You may find yourself being locked out of your Snapchat account and there could be a number of reasons for that. The app has its own policies and rules, and if it detects that you have been sending spams, your account could get locked by them.
An American multimedia messaging app, Snapchat, was launched in September 2011. The prime feature of this app is that pictures don’t stay forever. They stay for a limited period of time. You can send snaps to your friends and set a timer to a limit for which you want them to see. If it has been screenshotted by them, you get a notification. You also get a notification if they replay your snap. With the option of only sharing snaps with contacts, initially, the app evolved into stories later and now allows sharing stories with your contacts for 24 hours.
Snapchat is believed to have failed 34 times before the makers actually launched the app. It was designed and created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy And Reggie Brown during their college years at Stanford University. They had initially named it Picaboo as an application only for iOS but in 2012, they rebranded the app and named it Snapchat while making it available for Android as well. The app has become one of the most common and most used social media applications with over a 100 Million people using Snapchat, over 1 billion snaps being sent and over 400 million Snapchat stories being shared every day.
Snapchat has a list of four main reasons for your account to be locked while also providing solutions and measures for getting back into your account. It happens due to the detection of activities from a user’s account which have been prohibited by Snapchat.
Reasons behind your Snapchat Account being Locked
It can be quite frustrating to figure out that your Snapchat account has been locked. The App gives multiple reasons for locking any account, with each reason having its own solution for it.
One of the reasons could be using a third-party app for and while using Snapchat. A third party application is not authorised by the application which is being used. Snapchat authorises some of the third party applications, but some like Snaekboo or Snaptool are not authorised, and if Snapchat suspects the intervention of these unauthorised apps, it locks the particular account. Third-party applications are risky and put the user’s information at risk, along with their contact’s information.
If your Snapchat account has been locked due to a third party application, what you can do to revive it is, uninstall the app and wait for twenty-four hours, until you log in again.
Ways to Unlock an Account that has been locked by the developers
One of the most common reasons for an account being locked out is that they could be sending spam or unsolicited snaps or messages in the chat. If the recipient is not interested in receiving multiple snaps time and again, they can mark it as spam. Snapchat locks such accounts by first confirming their email address and contact number. Snapchat can also lock an account if it finds it abusive.
In such cases, the application suggests you wait for some 7 – 8 hours before attempting to get back into your account. The alternate option is to visit accounts.snapchat.com/accounts/unblock and tap on the yellow unlock button. Snapchat issues a notice stating that if the user continues to spam, their account will be permanently locked.
One can also find their account to be locked if they have added a lot of friends in their friends list without verifying their account. This problem could be solved by verifying your Snapchat account. All you have to do is verify your contact number and email address. Another common reason for being locked out of your Snapchat account is when your account’s security is at risk. In that case, you can contact their customer support team, and they will find you a solution to get back into your account.