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How to Perform a Half Swipe on Snapchat After the Update

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Written by Kelly Houstan

Since the invention of Internet Messenger applications, the users have been trying to read new messaging without actually letting the senders know that they actually have. Snapchat. That is one of the best apps in the business that has had a feature. That allowed users in order to read messages without alerting the other party. Just read this article to know all about How to Perform a Half Swipe on Snapchat After the Update. Let’s begin!

Well, unfortunately, this feature — Half Swipe — was badly hurt in a recent update. That is why we’re bringing a workaround for your convenience as well. So, without further ado, let’s now check out how you could Half Swipe in 2021.

It appears some of the users have recently noticed their half swipe feature disappear from their Snapchat app as well. A lot of users tweeted about it being missing on Twitter in late March 2021, that are following some recent updates to the app. But, the half swipe feature changed whenever the app underwent a redesign update in June 2020 along with its “Action Bar,”. According to the brand, that is the navigation menu at the bottom of the screen. It contains the Maps, Chat, Camera, Stories, and Spotlight tabs as well.

But rather than totally disappearing like people thought it did, the feature got a tiny switch. A different spot you’re supposed to drag from in order to peek at a message. Although it’s unclear if the change was recent for these users who tweeted about it, or they could have experienced a late rollout or late updates actually.

What does Half Swiping mean?

Half Swiping in Snapchat is actually the art of reading a Snap without even letting the sender know that you have read it as well. In order to perform a Half Swipe successfully, you guys first have to go to the ‘Chat’ tab and then locate the Snap that you want to preview.

Now, tap and hold the user’s Bitmoji on the left-hand side and then slowly drag your finger toward the right-hand edge. Do this right until the moment the chat goes full screen and then you can open the message completely. Now you must not open the message completely. You only have to preview it.

Doing this successfully, allowed users in order to read Snaps without even alerting the other party.

Is the Half Swipe an official Snapchat feature? 

No, the Half Swipe is not a really genius hidden feature of Snapchat. However, a bug that some smart users managed in order to dig up.

To open a message in Snapchat, you guys either have to click on the incoming message notification at the top of your screen. Or just head to the ‘Chat’ tab and open the conversation you want to view. In both cases, the user on the other end of the screen would know that you guys went into their conversation and read the message as well. Whenever that happens, you are basically socially obligated in order to reply to the message.

If done properly, Half Swiping eliminates this conundrum and then permitting you to read the messages without even sending an alert to the sender. In spite of the wild popularity of this “feature,” Snapchat didn’t feel compelled in order to keep it up and running as well. That is why the developers came up along with the June 2021 update with bug fixes.

Because it’s not an official feature, Snapchat only went ahead and made their app more airtight via the latest June update — fixing the bug that enabled Half Swipe as well. Now, whenever you Half Swipe, the user on the other end sees your Bitmoji in the conversation actually, on the bottom-left corner of the screen. So, if you were hoping to lurk around Snapchat, then you are sadly out of luck.

How to perform a Half Swipe on Snapchat after the update

The traditional Half Swipe is now dead and buried. But, that does not necessarily mean you guys cannot snoop around anymore. Below are a couple of solutions in order to try if you guys want to Half Swipe and read messages without even notifying the sender. Just like the good old days — even after the nasty update as well.

Use Airplane mode

Open Snapchat and head to the ‘Chat’ tab. Now locate the conversation you wish to Half Swipe. Now, pull down the Quick Settings panel from the top and also pull down from the top-right section on an iPhone. And then turn on Airplane mode. Then, perform a Half Swipe via pressing and holding a contact’s Bitmoji and dragging your thumb to the right as well.

After reading the message, you have to close the Snapchat application and turn off Airplane mode. Log back in and the message would still be unopened as well.

Install a pre-update version 

If you’re an Android user, then you would be able to get the pre-update version of the Snapchat app rather easily. The update went live in the very first week of June. So, the aim is just to get a pre-June version of the app. In order to get the APK file, we’d recommend you to go to and then look for “Snapchat” at the top of the screen.

  • Now, pick any pre-June version of the Snapchat app actually. Here, we have picked Snapchat version Press the ‘Download’ button in order to download the APK to your phone.

  • Just like that, you could click on this link to go straight to the download page. Now, before installing, just erase uninstall the current version of Snapchat that you guys are running on your mobile. Along with the uninstallation out of the way, you guys are now ready to install the APK you downloaded off APKMirror. After the installation, you’ll also have to make sure that the app doesn’t update automatically like it mostly does.
  • You can also keep it from updating via going into its Google Play Store page and stopping auto-update. When you’re on the Snapchat Play Store page. Then tap on the vertical ellipsis button at the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Now, uncheck ‘Enable auto-update as well
  • That’s all! The Snapchat app on your phone will not be auto-updated to a newer version unless you uys reverse the process.


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