Can You Tell If Someone Has Muted You on Snapchat?

Posted by Robert Hayes on July 13, 2019

When the popular social media chat application Snapchat rolled out in 2011, it had a very basic set of features. In the intervening years, the service has piled feature upon feature in a (mostly successful) attempt to gain and keep market share among the chattering classes. One of the more recent features was introduced in 2018, when they introduced a “muting” feature, allowing users to follow someone but not be notified every time they posted a new chat. This was a great help for many users; we all have that friend or group of friend who we genuinely want to follow and read, but who posts so often that our notifications become a nonstop flood of alerts about them. We want to be able to go back and review what they’ve written, but not be constantly beeped at.

Social media apps like Snapchat can be a total minefield. Even-tempered people can become rage monsters when they go online, while sometimes the people who in real life are always on the verge of exploding can keep it together online. The psychology of all this is fascinating, and many sociologists and psychologists are earning their doctorates today by studying these new ways to interact. Blocking and unfriending are particularly challenging to handle online. Where people would take rejection or disengagement in their stride in the real world, some take it incredibly personally on social media. Any tool that the networks can offer that minimize the fallout of these kinds of moves is a positive move. Being able to mute on Snapchat is definitely a good thing, because it lets you protect your own environment without aggravating anyone else.

How about the other side of the picture, however? If you’re a Snapchat regular, and someone mutes you, is there any way for you to tell that’s happened? In this article, I will give you some pointers to help you detect whether you’ve been muted.

Has someone has muted you on Snapchat?

Which brings us back to the original question: can you tell if someone has muted you on Snapchat? In terms of detecting it directly, the answer is no, and that is by design. Most experienced social networkers know that oversharing is as bad, or sometimes worse, than not sharing at all. Yet if you unfriend or block them, they become hurt as if you’re the one who did wrong. Muting is Snapchat’s answer to that.

Muting a user in Snapchat is simple:

  1. Open Snapchat and navigate to a post of the person you want to mute.
  2. Select the three-bar icon in the upper left of the post page to access the menu.
  3. Select “Do Not Disturb”.

You will still be able to view and interact with the person on Snapchat but you won’t be alerted every time they update. The over-sharer will not be notified and will not know you have muted them which should save any awkwardness.

Ways to tell regardless

Regardless of what the app officially tells you, are there ways to tell you’ve been muted? Yes.

There are some common-sense ways to tell whether someone has muted you. One approach is when you know they’re online, to send them a snap that asks them a question that they would normally want to answer immediately. For example “I just ordered a huge pizza, do you want some of it?” or “OMG I just heard the most hilarious knock-knock joke, CALL ME!!!”  If they answer you in ten seconds, you’re probably not on mute. If they answer you three hours later with a weak excuse about being in the shower (for three hours) then you’re probably on mute.

The most direct way, however, is to meet the person in the real world for something and while hanging out with them, send them a Snap. If their phone buzzes or beeps or alerts, then you’re not on mute. If the phone stays silent, then you obviously are on mute. (Try not to throw a wobbler right there at the restaurant, though. Remember that being muted is kind of a compliment; they want to hear from you, just not instantaneously.)

Can you tell if someone has blocked you on Snapchat?

Blocking in Snapchat is different than muting. It is more permanent and stops you interacting with the person completely. It is also more visible to the blocked party too if they know what to look for.

Here’s how you can tell if someone has blocked you on Snapchat:

  1. Open Snapchat and look at your friends list. If someone has disappeared from the list, they may have blocked you.
  2. Search for their username in the search box. If they are not visible to you, they may have blocked you.
  3. Check someone else’s Snapchat app who is also friends with the person. If they appear in their friend’s list, they blocked you. If the turn up in search, they blocked you.

You may not be blocked of course. The person may have deleted Snapchat or not be using their account anymore. With more and more people withdrawing from social media, this is entirely possible. If you are real friends and not just Snapchat friends, call them and talk about it.

Can you tell if someone has deleted you on Snapchat?

Deleting you as a friend is usually a last resort but can happen. The person doesn’t mute you or block you but just unfriends you within the app. You won’t be notified is someone has deleted you on Snapchat but there are signs.

The main sign is that the person remains in your friends list but any message you send them remains in gray Pending status. Of course, this may be because they aren’t using Snapchat right now rather than they have deleted you so check before you react. If the message changes to pink, purple or blue, it means the message has been delivered and read.

You can also check by searching for their username from within Snapchat. If you can still see their Snapscore, you are still friends. If you can no longer see their Snapscore, you are not friends.

Handling rejection on Snapchat

It is too easy to react badly on social media which is one reason people are leaving. If you find you have been blocked or deleted on Snapchat, don’t react immediately. Sit back and think as dispassionately as possible about the reasons why. Then check your facts. The person may have shut down their Snapchat account. They may be busy, on vacation or something else. It may not even be about you.

If it is just you, talk to them reasonably about it. Find out what happened and why they did what they did. You may indeed have done something they interpreted as out of order and you can repair the relationship quickly. Some friends are disposable and that’s fine. Others are worth keeping around. It’s up to you to choose which is which.

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One thought on “Can You Tell If Someone Has Muted You on Snapchat?”

Anonymous says:
Will I still be able to receive the notifications of a person that has me on Do Not Disturb?

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