How to Replay on Snapchat

Don't miss out on snaps from your friends again

It's fun to send and receive photo and video messages from friends on Snapchat. But it's not so fun if you miss the photo or video without getting a good look at it.

If you want to see a snap again, use the Snapchat replay feature before it disappears forever. Follow the steps below to learn how to replay photo and video snaps on the Snapchat app for iOS and Android devices.

How to Replay a Snap in Snapchat

Here's how to replay a snap:

  1. After viewing the snap, make it stay on the Friends screen.

    If you go to another screen within the app or close Snapchat, you can't replay the snap.

  2. After viewing your friend's snap that you'd like to replay, you should see two pieces of text flashing back and forth underneath their name. One is labeled Tap to chat. It switches to Press and hold to replay, and then back again.

  3. Press and hold on your friend's name until their snap reloads, which should only take a second. When it's finished loading, a solid red square appears next to their name if it's a photo snap or a solid purple square appears if it's a video snap.

    Reloading a Snap in Snapchat
  4. After your friend's snap reloads, you can replay it by viewing it the way you'd view a regular snap.

    If you decide to replay a friend's snap, your friend receives a notification telling them that you replayed their snap. This goes for both photo and video snaps.

  5. After you replay a snap, you can't replay it again.

Tell Your Friends to Set Their Snaps to No Limit or Loop

Want to stop missing out on your friends' snaps and having to replay snaps? Politely ask them to do one thing to help you out.

Snapchat previously only allowed photo snaps to be viewed for a maximum of 10 seconds and video snaps to be watched in full once before they expired. Now users have the option to put no time limit on their photos and can set their videos to loop when viewed.

When you open a photo snap with no limit or a video snap that loops, you can view it for as long as you want until you tap the screen to exit it. And you still have the option to replay it if you want to.

Tell your friends (perhaps in a chat) to tap the timer button that appears at the bottom of the vertical menu located on the right side of the screen after taking a photo snap or recording a video snap.

If it's a photo snap, the button looks like a stopwatch with an infinity sign. If it's a video snap, the button looks like a circular arrow with an infinity sign.

Timer settings for a photo Snap in Snapchat

Photo snaps can then be adjusted to have no time limit, and video snaps can be set to loop automatically. Your friends only have to set this up once, so these become the default settings on all future photo and video snaps.

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