If you previously blocked someone on Snapchat but have changed your mind, it’s easy to unblock them so you can interact with them again. When you block a user on Snapchat, they are removed from your friends list and you will no longer receive any Snaps, Chats, or Story updates from them. However, you can always unblock a user later if you decide you want to re-establish contact.

Steps to Unblock a User on Snapchat

  1. Open the Snapchat app and tap on your profile icon or Bitmoji in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. On your profile page, tap the gear icon in the top right to access your Snapchat settings.
  3. Scroll down the settings menu and tap on “Blocked”. This will show you a list of all the Snapchat users you have blocked.
  4. Find the user you want to unblock in the blocked list. Tap the “X” icon next to their name.
  5. A confirmation pop-up will appear asking if you’re sure you want to unblock that user. Tap “Yes” to confirm.
  6. The user is now unblocked! However, you will need to re-add them as a friend again to fully restore communication with them. Search for their username and tap “Add” next to their name.

What Happens When You Unblock Someone?

After unblocking a user on Snapchat, a few things change:

  • The user is removed from your blocked list and you will be able to find them again by searching for their username.
  • You will be able to receive Snaps and Chats from the user again, and view their Stories and Charms if they are public.
  • However, unblocking does not automatically re-add the user as your friend. You need to send them a new friend request or have them add you back for full interaction privileges.
  • The user will be able to tell that you blocked and then unblocked them, because they will see that you are no longer in their friends list. Getting a new friend request from you will indicate to them that they were previously blocked.

Alternatives to Blocking

If you don’t want to completely block a user but want to limit your interactions with them, Snapchat provides a few alternative options:

  • Mute a friend’s Story: If you don’t want to see someone’s Story updates, press and hold on their name, select “Story Settings,” and toggle on “Mute Story.” You’ll remain friends but won’t see their Story posts.
  • Mute a friend’s notifications: Go to the Chat screen, press and hold on the friend’s name, tap “Chat Settings,” and toggle off “Message Notifications.” You’ll still get their Chats but won’t get notifications.
  • Mute a group chat: Open the group chat, tap the menu icon, select “Chat Settings,” and toggle off “Message Notifications” to mute the group without leaving it.
  • Remove a friend: If you no longer want to be Snapchat friends with someone, you can remove them from your friends list without fully blocking them. Go to your friends list, find their name, press and hold it, and tap “Remove Friend”.


Blocking someone on Snapchat stops all interaction with them, but it’s easy to unblock a user if you change your mind. Just go to your settings, find the blocked list, and tap the X by their name to unblock them. You’ll then need to re-add them as a friend to resume full Snapchat interactions. If you don’t want to completely block someone, you can also mute their Story, mute their notifications, leave a group chat, or just remove them as a friend. These options let you manage your Snapchat experience without totally cutting off contact.