People love snapping stories, and there’s good reason for it. The opportunity to create a funny or exciting video that everyone can enjoy is one that never grows old. The trouble, though, is that you can only view snaps that other people have already viewed. Once a snap disappears, it’s gone forever. But don’t worry, we’ve all been there. 

How Long Does It Take To Restore A Snapchat Streak?

You snap a hilarious story and then—poof!—it’s gone. What happened? Did it get deleted? Did someone snoop on your story and take it down? Whatever the case, it’s not the end of the world. It’s true, snaps do tend to disappear for some inexplicable reason. But the good news is that Snapchat does have a way to restore them. So, how long does it take to restore a Snapchat streak? Let’s take a look.

Get to Know Snapchat

First things first, you’ll want to get to know Snapchat. Whether you’re a first-time user or you’ve been sending Snaps for a while, you’ll discover tons of useful tips and tricks throughout this guide. If you’d like a refresher course, or you’ve been on Snap since the beginning, read on.

Make Sure You’re on the Right Team

When you first sign up for Snapchat, you’ll be prompted to choose a team. This is mainly so that your friends will know where you’re hanging out, but it’s also important to choose the right team. There are six teams: Your Friends, Your School, Your City, Business Partners, Custom.

While most people will choose their social circle as their first team, Business Partners and Custom are perfect for businesses that want to engage with their community. Your school team, for example, will help you stay connected with all your fellow University of Redditors. And if you ever have a question, your friends on that team can usually help you answer it.

Follow These Steps

If you ever find yourself wondering, “How do I get my Snapchat streak back?” then you’ve come to the right place. Follow these steps and your streak will be as good as new in no time.

STEP 1: Visit the Settings menu on Snapchat and select “Create Your Story” under the Chats tab.

STEP 2: Now, you’ll want to tap the ghost ( ) symbol located next to your old username at the top of your Snap story. Doing this will let you view and edit your previous Snaps.

STEP 3: Once you’re on your old story, tap the “Create a new story” button in the bottom right-hand corner.

STEP 4: Now, you’ll want to make a new username. This is because you’ll need to send your previous story to a “memory space.” A new story with a new username will help you get your old story back.

Keep Snapping Until You Get That Streak Back

Now, you’ll want to keep Snapping as if your account was still active. You can either record a new story (using your new username) or you can take a screenshot of a friend’s story. Either way, you’ll want to record a new story and include your old username in the caption. If you take a screenshot of a friend’s story, you’ll need to copy their username in the Snap caption too. When you do this, you’ll see the old username appear in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Your story won’t disappear, and you can keep Snapping until your old username is no longer visible.

Don’t Give Up

Restoring a Snapchat streak might seem like an impossible task, but it’s actually not that difficult. If you keep at it, you’ll get it back in due time. Don’t give up on your streak before you try everything, though. No one ever said that snapping is easy, and sometimes it just takes a little bit of effort.


Don’t worry if a friend’s story disappears while they’re out. As long as you have their username, you can always send them a screenshot and have them send you right back. And if a story disappears mid-snap, don’t worry about it too much. Just snap away and when they’re back, you can send them the screenshots and they can send you right back. It’s worth noting that these steps work best if you don’t save your Snaps on your phone. If you do, then when something disappears, you won’t be able to view it again. So, don’t save your Snaps on your phone and try out these steps!