How To Permanently Delete Embarrassing Snapchat Stories Beyond Recovery

We all make mistakes and post things we later regret on social media. With Snapchat stories only lasting 24 hours, it seems like embarrassing posts will just disappear. However, that’s not always the case. Here’s how to permanently delete embarrassing Snapchat stories so they are gone for good.

Understanding Snapchat Stories

Snapchat stories allow you to post photos and videos that your friends can view for 24 hours. After that time period, the snaps disappear from the public story. However, just because they are no longer publicly available does not mean they are deleted from Snapchat’s servers.

Why Embarrassing Stories Need to Be Deleted

There are a few reasons you may want to permanently delete an embarrassing story:

  • Stories Can Be Saved – Even though stories disappear after 24 hours, viewers can save your snaps. So if you post something embarrassing, there’s a chance someone could have saved it.
  • Stories Can Be Screenshot – In addition to saving, viewers can also take screenshots of your snaps. So again, embarrassing posts could live on via screenshots.
  • Cached Versions May Exist – There’s a chance that cached or archived versions of your story still exist in Snapchat’s system even though it’s no longer publicly viewable.

How to Permanently Delete Embarrassing Stories

If you’ve posted an embarrassing story that you want to make sure is gone for good, here are the steps to permanently delete it:

Delete From Your Story

The first step is to delete the snap from your public story. To do this:

  1. Open Snapchat and tap on your profile icon
  2. Tap the Story icon
  3. Find the embarrassing snap you want to delete and swipe up to open options
  4. Tap the trash icon to delete

Note: This will only work if the story is still within the 24-hour period.

Clear Cache and Storage

Even if you delete the story from your public posts, cached versions may still exist in Snapchat’s storage. To delete these:

  1. Go to your Snapchat settings
  2. Scroll down and tap “Clear Cache” then confirm clearing your cache
  3. Also go to your phone Settings > Storage > Snapchat and tap “Clear Storage”

Clearing the cache and storage should delete any cached or archived versions of your story.

Adjust Privacy Settings

Another step is to adjust your privacy settings to limit who can view your story going forward:

  1. Go to your Snapchat settings
  2. Under “Privacy Controls” choose “My Friends” for “View My Story”

This will prevent random people from viewing embarrassing stories in the future.

Deactivate Then Delete Account

If you really want to make sure the embarrassing story is gone for good, fully deleting your Snapchat account is the only way to guarantee it will be erased from Snapchat’s servers.

To do this:

  1. Go to your account settings
  2. Tap “Delete My Account” and confirm your password
  3. Your account will then be deactivated for 30 days before being permanently deleted

Warning: Fully deleting your account will erase all of your Snapchat memories, stories, and conversations. Only use this method as a last resort.

Tips to Prevent Embarrassing Posts

Here are some tips to avoid posting embarrassing Snapchat stories in the first place:

  • Review Carefully Before Posting – Take a close look to make sure you really want to share something publicly.
  • Adjust Settings – Use the “My Friends” or Custom settings for stories.
  • Avoid Oversharing – Don’t get carried away in the moment and post things you’ll regret.

Following these tips will help prevent you from needing to permanently delete stories later on.


While the ephemeral nature of Snapchat makes it easy to share silly or embarrassing moments without worrying, you still need to be cautious. Make sure you follow the proper steps to delete embarrassing posts for good. Additionally, be careful what you publicly share to avoid needing to delete stories after the fact. Adjusting privacy settings and reviewing content before posting can prevent unfortunate posts from happening in the first place.