As a frequent Snapchat user, I’ve found the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ feature to be an invaluable tool for managing my privacy. This lesser-known option allows me to keep certain photos and videos securely locked away, accessible only by a password I create.
I love that Snapchat gives me granular control over my content. With ‘For Your Eyes Only’, I can snap silly selfies for my best friends’ eyes only without worrying about them leaking to acquaintances or coworkers if my phone falls into the wrong hands. I also use it to store sentimental memories that I don’t necessarily want surfacing on social media but want to revisit privately from time to time.
The end-to-end encryption gives me peace of mind that my private content is safe from prying eyes, including Snapchat itself. I never have to second-guess whether an embarrassing photo could unexpectedly go public someday. Unlike other password manager apps, everything stays neatly within Snapchat rather than a separate vault.
While remembering the password is essential, I’ve found it easy enough to commit to memory, especially with Snapchat’s handy password hint option. Overall, ‘For Your Eyes Only’ allows me to fully control my Snapchat experience and enjoy the app’s fun, candid nature without compromising my privacy and security. For any Snapchat user with content they want to protect, this feature is a must-have.
How to Enable the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ Feature:
- Launch Snapchat and swipe up on your camera to access your memories (Snapchat gallery).
- Choose the photos (snaps) you wish to make private.
- Long- press the photo and select the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ option to enable this feature.
- Create a password that will secure your photos and videos within the app. Remember, if you forget the password and decide to reset it, all your saved data will be lost.
- Tap ‘Finish’, and you’re ready to select and secure your media.
Once you’ve set it up, the feature is straightforward to use. If needed, you can always choose to make your photos/videos visible again from the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ section.
How to Add Snaps or Photos to the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ Folder
This process allows you to move selected snaps into a secure, password-protected folder within Snapchat, ensuring they remain private and separate from your regular memories. Here’s how:
- Open Snapchat and set up a passcode for ‘For Your Eyes Only’.
- Tap on the Snaps tab.
- Select the posts you want to move to ‘For Your Eyes Only’. You can choose multiple photos.
- After selecting your posts, tap ‘Hide’ in the bottom toolbar.
- A prompt will ask you if you want to move the files. Click on ‘Move’ to transfer the selected items to your ‘For Your Eyes Only’ folder.
- To view the photos you just moved, tap on ‘For Your Eyes Only’.
- If you’d like to export, unhide, delete, or share your snaps, click on a post and hold to select it.
- Tap on the appropriate button from the bottom toolbar, and follow the prompts.
How to Reset Your ‘For Your Eyes Only’ Passcode
If you forget your passcode, Snapchat allows you to reset it. However, this will permanently delete all snaps in the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ folder, a necessary security measure to prevent unauthorized access. Here’s how:
- Open Snapchat and swipe up or tap on the “Photos” icon.
- Tap on ‘For Your Eyes Only’.
- When prompted to enter your passcode, tap ‘Options’ in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
- Tap on ‘Forgot Passcode’.
- Enter your Snapchat password when prompted and tap ‘Next’.
- Grant your consent and tap ‘Continue’.
- Enter a new passcode, confirm it, grant consent, and tap on ‘Continue’.
- Tap ‘Finish’ to complete the passcode reset.
How to Change Your ‘For Your Eyes Only’ Passcode
This feature lets you modify your existing passcode if you believe it’s been compromised or wish to update it. Unlike resetting, changing the passcode won’t delete your snaps in the ‘For Your Eyes Only’ folder, provided you know your current passcode. Here’s how:
- Open Snapchat and swipe up to access your ‘For Your Eyes Only’ folder.
- On the passcode page, tap on ‘Options’ in the bottom-right corner.
- Tap on ‘Change Passcode’.
- Enter your current passcode.
- Enter a new passcode and confirm it.
- Grant consent and tap ‘Continue’.
- Once your passcode has successfully changed, tap on ‘Finish’.
If you’re a Snapchat user, this feature is definitely worth exploring.