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How to recover Snapchat messages you believed to be lost

Snapchat has become one of the top social media apps of the moment, differentiating itself from the others through its disappearing messages features. In most cases, depending on the settings, whether you receive a text message, an image or a video, it will automatically be gone after 10 seconds.

However, there are some situations in which you will actually want to recover Snapchat messages, for various reasons. But if they disappeared, is this actually possible?

You probably guessed the answer until now. Yes, you can actually recover your Snapchat messages, no matter if you’re using an iOS or Android-running handset.

Let’s find out how it can be done.

There are a few different ways of doing this, so in this guide we’re going through all of them, starting with the easiest method.

How to save your Snapchat messages

From the start, we should mention that this feature is actually integrated into Snapchat, so you need to go just through a few simple steps in order to do it, as it follows:

  • Launch the Snapchat app on your phone and sign in
  • Swipe right on your screen. This should display the chat list
  • Look for the Chat button in the upper-left corner and search for a contact to chat with
  • Type your message and tap Send. Your message will appear in the chat window
  • Tap on the message you just sent and you should see it turning grey and bold. This means that you’re keeping that message and it won’t be erased, even if you leave the chat screen. The same thing applies for the messages you will receive

Snapchat saved messages

  • Tap the message again, until it’s not grey anymore, and it will vanish in 10 seconds

Of course, this method can be applied just for the messages you will receive after activating it in the chat windows. But what if you want to recover Snapchat messages received, let’s say, one week ago?

In this case, things get a bit complicated.

How to recover deleted data from Snapchat

Yes, you need to dig a bit deeper in your phone because, even though they were deleted after 10 seconds, your Snapchat messages are actually stored on your device’s memory, using a .nomedia extension.

Specifically, it means that no other app will look at this folder. But you can access it and see those messages, by following these steps:

  • Look for the messages folder in the file manager, by going to data/data/. Here you should find the folder
  • You will find several folders and subfolders here. Look through them for the files with a nomedia extension. Basically, this type of data is invisible for other apps. This is where you can find the Snapchat messages
  • Select each and every file with this extension
  • Rename the files, by removing the nomedia extension. This should allow you to see the thumbnails and view the messages

Of course, we can’t guarantee that this will work, since it can be a bit complicated to find the folder. However, you can at least give it a try and see if you can recover Snapchat messages.

If these two methods look complicated for you or don’t bring the desired results, you can also use a third-party tool for this. Specifically, we’re talking about data recovery software, which can help you retrieve your deleted messages, available for both iOS and Android.

How to recover Snapchat messages on iOS

For this, we’re going to use the Fone Lab recovery tool, which can help you get back your photos and pictures from Snapchat. It’s available for both Windows and Mac, for free.

Recover Snapchat messages on iOS

In order to do this, you need to follow these steps:

  • Install the Fone Lab tool on your PC
  • Connect your iPhone to the PC, using a USB cable
  • Wait for a few moments, until the phone enters Recovery from iOS Device model
  • You should see a Start Scan button on your phone. Press it and begin the scan
  • Wait until the scanning process is read and all the data from the phone is displayed within the Fone Lab tool
  • Look for the Messages section on the menu from the left and click on it. The Snapchat messages should also be there
  • Mark the messages you want to retrieve
  • Look for the Recover button in the bottom right and click on it
  • Choose the destination folder for the messages and wait until the recovery process is ready

How to recovery Snapchat messages on Android

We’re going to use a different tool for recovering messages from an Android phone, but with the same functionality. It’s made by Fone Lab as well and you can get it, for free, for Windows and Mac.

Recover Snapchat messages on Android

There are the steps you need to follow:

  • Install the tool on your PC
  • Enable USB debugging on the phone
  • Connect the phone to the PC, using a USB cable
  • Wait for a few moments, until the tool detects the phone
  • In the Fone Lab tool, go to the Android Data Recovery section
  • Select Contacts and Messages, then click Next. By doing this, your phone will automatically be rooted
  • Wait for a few minutes, until the rooting is over
  • After this is ready, you should see all the messages that have been deleted from your phone, including those from Snapchat
  • Choose the messages you want to retrieve, then click on Recover
  • Wait until the messages are recovered

And this is a wrap-up. Hopefully, this guide will come in handy for all of you who want to recover Snapchat messages from their phone.

Using the comments section, please let us know which one of these methods worked for you!


  • I have spoken to Law Enforcement and private investigators who possess the government-grade “cracking” software used in major investigations that costs them THOUSANDS of dollars on this topic and the topic of retrieving deleted FB Messenger communications that were not backed up to the FB servers… in all cases, I was assured that there is NO WAY to retrieve this data on iOS. I should mention that I am a former LEO with easy access to these agencies and do not believe they would have any reason to lie to me considering I was not requesting that they crack a device for me. FoneLab and all these other programs can’t touch social media recovery and I have yet to see anyone post anything online that proves otherwise.

  • Does this require I use the phone I used to send those messages or is only the Snapchat account applied to the phone need to be the same? Because I’ve gotten a new phone since then but still have the same account.

  • I could not recover the snapchat data if I did not purchase the software. When I pressed the recover button a pop up would indicate a purchase would have to be made. : (

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