Snapchat continues to be an incredibly popular platform for sharing pictures and videos with friends. The initial allure of the app was the deletion of digital media once it was viewed by the recipient, hence boasting some increased security and safety in sharing personal pictures.
The application has however developed significantly with increased features since its infancy. Users are now able to share stories that remain on their wall among other features.
Snapchat is especially popular among users from generation Z and sharing your “snap” details with new people is relatively common meaning that you can accumulate a lot of casual acquaintances over time and find that your friend’s list becomes unwieldy. This can create a couple of disadvantages for you. The first and more serious one is that a lot of people who you might not know very well will be able to view your story and if you are a private person you may not want this.
The secondary issue becomes finding your actual friends, if you for example want to snap a specific group of close contacts frequently, you have to go through the process of finding them and this can be a lot more difficult in a friends’ list of 300 vs 50 people. This is especially true when your Snap friends have similar display names.
In this article we will teach you how to best declutter your friend’s list and what the differences between removing and blocking a friend are to help you make the best decision.
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The Differences Between Removing and Blocking Friends on Snapchat
Snapchat has two options for limiting your contact with people on your friends’ list. Removing the person or blocking them.
Removing a snapchat friend means that they will no longer be able to see your private stories and charms. They will however still be able to view any content you’ve set to public. Depending on which settings you have chosen they may also still be able to snap and chat with you.
Blocking a snapchat friend is a more definitive action. Once a friend is blocked, they shouldn’t be able to see any of your story or charms, they will also be unable to contact you by snapping or chatting with you.
If someone is spamming your stories screen and you just want to see less of their posts then muting them is a good option. This will hide their posts while still allowing you to chat and snap with them and vice versa. They will continue to be able to see your stories and charms.
It is important to note you can unblock a friend if you have previously blocked them. This will however result in them receiving a new friend invite. Therefor they may be able to deduce that you’ve previously blocked them.
If they try to contact, you while they are blocked it will just appear like your snapchat account doesn’t exist anymore to them.
Blocking or Removing Someone on Snapchat Step-by-step
The first method we will discuss here is as follows:
- Swipe right to enter the chat
- Scroll down until you find the friend in question
- Hold and press their name
- A pop-up menu will appear -> select More
- This enables you to choose “Remove friend” or “Block”
- Once you’ve made a selection you will have to confirm in a pop-up window
The second method is relatively similar:
- Swipe right to access the Chat screen
- Find the friend in question and open a chat window with them
- In the chat click on the friend’s picture at the top
- A window will open, with a vertical three dot menu at the top -> click this
- You will have a number of options two of which are “remove friend” and “block “
- Make your selection and confirm
Unblocking a friend
Maybe you’ve repaired a broken bridge and it’s time to bury the hatchet and reconnect with an old friend on social media. If you have blocked a friend previously you can unblock them using the following steps:
- In the snapchat app click on your profile picture
- Select the cogwheel settings icon
- Scroll down, you will eventually find the title “Blocked”
- Clicking “Blocked” will bring up a list of people you have previously blocked
- By clicking the x icon next to the person’s name, you unblock them
We hope you’ve found this article on how to manage your Snapchat friends’ list informative and that you now feel equipped to do so.