With Snapchat, you're able to keep in contact with friends and also message new people for friendly and funny conversations. But there are a lot of features in the app that you might have yet to uncover. So, let's find out how to half swipe on Snapchat.
This is a gesture that can be used in many different apps, but on Snapchat, it can allow you to read messages in stealth mode. Pretty useful in some situations for sure.
Let's find out how to do the gesture on the mobile (iPhone and Android) versions of the app. This is how to half swipe on Snapchat.
How to half swipe on Snapchat
In order to read a message without sending a read receipt on Snapchat, you can use the half swipe trick. Here is how to half swipe on Snapchat:
- Open the app and tap the "Chat" icon on the lower bar;
- Find the conversation you want, but don't open it;
- Select it with your finger and swipe across the screen, but don't lift your finger yet;
- Do it slowly, without finishing your swipe and you'll be able to read the message.
Clearly, if you decide to take a screenshot at this moment, you will alert the sender that you've done so. After you've read the message, you can return the swipe to the original position, and the conversation will stay unread.
What is a half swipe?
A half swipe, also called half slide, is a gesture where you're swiping to the left or to the right across your screen, but you're not actually completing the gesture. Instead, you're slowly doing it and, then, returning the finger to the original position.
Since Snapchat always sends a notification to the sender that you've read the message, using this gesture doesn't actually notify the app that you've seen the new message so, technically, you haven't opened it. This way, it is possible to read all the messages you want in full-on "stealth" mode.
That is all you need to know about the half swipe gesture on Snapchat. If you're looking for more tips and tricks on using the app, take a look at our guides on how to see birthdays and how to know if someone is online.