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If I Uninstall Snapchat Will I Lose Everything: 6 Consequences

If I Uninstall Snapchat Will I Lose Everything: 6 Consequences

If you are wondering; ‘What happens if I uninstall Snapchat’ the answer is, that not much happens that you need to worry about.

Uninstalling Snapchat off your device only removes the app from your phone, and has nothing to do with your actual account.

  • Your profile will stay active
  • If you are sent snaps while your app has been uninstalled, they will still be there when you install Snapchat again
  • Any snaps sent just before you uninstalled the app will still go through to the receiver
  • Your friends’ list will stay intact
  • Friends will be able to find your profile and contact you
  • Memories will stay and not get deleted

In this guide, I’ll go through exactly what happens if you uninstall Snapchat, so you can be prepared if that’s something you’ve done or are considering doing.

What Happens If I Uninstall Snapchat? 6 Things That Will Happen

In a nutshell, there is not much to worry about if you uninstall Snapchat. These are the 6 things that you can guarantee will happen:

1. Your Profile Will Stay Active

Uninstalling the app from your device doesn’t actually impact your account. Your profile will stay completely untouched, and active just as it was before.

This is a common misunderstanding (hope I’ve cleared this up!)

2. Snaps You Receive When Uninstalled Will Still Be There

Even though your app is uninstalled, it will be working completely normally behind the scenes.

So if someone has sent you a snap while the app is uninstalled, they will still be there when you install Snapchat again

3. Snaps Sent Just Before The Uninstall Will Still Be Sent

Any snaps sent just before you uninstalled the app will still go through to the receiver

4. Your Friends List Will Stay Intact

You probably get the idea now, but basically nothing in your account will change just because you uninstall. And so your friends will remain the same.

5. Your Friends Can Still Find Your Profile

Other people will still be able to find your profile and contact you. As soon as you re-install, you’ll be able to respond the same way as you did before.

6. Memories Will Stay

Nothing gets deleted, and that includes memories!

Does uninstalling Snapchat delete chats?

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You don’t need to uninstall Snapchat from your mobile to have chats deleted. Snapchat will automatically delete messages in the chat section once they have been opened.

You can save a message in the chat section if you do not want it to be deleted by pressing down onto the item and selecting ‘Save’ 

Chats can be set to be deleted straight after the message has been viewed, or 24 hours after.

How do you change your chat settings? 5 Steps

If you want to change your chat settings so they either get removed straight after, or 24 hours later, you can do this with these easy steps;

Step 1. Go onto your ‘Chat Screen’ on Snapchat

Step 2. Select a friend and hold down onto their name

Step 3. Click on ‘More’

Step 4. Presse ‘Delete Chats’

Step 5. You can now choose ‘After Viewing’ or ’24 hours after viewing’

Note, if your Snapchat chat settings were currently set to ’24 hours after viewing’ and you have updated it to ‘After viewing’, your chats that have been previously seen will now be removed.

What happens to unopened Snaps?

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If you are uninstalling your Snapchat app with unopened Snaps on your account, there are a few things to consider.

  • Unopened Snaps will stay on your Snap server for 7 days
  • Snaps sent to group chat will be automatically deleted after 24 hours if they are unopened
  • Snaps sent and unopened for 30 days will be automatically deleted

If you have saved snaps on your memories, these will not get automatically deleted and will stay on the Snapchat servers until you physically delete them.

Does clear conversation delete sent snaps

If you decide you want to clear your snap conversations, this will not delete any snaps you have sent to that user or any content you have saved from them.

If you want to clear a conversation:

Step 1. On Snapchat, go into ‘Settings’ 

Step 2. Find and click on ‘Clear Conversations’

Step 3. Select the ‘X’ button against the contacts you want to clear

When you enter your chats, they will now be cleared besides for anything that has been saved.

Can you delete a Snapchat message?

Snapchat does allow you to delete a snap or message sent to a friend, but does deleting a Snapchat message delete it for the other person?

Yes it does, so long as you delete the message or image before the receiver opens your message.

When you delete a Snapchat message, the receiver will be notified with a message stating; ‘You deleted 1 chat’

Note, if you delete more than one message it will state the number of chats you deleted.

Can you screenshot on Snapchat?

You can take screenshots on Snapchat, however, due to Snapchats security and privacy measures, the profile you have screenshotted will be notified with a message stating that you have taken a screenshot.

How to delete your Snapchat account

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You can delete your Snapchat account permanently if you have opted to not just uninstall the app.

Snapchat gives users a 30 day grace period where you will be able to recover your account if you have changed your mind, however, after 30 days, your account will be permanently deleted, and you will not be able to get it back.

Once your account is deleted, all information on the Snapchat database will be removed. This includes;

  • Friends
  • Snaps
  • Memories
  • Chats
  • Preferred settings

To delete your Snapchat account you will need to go onto the ‘Accounts Portal’ and follow the steps.

Make sure you store your login credentials somewhere in case you decide you want t recover your Snapchat account within the 30 day grace period.

If you decide to reactivate your account, you can download the Snapchat app again and log in as per normal.

Note, you will only be able to reactivate your account with your username, and not your email address.


The way Snapchat has been made, to automatically deleting snaps after they have been received, has made Snapchat one of the most popular social media platforms with over 520 million users worldwide.

Having the ability to uninstall and reinstall the app is beneficial when it comes to changing phones or just to have a break off the app.

We hope this guide has given you everything you needed to know and answered your question, if i uninstall Snapchat will I lose everything? and also helped you with the uninstalling process of Snapchat off of your phone.

Snapchat do have a great support page for anything else you may be querying.


  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at

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