How to Make a Private Story on Snapchat

Learning to use this custom option is a snap

A Snapchat story is great for showing your friends quick moments of your day, but what if you want to share some stories with certain friends? You can do this by making Private Stories through the custom option on the Snapchat app.

My Stories vs. Private Stories in Snapchat

When you take a photo or record a video, then either tap My Stories in the lower left or the arrow button > My Story, your story is posted to be viewed publicly or by all your friends (depending on your Snapchat privacy settings).

A Private Story, however, involves creating a custom story first. Once you create a custom story, you can then select the Private Story option.

Unlike My Stories, you're able to select exactly who you want to be able to view your Private Story before you post it. Nobody else can add content to your Private Stories—only you can.

There are two different ways you can create Private Stories: from the main Snap tab and from your profile.

The following instructions can be followed by anyone using the most recent version of the Snapchat app for iOS or Android. We'll be using the iOS version for this particular step-by-step process, but Android users will be able to follow along almost identically.

How to Make a Private Story From the Snap Tab

The Snap tab refers to the tab in the Snapchat app where your device's camera is activated so you can take a photo or record a video. To locate it, tap the circle in the bottom center of any tab, or by swiping left or right from the Conversations tab or the Discover tab.

  1. Snap a photo or record a video on the Snap tab.

    Alternatively, upload a photo or video.

  2. Tap the arrow in the bottom right.

  3. In the top right of the Stories table, tap + Custom.

  4. Tap Private Story.

  5. You'll be shown your list of Best Friends, Recents, Groups and Friends. Select any that you want to be able to view your Private Story.

    Selected friends/groups will have a blue checkmark included with their profile photo. Before you move on to the next step to post your Private Story, you can tap any selected friend/group to deselect them if you change your mind.

  6. Tap the checkmark in the bottom right to post your Private Story. It will appear in the feeds of only the friends/groups that you selected.

    Custom button, Private Story button, Checkmark in Snapchat

    Private Stories that are posted will have a padlock icon on them to distinguish them from My Stories. Your friends will see both Private Stories and My Stories mixed together (although on some Android devices, they may appear separately).

How to Make a Private Story From Your Profile

Your profile can be accessed by tapping your profile picture/Bitmoji that appears in the top left corner of any of the Snapchat tabs.

  1. From your profile, tap + Custom Story beside the Stories label.

  2. Tap Private Story.

  3. Browse through your list of Best Friends, Recents, Groups and Friends to select the people you want to be able to view your Private Story.

  4. Tap the checkmark in the bottom right.

    Custom Story (Profile) button, Private Story button, Checkmark
  5. From here, you can:

    • Tap Private Story Name at the top to type in a name for your Private Story.
    • Tap View this Story if you want to add anyone you may have left out.
    • Disable or enable the Auto-Save to Memories checkbox to omit saving or include saving of your Private Story to your Memories.

    You won't be able to tap Add to this Story since all Private Stories can only be added to by their creator (you).

  6. Tap the blue Create Story button at the bottom.

  7. You'll see the name of your newly created Private Story listed under your Stories section on your Profile. Tap it to access the Snap tab to take your first photo or record your first video to add to to it.

  8. To add more photos and videos to your Private Story, tap the three vertical dots to the right of the Private Story name on your profile, then tap Add to Story.

    Create Story, three dot menu, Add to Story button in Snapchat

    You can also add to your Private Story when taking or recording photos. From the main Snap tab tap the arrow, then tap the Private Story name under the Stories label.

Doing More With Private Stories

If you ever want to change something about your Private Story, you can always do some from your profile. Simply tap the three vertical dots beside its name. From here, you can delete it, change the story settings, turn the auto-save option on/off or manually save the story to Memories (if auto-save is off).