How To Stop A Snap From Sending

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If a Snap is stuck on sending, it can be annoying as you can’t send the message, but it won’t let you delete it. Snapchat allows you to send messages to friends but there are times where it can have some serious issues. As a Snapchat user, from time to time, you’re going to experience issues with messages not sending.

However, in this situation, you’re not trying to send the message again, you’re trying to stop a snap from sending.

Why Is Snapchat Stuck On Sending?

Before you’re able to stop a Snapchat that is sending or delete a snap that is waiting to send, then chances are you’ll see ‘Waiting to Send’ or ‘Sending’. These messages indicate that Snapchat is currently sending your message and if you want to stop the snap from sending, then you’ll need to do it before the snap is sent.

Snapchat doesn’t allow you to delete messages that are waiting to send, so you have to delete them with various methods. Although you can’t directly un-send snaps that are sending, there are other ways you can get rid of this message from your chat.

The most common way to wipe this is by clearing the chat in Snapchat settings. Some people don’t like this option because it’s going to clear the whole conversation meaning that you’ll have to message the person to get the chat back.

How To Stop A Snap From Sending

Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to stop your snap from sending entirely. There are ways to temporarily stop your snap from sending, but once you stop trying, Snapchat will force the snap to send. If you want to stop a snap from sending temporarily, you’ll have to stop your internet connection.

1. Put Phone on Airplane Mode

The best way to stop a snap from sending is by putting your phone on airplane mode. This will put a stop to your internet services and it won’t allow the sending snap to send.

All snaps need an internet connection – some snaps are stuck on sending or waiting to send due to a lack of strong internet. If you want to cancel a Snapchat from sending, your best bet would be to turn off your WIFI and date.

The downside of this is that turning your internet services back on will cause the snap to send. There’s no outright way to stop a snap from sending. You’ll have to wait for the snap to send and then delete the sent snap.

2. Block Them

Another way you can stop a snap that’s sending is to block the person. If the snap is stuck on sending, then you can block them while it’s doing this.

However, if you’ve literally hit the send button and you want to cancel the sending snap, blocking them isn’t the best way to go about it.

You can try and turn off your internet services and then block them to stop the snap from sending during the process. Or, you can just wait for the snap to send then delete the snap after.

3. Log Out and in of Snapchat

Another way to stop a snap from sending is to log out then back into Snapchat. This is going to get rid of the Sending or Waiting to send a message that comes up when you try and send a message.

When you log out, it refreshes the app therefore, it stops the app from sending and deletes it. If logging out didn’t stop the snap from sending, then you need to wait for the snap to send, then delete it after.

4. Clear the Apps Cache

The next thing you can do to stop a snap from sending is to clear the cache. When you clear the cache, it means that all the temporary files stored in the Snapchats directory are going to get wiped.

When you start to use the app after you’ve cleared the cache, you should notice a big difference in the performance of the app. The cache files are files that are stored temporarily in the apps directory and these files can go as quickly as they came.

They basically allow certain things on the app to load quickly because your device already has information about it. When you wipe the cache, the performance of the app will be smoother, and it’ll be a bit faster although it sounds counterintuitive.

To clear Snapchat cache:

1. Go to the Settings icon

2. Under ACCOUNT ACTIONS, click Clear Cache

3. Click on Clear All then Clear

4. Close and open the app

After you’ve done this, the app is going to close and when you go back on the chat, you should be able to see that the message that was trying to send will no longer send.

5. Uninstall Snapchat

Uninstalling your Snapchat will allow you to do away with all the problems you are facing related to sending a snap. This is because when you uninstall Snapchat you stop all the activities that were running in the app. Here are the steps to follow to uninstall Snapchat.

Uninstalling Snapchat mostly depends on the type of device you are using. The process will vary from one device to another.

If you are using an iPhone, you need to go to the apps, look for Snapchat, tap then hold on until options are displayed. Click the “cross’ icon. You’re done.

If you are using an android, tap on the Snapchat app, and hold. You will get options and one of them will be to uninstall. Tap on the uninstall option.

6. Clear App Data

Clearing app data is an easy way of factory resetting an app to its original state when you first downloaded it. As a result, this action will be crucial in getting rid of all the errors that you are facing in your Snapchat app and stopping a snap from sending.

If you are using android, follow these steps.

1. Go to the Settings option on your android phone.

2. Scroll down and tap on “Apps”.

3. Once you have opened this option, you will find a list of installed apps.

4. Find the Snapchat app and tap to open it.

5. On the options menu, look for “Storage” and open.

6. Hit on the “Clear Data/Storage/App Data”.

If you are using an iPhone, follow these steps.

1. Visit your Settings option on your iPhone.

2. Scroll down and look for the Snapchat app.

3. Click on the app to find the menu.

4. Below you will find “Clear Cache”.

You can also clear the entire app’s data by deleting the app and reinstalling it again.

To do this, you need to go to your iPhone home. Tap and hold on to the app. You will get the options and tap on “Remove App”. By doing this, all the data related to the app will be removed from your phone.

How to Delete an Unsent Snap

If you want to delete a snap that won’t send, then you’ll need to either clear the conversation or delete the snap once it’s sent.

1. Clear Conversation

The first method you can use to stop sending snaps is to clear the conversation. Clearing the conversation is something you can do in the settings app and it allows you to get rid of a conversation on your chats list.

Don’t worry, clearing your conversations isn’t going to get rid of the saved messages or images in the chat, it’s just going to get rid of the chat from the chat list.

To clear the conversation:

  1. Click your bitmoji at the top right
  2. Click on the Settings icon
  3. Scroll down to tap Clear Conversations under Account Actions

Once you’ve done this, the snap that was sending should have been deleted and should no longer be on your conversations list. To see if the unsent snap was actually deleted, you’ll need to open the chat again and check if the red snap was delivered.

If it was delivered, then clearing the conversation didn’t work and you’ll have to delete it manually.

You can easily get the conversation back by opening the chat again and sending them a message. You may be thinking; how do I open a chat that’s not on the chats list. You can search for the person’s name, hold on to their name, click on chat.

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2. Delete the Snap Once It’s Sent

Clearing the conversation isn’t the best way to unsend a snap that won’t send. Clearing the conversation simply gets rid of the chat but everything is still running in the background.

It may look like the sending snap has gone away, but it’s still trying to send so you actually haven’t stopped a snap from sending.

The only way that you’ll be able to delete an unsent snap is to wait for the snap to send then delete it right away. Snapchat recently started to allow its users to delete red snaps they send to people.

Since they don’t give you a way to delete snaps that aren’t sending, you’ll need to wait for them to send, then delete them.

To delete an unsent snap, you need to wait for the Sending snap to be delivered. Once it’s delivered, click on the chat and hold down the sent snap.

Once the options come up, select Delete, you’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to delete the snap, from here, you wait to select Delete again.

3. Tell Them It Was An Accident

Remember, Snapchats works very fast when it comes to dealing with sent Snaps. As a result, when you send and the receiver opens the Snap, it disappears.

You are also not able to unsend a snap. As a result, the only solution you have once you have sent a Snap is to tell the receiver that you sent it by accident.

By doing this, you will have handled any reaction that might arise from the receiver taking the snap as a message to them. The good part about this is that they will not know whether you are lying or not, and you will be safe.

4. If It Was A Group Chat, Leave and All Sent Snaps Will Be Deleted

If the Snap that you have sent is on a group chat, there is no worrying about giving any explanation. Unless of course, there are a few members who have already seen it.

If not, just leave the group and the snap will be automatically deleted. By that, it means when members open the group they will not see anything.

Does Cancel Send Work on Snapchat?

No. Unfortunately, Snapchat does not have a cancel send function that will cancel or unsend your snap once you send it. Once you have released that snap there is no way of undoing the action. You will have to look for other means to make sure the recipient does not see the snap.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

23 COMMENTS

        • What avout “waiting to send..” next to someones name for 2months, you can still see when they’ve sent YOU a message, but cannot see if theyve viewed yours.. and my posts just say failed to upload to my story. CANNOT retry

          • Im having the same problem (only with the waiting) when I log out or delete the app it goes away then about 10 snaps later shows up again, and sometimes if I send a chat once i hit send nothing send no ‘waiting’ almost as though I never sent anything.

  1. Mine havent “failed to send” but they have been sending for the past month and wont go through, meaning I can’t send them any snaps

  2. My Snapchat is showing waiting to send. I tried the clear cache option, but it didn’t work. Nor did the other two ways to get rid of it. What else can be done ?

  3. How can I delete a streak yet to send before I put my data on

    That streak was a mistake I don’t want it to send so I’ve put the apps data off

  4. My problem is a failed story. This picture says it’s still loading, and it has been for over 3 months. Idk what to do.

  5. Awesome! I have been trying to figure out how to do this for months and then I stumbled upon your article! You are a lifesaver!

  6. Clearing cache didnt do it for me, but then I saw “clear app data” button right next to it ☠ Well that worked…

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