Can I View Snapchat Stories on My Computer?

On January 2nd, 2015 we asked the question, “Can I view Snapchat Stories on My Computer?” At the time the answer was no and in December 2019 the answer is still no. Well, sort of. You can now view the Snapchat Map on a desktop or laptop computer which contains stories from around the world. If you are looking to watch stories from your friends or celebrities, you cannot do that on your computer.

Find the original discussion from all the way back in 2015 below:

Over the last several years there has been a proliferation of smartphone apps that has data or content can only be seen on an iPhone or Android phone. When Instagram first came out, it was for the iPhone only and there was no way to view photos or pictures on a computer or on the Internet. That changed when Facebook purchased Instagram and started to push users to share photos through their Facebook profile or page. Now, Snapchat is the hot new social app. Middle school, high school and college students all over the world have become addicted to this app, but some of the features can be confusing.

History of Snapchat Stories and Promoted Stories

One of the most popular features of Snapchat is the Snapchat Story. Snapchat Stories allow users to save short video bites which can compile a series of videos their friends, or the public, can see for up to 24 hours. I have seen stories as short as five seconds and as long as 800 seconds. Snapchat has done a fantastic job of promoting these stories. In fact, recently Snapchat reported that stories are viewed more than personal snaps. This makes sense because stories can be seen by anyone (if set to public) and not just your friends.

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Popular celebrities and brands are using Snapchat stories to reach a broad audience. Audi was one of the first companies to do this. They created quick videos of the different Audi models that were coming out. Audi is not the only company that realizes the value of Snapchat. Some other companies that are using Snapchat Stories include Vans, Taco Bell, Karmaloop, iHop, Intel, WWE, Philadelphia Zoo, American Apparel, Acura, 16 Handles and American Eagle. Notice all these companies cater to a younger audience.

Companies are coming on board left and right to have “promoted” stories. When opening Snapchat, users will see the stories at the top of their Friends List. Sometimes these stories will have major events like NYE, CFB Semifinal 2, CFB Semifinal 1 or anything going on at that particular time. The World Cup 2014 was the first major Live Story I can remember.


Users can share Snapchat stories or snaps and hope to get into one of these “famous” stories. Remember that user submitted stories will conclude or disappear after 24 hours. The Snapchat thumbnail actually counts down like a clock to let you know when your Snapchat story will disappear. What is interesting is the fact that these “Live” stories seem to last a little longer. I have only seen a handful of “Promoted” stories so I am not quite sure how long they last. I would imagine they last as long as the advertiser would like and is wiling to pay. Who really knows how much these companies are paying to become a sponsored Snapchat story.

All that being said, with stories becoming so popular, is there any way to view stories on a computer or laptop? At this point, the answer is no. Snapchat does not have user profiles that are available on a computer. I think this is something that may change in the future as millions of users would like the opportunity to view Snapchat stories while at work on their computer.

Can You View Old Snapchat Stories?

We have all been there. We see a Snapchat story that is hilarious, seductive or downright too good to not watch over and over. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to save these stories to watch at another time. Time and again people ask me if they can view old Snapchat stories. The answer is no. One of the most appealing aspects of Snapchat is the fact that Snaps and Stories disappear after a short amount of time. If you would like to view an old Snapchat story you are out of luck.

Does Viewing Snapchat Stories Affect Best Friends?

Snapchat Best Friends¬†are a very hot topic right now. Boyfriends and girlfriends are fighting over best friends lists, people want to know how to remove the best friends option and some have even given up Snapchat because it has caused drama. At this point, after quite a bit of research, I can tell you that Snapchat Best Friends are not affected by you watching Stories. I have watched Stories of several users and they have never showed up on my Best Friends list. With this being the case, go ahead and watch all the Stories you would like, you are not going to get in trouble. Just don’t send and receive Snaps from that random girl or guy; you will get in trouble for that. Your boyfriend or girlfriend is watching, I promise.

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