How to Block Someone on Snapchat

Tired of a friend's stories and snaps? Take a break!

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Wondering how you can block someone on Snapchat? If you want to cut all contact with a particular Snapchat user so that they can't send you any snaps, view your stories or even find any trace of your account, then this article will tell you the exact steps to take to block them.

How to Block a User on Snapchat

Two screenshots of the Snapchat app showing how to block a user.
Blocking a user on Snapchat.

You can block someone on Snapchat in five simple steps. All steps are the same whether you're using Snapchat for iOS or Android.

  1. Open the Snapchat app and either find the user you want to block by navigating to your conversations tab (marked by the speech bubble icon at the bottom) or tapping the search function at the top (marked by the magnifying glass icon at the top) to start typing their name in a search.
  2. Tap the user to open a chat with them.
  3. Tap the menu icon in the top left corner of the chat tab.
  4. Tap the Block option from the list of menu options that appear.
  5. Confirm that you want to block the user by tapping the Block button on the confirmation box.

What Happens When You Block Someone on Snapchat?

When you block a user on Snapchat, you prevent that user from being able to reach you or find youƒ. To them, your Snapchat activity and account itself will cease to exist.

A blocked user can't do any of the following:

  • Send you photo or video snaps;
  • Start a chat with you;
  • View your stories; or
  • Find your your account if they search for you.

If You Block Someone on Snapchat, Will They Know?

Snapchat will not send a notification to any user you decide to block, however that user might suspect on their own that they've been blocked just by noticing that your activity and account has disappeared. The only way a user can confirm that you've blocked them is by using another unblocked Snapchat account to search for and find your account.

Alternatives to Blocking Users on Snapchat

Blocking is the most extreme method of limiting contact with another user, but there are other less restrictive methods you can use as well.

Use the Do Not Disturb Feature

Two screenshots of the Snapchat app showing how to turn Do Not Disturb on for a user.
Turning Snapchat's Do Not Disturb option on for a user.

This is the least restrictive alternative method to blocking, which simply silences all notifications from friends or groups. When you turn the Do Not Disturb option on for any friend, they'll still be able to send you snaps and chats – you just won't be bothered by a notification every time they do.

This is a great alternative to turning off app notifications altogether when you want to stay friends with users while keeping notifications on for only specific friends and groups. You can find the Do Not Disturb option by tapping on a friend to open a chat, tapping the menu icon and tapping Do Not Disturb from the menu list.

Delete a User from Your Friends List

Two screenshots of the Snapchat app showing how to delete a friend.
Deleting a friend from Snapchat.

Deleting a user simply removes them as a friend so you're not connected to them anymore. They'll still be able to see your account and view any public stories you post. They might even be able to still send you snaps and chats depending on your privacy settings.

Deleting a user is ideal if you want to only be able to contact and share private stories with friends while still remaining open to sharing public content with non-friends. To delete a user from your friends, tap on a friend to open a chat, tap the menu icon and tap Remove Friend from the menu list.

Change Your Privacy Settings So Only Friends Can Contact You

Two screenshots of the Snapchat app showing how to access the user settings.
Accessing user settings on Snapchat.

If a user who is not your friend is sending you snaps, trying to chat with you or viewing your stories that you don't want them to see, you can change your privacy settings so that they can't contact you anymore. This alternative really goes hand in hand with deleting users from your friends list.

Snapchat lets you choose whether you want everyone (friends and non-friends) or only friends to be able to contact you and see your stories. To change these settings, tap your profile icon in the top left corner of the app, tap the gear icon to access your settings and then scroll down to the Who Can... section.

Tap Contact Me and select My Friends so that only your friends can send you snaps or chats. Then go back, tap View My Story and select My Friends or alternatively tap Custom to create a custom privacy filter so that certain friends can't see your stories.