Remember the days when you’d send a message without knowing if it’s been delivered or if the recipient has read it or not? Depending on your age, the answer might actually be ‘no,’ as pretty much every smart device and app has read receipts nowadays. However, most of us know what that felt like to send a message and never know what happened to it. The only way to know it had been read was to receive a response.
For some people, this could be very inconvenient. Concerned boyfriends and girlfriends certainly thought that they might benefit from being able to see if their partner was ignoring their messages or were reading the messages but not responding yet.
Facebook was one of the first platforms that enabled the ability to let you see whether or not someone had read your message. This feature marked the beginning of a new era in messaging, putting new capabilities in the hands of the message sender and, well, the message receiver as well. Whether you like it or not, we are now living in the “Seen” era where everyone knows exactly when someone has seen their messages. There are even software packages that enable email senders to see when someone opened an email but also where they were when they opened it.
Today, we’re even able to see who’s replying to our Snapchat messages in real-time. Snapchat has enabled this feature along with useful notifications.
If you want to learn more, this article will go over everything that you need to know about enabling Snapchat’s feature that will notify you when someone is typing a message to you.
How to Tell if Someone Is Typing in Snapchat
There are two main ways of knowing if the person that you’ve sent a snap to is typing a message back to you.
First, within the Snapchat app, all you have to do is to enter the chat and look. If the person is typing, you’ll see their Bitmoji on the bottom left of your chat. It will look like it’s standing, which is an indicator that the person is typing. Keep in mind that this applies only to the text chat feature. If the person is typing over the picture that they’re trying to send, you won’t be able to see it.
In addition to this, you can also see whether someone is typing even if you don’t have the Snapchat app opened by using notifications. After turning notifications on, your phone will notify you when someone starts typing in Snapchat.
Enabling Snapchat Notifications
The only thing you need to do is to give Snapchat permission to send you notifications when someone is typing, and you won’t have to sit watching and waiting for them to start typing their response. You can just go about your business with the knowledge that you’ll get a notification from Snapchat when the person you messaged is typing a response to you.
That way, you will see if they’re typing without having to open the app and enter the chat. Enabling Snapchat notifications for when someone is typing can be done in a few easy steps.
If you’re using an iOS device (iPhone and iPad), here’s what to do:
- Open the ‘Settings’ app and go to ‘Notifications’.
- Scroll down until you find the Snapchat banner and then tap on it.
- Toggle the switches next to ‘Allow Notifications’ and toggle the ‘Show in Notification Center’ to on.
This will show you the notifications from Snapchat as long as your screen is unlocked. If you want to see them while it’s locked as well, enable the ‘Show on Lock Screen’ option.
If you’re an Android user, the process is a bit different, but still very simple. Just follow these simple steps:
- Open the ‘Settings’ app and then go to ‘Apps’.
- Browse through the apps until you see Snapchat, then select it.
- Tap on the ‘Notifications’ banner, set to ‘Normal’, and turn on the ‘Allow Peeking’ option.
Now you can receive notifications from Snapchat. All you have to do now is to turn them on within the app. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Snapchat, then swipe down from the main screen.
- Tap on the setting icon in the upper right corner and go to ‘Notifications’.
- Tap on ‘Enable Notifications’.
- From the menu, you can choose the people that you want to receive notifications from and change the sound of the incoming notifications.
That’s all there is to it. By following the simple steps laid out above, you can see when your friends are typing a message to you in Snapchat.
You now have everything you need to see whether someone is typing. When you’re chatting with someone, you’ll get a notification that will show if they’re typing.
From the notification, you can enter the chat and see whether the person has the chat open. If they do, you’ll see their Bitmoji avatar above the text box.
Keep in mind that this feature is not perfect, which means that you might face some issues with it. However, it does work pretty well most of the time.
Some Snapchat users have complained about seeing the notification even if the person they’re chatting with isn’t actually typing. This is just a glitch that Snapchat will probably fix in the near future. The best way to actually see whether someone is actually typing is still from within the app. If you see the person’s avatar standing, it means that they’re typing.
The Final Word
Gone are the days when you weren’t able to tell whether or not your message was actually delivered. With read receipts, you can see when someone sees your message and when they’re replying. And, fortunately, enabling this feature on Snapchat is incredibly easy.
So there you go – these are the two main ways of knowing whether some on Snapchat is typing. If you follow the steps you saw here, you should be able to see this without issues. If something goes wrong, check whether you’ve got all the right options turned on and try again.
Many people find this feature very handy, so if you’re among them, go ahead and enable it on your device.
If you enjoyed this article, you might want to check out these two TechJunkie articles: How To Edit or Change a Snapchat Story After Posting and How To Edit Snapchat Text After Posting.
If you’ve had some experience with allowing notifications when someone is typing in Snapchat, please tell us about it in the comments below!