What Does “Pending” Mean on Snapchat?



You might have tried to send a friend something on Snapchat but it keeps showing as “Pending”. One of these reasons could be why.

Sometimes, you may find yourself in a situation when you send someone a snap on Snapchat or a message via text and then see Pending instead of Delivered. This is because your message has not yet been sent.

This could be due to multiple factors. There are many quick solutions, so don’t be alarmed.

What does Snapchat pending actually mean? What is the reason for this? Let’s look at the possible causes and find solutions.

1. Snapchat is not for friends

If you have sent a Snapchat friend request and it hasn’t been accepted, you will see Pending next to their name. After waiting for the person to accept your request, the snap or message will be automatically delivered to them.

Another possibility is that a friend has removed your name from their friend list and you are no longer on their Snapchat contact list. This one is not as simple as just a few taps. As soon as you are added back, Delivered will appear with a blue tick.

2. Snapchat has blocked you

Snapchat does not send notifications to you if you are blocked by someone. There are many ways to tell if someone blocked Snapchat. One of these is seeing Pending.

It may be useful to find out if the contact has blocked you or unfriended you. You can search the Search Bar for the username of that contact. If you don’t see the user, it means that they have been unfriended. If they don’t appear, you’ve been unfriended.



3. Snapchat Account Deleted

Your snaps may not have been delivered because your friend might have deleted their Snapchat account. It is possible that the account was banned, and it doesn’t exist anymore.

Once your snaps go from Pending To Delivered to Delivered, you’ll know if the account has been reactivated. It’s easy to recover a Snapchat account. To reactivate your account, log in within 30 days.

4. Snapchat App has a glitch

Snapchat is a smooth, efficient social media platform that works well, but there are some issues. Sometimes, the app can be glitchy. Sometimes, the app might display a random Pending status.

App glitches can occur for many reasons. You could have a lack of storage, or you may have an excessive software update. Clear out some space, delete cache from Snapchat in settings, and then update your phone’s software. These steps will clear your cache:

  1. Tap on the avatar or Bitmoji in the upper left corner.
  2. Click the Settings button in the upper right corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Clear under Account Actions.
  4. Clear Select, and you’re done.

5. The Recipient or you don’t have a secure internet connection

Snapchat might have a problem if it says “Pending”

You can disconnect from Wi-Fi and use your mobile data instead to send the Snap completely. You can also restart your router. You don’t need to be concerned about your snaps being lost in the mix.

Other times, the recipient may not have an internet connection or have turned it off. You’ll need to wait for them to get back online if this happens.

6. Snapchat’s servers are down

The app will shut down in large numbers, and users are unable to use it properly. This app can crash or make errors similar to this one.

Snapchat will quickly get up and running, so you can send snaps and messages as soon as the problem is fixed. To speed up the process, you can try restarting the app several times. Another option is to delete and reinstall the app.

7. The recipient’s phone is off

Sometimes the recipient won’t have any issues with you at all on a personal level. They might not have connectivity problems. Your snap might instead show up as “Pending” if the user’s device isn’t connected.



It is possible that the recipient turned off their phone to concentrate on something more important or to save their battery. Your snap should be delivered as soon as the recipient has turned on their phone again and is connected to the internet.

What does Snapchat’s Pending mean? Now you know

Snapchat’s Pending status can be caused by many factors. You could have been rejected by a user or blocked.

You might also experience an app glitch, or an issue with your internet connection. These technical problems can be fixed quickly. However, if someone blocks or unfriends you, you must respect that decision.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.