Although WhatsApp and Instagram have the Story function to capture and share moments, it was originally a Snapchat feature. By default, everyone on your Snapchat friends list can see your story. In some scenarios, you may not want a group of friends to check your latest weekend trip. You can hide your upcoming story from them on Snapchat. Here’s how.
Hide Story from Someone on Snapchat
First, we will talk about hiding your next story from selected friends on Snapchat and answer some of the questions regarding the move.
Snapchat iOS and Android apps use a similar UI. For this post, we will use the Snapchat app for iPhone to showcase the steps here. You can perform the same steps on Android to get the job done.
Step 1: Open Snapchat on your iPhone or Android.
Step 2: It will open the camera viewfinder menu. Tap on the profile menu at the top.
Step 3: Tap on the three-dot menu beside the My Story option.
Step 4: Select Story Settings from the context menu.
Everyone: As the name implies, everyone can see your uploaded snap story on the platform. The story may start appearing for others in the Discover menu as well. We would advise avoiding this option (unless you are an influencer or want to become one).
My Friends: All your friends on Snapchat can see the story.
Custom: This allows you to block selected friends from viewing your story. This is what we will use here.
Step 5: Tap on Custom and it will open friends’ list.
Step 6: Select Snapchat contacts from which you want to hide the story. Once you are done with the selection, tap on the Block button at the bottom.
Your My Story setting will change to Custom, and all your current and upcoming stories become invisible for selected friends.
This trick works fine when you want to hide a few selected friends from viewing your Snapchat story. But what if you have hundreds of friends on the social platform and want to share the story with selected users only?
Instagram has a feature called ‘Closed Friends’ that allows you to create a close circle of friends to share stories with them only. Snapchat doesn’t have such an add-on and you need to send the story as DM (direct message) to close friends.
FAQ: Hide Story from Someone on Snapchat
Does the Change Affect Current Snapchat Stories?
After posting the story on Snapchat, you can go to Story Settings, and hide it from selected friends. It makes sense to perform the privacy tweak and then post the story. What if your friend views the story right after you post it on Snapchat?
Will the Hidden Users Get Any Notifications?
When you block selected friends from viewing a Snapchat story, they won’t know about the change. Your friends can make an educated guess when they don’t see any story from you for a long time.
Will the Blocked Users Send or Receive Direct Message on Snapchat?
You are simply blocking your friends from viewing Snapchat stories. Apart from that, they can send message to you and receive them, and check other activities.
Can I See Hidden Friend’s Snapchat Story?
Unless your friend did hide stories, you will continue to see your friend’s stories.
Does the User Remain Friend on Snapchat?
Yes, you remain friends with all the users that you hide stories from. It won’t affect your friends’ list.
Share Your Snapchat Story with All Friends
When you hide your story from someone on Snapchat, it will reduce your social media engagement with the user in the long run. Once your story disappears after 24 hours, you can make the setting tweak and make your future Snapchat stories accessible to all friends.
Step 1: Launch Snapchat and go to your profile.
Step 2: Go to Story Settings and select My Friends.
Explore Snapchat Privacy Features
Snapchat has carefully designed the story function for the platform. It can give you reach to millions of Snapchat users, and at the same time, you have all the privacy controls to limit the story reach to a few friends only. How are you planning to customize the My Story feature, and why? Share your reasons in the comments below.