How to Remove or Hide Snapchat Best Friends


While we’ve already covered the basics of Snapchat Best Friends in an earlier post, it’s imperative that we look deeper into the mechanics of how this feature works and subsequently work our way into the unending questions:

April 2016 UPDATE: Snapchat has released a new version of Best Friends. Read all about the new Snapchat Best Friends here.

How do I remove or hide Snapchat Best Friends?

How do I delete people from my Best Friends list?

First off, let’s clear a few doubts about Best Friends.

The Mechanics: Snapchat Best Friends Score

In Snapchat, a score is a measure of the total number of snaps sent and received. So the score displayed on your profile is the total number of activity you have had since you started using Snapchat.

That aside, an individual score is also measured for all conversations between you and each of your friends. This score is the determining factor for Best Friends.

In earlier versions of Snapchat, Best Friends score, that is the number of snaps exchanged between you and your best friends, is displayed alongside the names of your best friends. This score however is no longer visible in the newer updates.

Snapchat’s friendship algorithm then lists the scores in order and features the top 3 (5 or 7 depending on your settings) on your Best Friends list.

However, it is important to note here that Snapchat Best Friends are updated on a weekly basis, so the best friends score between you and your friends is also probably reset to zero every week after the list is updated.

This implies that the updates have a fixed time. Which means that if your Best Friends list was updated on Monday, it will be updated again the next Monday with a new list based on the scores measured during the duration of the week.

The Need To Remove Your Best Friends

Why you’d want to remove your best friends may differ from others. But there’s the underlying fact that you don’t want others to see who’s on your list, or maybe you don’t want others to see a particular someone on the list. And with good reason.

Your Best Friends are displayed publicly on your Snapchat profile. Every visitor to your profile can see who your best friends are. This is wrong on so many levels.

For one, why would you want anyone to know who you chat with most frequently? And secondly, this could be the end of many relationships.

Think about it, your girlfriend may not necessarily be the person you chat with most frequently, which would mean she’s not going to be on your Best Friends list.

And it’s possible that some other girl that you chat with more frequently than you do with your girlfriend will make it to the list.

Questions will be asked. And you’d want to get rid of that person from the list.

But that’s not all, maybe that girl on your Best Friends list is someone else’s girlfriend, or someone’s wife for that matter. Or maybe it’s a different reason.


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93 Comments so far

  1. atiyyah
    May 31, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    This Didnt Help At all As Some People Can Hide Their Best Freinds On Snapchat And Some Of Us Cant, So it Would Be Better if you Could Just Change The Settings

    • September 2, 2014 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      There is no Setting to hide your best friends. Hence the tutorial. And yes, this method works for some while we’ve also observed that it doesn’t work in some cases as well. Snapchat is still very much a work in progress, and there are many things we don’t yet understand.

  2. Hailey
    June 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Snapchat best friends, should not be a thing. It shouldn’t show who people snap most often, it only causes problems

  3. Bill
    June 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Yeah everything you said about blocking the person then unblocking the person and it resets the score is EXTREMELY false. I tried it just to see and when I hit unblock it removed the person my my friends list, my contact list on my phone that shows everyone I haven’t added and should add, and I have to read the person to be able to send a snap chat then explain to them why they were deleted when I didn’t even want to delete them. But the best part was the score was still the same and even after I removed them the top 3 didn’t do anything except now only show my top two.. So yeah blocking and unblocking doesn’t reset the score and yeah they shouldn’t show who is in your top cause all that does is lead to people complaining.

    • A
      July 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      What did you do to show only 2?

    • tommy
      January 22, 2015 at 6:37 am | Permalink

      Yes, this method didn’t work. Happened the same with me.

      • Nutmeg
        April 25, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

        Wait you go to setting and go under blocked and then hit the X and then yeah

  4. tyler
    June 15, 2014 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Lol someone got into trouble. I personally don’t mind it

  5. Susane
    June 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    This method does not work on my iphone

  6. becca
    July 7, 2014 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    Works fine if you don’t plan on unblocking the person

  7. Cheater
    July 14, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    If you’re hiding something from your significant other, like who you chat with the most, you don’t deserve the person you’re with or anyone for that matter. Why is it so difficult to remain faithful?

    • Anonymous
      August 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      Well, sometimes your significant other is jealous as hell and doesn’t like you talking to a friend that you’ve had longer than you’ve known the significant other…so I think you should have a choice on who shows up on your best friends or not.

      • lol wow
        September 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        Hahaha my life exactly

    • Nelson
      September 3, 2014 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Stfu bitch maybe ppl wanna have friends without their gf getting mad

    • Daniel
      September 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      dude STFU run back to your boring wife and life

    • lol wow
      September 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Rofl stfu

    • Sean Connery
      October 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      You just went full retard, never go full retard

    • M
      November 29, 2014 at 2:16 am | Permalink

      @Cheater thank you! Haha all these ignorant people ^

    • Swinger
      January 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      It’s not always about hiding things from your partner. It’s often people you know outside of your relationship that you don’t want knowing about your personal life. Their speculations can destroy a happy couple.

    • kelsey
      January 20, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      exactly. i cant even snapchat one of my bestfriends anymore because my bf is in fact jealous as hell. so this just sucks

      • Alan
        April 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        Then dump his jealous ass and find a real man that has confidence in himself

  8. tasha
    July 15, 2014 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    This helped buut I unblocked them amd they were deleted form my snapchat.

    • Nutmeg
      April 25, 2015 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      Yeah I can’t find them either so I can’t unblock them

  9. z
    July 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    no help. snapchat newds to change in a snap. and ur photos are stored in their servers

  10. July 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    If you feel the need to HIDE who you are snap chatting from a significant other than you do not deserve that person. How is it wrong for snap chat to display best friends? Only someone with something to hide would find that wrong. Get your priorities in check!

    • Alex
      August 6, 2014 at 4:35 am | Permalink

      Who says your hiding anything from a significant other?! Maybe for some reason your just private on who you fucken talk to! Fuck man just realize not everyone you talk to is someone your getting sexual with. Fucken assuming little prick.

    • TM
      November 23, 2014 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      What if you arent dating anyone and you don’t want your mom to see who you’re talking to or you don’t want people to know you are talking to a girl yet. Maybe one of your bros doesnt like one of your other bros but you are friends with both and dont want them to see the other is higher on their best friends list. There are many non sexual reasons.

  11. July 29, 2014 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Your best friends land you in trouble! Anyway, there should be a simple option to hide it.

  12. Gio
    July 30, 2014 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    It doesnt work,need help please!

  13. Jess
    July 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I don’t want to “hide” people, but I think it’s creepy that I send a few snaps to classmates, or my sisters, and now they are my “best friends” Creepy! I think get rid of the best friends option.
    I’ve been on a few “best friend” lists, after only two or three snaps! (now, that’s weird!)

  14. Not a cheater
    August 6, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    I need to know how to hide best friend on snapchat. I have been chatting with my brothers ex girlfriend. If his wife finds out she will hate me! We have gotten pretty close over the years, but his ex and I still chat once in awhile. This week more so than other weeks. Help!

  15. Smart
    August 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    If you have a female top of your friends list, whom is not your girlfriend, your gf will of course be jealous/concerned. But just because some other girl is top of your friends list, this does not equal cheating or being unfaithful… This is why people want to hide their friends list. Why cant you understand that?!

    • Elizabeth
      September 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      We know better we’re not stupid. This has nothing to do with privacy issue it has everything to do with not wanting to get busted on talking to a female or male more than there own gf/bf, spouse, etc. So spare us all the stupid lame butt excuses. It won’t work.

      • Joe
        September 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        Agreed, the best friends on snapchat was one of the main ways I was able to bust my cheating gf. I don’t mind the feature, hope they keep it.

  16. Jessica
    August 8, 2014 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    My friend blocked me on snapchat, and I deleted her, how do I get her add back, it says that It can’t find her, and neither of us are on eachother’s block lists?

    • Jasmine
      October 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      She probably never unblocked… Sorry

  17. Ricky
    August 10, 2014 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    So If I’ve noticed that someone’s best friend list suddenly only became a list of 2 does that mean that they have tried to remove someone from their list?

    • Ella
      May 25, 2015 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

      It means they only snap two people enough for them to be best friends. I have two best friends and I didn’t delete anyone, just didn’t snap a lot of people

  18. Mister
    August 13, 2014 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    why do everybody assume ppl are cheating if they don’t want their top friends to be shown? what about basic rights to privacy?? … maybe I don’t want my friends to know who I’m dating because it hasn’t gotten that serious yet or maybe I don’t want my parents to know who I chat with the most on snapchat. There are some things in my life that I don’t care for everybody to know, so Snapchat would be a much better app without the best friend display

  19. Marie
    August 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    This was extremely extremely helpful!! Thank you so much. (: I swear you people are geniuses.

  20. Jax
    August 14, 2014 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Wow, lots of self righteous “non cheaters” commenting specifically on a blog about “How to remove or hide snapchat best friends” talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
    My opinion, privacy matters period. Reasons differ and opinions are like as_holes. Really.

  21. TK421
    August 16, 2014 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    July 14, 2014 at 11:23 am | permalink
    If you’re hiding something from your significant other, like who you chat with the most, you don’t deserve the person you’re with or anyone for that matter. Why is it so difficult to remain faithful?

    Funny comment coming from someone named CHEATER…lmao

  22. mike feen
    August 22, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Its true about the staying faithful part….but I’m single with the same problem. …my thots be gettin jealous so how to fix it?

  23. Anonymous
    August 27, 2014 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    Exactly what she said ☝☝☝☝☝ expect she said it nicer. I vote the bestfriends list stays. *shanice

  24. craig
    August 30, 2014 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    this works if you dont unblock the person, just go to the add friends page, un add and re add and the score will be reset. they will be deleted from the conversation list but all you have to do is send them another message and it will go through

  25. angelluvj
    September 3, 2014 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    Just block then unblock

  26. gee
    September 8, 2014 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    guys even if u block one of ur best friends and they show 2 people are still going to see 3 i tried that, the only way to remove a best friend is to send many many snaps to someone else to replace the person u dont want. k thaanks bye

  27. abc575
    September 10, 2014 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    This list destroy my 3 years relashionship cause my gf saw a girl -friend name in the list with her name and some guy add randomly from my list that but me in lots of trouble
    I stoped sending snaps because that

  28. Elizabeth
    September 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    No I disagree. If those of you on snapchat are on it to find a way to cheat on your bf/gf, spouse, etc. then you people are sick and need severe help. Snapchat doesn’t need to change any of that feature at all. I remember when people said the exact same thing about facebook. In fact they still say that. If you don’t want to be in a relationship with someone then don’t be in one but expecting technology to help you be unfaithful or beyond wrong. That person needs severe psychological help.

    • Swinger
      January 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      I disagree entirely. My partner and I don’t follow traditional rules for our relationship. We still strive for a level if normal in our public lives. Our social networks don’t need to know about our private lives. Their speculations can become a huge strain. Who we communicate with online the most shouldn’t be broadcasted.

  29. Just me
    September 17, 2014 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Has SnapChat addressed this issue Anywhere publicly we certainly can get every rave fashion show and football thing from them. best friends being eliminated or set to privacy is more important!!! Get to it snapchat

  30. Innocent
    September 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink


    Why do you assume that every guy who has another girl on his Snapchat is using it to cheat? Guys do have platonic friends that are girls too, you know. Most people don’t use Snapchat in a sexual way. But it can cause a lot of unnecessary drama between a guy and gf for no reason… It happened to me. A girl has no way of knowing what those snaps were about but you know how girls are, always assuming the worst. They were just Snaps with an old friend from like 1st grade of dumb random things that reminded us of our friendship as kids. Because I don’t use Snapchat that much, she made it on my best friends list. The only way I could stop the fighting and crying was by deleting my Snapchat. I went without it for a year before I finally just got it again. Now I’m very cautious about who is in my best friends list… But there’s no way to control it…

  31. Macie
    September 25, 2014 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    This whole snap chat best friend shit is stupid.. it’s no ones business who you snap the most. Hiding something or not it needs to have an option to whether you want people to see it or not.

  32. mark
    September 25, 2014 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    If you don’t want people to get mad about who you are snapping maybe u should think about who you are snapping before you snap

    • Nick
      December 17, 2014 at 7:19 am | Permalink

      I find it funny how all the people saying it needs an option are getting yelled at and shit. The people thinking it should stay that’s your opinion good on your here’s a medal, but for the people who like to keep there privacy to themself are aloud to i second the option to be able
      To show best friends or not. Why should people have to show who there talking to? When it’s not really anyone else’s buisness ?

  33. kyle
    September 25, 2014 at 5:35 am | Permalink


  34. September 25, 2014 at 5:36 am | Permalink


  35. September 25, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Or live that life full of lies and deceit you’ve been jamming on

  36. ur mom
    September 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    The hole faithfulness talk is dumb. It shud b a option full stop. No other thing has this. Tx, fone calls ,whats app etc. I shud b able to snap chat who i want for what ever reason without someone else makin a passing judgement.

  37. Raymond
    September 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Well urmom, people pass judgments a million times a day. Hiding something is as bad as a lie, if not worse. If your really do believe that you should be able to speak with whom ever you chose for whatever reasons you chose. Then you should also be willing to support why your speaking to those people. And if the shoe was on the other foot I bet you’d sing a much different tune. You don’t have to use Snap chat btw.

  38. rhyerjr
    September 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m just wondering, if we have blocked the person, will that person able to see our username in their contact list to be added?
    If we deleted an account, can we re-create the account with the same username in the future?

  39. Ashley
    November 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Unfriend the person and it will take them off the best friends list. Then friend them again and it will stay off there. Continue that next time they become a best friend.

  40. Justin
    November 12, 2014 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    A while back I caught a guy sending my gf dirty pics over a text. Recently he’s been appearing on her snap best friends list so I finally said somethin. She said she deleted him but its been an hour and he is still showing on her best friends list. Does it take a while for him to come off the list or did she not really delete him?

  41. Elfrida
    November 13, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I just don’t want my friends to think I like the guy I’m talking to. He’s just an friend, and some of my friends have a huge crush on him and I don’t want the Best Friend list to ruin our friendships. I don’t want anything to do with him right now because I know someone’s gonna hate me for talking to him. I can feel it happening already…

  42. November 23, 2014 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I said something I should’ve not said to my friend on sc(snapchat) so I blocked then delayed her then I went to snapchatters who have added me and I deleted her then but I want to add her bk cause she’s my bff

  43. idk
    November 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    So just go to who can see ur stories or send u snaps and put it to everyone. That way who ever ur snapping won’t show up on ur top 3 no matter how much u chat. U can always change it back to just friends whenever you want. Just a thought

  44. nhj
    December 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Disaster! When you block them they do know because it removes you from there friends list. Also doesn’t remove them from your bf list. Whoever wrote this article, cheers!! *he said sarcastically*

  45. eric3hr
    December 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    My girlfriend just now sent me a very angry message, i need to block these peeps

  46. Brock
    December 8, 2014 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Just un friend then add them again

  47. December 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Snapchat is one of the apps that is mostly used world wide. After Facebook, different websites were created to enhance the social media . Like Instagram, Twitter, and snapchat. Snap chat is the perfect place to communicate with friends not only by texting , but also by taking a picture of something and commenting on it. ad many people use it , they learn a lot of things about it . That’s, I think the purpose behind this article.

  48. Lauren
    December 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    It doesn’t work. As soon as I unblocked the person I want off the list they went straight back onto the best friend list?!?!

  49. December 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like all the people crying about cheating are insecure and probably don’t have a significant other. Butt hurt much? ….full retard

  50. فاك يو
    December 22, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Fuck u fuck u fuck u
    I kept reading ur shit looking for the way and u end it given us ur shitty words asshole. 010

  51. BenDover801
    December 30, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    This is like myspace days all over people bitching about being on your top friends. But they even eventually fixed that! I hope Snapchat does too. And its not even us being unfaithful its the fact that everyone gets jealous if you’re talking to another boy or girl. It happens!

  52. Haleigh Danielle
    January 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Now my snap chat keeps the same 3 best friends on there and i havnt snap chatted them in weeks. It wont upate

  53. MH
    January 7, 2015 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    If i delete my current account and start another account ( different username) do I still use the same email address ?

  54. schoolboy q
    January 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    The problem I have is that I was texting this girl I like in my messages in my phone and next to her name in my contacts I put a heart ofcourse not knowing contact names are the names everyone sees in your snapchat and she is in my bestfriend list I dont want her too see a heart bro thts embarrassing were just friends. So. Yeah there should be an update of and option in your sc settings of hiding “bestfriends”!!!!!

  55. Alan Chris
    January 16, 2015 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing all these sketchy ass people trying to cover their tracks. Some of y’all need to go to church!

  56. Qtrfbi
    January 19, 2015 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Because of best friend, I deleted Snapchat and I don’t think I am going to use it till they fix this issue. I believe it’s my right to choose whither I want to have best friends shows to others or not. Therefore, I recommended all of U, proceeding with deleting Snapchat and looking for alternative programs.

  57. Waqqy
    January 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    If someone try’s to add me on snapchat I don’t add them and my stories is to public so every1 can see my stories even if they not my friends !
    Question is will they be able to see my best friends ?

  58. Johnny bravo
    January 24, 2015 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    If someone has three people showing in their most snapped or top friends list if they’ve deleted that person or stopped messaging them should it still show there?

  59. Trey
    January 28, 2015 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    I still have the 8.0 update and when I go to my friends list to see who people have been snapchatting it says no best friends. Come to find out all of my friends list says that. It was working fine earlier today. Can anybody tell me what has happened And why all of my friends says that

  60. Pedro
    February 17, 2015 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    I figured out how to hide your best friends. Simply go into your contacts on Snapchat, and uncheck their name and they wont show up on your best friends page…

  61. May 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    It is not necessary to own any particular technical data about software program or smartphones.

  62. Mko
    May 23, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    You forgot one thing:

    Once you block a contact – they wont know, they can send messages and they appear unopened.

    However, if you re-add them and think u got away with it. Guess again! Snap chat implementa reaurhorization of both parties to reinitiate friends. They wont see you blocked or unblocked them, but if they click on ‘friends who added me’ section – your name will appear on that list. As though you just readded them. Snapchat implemeted this to see who your real friends/snappers are.

    So eg:

    A blocks B – then unblocks B (both were best friends before/or friends doesnt matter)

    When B goes to ‘contacts who added me’ – B will see A’s name on the list with the ‘+’ sign next to it.

    B should then procede to block A! Lol

    Theres how you know youve ever been blocked and readded. B can never see A’s stream/feed until clicking the + symbol.

    Thanks Snapchat for this much needed info!

  63. steve
    October 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    All the comments on here are cool and understanding and a few strange. I just have a couple people on my snapchat I’m no longer friends with and want to delete them

  64. why you always lyin
    November 22, 2015 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks a lot.
    I was trying to get one of my friends onto my bestfriend list, and the spamming method wasn’t working. So I found this ‘reliable’ source which claimed that blocking one of your best friends and then unblocking them would reset the amount of snaps exchanged between my friend and I…
    So I tapped the setting icon on one of my best friends and then proceeded to block them. After doing so, I continued as directed and unblocked them. I couldn’t believe how simple it was! Just a few easy taps, and your score between them is reset to zero.
    TOO BAD IT WAS A LOAD OF *profanity*!!
    not only did it NOT ‘reset’ my exchange snap thingy number with them; IT UN-ADDED them from my snapchat account.
    So now, they’re going to get an alert saying that I added them on snapchat.
    :( I feel deceived and bamboozled
    So I attempted to snap said blocked person and now it just says pending…
    :/ I am mostly dissapointed in myself for believing this method would work without any setbacks.

    also the person I wanted to be on my best friends list still isn’t on there. And now I have to go through the process of asking my friend to add me on snapchat and explaining why I blocked them in the first place.

    Not a happy camper.

    • December 7, 2015 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      Snapchat has already removed the best friends feature in the newest updates. Please update your Snapchat app. You can’t hide or remove Snapchat best friends anymore because there are no snapchat best friends now.

      • Lex5280
        January 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

        Is this still accurate? Because when you go to your friends list and they have the “friend emojis” it tells you your best friends so I am just curious if you are the only one to see your best friends? Thank you!!

  65. March 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I realized you can change the name. I gave them a thumbs down emoji. That should help your problems halfway. I’m searching how to remove them from your best friends list now.

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