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October 8, 2018

It’s Monday morning, my crazy-loud alarm just went off, and like everyone else in this world, I’m not ready to get out of my cozy bed yet.

But luckily, I set my alarm 15 minutes early so I could lay in bed and catch up on what went down on social media while I was in deep slumber.

A quick scroll through Instagram – A super cute puppy, a yummy lookin’ cheeseburger, and oh, my friend Jake saw Taylor Swift in concert last night? Nice.

Now onto Facebook – A quick five minutes reading Aunt Sally’s latest rant? That’s enough for me.

Tip: There's lots to do on Snapchat: learn how to unblock someone on Snapchat, and read more about Snapchat friends!

Lastly, my favorite: Snapchat. Snapchat Stories, specifically. I love seeing what my friends have been up to the past 24 hours. If I’m lucky, I get a few good laughs to start my morning.

But that’s beside the point here. Moving on.

If you’re here, chances are you already understand how to use Snapchat. But if you find yourself needing a quick refresher on what Snapchat Stories are and how to view and create your own, have no fear, we will cover it all here.

What are Snapchat Stories?

So, what is a snapchat story exactly?

There are three main types of Snapchat stories that you can add Snaps to: My Story, Our Story, and Group Stories.

My Story

My Story will be your personal story. This means it’s your pictures and videos strung together for your personal Snapchat friends for 24 hours after the Snaps are added to your story. You do have the option to make your Story public, but I’ll jump into that a little later.

TIP: Adding a snap to your Snapchat story will increase your Snapchat score.

Our Story

Our Story is a little different. Instead of the Snaps being exclusively yours and shared with just your Snapchat friends, Our Stories are used to capture things like places and events.

For example, say you’re at a Football game (Go Packers!). Anyone attending the game should have the option to submit their snaps to Our Story. These moments will be collected and categorized to capture the overall event so anyone who attended the game, or those who missed it, can see the event from many user’s perspectives. Pretty cool, huh?

TIP: Our Story is the perfect place to use Snapchat filters and interact with Snapchat Map. Learn how your business can use Snapchat filters and Snapchat Map.

Group Story

To have a group story, you'll need to make a Snapchat group

Group Stories share features from both My Story and Our Story in that, while Group Stories are limited to just the members in the group (more personal like My Story), multiple people can contribute to the story (like Our Story).

Snapchatters can create a Group Story, name the group, and invite other users (friends or friends of friends) to contribute content.

 How to view Snapchat Stories

One of my favorite things to do on Snapchat: getting caught up on what everyone else is doing by watching their Snapchat stories! It’s fun to see what your Snapchat friends have going on day in and day out.

That being said, we should probably talk about how to watch a friend’s Snapchat Story.

Start by navigating to the Snapchat Discover screen. Here you’ll see the names of any friends that currently have a Story lined up across the top of your screen.  



To watch, tap the circle of the Story you want to view and the collection of Snaps should start to play. After watching one Story, Snapchat will show a preview of your next friend’s Story. If you’d like to view it, simply tap. If you’d rather skip it, swipe left, or if you’d like to exit altogether, swipe down.



While watching a story, you have the option to do a few things:

  • To skip to watch the next snap in a Story, simply tap the screen.
  • To re-watch the last snap, tap the left side of the screen
  • To skip to your next friend’s Story, swipe left.
  • To go back to your last friend’s Story, swipe right.
  • To reply to a Snap on a Story, swipe up and type.
  • To exit a story, swipe down.

Adding to Snapchat stories

Now it’s time to talk about how you can add Snaps to your story!

This is pretty simple.

  1. Take your Snapchat! This can be either a photo or a video, whichever you prefer.
  2. Tap the square icon with a plus sign in the bottom left corner to add to your Story.


Simple as that!

To add a Snap to any Story – like those I mentioned above – just take a Snap, press the blue send arrow on the bottom right corner, 



tap the Story you want to add to on the top of the ‘Send To’ page,



and send the Snap!

You can add to as many Stories as you please – but don’t be the person who goes to a concert who posts 2,847 seconds worth of videos… just saying.

Tip: Learn how to win Snapchat Trophies by adding to My Story and Our Story!

Saving your Snapchat stories

Maybe I’m speaking for myself here, but I love being able to rewatch my stories to relive the memories. Good news is, Snapchat allows you to save your Stories to both your Snapchat Memories and Camera roll! And pretty easily too.

To save 'My Story'…

  1. Navigate to your Profile screen
  2. Select 'My Story'
  3. Tap the down arrow icon on the right to save your whole story.


To save just one Snap from My Story…

  1. Navigate to your Profile screen
  2. Select ‘My Story’ to view all Snaps in your Story
  3. Select the Snap you’d like to save
  4. Tap the down arrow icon in the bottom right corner to save the Snap.

How to see who viewed your Snapchat story

Interested in seeing which of your Snapchat friends has viewed your story? That’s pretty easy too! Similar to saving your Story, you’ll want to start on your Profile screen. From there:

  1. Tap ‘My Story’ to view all the Snaps in your Story
  2. Tap the eye icon on the right of the Snap to open a list of friends who have viewed your story!
Related: Still building out that Snapfriend group? Add people quickly using their Snapcode!

Managing your Snapchat story privacy settings

Friends with your parents on Snapchat but don’t want them to see what you’re up to? No problem. You can manage your privacy settings to adjust who can view your Snapchat Stories!

To manage who can see your Story:

  1. Navigate to your Profile screen and tap the settings gear icon, , in the top right corner of the screen to open ‘Settings’
  2. Scroll down to ‘Who Can…’ and select ‘View My Story’

3. Here you can choose ‘My Friends’, ‘Everyone’, or ‘Custom’ to manage who can see your Snapchat Stories. If you choose ‘Custom’, you can block the Snapchat friends that you don’t want to view your story.



4. To save your selections, simply tap the back button.

How to remove your Snapchat story

Second-guessing something you’ve added to your Story? Don’t sweat it, you can take it down. Similar to saving a snap from your story:

  1. Navigate to your Profile screen
  2. Select ‘My Story’ to view all Snaps in your Story
  3. Select the Snap you’d like to delete
  4. Tap the trash icon in the bottom right corner to delete the Snap.


In some scenarios, deleting your story may not feel like enough. What to do if you're ready to get rid of the entire Snapchat application? 

The question seems difficult to answer only because it can't be done through the mobile app. In order to delete Snapchat, users have to be logged in through their desktop browser. 

From here, users can choose to delete their account and enter a 30-day "hibernation" period until their account is completely closed out. For more information on deleting your Snapchat, as well as a step-by-step guide with visuals, read our article How to Delete Snapchat

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Snapchat away!

There you have it. Everything you need to know about Snapchat stories and how to view, create, manage, and delete your own.

The awesome thing about Snapchat? You can use all this great info on your personal accounts, but don’t be afraid to use Snapchat for business too! Snapchat Stories is a great way to get into ephemeral content marketing.

If you decide you don't want certain people viewing your Snapchat stories, learn How to Block Someone on Social Media

Want to learn more about all things Snapchat? Learn about Snapchat Streaks and how to recover one you've lost! 

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