[5 Ways] How to Record on Snapchat without Holding the Button

If you are wondering how to record on Snapchat without holding the button, you are in the right place. We would like to show you 5 ways to solve your problem with detailed guides and screenshots in this post.

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Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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Snapchat is currently one of the world's most popular social media apps, providing a colorful platform and a wide space for users to share their lives in the form of videos or photos.


However, some users have found one limitation in using Snapchat - during video recording, the user must keep the record button pressed to ensure that the recording process works.

How to record Snapchat without holding the button? Don't worry. Although Snapchat has not yet developed the function to record videos hands-free, there are still 5 ways to solve this problem for us.

Record Snapchat without Holding the Button Directly

Whether you use iOS or Android, Snapchat offers a straightforward solution to how to record Snapchat without holding the button for all users.

Follow the steps below to record Snapchat hands-free.

Step 1. Open Snapchat. After adding the free video filter you want to add, press and hold the Record button at the bottom of the screen.

press and hold the record button

Step 2. Long pressing the button, then move your finger to the left, and a lock icon will appear. Slide your finger over the icon, release your finger, and now Snapchat will automatically maintain the recording process for you

slide your finger over the lock icon

Step 3. After you have recorded what you need, hit the button again to end the process.

stop the recording

The process will likely produce some video content you don't need in the first few seconds, but you can trim the video to achieve the best effects you want. If you're new to how to trim Snapchat videos, you can refer to the following article.

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How to Trim Snapchat Video [2023 Updated]

In order to avoid the video cannot be published on Snapchat due to its long timeline, this post will introduce 3 ways to trim Snapchat videos.

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Record Snapchat without Holding the Button Using the Timer Function

Of course, if you find it inconvenient to slide your finger while holding down a button, you can also use the Timer tool provided by Snapchat, which also helps you record videos without hands on Snapchat.

Please follow the 4 simple steps below.

Step 1. Open Snapchat, select the “+” icon in the toolbar on the right side of your phone, and add the Timer to the toolbar.

add the timer tool

Step 2. Click "+" again and select Timer. 

Step 3. At the bottom of the screen, the Video Timer setting window will appear. Slide the slider to select the length of the video you want to record, up to 10S. Once you have made your decision, click the Set Timer button.

click set timer button

Step 4. Then click the Record button, and Snapchat will automatically start recording and stop the process when the time you set is over.

Record Snapchat without Holding the Button on iPhone

In addition to using the built-in features provided by Snapchat, there is actually a way to record Snapchat videos without holding the button on your iPhone for an iOS user.

Step 1. Navigate to Settings> Accessibility> Touch> AssistiveTouch> Create New Gesture.

create new gesture

Step 2. Press and hold your finger on the phone screen to create a gesture, and save it when the blue progress bar at the bottom of the screen is complete.

save the new gesture

Step 3. Open Snapchat, hit AssistiveTouch, and choose Custom> the gesture you created before.

use the gesture

Step 4. A gray graphic will appear on your screen. Drag it to the Record button.

drag the gesture to the record button

Step 5. Then your gesture will help you to hold the button, and you can record Snapchat without your hands.

Record Snapchat without Holding the Button on Android

Unlike Apple users who can record Snapchat hands-free using the feature that comes with the iPhone, Android does not currently offer a corresponding tool. However, you can use Android's recording settings to do the work physically.

You'll need to prepare a rubber band that doesn't stretch very well and attach it to your phone while you're ready to start recording Snapchat. 

Note that you need to adjust the position of the rubber band to the volume-up button to achieve the effect of a physical press.

record snapchat without holding the button on android

After that, during the recording process, your rubber band will keep pressing the volume up button, making Snapchat not interrupt the recording process.

Record Snapchat without Holding the Button on PC

In addition to using Snapchat on your cell phone, sometimes you may also view or record Snapchat on your PC via the official Snapchat website. Then a screen recorder can help you maximize the limitations of all your recording problems.

EaseUS RecExperts is the best tool for recording Snapchat on PC. It's compatible with both Windows and macOS, and not only helps you record videos hands-free but also screen record Snapchat without them knowing. 

When you want to use Snapchat to capture other people's stories, does Snapchat notify when you screen record? The answer is yes. But with the assistance of EaseUS RecExperts, you can record the screen or screenshot on Snapchat freely, with no time limit and no watermark.

Other Highlights:

  • Can record part of the screen, full screen, or windows
  • Records gameplay with shortcuts
  • Supports recording Twitter Space, zoom meetings, Skype audios, and so on.
  • Can record screen with webcam and microphone
  • Offers HD and even 4K resolution

Here is the tutorial for you to record Snapchat without holding the button on your PC.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts. There are two modes for screen recording. Choose "Full Screen", this tool will capture the whole screen; choose "Region", you will need to select the recording area manually.

Choose a Recording Mode

Step 2. After that, you can choose to record the webcam, system sound, or microphone as you like. Of course, you can turn them off if you only need to record the silent screen.

Record with Webcam or Audio

Step 3. Then, you can click the red "REC" button to start recording. Now you will see a menu bar on your screen. If you want to pause the recording, click on the white "Pause" button; to end the recording, click on the red "Stop" button.

Pause or Stop Recording

Step 4. After recording, you will be led to the recording list interface. Here you can view or edit your recordings easily.

Recording List Window


How to record Snapchat without holding the button? This post gives you 5 ways to solve this problem. You can use the Snapchat's built-in functions to record videos hands-free, and the iOS and Android also can do their users a favor. Also, if you want to record Snapchat on your PC, the best video recording software EaseUS RecExperts will help you.

Do not miss the posts we offered below:


1. How do I record hands-free on my iPhone?

To record hands-free on your iPhone, you can follow these steps:

Step 1. Open the Camera app and choose Photo mode, 

Step 2. Long-press the Shutter button to start recording. 

Step 3. Slide the button to the right and let go over the lock, then you can record without your hands.

2. Why can't I record on Snapchat?

If you can record on Snapchat, you should check if your phone is running a lot of programs in the background. People usually ignore the effect that the background of the phone has on the applications that are being used. Please try to record the Snapchat videos again after clearing the background.

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