Save Snapchat files (Android) – Part 2

SnapchatTake the headache out of saving your Snapchat files from Part 1 by automating the entire process using Tasker.

Edit: This post is now obsolete! Snapchat have upgraded their app, and since the time of writing, many free apps have appeared on the Google Play and Apple App Stores.

In the previous instalment, we set up our rooted device to save Snapchat files using a handy little script. Although this works, it’s quite tedious to repeatedly have to call the script whenever you receive a snap. To save ourselves some time, we’re going to set up our script to run automatically using Tasker.

What you’ll need

Set up
I recommend reading through this guide before starting. The process is rather long but quite simple.

  1. Open up Tasker. Click “+” to create a new Task and select the “Application” context option. Find Snapchat from the list and tap to select it. Click “App selection” in the corner to go back to the main screen once that’s selected.
  2. Now that we have a context specified, we need to tell Tasker what to do when the app launches. Click “New Task” to open up the task creator, then click “+” to add an action.

  3. From the popup, select “Plugin” from the list of available actions, then choose Secure Settings.
  4. We now need to configure exactly what our Secure Settings action is doing. Click “Edit”, then find “Run Command”. On the “Run Command” configuration screen, enter the path of your script from part 1. In my example, this is /data/ Note: I’ve since updated the path due to some people having difficulties with /etc.

    DO NOT FORGET to check the box labelled “Use Root”, as this is responsible for ensuring that the script runs with the proper permissions (and actually does something). Also, I like to enable “Show Notification” so I know that the action is running.

    After naming the action, you can save your configuration by clicking the save icon (bottom left) or by tapping the “Run Command”/back header in the top corner and selecting the save option from the popup dialog.

  5. Click the headers in the corner to go back to the main screen. This will also serve to save your changes. Once this is done, you should be able to boot up Snapchat for a test run.

If you didn’t run into any trouble throughout the guide, Snapchat should now trigger your script, saving any downloaded snaps to your specified directory.

There is some weird behaviour that may pop up when using the script/Tasker combo. Here are some things I’ve encountered during my time with the script and how to work around them.

  • The script is not saving snaps
    This is either because 1) the script is faulty; or 2) Snapchat has not downloaded your files. As there is occasionally a delay, I like to load Snapchat, wait for the files to load, then check my gallery for the files. The usual culprit is poor phone reception.
  • The saved snaps are not showing in the gallery
    This is the most annoying “bug” that I encounter. Android caches the thumbnails for the gallery, and the script bypasses any media refresh hooks. You can manually refresh the gallery by rebooting the phone, taking a photo, or use an app. I used SD Card Rescan and it works amazingly. It can take a while to scan fully, depending on the size of your card, so bear that in mind.
    Due to the nature of the script, it is very indiscriminate when it comes to saving files. It will always attempt to save whatever it finds, duplicate or not. I just delete them.

These are the three main things I run into regularly. I’m happy to investigate any other weird things posted to the comments.

Hopefully this guide made sense, and you are now happily (read: sneakily) saving your incoming Snapchats. Feel free to leave a note below if this worked/did not work for you.

Happy snapping!