Snapchat users can send and receive three types of messages: snaps with and without sound, snaps with sound, and chat messages. Furthermore, Snapchat goes above and beyond by informing you of the status of each of your sent snaps and chat messages. It is the most comprehensive of all popular chat apps in this regard.

At the time of writing, your message can have one of six different statuses. The most important one, however, is “opened,” which indicates that the recipient or recipients have read or seen your message. Others include “sent,” “received,” “viewed,” “screenshot,” and “replayed.”

When you factor in Snapchat’s colour codes for each message type, it’s no surprise that it can be perplexing at times. Here’s how to tell if and when your message was opened, as well as a detailed breakdown of other message statuses.

 

What Does the Word Open Mean?

When you send a Snapchat message, the platform will track it and notify you when it’s status changes. Messages that have been opened by the recipient are given the “Opened” status (or recipients, if you sent a message to a group chat).

Follow these steps to see the current status of your message:

  1. Launch the Snapchat app by tapping the Snapchat icon.
  2. To see a list of your conversations, go to the Chat screen.

Look for the icon next to the conversation you want to track.

If you open it, you’ll see the time it happened below the contact’s or group’s name.

 

Icons That Are Opened

The “Opened” icons on Snapchat are similar to the “Sent” icons, except they’re hollow. This means that a hollow red arrow will appear next to an opened snap with no sound, while a purple arrow will appear next to an opened snap with sound. Finally, a hollow blue icon represents a chat message that has been opened.

 

What Is the Meaning of Sent?

The “Sent” status is the first you’ll see after sending a message. This is the status of any message that has not been delivered. If the cloud is overburdened or you went online immediately after sending the message, this status may remain active for some time.

Alternatively, if the recipient is offline at the time of sending, the message will be marked as “Sent” until they return online and receive the message. Until the status changes, a timestamp next to the recipient’s name in your Chat list will show the time you sent the message.

 

Sent Symbols

Solid arrows pointing to the right represent “sent” icons. Snaps with no sound are indicated by the red arrow. The purple one is for sound snaps, while the blue one is for sent chat messages. The grey icon represents messages sent to users who have not yet accepted your friend request.

 

What Is the Meaning of Received?

When your friend receives your message, the status changes from “Sent” to “Received.” In the Chat list, a new icon will appear to the left of the contact’s name. The date and time the message was received will be displayed below the name. Keep in mind that these messages have yet to be read.

Alternatively, if the recipient is offline at the time of sending, the message will be marked as “Sent” until they return online and receive the message. Until the status changes, a timestamp next to the recipient’s name in your Chat list will show the time you sent the message.

 

Icons Received

Instead of arrows, “Received” icons are solid-colored squares. The red square represents received snaps without sound, while the purple square represents received snaps with sound. The blue square chat bubble icon represents chat messages that have been received.

 

What Does the Word Viewed Mean?

Following that is the “Viewed” status. This status can be assigned to a message only after the recipient has viewed it. The time and date of “viewing” will appear below the contact’s name in your Chat list.

 

Icons Viewed

Empty squares and chat icons are used as “Viewed” icons. The red one indicates that your friend viewed a snap without sound, while the purple one indicates that your friend viewed a snap with sound. A blue chat icon (speech bubble) indicates that your chat message has been viewed by your friend. Finally, the grey chat icon distinguishes between pending and expired chat messages.

 

What Does the Term “Screenshot” Mean?

One of Snapchat’s best features is that it keeps track of who takes screenshots of messages. If a friend takes a screenshot of your message, you will be notified of the time and date. Keep in mind that taking screenshots is against the platform’s rules, and violators may face consequences.

 

Icons for Screenshots

The icons for “Screenshot” are two-way hollow arrows. The standard colour scheme also applies to this set of icons. It is worth noting that there is no middle ground.

 

What Is the Meaning of Replayed?

Finally, when a friend or contact replays your message, Snapchat will notify you. Obviously, this type of notification is only applicable to snaps with and without audio. Messages cannot be “played back.”

 

Replayed Icons

The icons for “Replay” are circular arrows. There are no blue or grey options, so the standard colour code is used.

 

Questions and Answers

What is the distinction between received’ and a ‘opened’ status?

Although the received’ and ‘opened’ statuses appear to be the same, they are not. When you send a message, the status will quickly change to ‘Received.’ This status simply indicates that the message was delivered to the intended recipient.

‘Opened’ indicates that the other person received and read the message.

 

What if my snap doesn’t show up as ‘Received?’

If you send a snap but the status does not update, it is most likely because you have a poor internet connection and the sending process was not completed.

In some cases, this may indicate that the other person is refusing to accept your messages. The message will not be delivered to the other user if they have blocked or deleted your Snapchat account.

 

The Last Shot

With a total of six different statuses, Snapchat may have the best message tracking system among the major social platforms. Simply go to the Chat section and find the chat you want to track to see how your message is doing. Snapchat also displays the time and date of your most recent status change for each message you’ve sent.

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