Learn how to upload photos from your camera roll to Snapchat on the iPhone or iPad.
If you’ve ever wanted to share a photo you already took on your iPhone you’ve run into issues uploading photos from your Photos app to Snapchat. This happens with your iPhone photos and with great photos you take on your DSLR or camera and transfer to your iPhone for sharing.
If you want to send a photo that you already took to someone in chat on Snapchat, you don’t need to buy a third-party app or download one that uses in app purchases for uploads.
For this to work you need to use an iPhone or iPad with iOS 8 or iOS 9 installed on it. You will need the photo in your iPhone photo library and you will need to grant permissions for Snapchat to use your photos if it doesn’t already have access.
How to Upload a Photo to Snapchat Chat
In the first scenario you are in a Snapchat chat with someone and you want to send them a photo right from the chat that you are already in.
Tap on the Camera icon to open the camera. Instead of taking a new photo tap in the lower right corner where there is a small square icon. This opens up your Photos app so you can access your photos and videos.
Tap on the photo you want to upload and then you can send it to someone on Snapchat.
How to Upload from Photos on iPhone to Snapchat
You can also start the upload and sharing from the Photos app on iPhone and iPad. You will need to turn on an option the first time you use this, but after that it is as simple as sharing on Facebook.
Open the Photos app and find the photo you want to share. Tap on the photo and then on the Share icon at the bottom of the screen. Scroll to the right on the row of icons and tap on More. Toggle Snapchat On and if you want to, move it higher on the list. You only need to do this once.
Going forward you can just tap on the Snapchat icon and it will open up to Snapchat. From here you can add text, stickers or doodles to your photo. Now tap on the arrow in the bottom right and choose who to send it to.
Those are within the Snapchat app and iOS. If you want to send the photo you already took to a Snapchat story you will need a more complex solution.
Upload Photo to Snapchat Story
There are many apps on the iPhone App store and on the Google Play Store that offer the ability to upload photos from your Photos app to a Snapchat Story.
Most of these apps require users to purchase coins using in app purchases or to download apps and leave reviews to gain the option to upload photos to a Snapchat story.
To use these you need to login to a third-party app with your Snapchat username and password, which is not something that most users should do.
Until Snapchat officially supports uploading photos to your Snapchat story, you may want to stick to the methods above to share a Snap in a gallery without the hassles of using apps with in app purchases and ads that tell you to download other apps and try other services.