Besides the Snaps you can send to other users, Stories are the most important aspect of the Snapchat experience. Each Story is an image or video that you publicly post to your account, and it lasts for 24 hours after it is posted. Unfortunately, there's no way to edit a story after it's posted, as you can only share or delete it. However, Snapchat allows you to edit what is called a memory.
What are memories and how do I edit them?
Memories are made up of all the stories and snapshots you have saved. By saving a post as a memory, you can view it along with other photos and videos on your device storage. More importantly, you can edit the memories and post them as snaps, stories, or messages for individual people. Here's how:
- Open Snapchat.
- If you're not already on the Camera screen, go there by tapping the large circular button at the bottom of the screen.
- To access your memories, press the button next to the shutter button. Alternatively, you can swipe anywhere on the screen.
- In the Memories menu, choose whether you want to show all images saved on your device, or just a certain group of images, such as only stories or only snapshots.
- Tap the image you want to edit.
- Hold your finger on the screen until a menu appears asking what you would like to do with the image or video.
- From the menu that follows, choose the Edit Snap option.
- This will take you to edit mode. Let your imagination run wild!
Note: By choosing Export Snap, you can send it to someone using an app other than Snapchat, while the Send Snap option lets you easily send it to someone on Snapchat, or to publish it as a story.
Obviously, there are a lot of things you could do with your stories. You can trim videos, as well as split them. All other options can be used for both videos and photos. Snapchat lets you add filters the same way you would add them on Instagram, browsing the collection by swiping left and right. A vertical toolbar on the right side of the screen will also appear, allowing you to:
- Type something. You can choose the text color and style. You can also open the Type menu by simply tapping on the screen, as long as you're not tapping on an object you've created while editing. Tapping on a text object that you have already created allows you to make changes to it.
- Resize an object or rotate it. To do this, hold it while using another finger. Swipe in one direction to zoom in or out, or swipe in a circular motion to rotate. This goes for all objects, not just text objects.
- You can choose a color, but this feature can also act as an emoji brush, allowing you to put lots of emojis wherever you want at once. In addition to that, you can also change the brush size.
- Add a sticker to your snap. Besides the usual options like recently used stickers, a search option, etc., you can also add a sticker you just created by tapping the scissors icon. It's also a good way to add a single emoji and edit it.
- Make a sticker from part of an image of your choice. To do this, select an object with the scissors selected. Hold down to make a selection and release it when you're done.
After releasing the selection, the newly created sticker will instantly appear on your screen. You can delete it by tapping and holding it, then putting it in the trash that will appear later. You can also delete any other object this way.
- Add up to a URL to your snap.
- The clock icon allows you to set how long your snap stays on screen once opened. You can either assign a limit between one second and ten seconds or simply remove the limit.
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Since adding the Memories feature, Snapchat has become more powerful and user-friendly than before. This feature gives it an edge over Instagram, as it allows you to easily save photos, while offering a lot more to do with your uploads.
Have you tried the edit option? Which options and filters do you prefer? What's the craziest thing you've done on Snapchat? Tell us about it in the comments below.