Snapchat has become popular with its micro-messaging system for enabling quick exchanges between people especially when short videos are used. These videos, which are limited to ten seconds, also disappear when the recipient sees them. With this unique feature, Snapchat allows you to quickly film your reaction to something and share it with a friend knowing that it will never be seen by others.
For example, you saw a jacket of your dreams on sale! And you want to share that incredible joy with your best friend right away. With Snapchat it’s easier than ever to keep everyday conversations that much more personal. It was like he was with your friend.
Because of the ease with which you can send Snapchat, you may unintentionally send a message to an unsolicited destination. And that can be potentially awkward.
If this has happened to you, there are some options to retrieve your message before the recipient sees it. In this article, we’ll go over these options.
Stop Chat Message Sending
If you accidentally sent a message to the wrong person, there are ways to prevent the message from actually reaching its destination. Of course, you will have to act fast.
Deleting Message from History
First, we will try to delete the message before your recipient sees it. This will work immediately after pressing the ‘Send’ icon. All you have to do is long press the chat message and hit ‘Delete’.
Now tap Delete again. This will remove the message for you and your recipient.
Unfortunately, this method has two disadvantages.
First, the recipient receives a notification that deletes the chat. Second, this does not work with a Snap message. But this is nothing to worry about. We still have more options below.
Turning On Airplane Mode
Since there is no option to withdraw a Snap, there is a workaround for you to prevent it from sending.
Disconnecting your device from the internet will prevent Snapchat from loading the message and sending it to the wrong person. You can do this in several ways.
This is where Airplane Mode comes into play. This will break any connections your phone currently has and prevent Snapchat from sending messages. If switching to airplane mode isn’t the most convenient thing to do on your phone, you might want to consider turning off connections yourself.
To quickly enable Airplane Mode on an Android device, swipe down from the top of your screen and tap the airplane icon. To do this from an iPhone, swipe down from the right side of the screen and tap the airplane icon.
When you turn on airplane mode, it immediately disconnects from the network. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the Snapchat message before it’s sent.
Disable Internet on Your Phone
If you are on a Wi-Fi network, disable your Wi-Fi connection first. Then quickly disable mobile internet on your phone as well. By following the same instructions as above, you can turn off the wifi icon (it looks like a piece of pie).
Also, if you’re sitting next to your Wi-Fi router, perhaps the quickest way to end the connection is to unplug the power cord. You can also press the router’s reset button if it’s accessible. Remember, if your device is cellular-enabled, the message will still be sent this way.
Hopefully Snapchat won’t send this weird message if you reacted in a timely manner.
Block Others in a Group from Seeing a Sent Chat Message
If you haven’t been able to prevent the message from going out, there are ways to prevent others from seeing it. Also, please note that Snapchat automatically deletes all messages read by a single person in a private chat or by all people in a group chat.
Thanks to Snapchat’s latest feature, you can now delete each message on its own. Of course, this only applies to messages that are not read by others. In one-on-one chats, you can only delete a message if that person hasn’t read it. In group chats, deleting a message is only possible until all people in the chat have read it.
To delete a message, tap and hold the message until the context menu appears. Tap the “Delete” option at the bottom of the menu to delete it. Note that while no one will be able to read your deleted message, Snapchat replaces it with a notification. This notifies others in the chat that you’ve deleted what you’ve sent.
While the Delete option is a very useful add-on, Snapchat may not be able to delete every message individually. This largely depends on the app version the other party is using. Snapchat cannot delete your message if they do not have the version that supports this feature. Also, if the other party is not online when you delete the message, they can see the message until they are online again.
It should also be noted that this feature does not work for Snapchat videos.
Delete Snapchat Videos Without Being Seen
As stated above, the “Delete” feature cannot assist you with submitted videos. But there is a workaround for that too.
The moment you realize you’ve sent a strange video, quickly block that person on your Snapchat app. That way, if they get the video, they won’t be able to see it. Snapchat messages are short-lived, so you only have to wait 20-30 seconds before continuing to unblock that person.
Turning Off Your Messages
With the ability to remove things you send on Snapchat, you will definitely reduce the number of awkward situations caused by inappropriate messages. Whether you sent your ex a drunken text at two o’clock in the morning or even sent your business partner a video of you and your friends hanging around, now you can fix all this in a few simple steps.
Do you find the “Delete” option helpful? What’s the weirdest message you’ve ever sent? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.