Social Media Snapchat 39 39 people found this article helpful What Is a Snapchat Story? Share snaps in a narrative style by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on October 15, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat Introduction Snapchat Basics What Is a Snapchat Story? What Are Snapchat Scores? Find People Take Screenshots Use Snapchat Maps How to Update Snapchat Snappables: How to Play Snapchat Games Snapchat Tips for New Users How to Use Snapchat on PC Sending & Deleting Snaps Send Snapchat GIFs Add Clickable Links Include Music in Your Snaps Delete Stickers on Snapchat Unsave Messages on Snapchat Delete Conversations, Snaps & Stories Engaging With Other Users Use Snapcodes to Add Snapchat Friends Save Snapchat Videos Replay Photos and Videos on Snapchat Upload Saved Photos or Videos Start a Group Chat Open a Snap Without It Saying 'Opened' How to Mute a Story About Snapchat Filters Use Filters to Make Silly Faces Create a Snapchat Filter Apply a Snapchat Filter Make a Snapchat Geotag Create a Geofence in Snapchat Snapchat Account Management Delete a Snapchat Account Reset Your Password Change Your Snapchat Username Delete or Change Best Friends Is Snapchat Down? Contact Snapchat Customer Service Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips How to Know If Someone Blocked You Make a Story Private Block Someone on Snapchat Unblock Someone Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips Snapchat Tips & Tricks How to Get Snapchat Trophies Streaks on Snapchat Explained Use Snapchat's Group Video Chat What to Do About Third-Party Apps Snapchat Emoji Meanings Funny Ideas to Make Your Friends LOL Tweet Share Email A Snapchat story is a photo or video you post to your Stories feed. Stories live for 24 hours and can be viewed again and again during that period. Once the 24-hour time limit is up, stories are automatically deleted. Instructions in this article apply to Snapchat for iOS and Android. How to View Snapchat Stories Open the Snapchat app and swipe left from the camera tab to see Snapchat stories. Alternatively, tap the Stories icon (the two silhouettes) in the toolbar. Tap anybody's name to view a friend's stories in the order they were posted. If you've been snapping with someone, another way to see their stories is to look at their profile icon in your Conversations tab. Their profile/Bitmoji icon will turn into a clip of their story, which you can tap to watch instantly. If you want to limit who can see your stories, you can change your Snapchat privacy settings so that only friends or a customized group of users can see them. How to Post a Snapchat Story There are a few ways to post a story on Snapchat. The easiest is to tap + My Story at the top of the Stores tab. You can view your current stories on your profile. When you post a story, your friends will see it appear in their stories section. You'll also be able to see who viewed your story. How to Post a Snapchat Story Using the Camera You can also post a story from the camera tab. Snap a photo or record a video the same way you would if you were going to send it as a message. On the preview screen, tap the square with a plus sign at the bottom of the screen, then tap Add. It's possible to delete a Snapchat story before it automatically deletes itself after the 24-hour expiration period. Why Use Snapchat Stories? Snapchat stories allow users to share their entire day in a narrative manner. Your stories give friends a brief look at what interesting things you've been up to in the past 24 hours. Stories are popular because they're not permanent, so you don't have to worry about the content sticking around on your profile forever. There's also no pressure to garner tons of likes or comments since these features are not present. People who have large followings can also take advantage of stories. Snapchat has always been known as a private messaging app, but stories offer a more public way of sharing. Lots of celebrities, brands, and other high-profile users share their Snapchat usernames or snapcodes so that any stories they post can be viewed by the thousands of users who decide to add them. It's possible to take screenshots of Snapchat and even record the screen, so other users can save your photos and videos that way.