Snapchat is a hugely popular app for photo sharing and text, voice, and video chatting. Snapchat’s brand is based on the idea that the media you send your friends, aka “snaps,” would only last a few seconds before being deleted forever. Although that promise is something of a mirage (since there are a variety of ways– both valid and sneaky– that other users can use to store snaps they receive), the basic idea of the app is still that Snapchat is somewhat more private and temporary than other social apps. Messages you send on Snapchat, unless they are private messages explicitly saved by you in your chat, will automatically vanish, leaving your phone free of evidence of whatever it was that you were doing (or not doing #ferrisbuellersdayoff).
That philosophy of privacy carries through to other aspects of the app. For example, Snapchat does not make it easy to tell if someone has blocked or unfollowed you. When and if that happens, you won’t receive a notification, and you can’t ask the Snapchat team whether it has happened. (Well, you can ask, but they won’t tell you.) However, if you have a bit of time and energy and can apply some ingenuity, there are several different strategies you can use to discover whether someone has unfollowed or blocked you. In this article, I will go over those strategies and show you how to figure this out. As a bonus, I’ll also cover how to accomplish a number of friend-related tasks in Snapchat.
Let’s start by going over the basics of how Snapchat works. When you post a picture or video to the app, you have three different options:
- Snap a select group of followers (or all of your followers). These snaps expire 10 seconds after being viewed. This is the standard way to snap.
- Add a snap to your story. Your story can be made accessible to all of your followers, just your friends, or a select group of people. These snaps expire after 24 hours.
- Snap someone in a private message. This snap is only available to you and the recipient. These snaps never expire, and either you or the recipient can choose to save them within the private message thread.
Snapchat works on a follower/friend model. When you follow someone, you are their “follower” but they are your “friend”. That is, people you have followed are labeled as your “friends” within the app, and they are the people you see on your friends list. Unlike some other apps where friendship has to be two-way before it exists, on Snapchat they become your friend as soon as you follow them, even if they don’t follow you back. If they do follow you back, then of course you appear on their friends list as well. So a friend is someone you follow. It’s a little confusing, but I digress.
Once you follow a fellow Snapchat user, they are added to your friends list, and you can see any snapped content they make available to their followers. Adding a friend is simple – just tap on the little icon of person and a plus sign in the upper right hand corner, and search for your friend by username in the search box, or select a friend from the list of suggested friends that auto-populates.
So what does it mean to “delete” someone? In most cases, this means deleting someone from your list of followed accounts. In other words, you unfollow them. Very important: This does not stop them from following you or affect their ability to see your snaps. This only prevents YOU from seeing THEIR snaps. If you want to distance yourself even further from someone, you can block them. If you block someone, then from their perspective, you have disappeared from Snapchat altogether. They will not be able to follow you or message you, even if they know your Snapchat username or have access to your snapcode.
How to Tell If Someone Unfollowed You
Snapchat does not send out a notification if someone unfollows you, or if you unfollow someone. The only way you will be able to tell if someone has unfollowed you is by keeping tabs on your followers list, and checking it to see if someone has disappeared.
For example, let’s say you know that a particular person was following you at some point. If you are following them too, they should be on your friends list. Here’s how to double-check:
- Swipe right from the camera screen to the friends screen.
- Tap in the Search bar, and type in the name of the user you are looking for.
- Wait until their name pops up.
When it does, you will see their name, their Snapchat username, and their snap score. You can only see the snap scores of people you follow who follow you back. If the score is there, then the person has not unfollowed you. If it isn’t… then it looks like they have hit the fatal “Remove Friend” button.
The status of the snaps you send is also a way to tell if someone has left you high and dry. If they don’t follow you, and you send them a snap message, it will go… nowhere. Here’s how to find out:
- From the home screen, tap the chat bubble icon at the bottom left corner.
- Double tap on the username you want to test.
- Tap the circle icon to take a picture.
- Tap the send arrow to send the message.
- Check on the snap status below the person’s username on the Chat screen. If it reads “Pending…” and never shows delivered, or if the arrow next to their username appears gray, the user may have deleted you from their friend list.
What If I Don’t Follow Them?
But wait! Both of those techniques assume that you are following the person. If you don’t follow them, then you wouldn’t see their snap score anyway, so that little trick won’t work. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a good way to tell if someone is or isn’t following you aside from that.
Another approach is to look at the people who have viewed your stories.
- Add a photo to your story.
- Click the Bitmoji, which will now be a preview of your story.
- Tap the image in the list to view it.
- Tap the eye icon in the lower left hand corner.
Now can see the names of everyone who viewed that snap. Now you’ll know that the people who show up from tapping the eye icon are following you. Granted, not every person who follows you will look at absolutely everything you send, but if someone is conspicuously missing, that’s a sign they might have said goodbye.
How to Tell if Someone Blocked You
Figuring out if someone has blocked you on Snapchat is actually pretty easy to confirm, though you will still have to do a little digging.
If they were friends of yours on Snapchat at one point, then check “My Friends.” If they are still listed but you can no longer see their snapscore, then they unfollowed you. If you can’t see them at all, then they have blocked you (or deleted their account and quit Snapchat).
If they weren’t your Snapchat friend, then you can check by searching for them. If you have been blocked, you should not be able to find them or add them, even if you know their username. You also will not be able to send them a private message.
How to Tell if Someone Is Still Following Me After I Unfriend Them
There are a three ways to do this, but each of them has problems. Naturally, a relatively sneaky plan isn’t going to be completely perfect!
Method 1 – Check Your Story
The problem with this method is that it is passive; you have to wait for your person of interest to actually check your story. If they never do, you’ll never know if they’re still following you. On the plus side, it’s pretty easy to post a story that entertains the rest of the people who still do follow you.
- Create a story and add a snap.
- Wait and let people visit the story.
- Open your profile page and find the story under “Stories”.
- Beneath the story name there will be a number and an eye icon; this is how many people have viewed the story.
- Tap the icon and a list of the people who have looked at your story will pop up. If your person of interest is there, you know they are still following you.
This method is also passive, and unlike the Story method, there’s really no way to prompt or tempt your person of interest into making the method work, other than by asking them to send you a message in real life, which is a bit of a giveaway. If you can word it right and work the “ugh, my technology isn’t working right” angle, this might work out pretty well, though. Check your acting skills before proceeding with this otherwise extremely simple and straightforward method.
- Wait for the person to send you a message.
- When they do, you know they’re following you, because otherwise they couldn’t have sent the message.
This method has the advantage of letting you check your person of interest’s status at any time, but the downside is that they will see from their history that you friended them and will be fully aware of your presence.
- Add the person of interest as a friend.
- Tap and hold on their name in the friends list.
- Tap Show Friendship.
- If their Snap score appears beneath their username in their profile, then they are following you.
- Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right of the screen.
- Tap Remove Friend to take them back off your friends list. Remember! There is no notification for removes, so as far as they know, you showed up to stay.
How to Tell if Someone is Online
Unlike many social media apps, Snapchat does not provide status indicators to tell you if another user is currently using the app. However, there are a couple of reliable ways to find out for yourself.
- Open the SnapMap by down-swiping on the Camera screen. (Note: you will have to activate your SnapMap for this to work.)
- Find your friend’s Bitmoji and tap on it.
- An info bubble will pop up above your friend’s Bitmoji and it will tell you exactly how long it has been since they were online. A lower number means it’s likely they’re still hanging around.
This one is a little bit sneakier, and requires a little bit of action and some time, but is also more reliable.
- Find your friend in your Friends list and long-press their name.
- Tap View Friendship.
- Make a note of their snap score.
- Wait a few minutes.
- Repeat 1-3.
- If the Snap score has changed, then your friend is online and sending and receiving snaps.
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Do you have some favorite tips or tricks to use with Snapchat? If so, then share them with us below!