How to Unpin Someone on Snapchat: The Complete Guide

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Hey there! If you‘re an avid Snapchat user, you‘ve probably noticed those conversations pinned at the top of your chat list. Pinning lets you easily access your most important chats without having to scroll through your whole Snap friends list. But what if you want to unpin a chat that is no longer a priority? Don‘t worry – I‘ve got you covered.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know about unpinning chats on Snapchat. Whether it‘s an old friend you‘ve lost touch with or someone you accidentally pinned, I‘ll show you how to remove pins with just a few simple taps.

Here‘s what we‘ll cover:

  • What Pinning Means on Snapchat
  • When You Should Consider Unpinning Someone
  • Step-by-Step Directions to Unpin a Chat
  • What to Do If They Deleted Their Account or Blocked You
  • Pinning Etiquette to Keep in Mind
  • The Pros and Cons of Unpinning Someone
  • Other Helpful Tips for Managing Your Snapchat Pins

Let‘s start by understanding what pinning is all about.

What Does Pinning Mean on Snapchat?

The pinning feature on Snapchat lets you "pin" up to three conversations to the very top of your friends list.

Pinned chats stand out because they display a small emoji icon next to the contact‘s name. This lets you differentiate them from regular unpinned conversations.

When you pin someone, it doesn‘t actually notify them or change your friendship in any way. It simply reorganizes your own chat list for easier access.

Think of it like putting important chats on speed dial. Whenever you open Snapchat, your pinned friends are visible front and center so you can quickly open them.

According to Snapchat, the average user has between 20-30 friends. Without pinning, this would mean having to scroll through your whole chat list every time you want to message your bestie. Pinning solves this by sticking key people to the top.

Pinning is currently only available on iOS devices. Unfortunately, Snapchat has not yet brought pins to Android.

But Android users can still see pins from iOS friends who have pinned them. The pinned chat just doesn‘t appear at the top of an Android user‘s own chat list since they can‘t pin.

Now let‘s get into the ways pinning can help manage your closest Snapchat friendships.

When Should You Consider Unpinning Someone?

Pinning is super handy for keeping your very closest friends and family easily accessible in Snapchat. But pins should evolve over time as your relationships and priorities change.

Here are some signs it may be time to unpin a conversation:

  • You‘ve grown apart. Perhaps you pinned an old friend you‘ve lost touch with over time. Unpinning can help gracefully move their chat down your list.

  • Your interests changed. If you no longer have much in common with a pinned friend, unpinning lets you prioritize new conversations instead.

  • It was an accidental pin. Hey, pinning the wrong chat happens! Unpinning will fix any accidental pins.

  • You need to urgently pin someone else. Maybe a family member is going through something and temporarily becomes your top priority to pin.

  • The conversation has slowed. If you‘re not chatting as frequently anymore, you likely don‘t need them taking up prime real estate in your pins.

  • You mostly Snap in groups now. If you‘ve shifted to group chats, unpinning 1-on-1 conversations cleans up your pins.

As you can see, unpinning simply helps keep your pins current as relationships evolve. It‘s not meant to be a friendship breakup!

Next let‘s get into the step-by-step process for removing a pin.

How to Unpin Someone on Snapchat

Unpinning a chat only takes seconds! Just follow these quick steps:

1. Open Your Chat List

  • Launch Snapchat and tap the chat icon in the bottom toolbar. This opens your friend list.

2. Long Press the Pinned Chat

  • Scroll and locate the pinned conversation you want to unpin.

  • Firmly long press your finger on the chat until options appear.

3. Select "Unpin Conversation"

  • A menu will pop-up. Tap "Unpin Conversation" to remove the pin.

And that‘s it! The chat will now be unpinned and return to its regular placement in your list.

Couldn‘t be easier, right? You can unpin and re-pin chats anytime to keep your pins fresh.

Next let‘s talk about what to do if you want to unpin someone who you can‘t actually access in your chat list.

Unpinning Someone Who Blocked You or Deleted Their Account

Uh oh. What if you want to unpin someone who either blocked you or deleted their Snapchat account?

Unfortunately, you won‘t have the option to unpin them through the app itself. This is because their chat has been removed from your list.

In these cases, your only option is to contact Snapchat support. Explain that you need them to unpin a chat with someone who is now unavailable in your friends list.

The support process may take a little back and forth before they can fully remove the pin on their end. But stay patient and they should be able to take care of it.

I suggest muting notifications from the conversation in the meantime so you aren‘t bothered by a non-existent chat!

Okay, now let‘s get into pinning etiquette and how to avoid hurt feelings.

Snapchat Pinning Etiquette

Pinning is a nifty organizational feature, but you want to be thoughtful about how you use it with friends. Here are some tips:

  • Pin thoughtfully. Only pin your true closest friends that you chat with daily. Pinning too many people defeats the purpose.

  • Don‘t take pins too seriously. They are just for convenience, not an indication of your closest friendship status.

  • Periodically reassess your pins. Make sure they still warrant that top placement or unpin if needed.

  • Don‘t feel obligated to keep someone pinned forever. It‘s normal for priorities to shift as friendships organically change over time.

  • Never explicitly tell someone that you’ve unpinned them. This comes across as passive aggressive. They won‘t even know unless you tell them.

  • Don‘t be offended if unpinned. As mentioned, there are many practical reasons for unpinning that aren‘t personal. Give friends the benefit of the doubt.

Following these etiquette tips will keep pinning running smoothly with your Snapchat community.

Next let‘s weigh the pros and cons of unpinning.

The Pros and Cons of Unpinning Someone

Before deciding to unpin a chat, consider these potential benefits and drawbacks:


  • Frees up your pinned spots for different friends
  • Reduces visual clutter from less important pins
  • Lets you focus on current top priorities
  • Moves stale conversations down your main chat list
  • Creates a pins list that better reflects your active friendships


  • The chat won‘t be as easily accessible now
  • You may forget to reply since it‘s lower down your list
  • It could hurt the ego of highly sentimental friends (even though they‘re not notified)
  • You lose your "speed dial" access to that friend for quick check-ins

As you can see, it really comes down to your priorities and how you engage with that friend lately. Let your pins evolve!

Other Helpful Snapchat Pinning Tips

Here are some other useful tips to master your pinning game:

  • Customize your pin emoji. Long press a pinned chat, then tap the emoji to pick a different one that fits your friend!

  • You can pin Group Chats too, not just individual friends.

  • Pinning works the same way in Chat as it does in the main Snapchat app.

  • You‘re limited to 3 pins. So unpinning less important chats frees up space.

  • Regularly reevaluate all pins to confirm they represent your top active conversations.

And that sums up the ins and outs of unpinning friends on Snapchat! Here are some final thoughts:

In Conclusion

I hope this guide gave you a complete understanding of how to unpin conversations on Snapchat.

Here are some key tips to remember:

  • Unpinning is easy – just long press and tap "Unpin."
  • Periodically reassess pins as friendships evolve.
  • Never explicitly tell someone you‘ve unpinned them.
  • Don‘t take unpinning too personally! It‘s just organization.

With these pointers, you can keep your pins tidy and up-to-date. So go ahead and do some chat list spring cleaning!

I‘m always happy to chat more about Snapchat tips and tricks. Stay in touch!


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.