Have you ever met pedophiles or perverts online and want to avoid them? For that, you just need to understand how to keep your Snapchat account private and avoid harassment.
Part 1 of 4: follow safety guidelines
Step 1. Don't add people you don't know
Sometimes Snapchat will recommend other users to you based on their friendships with your best friends. Since Snapchat can be a very personal experience, it's best if you just add the people you know.
Step 2. Block strangers who try to contact you
Repeated attempts to contact people you have ignored can be considered harassment. It is better to simply block them.
You shouldn't feel guilty about blocking people in your contact list who send you unwanted or inappropriate shortcuts
Step 3. Don't send an inappropriate snap
Even if you trust the friend or friends you're snapping with, you should assume that anyone can see your snap from the moment it's been opened.
Step 4. Keep your location private
While it's tempting to add a snap with a geofilter from your neighborhood to a public story, it's safer to use filters that won't reveal your location.
The same concept applies to address and license plate snaps. If you are taking a photo of a nice house, try using the “pen” option and covering up the address, car plates, etc., with the colored pen. It doesn't matter what color you use
Step 5. Don't give out personal information on Snapchat
Again, you clearly trust the friend you are sending this information to if it is personal. However, your snaps cease to be private and become public as soon as you hit the send button, so anything you wouldn't feel comfortable sharing with people outside of your contact list. should be shared as part of an in-person conversation.
Step 6. Be honest about your age
While this is quite personal, it is better to be honest and say that you are 14, rather than lying and pretending to be 22, especially if you want to meet people on Snapchat.
If you have to lie because your parents forbid you to disclose your age or if you don't want to, don't add or remove more than 5 years. An example of what you should do if you have to lie is to say that you are 17 rather than your actual age of 15. And a bad example is to say that you are 13 rather than your actual age, 20. Think about your safety above all
Part 2 of 4: change contact settings
Step 1. Open the Snapchat app
Snapchat's logo looks like a white ghost on a yellow background.
- If you are not signed in to Snapchat, click To log in and enter your username (or email address) and password.
Step 2. Select the camera screen
This will allow you to open your profile page.
You can also do this by clicking on your bitmoji, face, or ghost in the top left corner, once you open the app
Step 3. Click ⚙️ (settings)
This button is located in the upper right corner of your screen.
Step 4. Scroll down the page and tap Contact Me
It can be found in the section That can… options on this page.
Step 5. Select My Friends
This ensures that only people who have added you on Snapchat and have been approved by you will be able to send you snaps.
Step 6. Click the Back button
It is located in the upper left corner of the screen.
Step 7. Click View My Story
You will find this button directly under the option Contact.
Step 8. Select My Friends
Only your friends will be able to see the content you post to your Stories.
Step 9. Click the Back button
Step 10. Click Appear in Quick Add
This option can be found under See my story.
Step 11. Scroll down the Appear in Quick Add button on the left
It will turn white. The option Quick add puts your name on a suggested friend list for other users, so turning that off means Snapchat users will have to search for you by name or username to add you.
Step 12. Click the Back button twice
This will take you back to your profile page.
Part 3 of 4: Block and Report Users
Step 1. Make sure you are on the profile page
You should see your yellow snapcode at the top of this page.
- Your Snapcode is strictly personal to you. Everyone has a snapcode, but yours is unique. Each time you create a new account, you will receive a completely different snapcode than other users.
- In the center of the snap code, there may be a bitmoji, a face, or the classic white Snapchat ghost. If you download the Bitmoji app on any mobile device, you can create your own character to represent you and associate it with Snapchat. You can also click on your snap code or on the white circle (the button picture) and take 5 photos which will appear on your snap code. Only do this if you get permission from your parents or if you don't mind strangers seeing your real face, eye color, etc.
Step 2. Click My Friends
This button is located towards the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. Type the name of a friend you want to block
You may have to scroll through your friends list to find it.
Step 4. Click ⚙️
This button is at the top right of your friend's name card.
Step 5. Click Block
Step 6. Type Block again when prompted
This will allow you to officially block the selected friend.
Step 7. Select a reason to block this person
Your options are as follows.
- Annoying: Choose this option if the person in question is just a nuisance.
- I do not know her: Choose this option if someone you don't know tries to contact you.
- Inappropriate snaps: Choose this option if you have received inappropriate or abusive snapshots from this person.
- Bullying: Choose this option if the person in question has harassed, threatened or intimidated you.
- Other: Choose this option for any reason not listed above.
Step 8. Click the Back button
It is located in the upper left corner of your screen. Doing this should take you back to your profile page where you can continue to protect your account.
Part 4 of 4: add login verification
Step 1. Click ⚙️
This button is located in the upper right corner of the screen and will open the menu Snapchat settings.
Step 2. Click Login Verification
It sits towards the bottom of the screen. With login validation enabled, you will need to enter your Snapchat password and a code before you can log into your account.
Step 3. Click the green Continue button
It's at the bottom of the page.
Step 4. Select the SMS button
You should see your phone number listed on this page. Selecting this option will ask Snapchat to send a code to your phone number.
Step 5. Open the Snapchat text message
The message will say “Snapchat Code: ######. Have a good snapping!"
Be careful not to close the Snapchat app when doing this
Step 6. Type the six-digit code into Snapchat
You need to do this in the text field in the center of the page Connection verification.
- If you have not received the code, click on Send code again at the bottom of the page.
Step 7. Click Continue
If the code you entered matches the one Snapchat sent you, you will now need to enter your password and a verification code sent to your phone each time you want to sign in to Snapchat.
- You can press Generate a code at the bottom of the screen here to create a code that will allow you to log into your Snapchat account on another device if you lose your phone. To skip this section, press Pass in the upper right corner of the screen.