What Does Pending Mean on Snapchat? (And How to Fix It)

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Published 1 June 2022

Last updated on 17 June 2022

If you’re a Snapchat user, there’s a chance you may have come across the “pending” notification next to a contact’s name. What does that mean? Why haven’t they sent your Snap yet? And most importantly, what do you do now?

If your message to a Snapchat contact is “pending“, it cannot be delivered yet, which can happen for several reasons.

Here is everything you need to know about the Snapchat “pending” notification and how to fix it.

The user may not have accepted your friend request

A grey arrow arrow usually appears next to a pending snap
A grey arrow usually appears next to a pending snap

The most common reason for the “pending” notification is that you and the other person are not yet friends on Snapchat. If you see the “pending” notification next to a username, they have not yet accepted your friend request.

You can check if someone has accepted your friend request by opening your Friends list. If they are not listed, they have not yet accepted your request.

Your pending notification will be cleared after your request is accepted. But, you can resend a friend request or message your friend on another social network and ask them to add you on Snapchat.

You may have been unfriended

If the “pending” notification appears next to a contact you’re already friends with, they have unfriended you on Snapchat. When you are unfriended, you will no longer be able to see that person’s Snaps, Story or Snap Score.

How to check if you’ve been unfriended on Snapchat

To check if you’re unfriended, search for the friend’s name in your Friends list. If their name does not appear, they have unfriended you on Snapchat.

You can also search for their name in the search bar. However, if their profile brings up the “my friends” tag, you are still friends. But, you’ll be unfriended if it has the “add friend” label.

The user may have blocked you on Snapchat

Blocking is somewhat different from unfriending as the former is a permanent measure while the latter is not. So, when you block someone on Snapchat, they will no longer be able to see your information.

How to check if you’ve been blocked on Snapchat

Search for the friend’s name in the search block to check if you’re blocked and if it returns no result but returns the person’s profile, you’re blocked.

The Snapchat account has been deleted

If the “pending” notification appears next to a contact and you’re sure you’re friends with them, their Snapchat account may have been deleted. When an account is deleted, it is permanently removed from Snapchat and can no longer be recovered after 30 days.

How to check if an account has been deleted on Snapchat

Search for the person’s name on different accounts to check for a deleted account. If their name does not appear, their account may have been deleted or temporarily disabled.

Your or the other person’s Snapchat account is restricted

Snapchat temporarily blocked network error message
Restriction can cause a pending message. Source: Snapchat Support

Snapchat accounts that are restricted cannot receive or send Snaps from other users. Check your account’s status by sending a Snap to many friends. The message will not be delivered if your account is restricted.

To unlock a restricted Snapchat account, you or your friend must contact Snapchat’s support team and fill out a form.

You or your contact may not have an active data connection

Check your data connection if you’re trying to send a Snap but it’s not going through. If you’re using a cell phone, open Settings and turn on Airplane Mode for 30 seconds, then turn it off. This will force your phone to reconnect to the network and may solve the problem.

If you’re using Snapchat on a Wi-Fi connection, make sure you have an active internet connection. Try opening a website in your browser to check if your Wi-Fi is working. If it doesn’t load, restart your router and try again.

If you’re still having trouble, try restarting your phone. This will clear any minor glitches that may be causing the problem.

The recipient’s phone is off, or Snapchat is not installed

If you’re trying to send a Snap, but it’s not going through, the recipient may have their phone turned off, or they may not have Snapchat installed. If the person you’re trying to reach is not available on Snapchat, you can wait for them to come online or try sending them a message on another social network or through email.

Snapchat might be down

Screenshot of snapchat support's twitter handle
Connect with Snapchat support on Twitter

Finally, if you’re having trouble with Snapchat, it may be due to a problem on their end. To check if Snapchat is down, check their Twitter handle. If there are many reports of people having issues with the app, Snapchat is likely experiencing downtime.

If the app is experiencing a glitch, you can try restarting the app or your phone. Wait a few hours and try again if this doesn’t work.


There are a few reasons you see “pending” on your Snapchat. You may be blocked, the person you sent the snap to has their phone off, or they do not have an active data connection. But, if you’re still having trouble, you can try restarting your app or phone.

Alternatively, if any of our suggestions don’t fix your problem. It’s a wise decision to contact the Snapchat support team so they can help fix your issue.

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