Surprise! We found an easy way to download deleted Snapchat videos for Android

dumpsterPrivacy and Snapchat? Please … Snapchat offers as much privacy as Facebook (which means, not much). Your friends are free to grab screenshots of any lewd and lascivious behavior as they wish; not to mention, there are more ways than one to save a video. Well Snapchat fans, we’re sorry to say we’ve found another method to retrieving “self destructing” Android Snapchat videos, and it’s really, really easy to do. 

Dumpster, an Android-only app that launched early last month, is a digital trash bin for the Android OS “as seen on your personal computer,” as its tagline says. 

Why would you use it? Say you accidentally, for some reason deleted an important file and wanted to retrieve it – Dumpster can bring it back. “Dumpster is acting as a background service on the Android device and in case of a file delete, it responds by saving the deleted content aside,” Dumpster CEO and co-founder Alik Hochner explains. And users love the app. Hochner says that Dumpster has 406,191 downloads as of June 1. 

Now, a neat trick that Hochner discovered purely by happenstance just a month ago was that his app was actually picking up “deleted” Snapchat videos and storing it aside with Dumpster. While Hochner declined to comment on how exactly Dumpster was able to store these videos pending his software patent, he did say that Snapchat was saving temporary videos on the Android SD card. Dumpster isn’t able to retrieve photos on the other hand since that’s saved on the phone’s internal storage.

dumpster saving snapchat videos

All it takes to restore a Snapchat video file (and watch it as many times as you want and as long as you want) is a single tap on the file when you open up Dumpster. Facebook Poke isn’t available for Android yet, but he suspects that Dumpster would be able to retrieve self-destructed Facebook Poke videos as well.

It’s just the latest security loophole for Snapchat. Even still, Snapchat doesn’t seem to really care that people are finding ways to retrieve expired videos. The company’s spokespeople have typically brushed off these privacy issues as nothing more than party crashing – ruining the fun of using Snapchat in the first place – and warned users not to publish anything that would embarrass or ruin your life.

We can blame technology all we want, even if you now know how to save videos. But at the end of the day, it’s your friends (and people for that matter) that really should be the ones to blame. The safest way not to get embarrassed by Snapchat is not record anything embarrassing … and know who you’re sending Snaps to very, very well. 

You can also check out the video below of Hochner demoing the ability to retrieve Snapchat videos with Dumpster:

SnapChat video caught in the Dumpster from a+ on Vimeo.

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