Snapchat offers its users a unique way of communicating with each other using pictures and videos with a certain “time limit” after which they disappear. This unique feature seems to have been quite popular among the masses, and with the app gaining popularity worldwide, to the point where it has joined popular social media apps such as Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter as one of the most widely used social media platform.
As much as the unique method be, it comes with a catch; you are only allowed to send pictures/videos which were captured live and taken from the camera, not just any image from your gallery or camera roll. Sometimes we want to send some image from our camera roll for any reason, be it some old photo which reminds you of good times, a great selfie, the reasons are limitless.
This would allow us to send images from our camera roll without having to take a picture or video by just going to our camera roll and choosing the picture we want with ease.
Let’s have a look at different methods which allow us to send a snap from the camera roll.
How To Send A Snap From Camera Roll In Snapchat?
Before moving on to different methods, let’s take a quick look at what different types of colors in snaps mean to better understand how to send snaps from the camera roll in snap chat.
Snapchat Arrow Signification:
It is important to note that the colors “red” and “purple” denote snaps.
The major difference between both is that a “red snap” does not contain audio, whereas a “purple snap” contains audio.
Other than that, the color “blue” indicates a normal “text message” a picture normally sent from the camera roll will be sent as a text message, meaning that any image from the camera roll cannot be sent as a snap (by normal means).
Ways To Send Snaps From The Camera Roll:
Now that we have identified different types of Snapchat arrows, we can now focus on different ways which allow us to send snaps directly from the camera roll, that is, without taking a live picture or video.
Following are some ways which can be used to achieve that:
- Using specifically available Snapchat filters.
- Using different Snapchat stickers.
- Using third-party apps to “fake snaps”.
Using Snapchat Filters To Send Camera Roll Snaps:
One of the easiest and most intuitive ways to send camera roll snaps is to use publicly available filters, which are designed specifically to allow one to send images as either a red or purple snap directly from your gallery/camera roll.
Doing so is fairly easy; you can follow these steps to achieve that:
- Open your Snapchat application; you will see that camera is opened; right beside the capture button, you will see a smiley icon.
- Tap the smiley icon to open another menu allowing you to choose stickers and filters.
- In the search bar, search for “Camera Roll,” and a multitude of filters will be shown in results that allow you to send camera roll images as snaps.
- After choosing a filter, your gallery will pop up; choose a picture that you wish to send as a snap.
- Edit your picture as you would normally edit a snap and send it to your desired contact.
Using Snapchat Stickers To Send Camera Roll Snaps:
Filters not working or not, how do you want to send your snaps? No worries, you can also use stickers. One of the major advantages of using filters is that the name of the filter will not show in your sent snap. Although this method also comes with a catch, the picture, due to the stickers, becomes blurry.
Follow these steps to use stickers to send camera roll images as snaps:
- Open the Snapchat app and tap on the “memories” icon, and choose “Camera Roll.”
- After the submenu is opened, choose your desire from your gallery.
- After the image is selected, select the pen tool present in the bottom right corner, allowing you to edit the picture and make it a sticker.
- Go back and take a picture as you normally would using Snapchat.
- After capturing the picture, choose the sticker which you just made, adjust it so that it fits the full screen, and send it to your desired contact.
Using Third-Party Applications To Send Camera Roll Snaps:
There are plenty of applications present on Playstore and AppStore designed specifically for sending camera roll snaps. One of such apps is known as LMK, which is available both on Play Store and App Store.
To send a saved image as a snap, these steps can be followed:
- First, open your Snapchat application.
- In your memories section, choose the image you want to send as a snap.
- After selecting the image, hold on to the photo for a few seconds, and a new menu will pop up showing 5 different options.
- From the list of options, choose “Edit Photo.” This will take you to the editing menu.
- Tap on the “Share” option present at the bottom left.
- Click on the “Save” image to save the image to the gallery.
- Open the LMK app and sign in with your Snapchat account.
- After logging in, select the “+” icon to select the image you want to post/send as a snap.
- Choose the image you recently edited.
- Tap on “Post on Snapchat.”
- Snapchat will open with the image in edit mode, remove the stickers added by the LMK app and click on the arrow icon to send the image to your desired contact.
Sometimes we may want to share an image from our camera roll as a snap instead of a normal message; although Snapchat normally does not support such functionality, there are many workarounds that allow you to do so. From a multitude of such methods, we have discussed three of the most widely used and reliable methods, which include using different publicly available filters, converting your image to a sticker, and, last but not least, using a third-party app.