How to See All the Snapchats You've Received

You can't see all the Snaps sent to you, but you can get data about those Snaps

What to Know

  • Go to Settings > My Data > Submit Request.
  • Open the verification email from Snapchat Support and select the "click here" link to log into Snapchat again.
  • Go to My Data > Your Data is Ready and download the ZIP file.

This article explains how to see the different types of data you accumulate as a Snapchat user. Snapchat's default behavior is to delete all snaps from its servers once the recipient has seen them.

How to Download Snapchat Data to See Every Snap You’ve Ever Received

Though it's not possible to see all the Snapchats you have received, you can see the metadata. The metadata lists information about Snaps you have recently sent and received. Snapchat is an ephemeral messaging service; all snaps are automatically deleted once seen by the recipients or have expired. Also, Snapchat deletes any unopened Snaps after 30 days from the servers.

  1. In Snapchat, select your profile photo on the top left.

  2. Select the Gear icon (for Settings).

  3. Scroll down the screen and select My Data in the Account Actions group.

    Path to Snapchat My Data Selection screen
  4. Snapchat may ask you to log in again. Enter your username/email and password and verify your identity via the reCAPTCHA if prompted.

  5. Select My Data again on the Manage My Account screen.

  6. Enter the email address where you want to receive the Snapchat history files, and confirm it again.

  7. Select Submit Request. Snapchat receives the request and will send an email confirmation.

    Submit Request for Snapchat History
  8. The Snaps History will be sent to the email address linked to your account.

  9. Open the email from Snapchat's support team and select the "click here" hyperlink to go to the Snapchat log-in screen.

    Snapchat Support Email with Click Here highlighted
  10. Re-verify your identity again. Snapchat might prompt you to verify with a code sent to your registered phone if it senses a suspicious login.

  11. The My Data page will display in a browser window. Go to the Your Data is Ready section and select the link for the ZIP file.

    Snapchat history Zip file link
  12. Open the unzipped folder and select the index.html file to view the list of your Snap History Metadata.

    Snapchat History Metadata

It's easier to open download and open the ZIP file on a desktop. But you can also save the file to a cloud drive if you are using Android or iOS.

What Type of Information Can You See in Snapchat's History?

Snapchat lists the data types on the My Data page. Scroll down the Data Available for Download section and see the app's information categories in the downloaded file. Some of the important ones are:

  • Snap History
  • Saved Chat History
  • Search History
  • Memories
  • Purchase & Shop History
  • Subscriptions

As Snapchat messages are short-lived, the server deletes snaps and chats automatically once the recipient has read them. Snapchat's privacy policy and the support site say that other pieces of data are stored for different periods. For instance, Snapchat's servers keep Story posts for a more extended period. Likewise, location information is stored for various lengths of time. You can download any image saved as a Memory, but the download links can expire seven days after generating the data file.

  • How do I see how many friends I have on Snapchat?

    Snapchat doesn't give you a number of how many friends you have, but you can see a list. Tap your user icon to open your profile, and then select My Friends.

  • How do I see birthdays on Snapchat?

    People's birthdays don't appear on their profiles in Snapchat. The only way to know is on the actual date, when a cake appears next to their name.

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