Since its launch in 2011, Snapchat has quickly gained popularity due to its fun features such as selfie filters, chat services, and, of course, the instantaneous way that messages and pictures disappear after being sent.
However, Snapchat has also found popularity among those attempting to engage in more suspicious behavior, such as cheating on their partners. In this article, we will tell you why Snapchat is so popular and give you some items to look out for if you want to detect your partner is Snapchat cheating.
Why Is Snapchat Popular for Cheating?
Snapchat has earned a place of notoriety when it comes to individuals cheating in relationships. It allows you to send pictures and messages quickly, and the evidence of anything you send is only visible once before disappearing from your chat history entirely. This can be very helpful among those who are engaged in cheating activities, as Snapchat covers their tracks for them – they don’t need to spend time covering up evidence, deleting messages, or installing other apps on their phone to lock certain apps.
Additionally, Snapchat has location features that let individuals who have added each other on the app share their locations. This gives individuals who may be cheating a sense of where their partner is, allowing them to stop their suspicious activities before they are caught. So they can further hide their infidelity as they make plans, send risqué pictures, or utilize the chat features for flirty messages.
How To Detect Snapchat Cheating
Because Snapchat deletes messages and pictures after they are sent by default (you can set your chats to be deleted a maximum of twenty-four hours after sending), it can be hard to gain solid evidence that your partner is using Snapchat for cheating. However, there are some things you can pay attention to that might tip you off.
Emojis and Friend Lists
Looking at the emojis that appear on the friend lists area of your partner’s Snapchat or next to their recent contacts can tell you which individuals they have been in contact with the most and may give you a hint of your partner’s activities on Snapchat.
For example, a heart next to a contact’s name means that they are the person being chatted with or sent pictures to the most. While a fire emoji and a number indicate the number of days your partner has been in continued contact with that person. You can read more about the emojis Snapchat assigns and their meanings here.
Additionally, tapping on a contact from your partner’s friend list will bring up information such as pictures or messages that have been manually saved in the chat and the date that your partner became friends with that specific contact. You can use this information along with other evidence to confirm whether or not your partner is up to no good with that person.
Of course, these methods rely on getting access to your partner’s Snapchat account or being able to look at their recent contacts page while using Snapchat. Only use these methods if it is safe to do so without the chance of retaliation from your partner.
Snapchat’s location services are another way to determine where your partner is and if they are cheating or not. If you have your partner added to your contacts on Snapchat, you will be able to access the Snap Map and check their location; you may also be able to see if they are with someone else as long as you also have that person added to your Snapchat contacts. Your partner’s location services must be on for you to see their location on the Snap Map, and they may turn this service off from time to time if they are traveling to suspicious areas.
Along with the increased use of Snapchat, you can keep an eye out for other traditional signs of cheating, such as your partner suddenly spending a lot more time on their appearance, using their phone more often and more secretively, not telling you their whereabouts, or refusing to add you to their Snapchat contacts list.
All of these things may indicate that your partner is hiding some part of their life and reluctant to let you in lest their actions are discovered.
Searching Online Information
A lot of the time, when your partner decides to cheat using Snapchat, they will create an alternative email account for this process. This allows them to create a separate Snapchat account from the one that you may know, enabling them to engage in cheating activities with an even lower chance of detection.
To discover if your partner has alternate email addresses, phone numbers, or social media accounts that you are unaware of, you can use the People Search tool on Information.com. Once you input your partner’s name, information about their life and potential online activities will appear, allowing you to determine if they are up to no good.
The Trouble With Snapchat
Snapchat is a highly popular app that allows people to send chats and pictures in real-time, with the messages and photos disappearing after they are viewed. And while this is just a fun method of communication for many, it can also end up being used as an easy method for cheating by those with poor intentions.
If you suspect that your partner is cheating via Snapchat, use the methods in our guide to try and gather evidence. Make sure that you are careful during this process if there is any chance that your partner will react violently, and always protect yourself first when communicating your concerns to your partner if that is the route you choose to go. And remember, Information.com can help you get to the bottom of your partner’s activities so you gain peace of mind.