What Does Pending Mean on Snapchat? – Answered

Snapchat is a popular social media platform, which allows users to take pictures or short videos. They can edit these pictures/videos and post them for others to see.

You can also use the platform to message people through DMs or group chats. You can send pictures/videos (aka ‘snaps’) through messages or post them on your story.

Snapchat pending – What does it mean?

When you send a snap through messages, it will sometimes state the word ‘pending’. This means that it is in the process of being sent.

Once a snap has exited the pending stage, it should state the word ‘delivered’. This means that the snap was successfully sent.

Snaps usually don’t take long to send, but there can be times where the snap remains pending for an extended period of time.

This can mean that an error occurred during the sending process. If the term ‘pending’ persists for too long, the snap may have failed to send.

If your snap failed to send, you can choose to cancel the process. If you leave it be, the snap will continue to try to send itself.

There are a few things that could be causing your snap to pend indefinitely. The snap may be too long, or your internet connection may not be strong enough to send the snap.

The person you’re sending the snap to may also have yet to accept your friend request. This means that you won’t be able to send them anything. This can also happen when a friend has blocked you or unfriended you.

Another possible reason for why your snap is pending is due to your lack of Wi-Fi. You should double-check whether you’re actually connected to a Wi-Fi network or Mobile data before proceeding to send the snap.

Snapchat require the internet to work. Without the internet, you won’t be able to send any messages or snaps. You also won’t be able to receive any messages or snaps.

Your snap may also be pending because of an issue with your account. You may have been reported by another user for harassment or something similar.

This may result in your account being restricted, which will limit your capabilities on Snapchat.

Alternatively, the cause for the pending issue may be on Snapchat’s side. There may be a glitch with the app, or an issue with Snapchat’s servers.

If Snapchat’s servers are down, it could affect Snapchat’s functionality.

How to Fix Pending on Snapchat

If you think you’ve been unfriended or blocked by the user you’re trying to message, leave them be and move on.

Or, if you think your snaps are pending for another reasons, look below for some solutions to the problem.

Message Another Friend

If you want to check whether a friend has blocked or unfriended you, try sending a message or snap to another friend.

If you manage to successfully message your other friend, it’s likely that the previous friend has blocked or unfriended you. In such cases, there’s nothing you can do but move on.

Use Another Messenger

If you think a friend has yet to accept your friend request on Snapchat, try contacting them on another messaging app to ask them about it.

If your friend request has not been accepted on Snapchat, you won’t be able to send messages or snaps to your friend.

Some messengers you can use include iMessage, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and Discord.

Restart Device

There may be a glitch in the Snapchat app that’s causing your snaps to pend indefinitely. Try closing the Snapchat app before restarting your device.

This can help get rid of minor glitches or bugs in the app.

For Desktop

Locate the Start Menu button in the taskbar, and click on it. Then, click on the power button, and select the ‘restart’ option.


Once you’ve restarted your device, open up Snapchat and try sending a snap once more to see if it works.

For iOS

Press and hold down the lock button until the ‘slide to power off’ option appears. Slide the switch to the right to close the device.


Next, wait around 5-10 seconds before holding down the lock button once more. Do this until the apple logo appears. Your device should now begin starting up again.

Once you’ve restarted your device, go on Snapchat and try sending a snap to see if it works.

For Android

Press and hold down the lock button until the ‘restart’ option appears. Press the ‘restart’ option to restart the device.


Once you’ve restarted your device, open the Snapchat app and try sending a snap once more.

Check Snapchat Servers

Try checking whether Snapchat’s servers are currently down. If they are, try waiting a few hours before sending a snap once more to see if it works.

To check the status of Snapchat’s servers, go to https://www.isitdownrightnow.com/snapchat.com.html.


If the server status is ‘up’, it means that the Snapchat servers are currently running fine.

Check Internet Connection

Finally, check whether your internet is working properly. A poor internet connection is a common reason why you may get the pending message in Snapchat.

First, make sure that you’re currently connected to the right Wi-Fi network. Then, check your Wi-Fi router for any issues.

If there are no red indicator, then your router should be functioning correctly. If there are red indicators, try restarting your router.

After restarting your router, go on Snapchat and attempt to send a snap again to see if it works.


In conclusion, the pending status on Snapchat means that a snap is in the process of being sent. It’s usually the result of some technical issues, though it will usually resolve itself in time.

Once the snap has been sent, the pending status should be replaced with the ‘delivered’ status. Or, if someone has viewed the snap, the status will changed to ‘opened’.

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