What Happens When You Block Someone on Snapchat?

While we hope this never happens to you, aren’t we all just a little bit curious as to what happens when you block someone on Snapchat? For whatever reason it might be, you never get to see the other side of it. Can they still contact you? Can they view your stories?

Well, we are here to put your curiosity to rest. So let’s dive in and find out what really happens when you block someone on Snapchat.

What happens when you block someone on Snapchat?

Alright, let’s get into it. Here is what happens when you block someone on Snapchat. Remember, to block someone, they do not have to be in your Friends list (we cover this later), but for the sake of these scenarios, we will assume that the person was already in your friend list.

You will not receive snaps from them

As mentioned above, when a person is blocked, their chat page remains the same. This also means that they can technically send you messages. However, you will not receive those messages. While on the side of the blocked person they will simply show as unread, you will not receive any notification of the chats being sent to you at all.

Similarly, if a blocked person sends you a snap, it will show up as delivered on their side. However, you will not receive a notification of the same. This feature helps protect the blocker by not letting the blocked person know that they have been blocked.

They can still view your snaps

Now that we know that the Snap will go through even if the person is blocked, the question arises whether blocking a person will cause an unopened Snap to be deleted. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Even if the snap is unopened when the person gets blocked, they can still open and view the snap. This is a bit unintuitive since you probably wouldn’t want a blocked person to view your snap.

However, once the snap expires (after 24 hours) they will no longer be able to view that snap.

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Sent messages or snaps will not go through

Building on the above scenario, the blocked person has messaged you after you have blocked them. If you were to unblock them at some point, the sent message will not be delivered to you. While on the blocked person’s side it will remain unread, you will not receive the message.

Similarly, if the blocked person sent you a snap while they were booked, the snap will not be visible to you once you unblock them. While on the blocked person’s side it will remain unread, you will have no notification of the person having sent you a snap at all even if it has not yet expired.

Can you see old saved messages?

As mentioned above, when you unblock a person, you will first need to add them back to your friend list. If you do not, you will not be able to communicate with them. This is because blocking a person automatically unfriends them too.

Once you have added them back as a friend, you can open up a chat with them. All saved messages will still be available as if the person had never been blocked at all.

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Will they know?

No, Snapchat does not send any notification to the person that is blocked. This is a privacy function that protects the blocker. As mentioned above, even if the blocked person tries to send you a chat message or snap, it will go through as if they are not blocked.

The only way a person can tell if they have been blocked is if they open your chat and notice that you haven’t opened any of their messages or snaps in a while.

They cannot add you back

No. If you have blocked a person, they cannot tell that they have been blocked. This means that you are still on their friend list, even though they are not on yours. There is no option available to add a person again if they are already on your friend list.

The only way to add that blocked person back to your friend list is to unlock them and then send them a friend request. Even if you unblock them, they will not be able to send you a friend request themself.

Blocked person will be removed from your best friends

When you block a person, your interaction with them is immediately brought down to zero. Best friends and Snapstreaks rely on interaction to rank your friendships. Since your interaction is reduced to zero, the blocked person will automatically be removed from your Best Friends.

If you unblock the person and re-friend them, you will have to start your interaction back from scratch. This means you will not be able to maintain your previous Snapstreaks if you had them.

You won’t get screenshots notifications

Unfortunately, you do not get notified if a blocked person screenshots your chats. While the notification that they have a screenshot will appear on the blocked person’s side, you will not get any notification.

Additionally, even if you unblock them and re-add them to your Friends list, you will not see if they have screenshot any conversations.

Chats will be deleted for you but not for them

This is probably the most asked question. When you block a user on Snapchat, they are completely removed from your account. This means that even their chat will disappear. If you look through your chats page, you will notice that there isn’t any trace of the person.

However, the person who is blocked sees no such thing. In fact, on their side, the chats look exactly as they were, with no change. Saved chats are still visible by the person who is blocked, irrespective of who saved them.

Can you unsend a snap by blocking?

Snapchat uses cloud servers while sending snaps. This means as soon as you hit send your snap is uploaded to the Snapchat server. This is why there is no way to unsend a snap once you hit send.

Similarly, if you send a snap and then block the person, the blocked person will still receive the snap as if nothing happened. They can open and view the snap too, even if they are blocked. However, they will not be able to Snapback.

Can you block someone who is not on your Friends list?

Yes, interestingly you can block a person even if they are not on your Friends list. However, for this to work, you will need to change who can contact you to ‘Everyone’ (if you haven’t already).

To do so, launch the Snapchat app and tap on your Bitmoji avatar on the top left corner to go to your profile. Now tap on the Settings icon in the top right corner.

Under the ‘Who can…’ section tap ‘Contact me’ and set it to ‘Everyone’.

Now use the search button to look up the person that you would like to block. Tap on the person’s username to open their profile.

Now tap the three dots in the top right corner. Select ‘Block’ from the popup menu.

What’s the difference between Block and Remove?

First off, when you block a person they are automatically unfriended too. This means, to add them to your friend list again you have to send them a friend request which they must accept. Blocking a person will remove their chats as well as their contact from your account. You will not be able to look each other up using the search button.

‘Remove friend’ on the other hand simply unfriends the person. Their contact is removed from your account. You can always add them back and the person can search for your account.

Like blocking, when you remove a person from your list, their chat disappears from your account too. However, on the other person’s account, they can still view your chat and all saved messages. If you add the person back as a friend, all saved messages will be returned as if you never unfriended them at all.

How to block someone on Snapchat

Blocking a user on Snapchat is extremely easy. Snapchat has purposely kept the option right upfront to better help with privacy issues. You can block a person from the chats page or from your contacts list (if you have not had any conversation with them). Check out the two methods below.

Method 1

To block a person from the chats page, launch the Snapchat app and swipe right from the camera page.

Tap and hold on the conversation of the person you would like to block. In the pop-up menu select More > Block.

Method 2

To block a person from your contacts, launch the Snapchat app, and tap on your Bitmoji avatar at the top left corner of the screen. Go to ‘My Friends’ to view all your contacts.

Tap and hold on the username of the person you would like to block. In the pop-up menu select More > Block.

If they’re harassing/spamming you, Report them instead

While most people use Snapchat for fun, you may find some on the platform who may bully, harass, spam, or threaten to harm you. In these scenarios, it’s better to report the account that’s causing you an issue directly to Snapchat so that the platform can deal with them and determine what should be done. 

To report a user, open their profile on Snapchat. If they were sending you spam or threatening messages, you can open the message and then tap on their avatar to get to their profile. 

When this person’s profile loads up, tap on the 3-dots icon at the top right corner of your screen. 

This should bring up an overflow menu on the screen. From here, select the ‘Report’ option. 

On the next screen, you’ll be asked to state a reason why you want to report this person. Select a reason that you’re reporting them for. 

If required, you may have to select a specific reason on the next screen as well. After you specify a reason stating why you want to report the person, you can tap on the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom to complete your request. 

Snapchat will now look into the matter and determine what needs to be done with the particular account. 

What happens when you unblock someone on Snapchat?

When you unblock a person that you previously blocked, you will no longer have that person on your Friends list. That means you will have to add them again. The person will get a notification when you send them a friend request and will need to accept it to be added to your friend list.

Also, when you unblock them, they can find your username if they search for you on Snapchat (which they couldn’t do when blocked).

Alternatives to blocking someone on Snapchat

Blocking someone on Snapchat may be easy but you may want to keep this option reserved as your last resort. Instead of taking this extreme measure, you may want to try using less restrictive ways to avoid messages or notifications from someone on Snapchat. 

Silence messages from someone

The most basic way to avoid confrontation with someone on Snapchat is by silencing notifications from them. Previously known as the Do Not Disturb option, users can now silence all notifications from friends or groups they’re a part of. For this, open the profile of the person you want to mute messages from by opening a conversation you have had with them and then tapping on their avatar from the top left corner. 

When this person’s profile loads up, tap on the 3-dots icon at the top right corner of the screen. 

In the overflow menu that appears, select the ‘Message Notifications’ option. 

On the next popup menu, tap on the ‘Silent’ option to make all future messages from the selected person silent. 

When you have successfully silenced their message notifications, you should be able to see the ‘Silent’ option selected adjacent to ‘Message Notifications’. 

Mute someone to not view their stuff

If you silenced messages from someone as we explained above, you won’t be receiving notifications when they text you on Snapchat. However, that doesn’t mean you will no longer see any other activity from them on the app. When they upload a Story, you may still bump into them when using Snapchat. If you don’t want to see someone’s Snapchat Story, you can mute them by first opening their profile. To open someone’s profile, select a conversation you have had with them, and then tap on their avatar from the top left corner. 

Inside this person’s profile, tap on the 3-dots icon at the top right corner. 

When the overflow menu appears, toggle ON the ‘Mute Story’ option. 

You will be prompted to confirm whether you really want to mute their stories. To confirm your choice, tap on the ‘Mute’ option from the dialog. 

When you have successfully muted someone, you will see the ‘Mute Story’ option enabled inside their profile. 

Change privacy to “My Friends”

If you don’t want strangers to view the content you upload on Snapchat, you can restrict who can view your account to make sure your Snaps stays within your friends’ circle. To stop sharing snaps with non-friends on Snapchat, open the Snapchat app on your phone and tap on your bitmoji at the top left corner. 

When your profile loads up, tap on the cogwheel icon at the top right corner of your screen to open Settings. 

Inside the Settings screen, scroll down until you reach the ‘Who can…’ section. Inside this section, tap the ‘Contact Me’ option.

On the next screen, select ‘My Friends’ instead of ‘Everyone’ to prevent strangers from messaging you on Snapchat. 

You can go ahead and repeat this for the ‘View My Story’ option as well and select ‘My Friends’ for it. 

When you disable “Everyone” from contacting you or viewing your stories on Snapchat, you will no longer receive notifications from unknown people on the app. 

Unfriend them on Snapchat

If none of the above steps are helpful, you can remove someone from your friends’ list on Snapchat without blocking them. Unlike when you block them, unfriending someone on Snapchat will make sure that your profile is still visible to them on the app and they will still be able to view your stories as long as they’re public. 

To unfriend someone on Snapchat, open their profile from a conversation (by tapping their avatar from the top left corner) or from the ‘Friends’ section inside your profile. 

When this person’s profile loads up, tap on the the 3-dots icon at the top right corner. 

In the overflow menu that pops up, select the ‘Remove Friend’ option. 

You will be asked to confirm whether you really want to remove this person from your Snapchat friends list. To confirm, tap on the ‘Remove’ option in the dialog that appears. 

That’s it. The selected person will no longer be listed among your Snapchat friends. 

Well, there you have it. Now you know what happens if you block someone on Snapchat. If you have any queries, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi
    In the beginning u mentioned that the blocked person will be able to see the chats and send snaps and can see the account that blocked them in the friends list and chat list,
    But when the search for the user that has blocked them what will show? Does it say “add friend”? Can they even see the account when searching for?
    You mentioned in the last paragraph that ..

    (Also, when you unblock them, they can find your username if they search for you on Snapchat (which they couldn’t do when blocked).

    So when a person is blocked they can’t see the username in search bar but still the see it in the friends list?? How come?

    1. No they can’t see the chat anymore. That’s not true and I’m not sure why this article explains it as such. When you block a person, the chat conversation deletes for both you and the person you’ve blocked. I’ve tested this out.

  2. Actually this is untrue. I tested this theory and if you block someone, they will know. Your chat conversation will disappear on their end as well. So they have to assume you’ve blocked them or deleted them. Depending on the settings, it’s only if you’ve added them back will the conversation reappear.

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