Snapchat Pending: What Does It Mean and What Can I Do?

Snapchat is one of the most popular social media apps for Android and iOS. One of its best features is the videos you can make as well as the messages you can send. However, there is a “pending glitch” that can take away a lot of the fun from Snapchat. We have the answers to fix this problem so that you can send all your emojis to your heart content.


What Does Pending Mean on Snapchat


Snapchat pending means that the message that you want to send to another user did not go through. This label can appear under a user’s name in the chat feature of the app, in a DM, or under their name. Snapchat will keep trying to send the pending messages until they get through or if you cancel the message manually.

How to Cancel a Pending Message


You cancel your pending message with one tap and holding on to the message until the pop-up menu appears. Then you press on the delete option. Snapchat will ask you to confirm, and you would obviously press “yes”. Then you can try to send the message again.


This is also how you can delete a message that went through but you do not want the other person to read it. It will show that the message has been deleted much the same way it does on Facebook chat. However, it would be a good idea to copy the original message before you delete it. That way you would not have to type out the same message. And that would save you time.


What Could Cause Pending on Snapchat


There could be several reasons that you are seeing this “glitch” in your app. Such as:

  • Snapchat is down

  • It is an actual bug or a glitch in your app

  • Your phone is not connected to the internet whether it is Wi-Fi or cellular. The message will go through once an internet connection has been established

  • The user you want to send the message to did not accept your friend request

  • You have been unfriended by the user you want to contact

  • The user you would like to talk to has blocked you. Snapchat does not inform people when they have been blocked and by whom. However, there are other ways to find out if you have been blocked

  • Your account is restricted due to violating Snapchat’s policy, such as harassing someone, etc.

What to Do About Your Pending Issue on the Technical Side

While it can be annoying when you want to reach out to someone and the message does not go through, there are some simple steps you can take to fix the problem. The first would be to check if you are connected to the internet. This can be either through Wi-Fi or cellular. Another step is to check if the Snapchat servers are down.


There are several sites that you can check this on as well as Snapchat’s Twitter. However, what you can also do is to close and then re-open the app to see if anything changed. If not and you are connected to your Wi-Fi then you may have to reboot your internet router. You can do this by unplugging it from its power source, and then plugging it back in.


Or you can turn off your Wi-Fi on your phone and switch to cellular. This too is an option. If nothing has changed, and your message is still pending then you may have to restart your device. This will erase the memory off of the phone. If nothing is working so far then you may have to uninstall and reinstall the app again to see if that fixes the issue.


After you have tried all of this, and Snapchat’s servers are up and running but the message is still not going through; then there could be a chance that there is an error on the other user’s side. You can test this by sending a message to another friend and see if they get it or not. If it goes through then your app is running fine, if not then there could be something else wrong which may mean you have to contact customer services.


However, you can also reach out to the first user that you wanted to contact through other means to see what is happening. This can be done through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, text messaging, calling, email, etc. However, it would be a good idea to wait a day if the matter is not urgent.


If You Have Been Blocked or Unfriended


There could be a possibility that you have been blocked or unfriended. And while this could be hard to handle, depending on the relationship, it is best to move on. It would be better for you, and you would not come across as desperate.


Plus, Snapchat could interpret your attempt to reach out to them as a form of harassment or bullying. And if they do then your account will be restricted making it certain that you cannot send messages among other things.


To Sum Up


There are two ways that the pending error could happen. One is that there is a technical issue such as not being connected to the internet, or the servers are down. These seem to be the more common ones. The second way is that you have been blocked or unfriended.


The latter is not at all a nice feeling, but there are many more snaps in the chat. It is best to take it with a grain of salt. There are many users on Snapchat daily that meeting new people would not be that hard. Plus, there are other users you are already friends with to chat up a storm in the dead of night with Snapchat in dark mode.


However, it is always important to be safe when sending messages once your pending issue has been resolved. Use Snapchat wisely with a lot of fun behind it.

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