How to Make a Private Story on Snapchat

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Have you ever wanted to share a personal Snapchat story?

Are you afraid to do so because other users will see it?

Fear not! What you need to do is to post a private story on Snapchat.

Private Stories are a great way to share personal moments with your friends.

In a private story on Snapchat, you decide who can see it.

Hence the name: private.

If you want to learn how to use the private story option on the Snapchat app, you’ve come to the right place.


  • How to make a private story on Snapchat
  • How to make a private story from your profile on Snapchat
  • Custom Story vs Private Stories

How to Make a Private Story on Snapchat

Stories showcase images or videos that you can share with friends or strangers.

When you post a photo or video on your Snapchat account publicly, you are opening the door for strangers to comment on it.

You create a private story to have more control over which users can see your content.

They tend to be more personal stories that other social groups may not need to see.

Note: Remember that nothing is permanent in Snapchat. A newly created private story will only last for 24 hours. You are able to delete Snapchat messages and stories earlier as well.

If you want to be safe and discreet while you use Snapchat, make your story a private one.

The process can be done by Apple and Android users.

Here’s how you can do so:

Step 1: Open Snapchat.

Open the app and log into your Snapchat account.

You’ll be taken into the Snap tab, the one where you’ll see the camera.


Step 2: Make Some Snaps!

It’s time to create stories to share.

Just do your usual Snap sending process.

Take a Snap or record a video. Add stickers, sing a song, customize it!

After you are done, tap send to.


Step 3: Select +New Story

Then, click on the option: Private Story (Only I can post).

This is the Private Story tab, now tap on the viewers’ option.

You’ll need to select friends to share your story with.

You can select them from your close friends and all your general friends’ list.

Step 4: Post Your Private Story

Just tap the paper airplane icon to share your Private Story!

You can modify who can see your private stories by tweaking the private story list.

You can do so from story settings.

Pro Tip: You can screenshot a Snapchat private story just as you can a regular story.

The Snapchat app usually notifies people, but there are workarounds to screenshot a Snapchat story without them knowing.

Remember that a private snap can be identified by the padlock icon that will appear on it when you post it.

How to Make a Private Story From Your Profile On Snapchat

Creating private content it’s easier from your profile.

As on that same page, you’ll be able to modify the settings to your own accord.

The process works for both iPhones and Android devices.

To create a private story from your profile, just:

  • Step 1: On Snapchat, click on your profile photo (profile icon or story thumbnail) in the top left corner.
  • Step 2: On your profile page, look for the stories section.
  • Step 3: Tap on + New Story. Then tap on New Private Story.
  • Step 4: Use the search bar to browse through your contact list and select your friends.
  • Step 5: Tap the checkmark on the bottom right.
  • Step 6: Pick a name for your story.
  • Step 7: Tap the blue create story button.

That’s it! You can now add more photos or videos to the Story in the Stories section of your profile.

To do so, you’ll need to tap the three-dot menu icon, it’s the three vertical dots beside the name of the Story.

After tapping the three dots, click “Add to Story” to add snaps to it.

Remember that only the friends that you choose will be able to see your Snapchat private story video.

Custom Story Vs. Private Stories

The brand new custom stories are Snapchat stories that people can collaborate in.

However, a new custom story is not a private story.

Other uses can add content to custom stories, while only you will be able to do so for a private story.

You can select the custom option when you create a story from your profile.

The choice to use a private story or custom story is up to you.

You can try this out with a second Snapchat account.

Try to create private stories and custom ones to properly learn the key differences.

How To Make Private Story on Snapchat FAQ

Does Snapchat Notify When You Join A Private Story?

No, it doesn’t. The only way to know if you are on someone else’s Snaps is to see if the story has a purple lock icon.

Can Someone See If They Are The Only One On A Private Story?

No, they can’t. Users can only see the photos and videos shared on a Private Story, but they can’t see who else sees the story.

Private stories on Snapchat are exactly that, private!

This article is part of How To Use Snapchat Guide where you can learn everything about Snapchat app and all its features.

About the author

Karen is a senior technical writer and copywriter here at GrowFollowing. Her area of expertize are social media apps and new media.