Have you send a message or snap-on Snapchat but it shows it as pending? Or you have not sent any message or snap to someone but it still shows pending under their username? This happens more often than you think and we are here to help you understand this issue. This status of pending can be due to many reasons besides that the receiver has blocked you. So, in this blog, we will discuss “What does pending mean on Snapchat?”

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What is Snapchat?

Almost everyone has seen photos of people with dog’s ears or heart freckles or flowers floating on their head. I am 100% sure that you all know what I am talking about. That’s right, Snapchat. The combination of snaps and texts is what makes this mobile app different from other social media. Snapchat has a special kind of camera so, you can try on a new look with just one tap on the mobile screen. Simply, you can chat with your friends through snaps on Snapchat and send memes for snapchat. With more than 500 million users, Snapchat has become one of the largest networking platforms.

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What does “Pending” mean on Snapchat?

The status of “Pending” on Snapchat means that the receiver/user has not added you back or has removed you as a friend on Snapchat. There are various other reasons also. For instance, the user may have blocked you or deleted their account on Snapchat. It also does not have to be these grand reasons. Even when you don’t have an internet connection, the “Pending” status may show. Let’s discuss these causes in brief:

1. The user didn’t add you back

The first and the main reason for Pending status on Snapchat is that the user didn’t add you back. After you add someone on Snapchat, you are able to send them texts and snaps instantly. However, if the user has not added you back then you will see Pending under their username. The status will change as soon as the person will add you back on Snapchat. It will go from Pending to Received, or Opened. So, it is necessary that the user adds you back to get rid of Pending status. Only and only then the status of message will change on Snapchat.

2. The user removed you

What does pending mean on Snapchat?

This is another reason that the status is showing Pending on Snapchat. Let’s discuss what happens when one removes you on Snapchat:

  • Firstly, you add someone on Snapchat and then they add you back.
  • Then you can send them any text or snap and they can open it.
  • When they open your message, the status turns to Opened.
  • But when they remove you as a friend on the app then the status will change from Opened to Pending.

So, it is simple to understand that the status can change to Pending if they have removed you as a friend on Snapchat. You can experience this if you previously had a conversation with them. But suddenly the status changed to Pending then they must have removed you. If you want to remove this status then there is nothing you can do. The other person needs to add you back in order to change the status on Snapchat.

3. The user blocked you

What does pending mean on Snapchat?

It may be that the user has blocked and that is why the status is showing Pending on Snapchat. When a person blocks you on Snapchat then they are unable to receive your texts and snaps. Also, they will not be bale to view your stories or group charms. There is a difference in blocking and removing as a friend. Even after removing, the user can send you snaps, chat, and watch your public stories. On the other hand, it is not possible after blocking on Snapchat. The only similarity is that both will change the status to Pending.

4. No internet connection

What does pending mean on Snapchat?

When the user has no internet connection then also the status is shown as Pending on Snapchat. This is because they are not able to receive the message you have sent. This status is the fundamental difference between a delivered and undelivered snap. So, if the status is Pending, then it may be that their phone is switched off or they have no internet connection. But if you send a message to a mutual friend then the status will be Received. It may also happen that connectivity issue is from your side. So, please ensure that you have a good internet connection. You can use either data or WiFi to fix this issue.

5. The user has deleted their account

What does pending mean on Snapchat?

The last reason that we are going to discuss is that the user may have deleted their Snapchat account. When you delete your Snapchat account then it will be deactivated for 30 days first. So, during this period of time, the user will not be able to receive your messages on Snapchat. This is the reason that the status will be shown as Pending when you send a message to them.

How long will a Snap stay pending?

A message on Snapchat can stay Pending forever unless the user adds you back, or unlocks you on Snapchat. So, all you can do is check your internet connection and wait for them to add you back on Snapchat.


There are three statuses on Snapchat basically. They are Pending, Received, and Opened. In this blog, we discussed the Pending status on Snapchat and what are the reasons for it. The status Received means that the person has received your message while Opened means they have opened your text or snap on Snapchat. So, we hope that this helped you in understanding Statuses on Snapchat. Thanks for reading our blog!

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