How To Half-Swipe On Snapchat

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We have all been there. Sometimes we want to view someone’s Snapchat message without them knowing. Whether you want to formulate your ultimate reply or not seem too keen, half-swiping will allow you to view a message without sending a read receipt.

The half-swipe on Snapchat is sort of a bug but for some, it is a feature. Snapchat has not officially showcased the capability but we are sure they know it is there.

Confused about what a half-swipe actually is? The action of half-swiping is to partially swipe a snap message from left to right to reveal it without fully opening it. In doing so, you are able to preview the message without the sender ever knowing you’ve actually read it. Obviously, this has loads of sneaky benefits which is why it has become very popular.

So, if you are looking to learn how to do this, keep on reading.


Half-Swipe a message

To successfully achieve the half-swipe on Snapchat, you will have to proceed with caution. It can be fiddly at first, but once you have done it a few times it becomes very easy to do.



Open chats

To half-swipe on a message, we will need to pick a chat first. Open the chats tab on the Snapchat app and find an unread message.



Half-Swipe the user’s avatar

To do the infamous half-swipe you will want to tap your friend’s avatar and slowly swipe from left to right. Do not swipe the entire length of the screen, as this will open the entire message.

While you swipe, the message tab will slowly begin to appear, revealing any texts or images you have been sent.

Once you have seen enough, keeping your finger on the screen, gradually drag the window back into place to leave the message successfully unread.

You can swipe the full length of the screen to fully open up the message.

Final Thoughts

That’s all you need to know to be able to do the half-swipe on Snapchat! As you can see the half-swipe feature is extremely sneaky. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes very easy to do allowing you to operate on the app with no one knowing. Of course, we do not encourage ignoring people on social media but we do understand that sometimes features like these can be super useful.

If you found this article hepful, be sure to check out our other Snapchat guides.