Snapchat is the social media app where photos and videos disappear from the feed after they have been seen. Over the years since its inception in 2011, Snapchat has added a seemingly never-ending stream of features to its platform, such as stickers, augmented reality (AR) objects, and much more. This feature expansion has helped Snapchat’s user base continue to expand as well. As of February 2018, the app has more than 187 million active daily users.
One feature that has drawn a lot of attention is the 2016 rollout of a group chat feature. While this move was criticized as being yet another copy from Instagram, the feature is quite popular with users, and of course, Snapchat added its own unique touches to the functionality.
While the group chat feature can be great, sometimes you can end up in a situation in which you need to remove somebody from the group.
In this article, I’ll show you how the group chat feature works, explain how to edit and manage groups, and show you how to get rid of someone who you don’t want in the group.
Snapchat Group Chat Features
When the update was first released, users could create groups with up to 16 people, but Snapchat has since upgraded the feature to support groups of up to 32 people. What makes this group feature truly unique is the fact that the group dissolves after 24 hours (much like your Snapchat story).
Any messages sent also disappear, even if they haven’t yet been opened by other members of the chat. For members who do look at the message, it disappears in the usual way shortly after they see it.
Starting a Group Chat
Creating a group chat is easy. Just tap the Chat button and tap all the people on your Friends list who you want to bring into the chat. You can only invite people who are in your Friends list. When you’ve selected everyone, tap Chat and off you go. You’ll be able to name the group, initiate a group voice call or video chat, or send regular chat messages.
Who’s In Your Group?
If you’ve been added to a Snapchat group, you might want to know who else is there before you start sharing your snaps!
Viewing everyone who is in the chat is easy, but before you start sharing, you want to know who else might be seeing your snaps! Sharing with friends isn’t the same as sharing with strangers, after all.
You can view all members of the group by going to the group settings. Tap the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner to see all group members. It will look like the avatar of the first member of the group, right next to the name of the group. You can also see who is currently active in the group (i.e. actively looking at the group chat) by looking above your phone’s keyboard. The names of present members will appear there.
If you just want to know who in the group has looked at your chats, tap and hold on the snap or message you sent. You’ll be able to see who has viewed it and who has saved it.
In most social media apps, the creator of a group has certain administrative powers and privileges, but Snapchat does things in a more democratic (not to say anarchic) fashion. The creator of a Snapchat group doesn’t have any special powers. Any group member can rename the group or add new people as they see fit. Anyone in the group can go to the group settings and change anything they want to change.
Note that if someone chooses to leave a group, all of their contributions to the group (their messages and snaps) will disappear. Snapchat, by its nature, is ephemeral. Even if the person is invited back into the group, their content will still be gone.
Of course, this helps keep the original spirit of the app alive, so it’s probably better this way.
Can You Remove Someone From a Snapchat Group?
So, the big question: is there a way to remove someone from a group on Snapchat?
The bad news is that there is no way to directly remove someone from a Snapchat group. Once someone is in the group, they’re in until the group dissolves.
Of course, this can be a problem when someone in your group is causing issues or arguments. Fortunately, if you do need to remove someone, there are three ways to get around this problem.
Ask them to leave
The only person who can remove someone from a Snapchat group is that person. So, you can ask the person to go as your first option. You may want to avoid doing this as it can cause more problems in some cases, but if they are amenable to leaving, this does let you keep the group intact.
Wait for the group to expire
If nobody adds a new snap to the chat, after 24 hours the group will expire and disappear.
So, if you and your friends want to avoid a certain someone in the group chat, you could just wait it out.
Create a new group
This method will lose the existing content of the group, but you can always create another group with everyone from the first group except for the objectionable member. Then all the people in the new group can leave the first group, leaving the unpopular person all alone waiting for the group to end. This is a bit passive-aggressive, but may be your only option if the person won’t leave on their own.
One of the reasons for Snapchat’s continued success is that they continue to add new unique features, like the ability to create group chats.
While there’s not currently a way to remove anybody from group chats on Snapchat, there are a few workarounds you can use if someone is causing problems in your group.
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If your privacy is important, you should check out our tutorial to ghosting yourself on the Snapchat map.
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