What Does It Mean On Snapchat When It Says Pending?

grey arrow on Snapchat

Have you been wondering what Snapchat means by pending?

Or maybe why the message you sent someone on Snapchat says pending or why you are seeing a grey arrow.

Or maybe you replied to a celebrity’s snap and it says pending even after weeks.

Either way, you might be confused on what pending stands for on Snapchat.
By the time you are done reading this guide, you will be able to learn what pending means on Snapchat and what to do whenever you see pending on Snapchat.

What Does It Mean On Snapchat
When It Says Pending When You Send A Snap?

When you send someone a snap on Snapchat and it says pending, it can mean a couple of things which may be that:

  • The person you sent the snap to has not added you on snap
  • A bug error from Snapchat’s end
  • You have poor internet connection
  • You are using an outdated version of Snapchat

The aforementioned reasons can the reason why your message is pending on Snapchat, it could also be something else but these are the major ones and can easily be fixed under seconds.

Does Pending On Snapchat Mean The User Is Not Following You Back?

Yes, but to some extent. It is one of first things that will come to mind when you see your snap says pending.

If the user adds you back, the arrow is going to change to delivered usually denoted by a blue arrow and then a clear arrow when the sendee opens your message.

Does Pending Mean That You Have Been Blocked?

No it doesn’t. If you are blocked by someone on Snapchat, you won’t be able to look them up on Snapchat, let alone be able to send them a snap.

See also  What Does "wtw" Mean On Snapchat? And How To Use It

So, pending does not mean that you have been blocked on Snapchat.

Does Poor Internet Connection Affect Snapchat Messages?

Yes it does. If you have a poor internet connection, your messages will not be sent, let alone be delivered.

Turning your data connection on and off usually fix this problem or even rebooting your device can improve your internet connection.

After this, your pending messages will become delivered immediately.

What If You’re Friends On Snapchat And It Still Says Pending?

If that is the case, it means it’s time to upgrade your Snapchat app to the latest version.

On android devices, you can easily update your Snapchat app under “manage apps and device” and in ios devices you can do the same in your App Store.

What Colour Is Pending Arrow On Snapchat?

Pending arrow on Snapchat is usually denoted by a grey colour.

It is easily detectable if you are a Snapchat’s regular.

So, anytime you see the gray arrow, just keep in mind that it means that your message hasn’t been delivered yet.

What To Do When You See “pending” On Snapchat

When you see pending on Snapchat, there is no need to panic.

All you have to do is wait it out, at least till the user adds you back as a friend.

Or simply go through this article and use any of the troubleshooting instructions mentioned above to fix your issues in a matter of minutes.


There are a lot reasons why one would see pending on Snapchat.

In the case of sending snaps, it could be that the user you sent the snap doesn’t have you on their friend list, poor internet connection among a list of other reasons.

See also  Want To Clear Cache On Snapchat? Here's How To Do It

The way to usually fix this issue is to wait it out or follow the steps in this article if you are sure that the use has you on their friend list.

Additional Reading

How To Change My Eyes Only Password On Snapchat

How To Post On Snapchat Without It Saying From Memories

What Does ssb Mean On Snapchat?

Join 5,000+ subscribers

* indicates required

Brianna Bailey

Brianna is based in Minnesota in the US at the moment, and has been writing since 2017. She is currently a 3rd Year med student at the time of writing this.