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Snapchat: How to Delete Your Snaps

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We’ve written about Snapchat on this site before, and we have mixed feelings, to say the least, about the popular image sharing app. If your child has a Snapchat on their phone or tablet or if you yourself have the app, you may want to know how to permanently delete images.

Deleting Images from Your Story

1. Open Snapchat.
2. Tap the “My Friends” icon in the lower right corner of your screen.

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3. Tap on your username. This should bring up the pictures in your story.

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4. Tap the picture you want to delete. A gear icon should appear next to the image.
5. Tap the gear icon. This should give you the options to save or delete the image.

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6. Select “Delete.” Congratulations! You deleted the unwanted picture.

Deleting Images You Sent Someone Else

Unfortunately, the only way to delete an image you’ve already sent is to delete your account before the recipient can open the image, so time is of the essence! If the recipient has already opened the image, there is no way to delete it.

1. Go to the Snapchat support page and log in.
2. There should be a list of topics on the left side of the page. Click on “Learning the Basics.”

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3. On the following page, click on “Account Settings.” You should be on this page.
4. Click on “Delete Account.”
5. Enter your username and password into the text boxes provided and click on the large teal button that says “Delete My Account.”

Clearing Images from Your Phone’s Memory

The premise of Snapchat is that you can send pictures to your friends that delete themselves so you don’t have to worry about those images going anywhere. Unfortunately, that turned out to not be entirely true; the images still exist on the device’s memory. There are apps that can dredge up those pictures that were once thought to be gone for good but there are also apps that can clear them out like Master Cleaner. The steps to clear deleted images from your phone using these apps will depend on which third party app you choose to use.

For an app that supposedly disposes of images automatically, ensuring those images stay deleted is surprisingly complicated. So, if you’re considering using Snapchat, or if you do already and want to snap more securely, we hope you found this guide helpful.

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