Snapchat is no longer just about disappearing texts and photos.
The social network today launched Memories, a tool that enables you to save Snaps and Stories in a collage-like slideshow. The roll can be found just under the camera screen with a simple upward swipe.
To find a particular memory, just type in keywords like ‘dog’ or ‘Hawaii’ to eliminate minutes of scrolling.
“You can use Memories to create new Stories from Snaps you’ve taken, or even combine different Stories into a longer narrative,” the company said in a blog post. “It’s fun to celebrate an anniversary or birthday by finding a few old Snaps and stringing them together into a new Story.”
You can also send Snaps from Memories to your friends or post them to Stories. If you post them to your Story after more than a day, the snap will appear with a frame around it to designate it as being from the past.
Snapchat has also built in some privacy protections.
“We realized that Snapchatters want to feel comfortable showing their Memories to friends while they’re hanging out together, so we made it easy to move Snaps and Stories to My Eyes Only — and avoid awkward moments when a friend stumbles upon a Snap meant just for you,” the company said.
Photos or videos that are part of Memories will be backed up by Snapchat, unlike those on your camera roll.
Memories will roll out “selectively” over the next month. Once it is available to you, you will receive a message from Team Snapchat indicating Memories is ready for you to use.