How To Delete An Unopened Snapchat Picture? Tricks You Need To Know!


Have you ever been so out of your mind that you ended up sending someone a snap that you shouldn’t have? Been there done that, am I right? In such situations, knowing how to delete an unopened Snapchat picture comes in handy. Regrets last forever, and so do unsolicited snaps. So carry on reading to figure out the best ways to help with some of that regret.

The whole premise of Snapchat is to delete the message, image, and video after viewing it once. When you send it or receive it, the case remains the same. Though there is an option to ‘save’ the image or video by the sender and receiver, either party gets a notification when it’s done. Sometimes one can get too occupied with maintaining a streak that they don’t know what they’re sending. So what to do when you send a snap or a chat and hope the other person doesn’t see it? 

How To Delete An Unopened Snapchat Picture?  A Step By Step Guide

How To Delete An Unopened Snapchat Picture? Tricks You Need To Know!

Many social media platforms now give users the option to unsend or delete unopened messages. While Snapchat pioneered the instant delete function, the option to unsend snaps wasn’t possible. Until recently, when Snapchat announced that users can now delete unopened Snapchat pictures and videos. The only issue, though, is; that the user will be notified that something was deleted.

Another thing to remember is that deleting snaps is a new feature. However, previously you could delete and unsend the ‘text chats’ from the chat window of your Snapchat. So this article will focus on how to delete an unopened Snapchat picture or video. Let’s get into the steps that will help you save yourself from embarrassment. 

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How To Delete An Opened Snapchat Picture, Sticker, Or Video That You Have Sent?

How To Delete An Unopened Snapchat Picture? Tricks You Need To Know!

It’s not always the case that you might have sent something embarrassing. Maybe you sent the wrong thing instead of the one you intended. And to save yourself from the confusion, you’d want to get rid of it altogether before the other person sees it. First off, open the Snapchat app on your iPhone or Android. The steps for both operating systems remain the same. If you have either, you don’t have to worry about finding separate steps.

  • After you’ve opened the Snapchat app, go to the chat window.
  • Open the chat where you want to delete the message from. 
  • Tap and hold your finger on the sent image/video message.
  • Tap delete.
  • A confirmation popup will appear asking if you’re sure you want to delete the message. 
  • Tap delete again to confirm or cancel to cancel.

If your friend has not seen the image, they will not be able to do so anymore. But remember, they will be notified that you deleted a message from the chat. 

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Another Way To Delete Or Unsend A Message On Snapchat

How To Delete An Unopened Snapchat Picture? Tricks You Need To Know!

The above-mentioned way is somewhat the official method on how to delete an unopened Snapchat picture. There is another way to delete the message and prevent the other person from opening your image. Though it’s not guaranteed to work every time, we have seen it work sometimes, so if you’re out of options might as well give this a shot!

One way to stop the person from viewing the image/video you have sent is to block the person. Yes, you heard it right. It is a little extreme, but desperate times call for desperate measures, okay? You just need to be quick enough before the other person goes and opens the image they needed to be blocked. How long you can keep them blocked is up for debate.

Some say blocking and then unblocking the recipient for 5 minutes should do the trick. At the same time, some people advise waiting a little longer before unblocking them. To block someone, head over to your contact list. Click and hold on the name of the person you want to block. A popup with multiple options will appear. Tap on the Block option to block the person.

Things to note after doing this: After unblocking the person, your chats will return to normal. The messages you have sent will show as ‘opened,’ but in reality, they will not have seen the images at all. If you have a streak with the person you blocked, it will not be affected as long as you add them within 24 hours. However, if they are on your best friends list, they will be removed from the list. There is no way to get them back, and you will have to build connections again!

Another Sneaky Way To Delete An Unopened Snapchat Picture 

How To Delete An Unopened Snapchat Picture? Tricks You Need To Know!

How to delete an unopened Snapchat picture without going so extreme, you ask? There is another way that is not so extreme as blocking someone. To prevent someone from seeing a snap you sent them, you can simply delete your Snapchat account! Actually, it’s just as extreme as blocking someone, but if you’re really that desperate, this is an option you can consider too.

Deleting or deactivating Snapchat is fairly simple, and we have a step-by-step guide on how to do it, which you can read. But to save you the time of reading through all that, let me give you the crux of how to deactivate your Snapchat. 

  • Go to your snachat app.
  • Tap your profile or your Snapchat avatar.
  • Click on the Settings icon on the top right corner
  • Scroll down the settings list and click on “I need help.”
  • Look for the Delete My Account option and click on it.
  • Another window will open with the accounts portal in it. 
  • Tap on delete your account permanently.
  • Enter your username and password, and then tap on continue.

After you click to continue, your account will be deactivated. Do remember that this process is also for account deletion. If you don’t log in to your account within 30 days of deactivating your account, Snapchat will delete your account. All your chats, contacts, and memories will be wiped off the Snapchat servers. So remember to log back in soon.

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Final Words 

Deactivating your Snapchat account will also delete your unopened Snapchat picture or video. So you now know three different ways how to delete an unopened Snapchat picture. It’s better to be careful next time before snapping away and pushing your snap score to the limits. But we know accidents can happen at any time. We hope this article helps you and saves you a lot of regrets. Let us know in the comments below if these methods worked for you. Also, let us know if there is some other way that works!

Antra Koul
Antra Koul
With IT codes embedded in her mind and a love for snarky catchphrases and social stalking in her soul, Antra has a lot to balance on her plate. She is here to give you a reality check on everything from social media trends to the latest updates. Be it any Facebook update or a new TikTok trend, she will be your guide who will help you crack tacky social media algorithms.


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