How To Restart Snapchat (Close And Open)

Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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Snapchat as a social media app has had a lot of reviews over the years; some good and some bad.

Prominent of the bad reviews include the app crashing or bugging without explanation and people can’t even fix it.

Many users have complained about this lot and after several attempts over the years, there has been only one solution to this problem, which is to restart the application.

In this article, you will learn how to restart the Snapchat app on your Android and iPhone devices.

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How To Restart Snapchat

Restarting Snapchat is an easy process no matter the type of device you use. You can easily restart Snapchat on your Android or iPhone/iPad.

Restarting Snapchat On Android

When restarting an app on an Android device, you first have to clear the app from the recent section and then clear the cache of the app to reset it.

Open Settings on your device > Locate the Apps & notifications option and select it > Then tap on App info > This will display a list of all system apps and installed apps on your phone > Scroll through and select Snapchat > On the menu that is displayed, press Force Stop OR select Storage & cache and Clear Cache.

This will restart the Snapchat application successfully.

Restarting Snapchat On iPhone/iPad

The only way to restart Snapchat or any other app on an iPhone/iPad is to delete the app and reinstall it from the Appstore. Your data will be safe and restored when you get the app back.

Restarting Snapchat On Personal Computer

Snapchat can be accessed with your PC or Mac computer using a web browser.  This makes it much easier to restart Snapchat.

To do this you simply need to close the tab and open a new one; press Ctrl+R on the keyboard or close the web browser and reopen it.

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Why You Need To Restart Snapchat?

Since Snapchat needs internet connectivity to operate, this might sometimes cause it to lag, act slowly, and mainly freeze.

There might also be a bug affecting the app which may be from the Snapchat servers. In this instance, it is prudent to restart the application to get it working properly.

Other Ways To Fix Your Snapchat

  • Restart your device
  • Update your Snapchat
  • Install and re-install the application
  • Contact the technical support team if the problem continues to persist.


Restarting your Snapchat application is the basic and first solution to resort to whenever the app crashes or freezes. It does the trick nine out of ten times which is why it is recommended.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I refresh Snapchat?

To refresh Snapchat, simply close the app, clear it from the recent tab and open it again.

How do I restart Snapchat on my iPhone?

Uninstall the app and reinstall it again from the Appstore

How did I restart my Snapchat on Android?

Open Settings > Select Apps > Select Snapchat > Select Force Close > Reopen the App again.

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By Timothy Iyekowa Writer & Editor
As a seasoned content writer with 4+ years of experience in consumer technology, Timothy has been a dedicated author and editor at since its inception. Specializing in addressing user concerns, his articles offer effective solutions for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac-related issues. Timothy's expertise also extends to crafting content about social media and various applications. Through his daily articles, he consistently aids users in overcoming their technology challenges.
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