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How to Know if Someone Added You Back on Snapchat

Posted by Jamie on December 6, 2019

Even following a controversial redesign in 2018, Snapchat has continued to maintain popularity, especially with younger users. As more and more people slowly move away from amassing hundreds or even thousands of followers and instead turn back towards the smaller social circles you keep in touch with in real life, Snapchat seems to be leading the way. With options like sharing custom stories with smaller groups and being able to seriously customize who can see your Snap story, Snapchat pushes users to keep things private. It doesn’t tell you how many followers you have, it doesn’t list your friends and doesn’t provide counts of likes or any of that. Instead, it makes you concentrate on the social side. Creating, sharing and commenting, without worrying about much else.

This is easy to do if you’re submerged in daily social media usage, but if you’re shifting from Facebook or Twitter, the increased focus on smaller circles may take some getting used to. That said, it’s always nice to know if someone you follow has added you back. Here’s how to do it.

Has someone added you back on Snapchat?

There aren’t many direct ways to find out if someone added you back on Snapchat. Unlike on social networks like Facebook, where you receive not only a notification but a message within Facebook Messenger, Snapchat keeps things a bit less direct. Though you’ll receive a notification if someone adds you on the platform, you won’t be notified when the favor is returned. That said, it’s fairly easy to figure out whether or not someone has added you back. While anyone you add with a public Snapchat will appear in your Snap feed, if someone has added you back, you’ll be able to see their Snap score.

If they’re your friend on Snapchat, it’s simple to see it. Open the app, slide to the left to open the Chat interface, then select the friend you want to view from the list. Tap on their Bitmoji or the silhouette (for those who don’t have Bitmojis) to open up their profile screen. This allows you to see their username, their location on Snapmap, the ability to snap, chat, call, or video chat with the person, and to open up the settings menu for that particular contact. At the top of this page, next to the username of your selected friend, you can view their Snap score in all its glory, making it easy to compare it to your own score along the way.

If you aren’t friends with the person whose score you’re trying to see, you won’t be able to see it. It isn’t until you and that person have both mutually added each other that you can compare your Snapchat scores together, so if the score is missing, you know you’re lacking that reciprocal connection.

Can you tell if someone has declined you on Snapchat?

Can you see if someone has not added you back on Snapchat? Like being added, you can kind of see if someone declined your kind offer but only indirectly. There are four signs that someone has not accepted your request to be friends.

You do not receive the notification of acceptance 

Snapchat sends you a notification when someone adds you. If you don’t see this notification within 48 hours, they have either not seen the request or have declined you.

Your request remains in pending for 48 hours

If you added someone and the status remains pending for two days, it is likely that they either aren’t using Snapchat or don’t want to be friends. Requests time out after 48 hours so it won’t be long until you know for sure.

You can add them again after a couple days

If that 48 hour period has expired, the friend request will disappear. If you go back to your Snapchat menu screen and select Add Friends and are able to add that person again, your original request timed out.

You cannot add them as a friend when selecting them in search

If you select the person from your Snapchat menu screen but tapping the Add icon doesn’t do anything, the person has actively blocked you. Snapchat will not allow you to send a friend request if this happens.

It’s not always personal

While difficult for some to believe, not everyone lives on their phone or on social media. Many employers don’t allow phone use during work hours, some schools and colleges ban phone use during class and sometimes there isn’t enough signal to get things done.

There are dozens of reasons why someone may not have accepted your friend request and many of them are nothing personal. Phones break, people go on vacation, stuff happens and even the most avid phone user is sometimes forced to take time out for a multitude of reasons. So even if they don’t reply or add you back, it may not be personal. You can always send a new request if you think they haven’t noticed.

2 thoughts on “How to Know if Someone Added You Back on Snapchat”

Karen says:
So I recently found an old friend on Snapchat. But we have not added each other. I clicked on their username and instead of saying “Add Friend” it says “Accept Friend”. I don’t remember ever receiving a request from them. Could it just be a glitch? I also tried by checking other people that show up on quick adds but it just gives me the option of adding them.
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J Patt says:
I have been trying to find the answer to this question but no luck. I recently had a friend who I could see snapchat score, then one day I couldn’t. This friend is still on my friend list and even asked if they had deleted me as a friend. The answer was no. This friend still receives my snaps and snaps me back. I never got a pending notification when I sent a snap. The only difference now is I don’t see the snapchat score. So did my friend lie to me or what? When I search the username, it shows us as friends. I’m confused as to what is going on.
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Abbey Bell says:
J Patt same thing has happened to me. It’s made me question them. Would like some light on this matter
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