Your Snapchat score is an indicator of how much you’ve used Snapchat – taking into account your total number of snaps that you’ve sent and received, stories you’ve posted, and other factors.
The more you use Snapchat, the higher the score increases.
Unfortunately, your Snap score is public by default, and there are some reasons why you may wish to hide it.
In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about hiding your Snap score.
Is There A Way To Hide Your Snap Score?
Since its visible to anyone you have added as a friend, you may be wondering – can you hide your Snap score?
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any way to completely hide your Snapchat score from your friends.
This is a bit frustrating, as there are many other privacy settings built into Snapchat that allow you to restrict who can interact with you in certain ways.
For example, you can block people who aren’t your friends from sending you messages, or even create stories that only certain people can see.
Sadly, there is no option for anything like this in regards to your Snap score.
If someone is your friend, they will be able to see your Snap score, and there is currently no option to be able to hide it.
However, there are steps you can take to mask your Snapchat usage and grant yourself some excuses as to why your Snap score may have changed, even if someone is actively monitoring it. Your options will come down to why you want to hide your Snapchat score in the first place.
Why Might You Want To Hide Your Snap Score?
There are plenty of reasons why you may want to hide your Snap score.
While interviewing people on their usage of Snapchat and how it could be improved, a few people explained to me why they wanted to hide their Snap score. Let’s look over some of these reasons:
1. Hiding Snapchat Usage From Boyfriend / Girlfriend
This is one of the most common reasons.
If you’re in a relationship with someone who is controlling, possessive or insecure, they may pry into your usage of Snapchat to ensure you’re not talking with other people.
They may even go as far as suggesting you don’t use Snapchat at all, and actively monitor your Snap score to ensure that you’re not using it.
Although I would personally consider this to be an enormous red flag, I am not here to comment on your relationship.
You should know that your Snap score is sometimes delayed and doesn’t update immediately, so you may wish to explain this if your Snap score continues going up even if you stop using Snapchat.
Additionally, your Snap score goes up even if you don’t ever talk to anybody, or send any Snaps yourself. Simply receiving and opening a photo or video is enough for the score to go up. Many people have people on their Snapchat lists that bulk send Snaps out, so it’s possible for your Snap score to go up even if you aren’t having conversations with anyone.
Finally, if there is a specific person you want to hide your discussions with, click here to learn how to clear your Snapchat Recents list.
2. You’re Ignoring Someone
Similarly to the possessive boyfriend or girlfriend, you may just simply not to talk to someone right now – yet they may monitor your Snap score anyway.
Unlike Facebook, Snapchat does not have any sort of indicator to tell whether you have the app open or not. However, if your Snap score goes up, its clear that you’ve been using the app.
Since people can tell whether or not people open your message, this can cause some people to freak out once they realize you have been deliberately ignoring them.
Never forget that nobody is entitled to your time or attention. You don’t need to have an excuse or reason why you might want to take a break from talking with someone.
You are free to live your life on your terms, and only talk to people when you feel like you want to.
If someone is bothering you, do the both of you a favor and just block them.
3. You’re Grounded And You’re Not Supposed To Use Snapchat
While I don’t feel proud for contributing to juvenile delinquency, this article wouldn’t be complete without listing this one.
I am not suggesting anyone go against their parent or guardian’s wishes, but most people get around this by creating a second Snapchat account with a fake name and separate email.
Parents should also understand that the Snap score is delayed, and may continue going up for as long as a week after the usage of Snapchat has stopped.
This means it may appear that you’re using Snapchat, even if you actually aren’t.
Therefore, parents shouldn’t punish their children for usage of Snapchat unless they can verify without a doubt that the app was still being used – relying on more than just the Snap score.
4. Your Snap Score Is Too High
Some people want to hide their Snap score because they believe it is too high.
There are some negative connotations that come with a high Snap score. For example, a guy with a high Snap score may be seen as a player, or someone with a Snapchat score that is too high may be seen as a social media / texting addict.
Personally, I think it’s silly to make judgements like this based on something as arbitrary as the Snap score alone.
However, the fact of the matter is that some people do make judgements based on someone’s Snap score.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to reset or lower your Snap score. Your only option is to start over with a new account.
5. You Have A Low Score And You’re Embarrassed
Finally, if you have a low Snapchat score, you may be embarrassed and want to hide anyone from seeing it.
You may worry that it makes you seem antisocial, like you don’t have a lot of friends or you simply don’t use Snapchat a lot.
I don’t think this is really something to worry about. However, I can understand why some people may be self conscious about it.
Never forget that everybody’s Snap score starts at 0. Some people have been using Snapchat for over 10 years ago, with the same Snapchat account. Snapchat came out in 2011, so that’s a really long time to be building your Snap score up!
How To Quickly Increase Your Snapchat Score
If for some reason you’d like to quickly raise your Snapchat score, there are a few easy ways to do it.
The first thing you could do is bulk add celebrities, then send them multiple Snapchats all at once. Using the groups feature, you can add up to 31 Snapchat friends at once (making a total of 32, with you in the group.)
This allows you to send a very large volume of Snaps quickly, very rapidly increasing your Snapchat score.
The second method is to send Snapchats to yourself. You can either send them directly to your account, or make a 2nd Snapchat account to send them to.
Both of these will increase your Snap score rapidly, without having to annoy any of your friends or talk to anyone!
Don’t Be Afraid To Block People
As mentioned in the beginning of this article, your Snap score will be displayed to anyone that you’ve added as a friend.
However, once you remove or block them, they will no longer be able to see your Snap score. This is true even if they still have you added, or have sent you a friend request.
In order for the Snap score to be displayed, you must both be friends with each other. Otherwise, they will be able to view your profile but your Snap score will not be displayed.
Therefore, if somebody is bothering you, just block them!
Stalkers should not be a part of your life anyway and you are better off without these people.
If you are being harassed on Snapchat, you should also report this person to Snapchat and potentially get in contact with Snapchat support.
To block someone on Snapchat, follow these steps:
- Open the Snapchat account.
- Find the person on either your Recents page, or your friends list.
- Tap and hold down on their name for a moment.
- Tap on ‘More’
- Tap on ‘Block’
- Tap on ‘Block’ a 2nd time when the confirmation comes up.
If you want to report the person, you should do this first as they will be removed from your Recents page after you block them.
Make A 2nd Snapchat Account
Alternatively, another thing you can do is to make a separate Snapchat account.
So, by creating a new Snapchat account, you can use Snapchat all you want on your new account without the other person finding out about it.
Keep in mind however that Snapchat uses mutual friends as one of the factors in their ‘Quick Add’ algorithm.
Therefore, if the two of you have lots of people in common, it may be a wise idea to use a fake name and ensure that your Bitmoji is different. Otherwise, the person may know that you have a 2nd Snapchat account, and try to add you on it.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to hide your Snapchat score from your friends.
The Snap score is an arbitrary and ultimately meaningless feature. While it’s fun to look at and compare scores with others, it doesn’t serve much other purpose.
At the same time, having a visible record of how much you use Snapchat can cause problems for some users. While I’m not suggesting Snapchat remove the Snap score, they should at least give you the option to turn it off. Why Snapchat hasn’t yet updated their app to include something so basic is beyond me.
Anyway, I apologize to share this news. If you have any questions about Snapchat or the Snap score, feel free to ask them using the comment form below. Additionally, I’d love to hear why YOU want to hide your Snap score – maybe if enough of us voice out, Snapchat will actually do something about it!
Wishing you the best,
– James McAllister