How To Block Someone On Snapchat

A block feature is essential when it comes to any social media app or service. Users need it to ward off trolls and other users who just won’t stop messaging them. Snapcchat is no different and it does have a block feature. Here’s how you can block someone on Snapchat.

Block On Snapchat

Open Snapchat and tap the chat icon at the bottom left to go to the list of chat threads. Anyone you’ve ever sent a message or snap to will be listed here. The messages or snaps may have disappeared however, the chat thread will still be there. Tap the thread for the person you want to block and tap the hamburger icon at the top left.

This will open a settings screen for that particular user. On this screen, you can request a user’s location, share your location, share usernames, edit the name, enable Do Not Disturb, and of course block a user. Tap the Block option, and confirm that you want to block them. Once the user has been blocked, Snapchat will ask why you wanted to block them. It uses this information to manage users who may be misusing the platform.

If you’ve accidentally blocked someone, you can just as easily unblock them. Go to the main camera view screen on Snapchat and tap your bitmoji/profile icon at the top left. On the next screen, tap the cog wheel button at the top right to go Snapchat’s settings.

On the Settings screen, scroll down until you see the Blocked option. Tap it and you will see a list of everyone you’ve blocked on Snapchat. Tap the little cross button next to a name and that user will be unblocked.

We should mention that if the only reason you’re blocking someone on Snapchat is that they message too often and it’s distracting, you can enable the previously mentioned Do Not Disturb mode and mute notifications from them. This works with group message threads too which are almost always more active than one-on-one message threads.

Once you block a user, they will no longer be able to message you, send snaps, or view your Snapchat story. This will obviously clue them in to the fact that they’ve been blocked. If you’re getting a lot of spam messages or messages from trolls on Snapchat, you might want to turn off Quick add and make it a little harder for people to find and add you on Snapchat.

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How To Delete A Sent Message On Snapchat

Snapcchat is an app that is built on temporarily available information. Your stories expire, and your chat messages expire. It’s what drives engagement with the app’a users. If you don’ engage with content when it’s available, you may not be able to do so later. Snapchat has added a new feature to its chat that allows you to delete a sent message on Snapchat. It works with both one-on-one chat threads, and with group chat threads. Here’s how to delete a sent message on Snapcaht.

Delete A Sent Message On Snapchat

You need to first update the Snapchat app to the latest version available. This feature is added, and works, by way of an app update. What this also means is that if your friends are using an older version of the app, you may not be able to delete a sent message within their chat thread.

Once you’ve updated the app, send a message to a contact that you know is running the latest version of the app. Tap and hold on the message you’ve just sent, and a menu will appear. It ought to have a ‘Delete’ option in there.

This feature needs quite a few conditions to be met in order for it to work. With our initial tests, the Delete button simply wouldn’t appear. When you first delete a message Snapchat tells you that it will try and remove it from your friends’ side however it may not always succeed in doing so. It sites poor internet, or an older version of Snapchat being the reason the delete might fail.

When you delete a message, the action appears in the chat on your end only i.e., you will see ‘You deleted a chat’ message on your end however, your friend will not see this same message on their end.

The best way to make sure your message is deleted is to delete it as soon as possible. If your friend has seen a message, there is no taking it back which means with an active chat, you have very little time to react. With group chats, you have a little more leeway. It seems that as long as everyone in the group hasn’t seen the message, you can still take it back. We’ve deduced this based on the little demo that Snapchat gives of the new feature. If you have a group chat with 6 people in it, and you send a message that only 3 or 4 have seen, you can still take it back.

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How To Share Your Facebook Messenger Profile Code

If you use Snapchat, you’re probably familiar with Snapcodes. A Snapcode is given to each user and when its scanned with the Snapchat app, it allows you to add them quickly. A similar feature exists in Facebook Messenger. Each user has a Messenger profile code which allows other users to quickly add them on Messenger. Adding someone on Messenger doesn’t automatically add them to your Facebook friends’ list however, you can get a link to their profile from the code screen.

Share Facebook Messenger Profile Code

Your Messenger Profile Code is only visible on the mobile apps. You cannot access it from Messenger for web. In order to share the code, you must have the app installed.

There are two ways of sharing it; in person or via a screenshot. If you’re sharing it in person, the other person will have to scan it right away with the Messenger app. With a screenshot or image, you can send the picture to a friend and they will be able to scan it whenever they want.

To view the Messenger Profile Code, open the Messenger app and tap your profile picture at the top left next to the search bar. The circle around your profile picture is the code. Alternatively, you can go to the People tab, and tap Scan Code at the top. The scanner has a second tab that lets you view your code and share it as an image.

Scan Facebook Messenger Profile Code

Open the Messenger app and go to the People tab. Tap Scan Code at the top. When the camera opens, you have two options; scan a code live or scan a code from your camera roll.

If you have the code live i.e. in physical form or your friend has theirs open on their device, point the camera at it and it will scan the code. Scanning a code will automatically add the person on Messenger.

To scan a code from your camera roll, tap the picture icon at the bottom left of the camera view finder and pick the image with the Messenger profile code. It takes a little longer for the app to scan a code from an image and there shouldn’t be anything other than the code in that image. It’s not the most intelligent scanner so it has trouble picking the code out from everything else.

Once scanned, the person will be added on Messenger. You can send them messages but they must accept your add request or your messages will go to Message Requests or Filtered inbox.

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How To Upload GIFs With Sound On Imgur

A few years ago, Imgur introduced GIFV, a new file format for GIFs that allowed them to load faster, and play more smoothly. Imgur is now adding GIFs with sound. This is basically a really, really low resolution video with sound but we’re still calling it a GIF. For now, you can only create and upload GIFs with sound from Imgur’s iOS app. You can view and share them from your desktop browser. In the days to come, Imgur will add this feature to its Android app, and its web interface as well.

GIFs With Sound On Imgur

Make sure you’re running the latest version of the Imgur app on iOS. Open the app and tap the camera button and select a video from your camera roll to convert to a GIF. You will need to trim it down so that it is only 30 seconds long, or less.

After trimming the video, tap the speaker icon to unmute it and upload it with sound. Give the post a title, add tags, and tap Post to upload it. Imgur is encouraging its community members to use the unmute tag with all GIFs with sounds. You can follow this tag to see what GIFs with sounds others are sharing.

The GIF ought to upload right away but it seems problems can occur. If you don’t see your GIF, you might want to check if there was a problem with the upload and try again.

For users browsing Imgur, you don’t have to be worried about suddenly playing a GIF with sound out loud in the middle of the night. The GIFs are all muted by default and unless you tap to enable the volume, you won’t hear a peep.

This is great and all but we’d be kidding ourselves if we called this something other than low resolution videos. GIFs are essentially moving pictures but with very low resolutions. Sure, HD GIFs are a thing now but they aren’t easy to make and the file size is so large that it kills the whole point of using a GIF. GIFs with sound will take more time to load, and of course the file size will be smaller. It’s safe to say that the audio will be compressed as well.

The feature is relatively new so it’s too soon to say whether or not users will like it. One thing is certain, no one likes to wait for a GIF to load so Imgur will have optimized this as much as possible.

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How To Move A Conversation From Your Inbox To Filtered Inbox On Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger has two different inboxes for every user; your main inbox, and the filtered messages inbox. The main inbox is where messages from your contacts appear, and where message requests from people in your circle go. Filtered messages are just that; people trying to connect with you and you can ignore them if you want. So long as you never accept the request, and reply, you won’t get alerts for it. You can move a conversation from your inbox to filtered inbox if you want. It’s better than muting a conversation because you still get alerts for a muted conversation.

If the sender isn’t a friend, they won’t be able to see your active status and regardless if they are a friend or not, they will not know if the message has been delivered or read until you accept it.

Inbox To Filtered Inbox

You can move a conversation from the inbox to filtered inbox from both  the Facebook Messenger web interface, and the mobile apps.

Facebook Messenger Web

Visit Facebook Messenger and select the conversation thread that you want to move from the inbox to filtered inbox. On the right side, you will see a set of controls, and the contact/profile’s name. Next to it is a cog wheel button. Click it and select ‘Ignore messages’ from the menu that opens.

You will see a confirmation message telling you you’re about to move the conversation thread. Accept it, and the thread will be moved.

To undo this, click the cog wheel icon at the top left of Facebook Messenger, and select Message Requests. Look for the Filtered Messages option in the list of filtered messages and click it. Find the conversation thread that you sent to the filtered inbox, select it, and click Reply. You don’t need to actually reply to the message. Clicking the button is enough to return it to your inbox.

Facebook Messenger Apps

The process for moving a conversation from your inbox to filtered inbox is more or less the same on both Android and iOS apps. Open the Messenger app on your device and tap the conversation you want to move. Tap the contact name at the very top and on the contact’s details page, scroll down. You will see an Ignore Messages option. Tap it, and accept the confirmation message.

To undo this change, go to the People tab, and tap the Requests button at the top. Scroll down to the Filtered Messages section and tap the message you want to move back to your main inbox. Tap Reply, and it will return to main inbox.

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