Snapchat has always been pretty strict about the fact that, since they call themselves a camera company, they want you to use their camera app to capture your photos to be able to share them to the social network aspect of their “camera app”.
When they finally allowed you to use past photos they shamed these photos with a white border letting everyone know how ridiculous you are for trying to share something from the past. Then they decided, okay, past photos are fine but only if they come from the memories section of the app which is where the Snapchat camera itself can save photos to but if you try and share a photo from any other app (i.e. the normal camera app on your phone): white borders of shame.
Turns out though, it doesn’t have to be that way.
I actually was shared how to do this from Des, T-Mobile’s social media guru, a titled he clearly deserves with this hack–shout out to him for spreading the knowledge. But essentially there is a way to import photos into the memories section of Snapchat and thereby convincing the app that they were taken by the Snapchat camera and letting you upload them sans borders. Here’s how to do it.
For Android, I’m going to use Google Photos for this because it’s just the most universal across every device, and frankly it’s an app you should use even if just for the unlimited free photo storage (more on that here). But regardless of whether you use Google Photos or not, you just need to use a file explorer or something that can see the different folders where photos are stored on your phone, then find the photo you want.
For iOS, we’ll use the normal Photos app.
On Android (Google Photos)
Import into Snapchat
There you go though, you’re all set.
Now, one finally tip with this though is that a lot of the photos you take you’ll usually take them horizontally and not vertically like Snapchat wants you to.
There you go, not only a way to share older photos without anyone knowing but also a way to increase the quality of your photos as the native camera app on a phone is always better than the Snapchat camera and their public API.
Let me know if that helped you out in the comments below, and feel free to follow me on Snapchat (or any other social network for that matter) and chat with me there. As always, thanks for reading!