Snapchat stands out among other applications with its instant capture feature, offering a fun, unique, and versatile way to communicate with your friends. Its primary feature is opening directly to a camera, letting you take photos or videos with the press or hold of a single button. However, you may find the video recording time limited compared to other platforms. In this article, we will guide you on how to record 10-60 second videos, and even share longer videos on Snapchat.

Understanding Snapchat’s Video Recording Limit

Snapchat traditionally allows for 10-second videos to be recorded. However, a special feature called “Multi-Snap” extends this limit to 60 seconds. It’s important to note that this minute-long video will be split into six 10-second clips before being shared or posted. You may see longer videos on popular Snapchat pages, but these are typically uploaded from the users’ camera roll.

How to Record 60-Second Videos on Snapchat

The Multi-Snap feature enables you to record videos longer than ten seconds. As you record, you will notice clusters of snaps forming in the bottom left corner of your screen. These are the 10-second clips that make up your longer video. If you export this video outside Snapchat, it will remain a single, 60-second video.

Recording a video beyond ten seconds can be done in two ways:

  1. By holding the camera for 60 seconds
  2. By letting it record automatically

Method #1: Holding the Camera for More Than 10 Seconds

This technique is suitable when you’re recording something other than yourself or if someone else is holding the phone. Follow these steps to record your video:

  1. Launch the Snapchat app.
  2. Choose a filter for your video.
  3. Press and hold the large circle at the bottom middle of your screen, which contains the filter if you are using one.
  4. Keep holding for up to 60 seconds.
  5. Save or share the video when you’re done.

Note: You can edit your videos and add captions before saving or sharing them on Snapchat.

Method #2: Letting the Camera Record Automatically

This method is perfect when you’re alone and want to record yourself doing an activity. Essentially, you let the phone record by itself. Here’s how:

  1. Open your Snapchat app.
  2. Choose your desired filter.
  3. Press and hold the large circle with the filter icon, dragging it left to the padlock icon.
  4. The camera will then lock, and you can set your phone somewhere to record.
  5. Save or share your video when you’re done.

Note: Recording will stop automatically after 60 seconds.

How to Post a Video Longer Than 60 Seconds on Snapchat

For videos beyond 60 seconds, you can use pre-recorded videos from your phone’s gallery. Remember, you need to grant Snapchat access to your camera roll or gallery for this. This feature is particularly handy for businesses, influencers, and artists on Snapchat. Here are the steps:

  1. Open your Snapchat app and tap the “Memories” icon located to the left of the big circle.
  2. Click on “Camera Roll” in the tabs that appear.
  3. You’ll see a collection of your pre-recorded photos and videos.
  4. Select the video you want to post and tap on the airplane icon at the bottom right of the screen.
  5. Choose the recipient or your story and send.

Note: The video will still be segmented into 10-second clips for your Snap story.


With this guide, you’re now ready to record and share videos up to 60 seconds long and post even lengthier videos on Snapchat. Harness this knowledge to enhance your Snapchat experience and have fun snapping!