How to fix Snapchat access temporarily disabled error

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Are you getting the Snapchat access temporarily disabled error message? You're not alone, but you are in luck. This guide is all about how to fix the issue and use the social media app again.

For the past few days, many Snapchat users reported that their access to the popular messaging app was temporarily disabled. Since a lot of users are experiencing this issue, it is likely to be a bug. Luckily, Snapchat is aware of the issue and working on a solution.

In the meantime, you can try the following fixes to get back into your account. Whether you are using Snapchat on a PC or mobile, one of these fixes will work for you.

Snapchat is temporarily disabled - How to fix

It's frustrating when you are trying to log in to your Snapchat account and you receive the error message, "Due to repeated failed attempts or other unusual activity, your access to Snapchat is temporarily disabled." It doesn't make any sense.

The error is equivalent to the “Too many attempts. Try again later” error on TikTok and the "Please wait a few minutes before you try again" error on Instagram.

If your access to Snapchat is temporarily disabled, you can use the tips below to fix the problem:

  • If your account has been temporarily locked, you can unlock your Snapchat account first. To unlock it, go here and select "Unlock".
  • Fortunately, the restriction is at the device level - not at the account level. That means you can log in to your account from a different device. Use web Snapchat for the time being.
  • If you don't wish to log in using a different device, wait until Snapchat unlocks your account.

Seemingly, the error happens mostly to people who use more than one Snapchat account from the same device. Switching from one account to another frequently results in a temporary lock-out, it seems.

So, to avoid this from happening in the future, make sure that you use only one Snapchat account per device.

How Long Does Snapchat Temporarily Disable Your Account?

According to the Snapchat FAQ: "If you received a message saying your Snapchat account has been temporarily locked, you can try logging back in via the app or on the web by going here and selecting Unlock."

If you are still locked and this method does not work, it recommends you wait 48 hours before attempting to log in again. So, it seems that 2 days is the average time that Snapchat temporarily disables your account.

In case you cannot log in even after waiting for 48 hours, you may need to contact Snapchat support.

While you are waiting for your account to be enabled, you can learn how to make your Snapchat account private or how to see your best friends list on Snapchat Plus.

That's everything you need to know about the Snapchat access temporarily disabled error. You can read our guides on other social media apps like Instagram Threads if that's your kind of thing.

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