it.
  • Add a theme – Tap the paintbrush to add a theme to your photo. Scroll through the themes using your finger and tap on the one you want. Note that themes will only apply to the original photo.
  • Attach a URL – Tap the paperclip to add a URL to the image.
  • Set a time limit – Tap the clock to select how long you want the snap to be visible to followers.


If you’re working in the reverse order and you’ve snapped a photo using the Snapchat camera that you don’t want to share yet, save it to your camera roll or memories by simply tapping the save icon in the lower left hand corner.

On the other hand, if you’ve taken a photo from your camera roll and edited in Snapchat only to decide that you want to save it for later, complete the following steps.

  1. Tap the save icon in the lower left hand corner.
  2. Tap Save Image.


  1. Tap Done.
  2. Tap Save & Replace or Save as Copy. Note that Save & Replace will remove the original image from your camera roll.

Once again, it’s a fairly straightforward process, and it comes pretty close to being foolproof.

If you save a snap to Memories, then you can access it and edit it in the same way as you access and edit photos in your camera roll. However, because these snaps were taken with the Snapchat camera, they have a few more editing options. Namely, you can add geotags and filters appropriate to the time and place that the snap was taken.



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