Since its inception, Snapchat has been making users scratch their heads in the ever-increasing confusion around the platform’s unique features. Even a decade after its arrival, Snapchat never fails to surprise its users with its distinctiveness, not only because of its unique features but also because of how differently it functions from other platforms. It doesn’t matter what you want to do on Snapchat. Chances are high that you will get that sense of unfamiliarity.
The platform has deliberately been developed to make it the odd one out. And we users, of all people, know how successful that deliberate attempt has been. Indeed, if there is a social media platform that stands out from the crowd of other similar platforms, it is Snapchat.
If you use Snapchat, you would often find yourself pondering on so many questions to clear your confusion. In this blog, we will mainly discuss one question that concerns an important topic of confusion: blocking users.
If you block someone just after sending them a picture on Snapchat, can they see that picture? Or does the picture disappear after blocking? What changes happen once you block someone on Snapchat? Read on to find the answers to the above questions.
How is blocking someone on Snapchat different from blocking on other platforms
Snapchat’s share or irregularities and distinctive features is bigger than that of any other social media platform. So, it is not surprising that blocking works differently on Snapchat.
Once you block someone on Snapchat, they disappear from your Snapchat account altogether. This is because your chat with the person disappears completely from the Chats tab. You can’t search for, find, or contact the person in any way if you block them.
You can’t see their stories, or show them your stories, either. In simple words, you won’t find any traces that you have ever known that person on Snapchat.
When it comes to the user you blocked, the same things happen to them as well. The chat disappears from their screen. They cannot find you or search for you or message you anymore. They cannot contact you in any way.
While most of these effects are the same as what happens on other platforms, the disappearance of old chats is not seen in most other platforms, and this is what concerns us the most in this blog.
If you send a message or picture to a person and block them, can they see the message or picture? This brings us to the next section.
If I send someone a picture on Snapchat, then block them, can they see the picture?
Mistakes happen with the best of us. Even the wisest can be mistaken at times. Therefore, if you send someone a message or photo by mistake, it’s perfectly normal.
But what if the photo contained something you wouldn’t want the other person to see? If you sent a picture that was too personal to be seen by that person, you would want the picture deleted immediately. And although blocking them might not seem a very polite way to hide the message from them, it certainly is the quickest way to do that.
But is it really that effective?
When you send a picture to someone on Snapchat, it may or may not land in their inbox, depending on whether they are online. Now, some interesting cases might arise.
If the picture landed in the user’s inbox and they went offline before you blocked them, the picture might remain downloaded on their phone, and they might see it if they open their Snapchat without connecting to the internet. As soon as they go online, though, the picture and all other messages will disappear.
If you blocked the person before the messages landed in their inbox, all your messages would disappear from their Chats tab; hence, they won’t see the picture or know about it. Since they won’t be able to search for you directly, they cannot see the messages again so easily.
However, it might be possible for the blocked person to see the chats in one way. Although they won’t be able to search for you directly, they can find you in a different way. If they capture a snap and try to send it to you, they can do it by searching for you from the Send To box.
Do this before blocking someone on Snapchat:
If you really don’t want someone to see your messages, only blocking the person won’t suffice. There is still a possibility that they would see the message before it gets deleted automatically after 31 days.
The best and simplest way is to delete the messages first. The sooner you delete the messages, the lesser the chances of your messages being seen. You can block them after deleting the messages to minimize the possibility further.
To delete a message, tap and hold it until a few options appear on the screen. Select the Delete option, and tap on Delete Chat to confirm.
How to unblock someone on Snapchat?
If you wish to unblock the person you had blocked earlier, you can do that easily by following the below steps:
Step 1: Open Snapchat and log into your account.
Step 2: Tap on the bitmoji icon at the top-left corner of the Camera tab to go to your profile.
Step 3: Tap on the gear icon at the upper-right corner of the profile screen. You will land on the Settings page.
Step 4: Scroll down through the screen. You will find the Blocked near the bottom. Tap on this option to see the list of blocked users.
Step 5: Tap on the cross (×) next to the username and tap on Yes to unblock.
If you mistakenly send a picture to someone on Snapchat and don’t want them to see it, you might think about blocking the person. But does blocking them prevent them from seeing the picture you sent?
In this blog, we have discussed the answer to that question, which seems a bit complicated. Since blocking the person hides all your chats with them, they might not see the picture if you blocked them before they saw it. But as described above, they might be able to see the hidden messages if they know the trick. Therefore, it’s best to delete the pictures before blocking the person to minimize the risks.
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