What Happens When You Deactivate Snapchat?

All your account information will be listed for deletion after 30 days, and you won't be able to use Snapchat during this time.
Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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If you are a Snapchat user who just wants to take a break from the social media app, you can deactivate your account. But what happens when you deactivate Snapchat?

So yeah, I’m thinking about deactivating my Snapchat account, but the burning question is, what do friends see when you deactivate Snapchat?

In this article, you will learn what happens when you deactivate your Snapchat account.

Is Deactivating Snapchat Possible?

Yes, deactivating your Snapchat account is possible.

But there is no separate way to do this, instead, you will delete your Snapchat account, and within the next 30 days, your account will be deactivated.

If you don’t log in within this time the account will be deleted permanently.

To deactivate your Snapchat account you have to delete it. And for the next 30 days don’t sign in to your device.

This will make your account vanish from your friend’s list, and people won’t be able to message you.

Deactivating Your Snapchat Account

To deactivate your Snapchat account you need to delete your Snapchat account, as they only have the delete button.

So within the next 30 days, your account will be deactivated and if you don’t log in within these 30 days it will remain so until the last day.

After 30 days your account will be permanently removed from the Snapchat server.

Login back on the 28 or 29 to avoid your account being deleted if just want to deactivate it for a few days. To delete your Snapchat account:

To Deactivate Your Account On The Web

To deactivate your Snapchat account, follow the Snapchat account deactivation link to open in your web browser to begin deactivating your account.

Manage Your Snapchat account — Tap Delete My Account

Enter your Snapchat username and password to log in.

Then tap on Delete My Account, and enter your password again to verify that you want to deactivate your account.

Delete your Snapchat account, and it will be deactivated for the next 30 days

If you have a two–factor authentication, you may also have to complete it.

After this, you have successfully deactivated your Snapchat account.

What Happens When You Deactivate Snapchat?

Your account will be removed from your friend’s list, and you won’t be able to receive messages.

All your account information will be listed for deletion after 30 days, and you won’t be able to use Snapchat during this time.

1. You Can’t Use The Account

When you deactivate your Snapchat account, your account will be temporarily disabled.

All of your data (Snaps, Stories, contacts, etc.) will be removed from the platform, and your friends won’t be able to see anything concerning you during the 30 days.

If you don’t log in back to your account you will not be able to reactivate your account or use any of your data.

Temporarily disabling your account will lock you out and you won’t be able to use any of the Snapchat features, to continue using the account you will have to log in again within 30 days.

2. Cannot Send Or Receive Messages

When your account is deactivated, your friends will not be able to message you on the app, and you will be removed from their friend list.

They will still be able to see the messages sent and received according to the message settings. But you will not be able to send any other.

3. Cannot Send Snap

If you like using the Snap Map features to find the location of your friends, you won’t be able to use it, because you have been logged out of your account.

If you want to continue using the Snap Map feature you will have to login back into your account.

4. Your Snaps And Others Stay The Same

Your account, account settings, Snaps, Stories, Friends, and Chats will be maintained on the servers (unless they reach the 24-hour expiry period)

What Happens To Messages When You Deactivate Snapchat?

If you deactivate your Snapchat account, your friends will not be able to message you during this time.

Snapchat will not let the user type or even send a message.

If it takes more than a week, depending on the message settings, the friendly conversation might be removed from the message tab.

Your messages will not be deleted from the Snapchat servers but your profile will disappear from the friend lists of your Snapchat friends and contacts

1. Message Deletion For Your Friends

If you send a message to your friends before you deactivate your Snapchat account, the message will be there and won’t be deleted until they have opened it.

When they open the message, it will be deleted after 24 hours, and the conversation will be removed from the Chats.

If the message was not opened by your friend before you deactivated your Snapchat account, the message will be available for them to view within the 30 days since you deactivated your account.

2. Message Deletion For You

If your friend sends you a message and you have already deactivated your account before reading it, the message will be stored in the Snapchat server until you log back into your account within 30 days.

And when you reactivate your account before the 30 days, you will be able to see the message in your Chats

Messages will be deleted in the next 24 hours if the settings are in default, after being viewed. Or immediately depending on your settings.

3. Message Deletion For Group

All unopened Snaps sent to a group chat are deleted automatically after 7 days.

Messages sent in Group Chats are automatically deleted either one day after everyone has viewed them or one week after they have been sent even if they were not viewed by everyone

When You Deactivate Snapchat, Can Your Friends See Your Messages?

Yes, your friends can see your messages even if you have deactivated your account.

If they have not opened your conversation on the app, the message will be available for the next 30 days.

Once they open it, it will be deleted after 24 hours or immediately based on your Chats settings.

When You Deactivate Can You Receive Any Messages?

No, you cannot receive any new messages when you deactivate your Snapchat account.

If you deactivate your account, your friends will not be able to send you a message.

The only way you can see a message is if it was sent before you hit the Delete button.

And when you reactivate your account you will be able to see the message. Apart from that, there is no way to get a new message.

What Happens To Friends When You Deactivate Snapchat?

Your friends will not be able to see your profile in their friend list, and they will not be able to send you new messages during this deactivation period.

And when you reactivate your Snapchat account, you will be added back to their friend list and they will be added back to yours automatically.

What Happens To Friend Requests You Sent After You Deactivate Snapchat?

The friend request will be deleted and the person won’t be able to see it once you deactivate your Snapchat account.

This will overrun the 48-hour friend request expired time.

What Happens To Friend Requests You Receive After You Deactivate Snapchat?

You will still be able to see the person’s friend request, even after you deactivate your account and reactivate it within 48 hours.

If I Deactivate my Snapchat Account, Will I Lose Friends?

No, you will not lose your friends when you deactivate your Snapchat account.

The only thing that will happen is you will be removed from their friend list, but when you reactivate your account you will be added automatically back to their list.

Can Anyone See A Deactivate Snapchat Account?

No, no one can see a deactivated account. Once you deactivate your Snapchat account only you can view it, and even your friends will not be able to unless there are some messages left unread.

Once viewed the message the conversation will be deleted and removed from chats after 24 hours.

How To Reactivate Snapchat Account

To reactivate your Snapchat account, open the app on your mobile device and log in with your username and password.

Snapchat will ask you if you want to reactivate your account. Select Yes, and your account will be reactivated.

Conclusion

Deactivating your Snapchat account goes against everything you have achieved on the app, your friends, boyfriend, girlfriends, photos, videos, messages, and admirers will not be able to see your account.

When you deactivate your Snapchat account, all of your photos and videos disappear from the app.

And your username will be unavailable for anyone to use.

FAQs on What Happens When You Deactivate Snapchat

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No, deactivating Snapchat does not delete messages. It's a response to the message settings. If the message has been viewed, it will be deleted after 24 hours, even if you have deactivated your account.

No, you cannot message a deactivated Snapchat account. It's not possible, you will be greeted with an error message.

Yes, you can see their message even if they have deactivated their Snapchat account. Once you view the message, it will be removed from the Chats tab immediately or after 24 hours.

No, you cannot get any messages after deactivating your Snapchat. You can't use Snapchat again, and thus cannot receive any messages until you reactivate your account.

No, you cannot search once you have deactivated your Snapchat account. The account will not be available to the public.

No, it doesn't auto-delete messages until you have viewed them.

Your friends cannot see your profile in their friends' list, and they cannot send you new messages during this deactivated period.

No, deactivating your Snapchat account does not delete your friends. It will only remove you from their list. And when you reactivate your account.

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