What Does “Pending” Mean on Snapchat and How to Fix It?

Have you ever seen a ‘pending’ status on a message you sent on Snapchat and wondered why this is happening? If yes, you have come to the right place. In this article, we have explained what the infamous Snapchat pending error message means. Plus, we will look at why the error message appears for users on their iPhones or Android phones and what you can do to fix it.

‘Pending’ Message on Snapchat: Explained (2022)

What Is the ‘Pending’ Error Message on Snapchat?

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A pending message on Snapchat refers to a message that didn’t get delivered to the recipient. Pending messages have a grey icon next to the message, unlike the usual blue/ purple/ pink icons on delivered messages and Snaps. The app shows a message or Snap as “pending” for a variety of reasons. We have listed the possible causes and solutions of pending messages in the app below:

Messages Pending on Snapchat? Possible Causes and Fixes!

  • The person has not accepted your friend request

The primary reason why a message shows as pending is that the person you are trying to contact has not accepted your friend request. You will see this “Your Snaps and Chats are pending until <user> adds you as a friend” warning message in the conversation window. To fix this, you could remind them to accept the request on other messaging apps like Telegram or WhatsApp.

  • They unfriended you on Snapchat
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If your messages used to get delivered and you suddenly started seeing the pending status, chances are, they unfriended you. You can check their name in the friends list (Bitmoji or profile icon -> My Friends) to know if they have unfriended you. If that’s the case, you will have to wait until the person adds you back. Until that happens, you can try messaging them elsewhere if it is an emergency.

  • They blocked you on Snapchat

Another possible cause of why someone is not reading your message could be because they blocked you. However, do keep in mind that the messages will show as “Delivered” and not “Pending” when someone blocks you.

  • They deleted Snapchat account

If someone deactivates or deletes their Snapchat account, that could trigger a pending message status on Snapchat. In this scenario, there’s not much you can do to message them unless they decide to reactivate the account.

  • Message expired

Snapchat automatically deletes all unopened Snaps after 30 days. If your friend didn’t open a Snap you sent for a month, it could appear as “Pending” on Snapchat. Here, you can choose to resend the expired message if it is important.

  • Snapchat Bug

In some cases, a Snapchat glitch or bug could also make the message go to the pending status. To fix this problem, you should make sure that the app is working as intended. For starters, you could try messaging them after updating the app or clearing the app’s cache. Do not forget to look at our detailed guide to fix common problems with Snapchat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I send messages to someone on Snapchat when it is pending?

You can send messages while your friend request is pending, but Snapchat doesn’t deliver them to the recipient. The messages get delivered only after the recipient adds you to the contacts list.

Q: Does pending on Snapchat mean blocked?

A pending message on Snapchat doesn’t necessarily mean they have blocked you. A pending message usually occurs when you try sending a message before someone adds you to their friends list.

Q: Why does my Snapchat say pending, but we’re still friends?

If your message goes to pending status even if you’re friends with the person, it is possible that the app’s glitch is causing the issue. You could try steps outlined in our Snapchat not working article to fix the problem.

[FIXED] Snapchat Says Pending in Grey

It is never great to see a message stuck on the pending error status with the gray icon next to it. If you are someone who faced the pending message error in Snapchat, we hope this article helped you understand what is going on and causing the issue. For more such handy tricks and feature updates, we suggest you go through our article on the best Snapchat tips and tricks. Also, do you know of any other nifty ways to fix the pending error message? Share them with our readers in the comments section below.

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