Remember when you were little, you’d be upset over little things your friends did and swear not to see their faces again? But the next day, you two were buddies again, all beef forgotten. This is somewhat similar to how some people behave on social media. The game of friending and unfriending has a strange appeal, be it in the offline or the online world. While most people see it as childish and annoying, some of us have an inner child that just isn’t ready to leave it behind.
However, while unfriending someone frequently on platforms like Instagram or Twitter might not have any major consequence, on Snapchat, things work a little differently. Because the concept of streaks was born here, consistent interaction is the key to maintaining it.
Does that mean that you lose your streak with someone immediately after unfriending them? Or is there a buffer period? And if you do lose the streak, will adding them as friends again bring back your old streak? If all these questions have troubled your mind, you’ve come to just the right place.
Stick with us till the end to explore the effect of unfriending on streaks and discuss what options you can choose from this point onwards.
What happens when you unfriend someone on Snapchat?
We understand that you’re worried about losing your streak, but before getting into it, it’s essential that you understand how unfriending works on the platform. This will not only lead you to your final answer but will also clear any doubts regarding the unfriend function you might have in the future.
So, the first consequence of unfriending someone is the disappearance of their username from your My Friends list, and vice versa. Next, their chat will also disappear from your Chat tab. But before you start panicking, rest assured that both these disappearances are temporary and will be reversed when you reconnect with them.
Another effect of unfriending someone is that they’ll no longer be able to see your stories (if you’ve set their visibility to My Friends), and you won’t be able to see theirs.
If You unfriend someone on Snapchat, will you lose your streak?
So, we’ve already discussed all the major impacts of unfriending someone on Snapchat, except for one: the streaks.
As many of you might already know, streaks are a count of consistent interaction between two Snapchatters. The number of your streaks with another user indicates the number of days you’ve been in touch with them consistently (exchanging snaps daily) on the platform.
How does unfriending someone impact your streak with them? Well, our answer might make you happy because, thankfully, Snapchat doesn’t dissolve your streak with someone immediately after they (or you) have been unfriended.
Instead, the platform gives you a cooling period of 24 hours. If, within this time frame, you’re back in your sense and want to befriend them again, you’ll get your streak back. However, if this realization dawns on you any later than that, then you’ll have to pay for it with your streak.
This also makes sense if you think about it from the Streaks’ perspective. Streaks are only maintained when you snap someone daily, right? Now, if you’ve unfriended them for over a day, it’s natural that no snap would be exchanged between you two during that time. As a result, 24 hours later, your steak will die!
Here’s what you can do to maintain the streak
Now that you know that Snapchat gives you a 24-hours buffer period before taking away your streak, how do you want to act on this information? Are you going to sulk around for a day and end up losing your streak? Or would you rather take action now and keep the streak?
If the second option looks better to you, you shouldn’t waste any time befriending this person again. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to add them as a friend on Snapchat again:
Step 1: Open the Snapchat app on your smartphone.
You’ll find yourself on the Camera tab first.
If you look at the top-left corner of your screen here, you’ll see two icons: the first one is the thumbnail of your bitmoji, and the second one is a magnifying glass.
Tap on the second icon here.
Step 2: Upon doing so, you’ll be taken to a different tab with a search bar on top, followed by the Quick Add and Trending sections, respectively.
Tap on the search, enter the username of the person you want to befriend again and hit the search button on your keyboard.
If you’ve entered the username correctly (and they haven’t blocked you), you’ll find their profile listed on top of the search results, with an ADD button next to it.
Tap on it, and the button will turn blue, displaying: Added!
Your request to add them back has already been sent to them. Now all you need to do is wait for them to respond and start snapping away!
Once the streak is lost, how can you build it back?
Suppose you didn’t know about the 24-hours rule and failed to add your friend back within the period. Is there any other way you can bring back your old snapscore? We’re afraid there isn’t. All you can do now is let bygones be bygones and start afresh.
Summing it up
With this, we’ve come to the end of our blog. Today, we learned a new and interesting feature on Snapchat.
Even after you’ve unfriended someone here, this platform still keeps your streak alive. However, this little favor has its own limitation. Your streak will only survive for 24 hours, and if you haven’t fixed the unfriend situation by then, you’ll lose it for good.
Is there any other Snapchat peculiarity you’d like to know more about? Let us know in the comments section, and we’ll be back with its answer soon!