Do you know about a device ban on Snapchat? This is where Snapchat bans your device because of violating its Terms Of Service. As a result, all Snapchat accounts logged in through the device get banned. You can’t even create a new Snapchat account using the device since it’s flagged.
So, what do you do when Snapchat bans your phone? Can you reverse the device ban? Let’s find out.
Why your device is banned from Snapchat
Snapchat bans devices mainly because of violating their community guidelines or terms and conditions. This can be broken down into the following key areas:
1. Violating terms of service
The first violation that will get your device banned from Snapchat is adding third-party apps and plugins to your account. Some of the prohibited plug-ins are:
The second violation is posting sexually explicit content on your account. You’re not supposed to send, post, or save nudity, pornography, or child sexual exploitation content. Doing that will get your device banned.
2. Violence against yourself or others
Expressing any violence towards others will earn you a device ban from Snapchat faster than you can say snap. Examples of such scenarios include bullying or attacking others by:
- Trying to contact people who’ve blocked you on the platform.
- Sharing people’s private information and data without their consent.
- Refusing to remove the shared information after the affected individual has asked you to do so.
Also, encouraging violence by sharing content that glorifies harming others or yourself is prohibited.
3. Illegal content or behavior
When you display content that’s illegal and punishable by law, Snapchat bans your device. Examples are:
- Promoting hate speech and extremism in your content.
- Promoting illegal goods and services through your posts, e.g., drugs.
- Deceptive behaviors include pretending to be someone else, spamming, or manipulating content.
How will you know your device is banned by Snapchat?
You will know your device is banned from Snapchat when:
- You’re locked out of your Snapchat accounts and can’t create a new account on the device.
- You attempt to unlock your Snapchat account and get a “Permanently Banned” prompt. The ban may be permanent in some cases, but you always get the account back in most cases. You will know the termination is permanent when your username doesn’t exist anymore. Use a friend’s phone and Snapchat to search for the username.
- You try to log in to your Snapchat account on the device and can only access it for 1-2 minutes before you’re logged out.
How long does a device ban last Snapchat?
Usually, a Snapchat device ban could last anywhere between a few weeks to six months. During that period, you should refrain from logging into Snapchat on your device because doing that prolongs the ban.
So, the first solution to bypass a Snapchat device ban on iPhone or Android is to wait it out. Check out the others below.
How to reverse a Snapchat device ban
You can try the following to get around a ban on Snapchat:
1. Update date and time settings on your device
- Uninstall Snapchat on your device.
- Reboot your device.
- Open “Settings.”
- Find the “Date & Time” setting and click on it.
- Set the date one month ahead of the device ban.
- Go back and download the Snapchat app.
- Create a new Snapchat account.
2. Buy a new phone
Snapchat usually bans devices based on their IMEI, which is unique for every phone, and hardly interchangeable except for Android devices, as explained in the next solution.
Once you get the new device, follow these precautions:
- Don’t connect to local Wi-Fi networks. Use LTE throughout.
- Don’t use a VPN on the new device.
- Try not to use the same SIM card on your banned device.
- Create a new Gmail account and use it to verify the Snapchat account.
- Create a new iCloud account for the new device.
3. Change IMEI number (Android)
The other way to bypass the IMEI number ban is to change it. Unfortunately, you can only do this for Android devices, and you’ll need third-party apps like “IMEI Generator Pro”.
When you get the new IMEI number, follow the same precautions for buying a new device.
4. Contact Snapchat
Finally, you can reach out to Snapchat and explain your case. Even though your device and account are banned, you can still reach them through email, social media, report links, or online forums.
What if Snapchat blocked my IP?
When the Snapchat team detects a VPN or suspicious activity from your IP address, they could block the network temporarily. You can wait a while for the block to be lifted, turn off your VPN, or switch to another network connection.
These troubleshooting solutions should help you reverse your Snapchat device ban. Try all of them and let us know how it goes. And, to avoid another ban, remember to adhere to Snapchat’s Terms of Service once you’re back on the platform.
Alex is an IT technician who shares his experiences with Apple devices occasionally. He has a collection of Apple devices (from iPhone 4) and has recently started trying out Android.
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