How to Half Swipe on Snapchat 2024

Do you know that you can use the half-swipe feature on Snapchat to preview messages without opening them?

This feature has been around for some time but it’s not yet known by all Snapchat users and even those who’ve heard about it don’t know the right way to go about it.

Half swipe is a technique employed by Snapchat users who want to secretly read Snapchat messages without letting the sender know.

This should come in handy especially when you’ve tried turning off your internet connection, turning on airplane mode, or clearing your app cache before opening a message, and the user still gets notified of your presence.

This doesn’t work for screenshots as they’re no known way to take screenshots on Snapchat without notifying the other person, however, you should try this if you want to take a peek at chats.

As of 2023, half swipe can be done on Snapchat by carefully holding and dragging a recipient avatar to the left in order to preview the messages without sending a read receipt.

The best part of this technique is that it works for both Android and iOS devices, so continue reading to get a step-by-step guide on how to perform a half-swipe on Snapchat.

How to Half-Swipe on Snapchat

Before you proceed with this guide, it’s important to note that the half-swipe feature isn’t an official Snapchat option and thus it’s prone to be disabled at any time.

Just like the way Snapchat disabled the ability for users to take screenshots with their airplane mode on, they might decide to disable the half-swipe feature with a new update.

Nevertheless, it’s still working fine as at the time of publication and here’s how to go about it.

  1. Open the Snapchat app and go to your chats
  2. Find an unread Snapchat message that you’ll like to preview. You can also test run it with conversations with unread message to be sure you’re getting it right.
  3. Tap and slowly drag the user’s avatar to the left to unveil the inbox content. Ensure not to tap and hold on to the avatar as you’ll bring up the chat options instead.
  4. You should now get a peak of the chat content. Continue dragging to the far right to unveil more of the chats. However, avoid dragging and leaving the slider as you’ll end up in the message box defiling the purpose of using the half-swipe feature.

That’s it.

You can check out the attached video to further understand how to Half Swipe on Snapchat.


Can you still half-swipe on Snapchat?

Yes, you can still half-swipe on Snapchat. As of 2024, Snapchat haven’t discontinued the half swipe feature making it accessible to all.

Why can’t I half-swipe on Snapchat?

You can’t be able to Half Swipe if you can’t properly tap and drag a user’s avatar. Most Snapchat users don’t know how to Half Swipe, thus making it hard for them.

How to view Snap without opening it in 2024?

The only way to preview a snap without opening it in 2024 is to half-swipe on it. The airplane mode and turning off data connection option are no longer working for Snapchat.

Does Snapchat show if you half-swipe 2024?

No, Snapchat won’t send a read receipt when you half-swipe rather the message will remain unopened.

Can you secretly open a snap?

No, Snapchat has discovered and blocked all possible methods that users make use in secretly opening a snap. Snapchat will notify a user with a read receipt even if you turn on airplane mode, turn off the internet connection, or clear the app cache.

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