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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 if I uninstall Snapchat, will I lose everything?’ The answer is, that not much happens that you need to worry about.

In this guide, I’ll go through exactly what you can expect so you can prepare yourself if that’s something you’ve done or are considering doing.

What Happens If I Uninstall Snapchat?

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:

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!)

Snaps You Receive When Uninstalled Will Still Be There

Even though if you uninstall the app, 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

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

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.

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.

Memories Will Stay

Nothing gets deleted, and that includes memories!

Does uninstalling Snapchat delete chats?

You don’t need to uninstall Snapchat from your mobile to have chats deleted. It 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 on 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 on Snapchat?

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

Step 2. Select a friend and hold down 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?

  • 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 save the snaps on your memories, these will not automatically delete and will stay on the Snapchat servers until you physically remove them.

Does clear conversation delete sent snaps

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 remove them unless you save anything.

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

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 change your mind, however, after 30 days, your account will be permanently deleted, and you will not be able to get it back.

Once you delete your account, this will remove all information on the Snapchat database. 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 to 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 normal.

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


The way Snapchat is makes it 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? It also helps you with the uninstalling process of Snapchat off of your phone.

Snapchat does 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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