How To Keep Chats For 24 Hours Or Longer On Snapchat

Snapchat is fun and unique because you don’t have to bother about handpicking the perfect picture or selfie to share with friends. The self-destructing nature of snaps and chats makes it instantaneous and suitable to share anything from your commute to your evening snacks. However, if you have had issues in the past with the chats getting disappeared as soon as they are seen then you’ll like the latest update. Now, you can choose to keep chats for 24 hours on Snapchat after they’re viewed. Read on to learn the steps!

Besides, sometimes, you would like to keep a record and history of important conversations. You can do so by archiving such chats so that they don’t get removed after viewing like other messages. Archived/Saved chats will stay in the chat screen until you unarchive them. Snapchat provides an easy way to do so and we have also mentioned it later in this tutorial.

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Keep Chats For 24 Hours After Viewing On Snapchat

As required on most of the occasions you need to update the Snapchat app for Android and iOS if you want to make use of this feature. In case the other friend doesn’t have the latest version which supports this feature then you won’t be able to enable it for them.

Update Snapchat to use Keep chat feature

1. Open Snapchat and go to Chats by tapping on the Chat icon at the bottom left icon.

Snapchat chats screen

2. Now, select the conversation of the desired friend and after that, tap on their Bitmoji at the top left. Or tap on their Bitmoji directly which is present to the left of their name in the chats section.Keep Chats for 24 hours on Snapchat with a friend

3. Now, you will see a screen with options to share or request your friend’s location. Here tap on the 3 dots at the top right and select Delete Chats…Delete chats 24 hours after viewing

4. By default, Delete Chats… is set to After Viewing. From the pop-up box select 24 Hours after viewing.

Alternatively, you can also do the following to achieve the same result.

  • When In the Chats screen, press and hold on the desired friend’s conversation.Keep chats after viewing on Snapchat
  • From the options that appear select More.
  • Now, tap on Delete Chats… and select 24 Hours after viewing.

When you do this, the setting is turned on for both the parties which means that the chats will be saved automatically for 24 hours in the conversation on both phones.

After 24 hours the chats will be deleted automatically.

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Please Note

1. You will be able to see the earlier saved chats by scrolling down in the conversation.

2. Anyone can change the setting in the conversation.

3. The setting is available on per chat basis. So, you need to enable it for each chat individually if desired.

4. All the chats in the conversation will be saved automatically for 24 hours.

If you want to keep the chats in a conversation longer or forever then you will have to archive or save them individually. Here’s how.

Archive Text Messages On Snapchat

1. Open the Snapchat app and go to chats by tapping on the chat icon at the bottom left.

2. Now, open the chat of the friend whose message you want to save.

3. After that, tap on the specific message you want to archive. That’s it, it will be saved in your conversation.

How to Save Snapchat Messages

Similarly, you can archive other messages in that conversation or other conversations.

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Key Things To Note

1. The messages are saved in the conversation of both the parties. This means that the other person can see that you have saved a message as it will be shown as saved in the conversation on their phone and vice versa.

2. Only the person who archived the message can Unsave it by tapping on the saved message again. Until then, the saved message will keep showing in the conversation for both the parties.

3. The saved message will be highlighted in gray in the conversation for both friends.

So, as you can see it is a matter of a single tap to save Snapchat messages and archive them in the chat. But again, you need to keep the few points in mind mentioned here to understand the feature properly.

Have a look at the following Snapchat articles as well.


Personally, I end up opening the chat and miss to read the message and then it disappears when I open it again. It’s irritating when I ask the friend to send the message again. So, definitely, I am going to choose to delete the chat after 24 hours. How about you? Let us know in the comments down below and if you found the article helpful then don’t forget to share it on social media.

Hemant Mendiratta
Hemant Mendiratta is a passionate blogger and keeps a keen eye on useful apps and gadgets. Absolutely loves running and is currently training for his first Marathon. You can connect with him on:


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