Snapchat is a great way to keep in touch with your friends, but the app isn’t without its quirks. Even if you send a message to a known friend, Snapchat may sometimes say the message is pending alongside a gray arrow. Why does Snapchat say pending, and what can you do to fix it? Read on to find out.
Why does it say pending on Snapchat?
If Snapchat says your message is pending, it’s because you aren’t friends with the recipient. In some cases, this is because they haven’t yet accepted your friend request. Other times, it says pending because the person removed you from their friends list.
Like many social media apps, Snapchat sometimes requires that two users be friends before messages or snaps can be exchanged. The app will say a message is pending any time this requirement has not been met. When this happens, the message will include a gray arrow, indicating that the snap was not successfully sent. Otherwise, it would show up with a blue, red, or purple arrow.
It will be up to you to determine why your message has not been sent. If the recipient is a newly-added friend, it’s likely that they haven’t yet added you back. However, if you two were friends before, the news is bad: They’ve removed you from their friends list. In other words, they’ll have to add you back to their friends list before you can continue sending snaps to one another.
Snapchat only says your message is pending when you and the recipient aren’t friends. For new friends, the message will be sent after they’ve added you back. But if your message to a previously established friend is pending, that means they’ve removed you from their friends list. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ll need to be added back to their friends list before you can start sending them messages again.