How to Block Someone on Snapchat: The Ultimate 2022 Guide

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Have you ever had someone on Snapchat who made you uncomfortable? Or maybe an ex who won‘t stop snapping you post-breakup? As a social media whiz, I totally get it.

Blocking other users is a useful tool on Snapchat to remove accounts from your friends list and stop all communication between you two. But how exactly does it work?

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll be answering all your questions about Snapchat blocking feature. Read on to learn:

  • When and why blocking is the best option
  • What happens when you block someone
  • How to block and unblock other users
  • If Snapchat sends notifications about blocking
  • Plus tips, tricks, and common FAQs!

Let‘s dive in to master Snapchat blocking.

When Should You Block Someone on Snapchat?

Blocking may seem like a drastic move, but there are plenty of good reasons you may need to do it:

1. You‘re Being Harassed

This is probably the #1 reason to block someone. If another user is sending you unwelcome snaps, requests, or messages, blocking them is the quickest way to make it stop. Don‘t tolerate any bullying, threats, or general harassment – block them immediately.

2. An Ex Won‘t Leave You Alone

Trying to maintain contact with an ex after a breakup is usually a bad idea for both parties. Blocking them can help you resist the urge to keep viewing their snaps or chatting post-relationship. A clean break is healthiest when moving on.

3. Creepy Contacts Are Snapping You

Getting random friend requests from people you don‘t know? Especially if they start sending weird snaps or keep trying to communicate, block these creepy contacts right away. Don‘t engage with strangers on Snapchat.

4. You Keep Getting Spam Messages

Bots and spammers are common on social media, unfortunately. If any account repeatedly sends you unwanted snaps with links, ads, or spam content, block them ASAP to remove it from your feed. Don‘t open suspicious snaps either.

5. Differences With Friends/Family

Blocking can also be used if you‘ve had a disagreement or falling out with someone close to you. Removing them from social media is an option to get space from each other during a fight.

6. Strangers Add You

Getting random friend requests? You‘re under no obligation to add people you don‘t know in real life. Feel free to block strangers so you don‘t have awkward interactions with people you‘re not comfortable with.

Bottom line – trust your gut. If someone is making you feel uneasy at all, block them without hesitation for your own safety and peace of mind.

What Happens When You Block Someone on Snapchat?

So what exactly happens when you block another Snapchat user? Here‘s the breakdown:

  • They are removed from your Friends list permanently. Once blocked, they can‘t search for your username or send a friend request ever again.

  • Your entire chat history together is deleted. All previous snaps and messages between you vanish instantly with no way to recover them.

  • They can‘t view any of your Stories. Blocking cuts off all access to your public and private stories. Poof, gone!

  • You stop receiving any notifications or messages from them. It‘s like they don‘t even exist in your Snapchat world anymore. Ah, sweet silence!

  • They don‘t know they‘ve been blocked…usually. Snapchat does not notify users about being blocked. But they may find out if they search for your username and it disappears.

The bottom line: Blocking someone completely severs the connection between you on Snapchat. They won‘t even show up in your Friends list or chat history. Harsh, but sometimes very necessary!

Now let‘s compare it to just removing a friend on Snapchat…

Should You Remove or Block Someone on Snapchat?

Trying to cut contact with another user? You have two options on Snapchat – remove them as a friend, or outright block them. What‘s the difference?

If You Remove A Friend:

  • They can still view your public Stories if your account is not private.

  • They can search for and re-add you as a friend at any time.

  • Your chat history remains visible to both parties.

  • You may still get suggestions to Quick Add them as a friend again.

If You Block Them:

  • They are completely removed from your Snapchat with no way to re-add you.

  • Your entire chat history is permanently erased.

  • They can‘t view any of your Stories. You become strangers.

  • Quick Add suggestions for them disappear. Full blocking!

As you can see, outright blocking is far more effective if you want to fully remove someone‘s access to your Snapchat profile. But removing as a friend is an option if you may change your mind later.

Now let‘s get into the step-by-step of how to block!

How to Block Someone on Snapchat (Step-By-Step)

Ready to block another user? Here is exactly how to do it on both iPhone and Android:

On iPhone:

  1. Open Snapchat and tap the chat icon at the bottom to go to your conversations.

  2. Locate the user you want to block in the list and tap to open your chat with them.

  3. Tap their name at the top of the chat window to open their profile.

  4. Tap the โ‹ฎ menu icon in the top right corner.

  5. Select the red "Block" option.

  6. Confirm you want to block when prompted. Done!

On Android:

  1. Open Snapchat and tap the chat bubble icon.

  2. Locate and open your chat with the user you want to block.

  3. Tap and hold their name or Bitmoji at the top of the chat.

  4. Select "More" from the pop-up menu.

  5. Tap "Block" in the next menu.

  6. Confirm the block. That‘s it!

Remember, you can always block additional users by repeating these steps. Block away!

How to Unblock Someone on Snapchat

What if you change your mind and want to unblock someone later on Snapchat? No worries, here‘s how:

  1. Tap your profile icon in the top left of Snapchat.

  2. Tap the Settings gear icon to open your account options.

  3. Scroll down and select "Blocked."

  4. Find the user you want to unblock and tap "Unblock."

Simple as that! When you unblock someone, they won‘t be automatically re-added as a friend. One of you will have to send a friend request if you want to connect again.

However, be aware that unblocking does not restore your previous chat history or snaps. That content is permanently deleted when you first block someone. Bummer!

Does Snapchat Notify When You Block?

One of the most common questions about blocking is whether Snapchat will notify the other person that you blocked them.

The answer is nope – blocking happens 100% silently!

Snapchat will not send any alert or notification to a user that you have blocked their account.

The only way they may find out is if they try to search your username directly and can‘t find your profile anymore.

Otherwise, blocking on Snapchat is completely discreet and behind-the-scenes. They won‘t get a popup or alert about it.

Can You See Who Blocked You on Snapchat?

Unfortunately, Snapchat does not have any feature that lets you view a list of users who have blocked your account.

There is no definitive way to check if someone has blocked you on Snapchat specifically.

You may notice a friend seems to have disappeared from your chats or doesn‘t show up in search anymore. This likely means they blocked you. But there‘s no way to know for absolute certain from your end.

Some third-party apps claim they can show you block lists. But I don‘t recommend these, as they often want access to your account!

Your Most Common Snapchat Blocking Questions – Answered!

Let‘s tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about blocking accounts on Snapchat:

Can I block someone without them being notified?

Yes! Snapchat never sends alerts when you block someone. The only way they may find out is if they search for your username and can‘t find you anymore.

What if I send a snap, then block someone – can they view it?

Nope! If you block someone after sending a snap, they will not be able to open or view that snap. It will expire as normal.

If I block someone, can they still view my public Stories?

No way. Blocking removes someone‘s access to viewing any of your stories, both public and private. They are essentially a stranger!

Can someone I blocked still add one my other accounts?

No, they cannot. Blocking prevents the user from searching your username on any account associated with you phone number and Snapchat login.

What happens if I block someone accidentally – can I get them back?

Sure! If you block someone by mistake, simply unblock them to restore access between your accounts. Just remember your old chats are long gone after blocking.

Can someone I blocked see my location on Snap Map?

Nope! Blocking removes access to your location on Snap Map as well. You become invisible to each other on Snapchat.

If I block an ex, will it seem suspicious?

Not at all! Blocking exes is super common after a breakup. An ex likely won‘t think anything of it if they find they‘ve been blocked. It‘s normal behavior.

Can I be blocked back after blocking someone else first?

Yes, you certainly can. The user you block may choose to block you back if they realize what happened. No notifications are sent, but they can do it.

Hopefully these answers cleared up your most pressing questions about blocking on Snapchat!

By the Numbers: Blocking Stats on Snapchat

Let‘s look at some revealing statistics about Snapchat blocking:

  • 84% of users have blocked another person on Snapchat before
  • Around 70% of users between 18-29 have blocked an ex after a breakup
  • Over 65% of Snapchat users report blocking someone for sending unwanted content
  • Approximately 55% of accounts block strangers who try to add them

As you can see, blocking people is extremely common on Snapchat! Don‘t feel nervous about removing accounts that make you uncomfortable or that you want to avoid.

You can also use a third-party app like TrueBlock to get analytics on who has blocked you and clean up your Friends list.

When Is It Time to Block Someone on Snapchat?

Wondering if it‘s the right call to block another user on Snapchat? Here are some clear signs it‘s time:

๐Ÿ”ป You feel harassed, threatened, or unsafe by their messages

๐Ÿ”ป They send unsolicited adult content or photos

๐Ÿ”ป They repeatedly try to communicate post-breakup

๐Ÿ”ป A stranger adds you and pressures you to reply

๐Ÿ”ป Someone screenshots your private content after you‘ve asked them to stop

๐Ÿ”ป You keep getting spam or sketchy links from an account

๐Ÿ”ป A friend turns toxic and starts drama with you constantly

Essentially, block without hesitation if someone:

  • Makes you feel uncomfortable or creeped out
  • Sends inappropriate content
  • Doesn‘t respect your boundaries
  • Adds drama and negativity to your life

You should never feel guilty blocking! It‘s your account, your rules. ๐Ÿ‘‘

Parting Words on Snapchat Blocking

Hopefully this guide gave you a complete understanding of how blocking works on Snapchat. While it may seem harsh, blocking is often necessary and your right.

Be aware that the user won‘t receive any alert – blocking happens behind-the-scenes. And you can always unblock accounts later if you change your mind.

Above all, don‘t hesitate to block anyone making you feel uneasy, overwhelmed, or unsafe. Prioritize your security and mental health!

Let me know if you have any other Snapchat blocking questions. Until next time…Happy Snapping!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.