How to Remove Someone From a Snapchat Group Chat

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So you created a Snapchat group chat, added a bunch of friends, and now you want to remove someone from the group. Unfortunately, unlike other social media apps, Snapchat does not have a built-in feature that allows you to directly remove or delete members from a group.

But don‘t worry – with a few clever workarounds, you can still find ways to effectively "kick out" any annoying, inappropriate, or ex-friend from your Snapchat squad.

Why You Can‘t Directly Remove Snapchat Group Members

Before we get into the workarounds, it helps to understand why Snapchat is designed this way.

The short answer is – Snapchat wants group chats to be casual, fun and inclusive. They don‘t want members to feel left out or bullied.

By not allowing removals from group chats, Snapchat aims to prevent:

  • Exclusion or singling out of unpopular kids
  • Drama or fights over who stays in or gets removed
  • Potential for bullying or harassment if members could get kicked against their will

Essentially, Snapchat wants groups to feel welcoming to all members. According to Snapchat:

"Snapchat empowers friendships. We build tools that promote inclusion and kindness, not exclusion and meanness."

So directly kicking people out of groups would go against their ethos of friendship and inclusion. That‘s why they don‘t offer the feature.

But sometimes you really need to remove someone from a group, so what can you do? Keep reading for some clever workarounds.

4 Ways to Remove Someone From a Snapchat Group Chat

1. Leave the Group Chat Yourself

The simplest solution is to just leave the group chat yourself. Here‘s how:

  1. Open the Snapchat group chat you want to leave.

  2. Tap the menu (three dots) icon in the top right corner.

  3. Select "Leave Group" from the menu.

This will remove you from the group chat, while allowing the remaining members to keep talking.

While you won‘t see their messages anymore or be able to participate, the group will live on without you.

Leaving the group yourself is an easy fix if you just need to remove yourself from a person or conversation you no longer want to be part of. But it doesn‘t allow you to shape the group‘s membership.

2. Let the Snapchat Group Chat Expire

Snapchat group chats automatically expire after 24 hours of inactivity. That means if no one sends a message for 24 hours, the group disappears.

You can use this to effectively reshape a group‘s membership over time:

  1. Stop sending messages in the group and wait for it to expire in 24 hours.

  2. Create a new group with only the members you want to include, leaving out anyone you wanted to remove.

It takes some patience, but letting a chat expire and reforming a new one without undesirable members is a handy workaround.

3. Block the Person You Want to Remove

Blocking someone on Snapchat not only removes them from your Friends list, but also deletes them from any mutual Snapchat groups.

Here‘s how to block and thereby remove someone from your groups:

  1. Go to your Friends page and tap their name or Bitmoji.

  2. Tap the ⋮ menu icon in the upper right.

  3. Select "Remove Friend" to block them.

Blocking someone means you won‘t see each other‘s stories or chat one-on-one anymore. But it does let you quickly purge them from group messages too.

4. Ask the Person to Leave Voluntarily

This method requires some social finesse, but it‘s worth asking politely if someone will voluntarily leave the group themselves.

Send them a DM or ask to chat privately. Explain why you don‘t feel they‘re a good fit for the group chat any longer and ask if they‘d graciously leave on their own.

They may get offended or refuse, so be sensitive. If they say no, try one of the other removal methods instead. But often a sincere request is effective.

How to Avoid Needing to Remove People From Snapchats Groups

Removing people from Snapchat groups can cause social headaches. Here are some tips to avoid it in the first place when making groups:

  • Keep groups small. With just 3-6 close friends, there‘s less chance of issues coming up.

  • Have a clear purpose. Groups focused on specific interests or friend circles tend to work better than vague, random groups.

  • Set expectations upfront. Explain the group‘s rules, interests and who it‘s meant for in the group name or description. This prevents misunderstandings.

  • Add carefully. Be selective about who you initially include instead of just adding everyone.

  • Rotate groups. Create fresh groups now and then with different member mixes. This keeps things new.

Following best practices when forming Snapchat groups can minimize the need to remove people later on. But when necessary, the tips in this guide should help you effectively purge any unwanted members.

Now you know how to subtly kick out and remove anyone from your Snapchat squad using creative workarounds. Just be thoughtful in how you wield this power. With some discretion, you can keep your Snapchat circle fun and drama-free!


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.