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If you have unlimited data, this article is not for you. Stop reading now and go frolic in the gigabytes, you lucky bastard. For the rest of us: Snapchat eats a lot of data. Like, a lot. Even if you’re vigilant about jumping on Wi-Fi whenever possible, it’s easy to rack up data overage charges every billing cycle. Here are two easy tricks that’ll help dial back Snapchat’s data-guzzling in those instances when Wi-Fi just isn't available.
Build stories on airplane mode
It's just a fact of life that the coolest stuff you want to snap always happens beyond the safety of Wi-Fi. But if you don't upload it on your mobile data, you can't upload it at all, right? Wrong! Circumvent this problem with airplane mode. Activating your phone's no-data setting (just like you would on a plane) games the Snapchat app into storing your snaps to upload later, rather than in the moment.
Step 1: Build your Snapchat story the same way you normally would -- shoot the videos and photos you want in chronological order
Step 2: "Upload" them as usual, and you'll see an error message that your snaps have failed to load. This is a good thing.
Step 3: Tap the three-dot button next to your name. Your story will expand and you'll see all your snaps waiting patiently to be released to the world. Next time you're on Wi-Fi, just hit "tap to retry" on each un-uploaded slide.
(Note: All story slides last 24 hours. That timer starts from whenever you click the "upload" button, regardless of whether the content is actually uploaded. So if you're using airplane mode to shoot a story at 2pm, but you don't upload it until 10pm, the story will be available to your followers for less than 24 hours -- until 2pm the following day.)