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5 ways to fix the Snapchat device ban (October 2022)

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Wondering how to fix a Snapchat device ban?

Yes, you are at the right place to learn about fixing your device ban on Snapchat.

In this article, we will cover 5 different ways to fix the device ban on Snapchat devices.

Why would Snapchat ban a device?

  • Your device gets banned on Snapchat when you violate Snapchat’s Terms of Service.
  • Snapchat immediately bans users who post drug-related snaps on their platform.
  • You can read Snapchat’s Terms of Service to get an idea about what is permitted on Snapchat and what is not permitted there.

How to know if I am device banned on Snapchat?

You will experience any of the following issues when you are device banned on Snapchat.

1. When you try to login to Snapchat using a banned device, you may be able to get into your account for 1-2 minutes before being logged out.

2. You are locked out of all your Snapchat accounts and you cannot create new accounts.

3. Any attempt to unlock your account on Snapchat will prompt “Permanently Banned” in some cases.

This may be true but most aren’t actually permanent bans.

How long does the Snapchat device ban last?

Snapchat device ban may last anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months.

How to bypass a Snapchat device ban?

Here we will discuss a few different methods to bypass a Snapchat device ban.

Method 1: Update Date and Time settings

Method 2: Buy a new phone

Method 3: Wait it out

Method 4: Contact Snapchat

Method 5: Change the IMEI number (only for Android)

In addition to it, we will cover the following topics as well.

Snapchat device ban Fixes That Don’t Work

How to make a new Snapchat account after being banned?

What to do after your Snapchat device is banned?

How to download Snapchat data when your device is banned?

How to download Snapchat data faster when you have a lot of Snap memories?

We will discuss each of these in detail below.

Method 1: Update Date and Time settings

Follow the below steps to bypass the device ban on Snapchat.

Uninstall the Snapchat app

Restart your device.

Go to Settings.

Click on General Management.

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Select Date & Time.

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Change the date to exactly 1 month ahead of the device ban.

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Download the Snapchat app.

Create a new account.

It is important to note that you should not try to log into a permanently locked account as you will have to do these steps all over again.

Method 2: Buy a new phone

Snapchat bans a device based on its IMEI number. So, to bypass the ban, you can buy a new phone.

After buying a new phone, you should take the following precautions.

1. Try not to use the same sim card as your banned device.

2. Try not to login to your new phone with your old iCloud account. A new iCloud account must be created on your new device.

3. Try not to connect to any of your local WiFi routers. Keep your device in LTE mode at all times.

4. Avoid using a VPN on your new device. Keep your IP address stable to reduce suspicious activity.

5. Verify your Snapchat with a fresh Gmail account. Ensure to create this account on your new device.

You can follow all or any of these precautions. If possible, it is better to take all the above precautions.

There are people whose devices got banned again for not following any of these precautions.

Method 3: Wait it out

If you are not addicted to Snapchat, then it is advisable to wait it out. You have to wait a while until the ban lifts from your device.

It could range from a couple of weeks to 3-6 months.

Try not to log in on Snapchat with the banned phone for a while.

Method 4: Contact Snapchat

You can also try reaching out to Snapchat to inform them about your issues.

There are different ways to contact Snapchat support team even if you are device-banned.

A few of them are mentioned below.

  • Use Snapchat Support online resources
  • Contact Snapchat through the Report link
  • Get Snapchat support through Quora and Reddit communities
  • Contact Snapchat Support through Twitter and Linkedin
  • Contact Snapchat Support through Email
  • Contact Snapchat directly

Detailed step-by-step instruction regarding each of these methods is provided in the following article.

9 trusted ways to contact Snapchat support

Method 5: Change the IMEI number (only for Android)

Snapchat mainly blocks your phone’s IMEI number. So, it is important that you get a new IMEI number.

As the IMEI number is unique to the phone, you need to get a new phone.

However, there is a way to have a different IMEI number for your currently banned device as well.

You can download apps like “IMEI Generator Pro” from Google Play, which provides your phone with a custom IMEI number.

You can now create a new Snapchat account by following the precautions mentioned in Method 2.

Snapchat device ban Fixes That Don’t Work

Unfortunately, there’s quite a bit of misinformation online when it comes to the Snapchat device ban/hardware ban.

Here are some of the more common tips and solutions worth avoiding.

1. Reinstall your Snapchat app. Snapchat’s device bans are done on the network itself, not on the app.

Uninstalling the app and then reinstalling it will have zero effect on your account’s status.

2. Log out of your Snapchat account. This faux solution will have no effect on an account’s device ban.

3. Download an anti-device ban app. No app or program can unban your Snapchat account so any website instructing you to do so is likely a scam.

4. Hire a “device ban professional”. No matter what someone online promises, they won’t be able to remove the device ban on your Snapchat account.

How to make a new Snapchat account after being banned?

If nothing works out, you can let go of your old account and create a new Snapchat account.

But there are still chances that your new account will also get banned because Snapchat will get to know that the same person has created the account, in some way or another.

To prevent the new Snapchat account also from getting device banned or hardware banned, follow the steps below.

Create a new account, using different credentials. Don’t attempt to link contacts with it.

At the phone number screen, select the option to use an email address instead.

Don’t use the same email address as used earlier in the device banned account. Use a new or different email address.

Manually send your friends messages for them to add you back to the new account.

What to do after your Snapchat device is banned?

Now your device is banned and you are not sure about when you will get it back.

But there are lot of your data in the form of snaps and memories with Snapchat.

The good news is that you can still get all your memories back.

Snapchat provides an option to download your data, even if the account is banned or locked.

For downloading the data, it’s important to have a valid email address associated with your Snapchat account.

How to download Snapchat data when your device is banned?

Follow the below steps to access and download the Snapchat data.

Visit the Snapchat accounts website.

Login into the account using “Username/Email” and “Password”.

Snapchat data download

After login in, you will land on the “Manage My Account” page.

On the “Manage My Account” page, you will see multiple options including “My Snapcode”,  “change my password” and more.

Click on the “My data” option.

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After clicking the “My data” option, you will land on a page with the details of your account data.

Click on the “Submit Request” at the bottom of the page.

If you have verified an email address with Snapchat, you will receive an email with a link once your data is ready to download. 

Note: Please don’t share this link with anyone.

Click the link in your email to download your data.

Note: You must log in using a web browser to download your data.

You cannot download it using the Snapchat app. Also, your “My Data” download will arrive in the form of a zip file.

To open a zip file and view the contents, you must have compatible software on your device.

How to download Snapchat data faster when you have a lot of Snap memories?

If you have a lot of data, like thousands of snap memories and all, then you have to click on each individually to download it.

This would take forever if you have thousands of snap memories.

We will use a script that will help download thousands of files in one go rather than doing it individually.

Follow the below steps to download snap memories faster. (Note: Do it in your PC or laptop)

Visit Download Snap Memories – Github.

Click on download_memories.exe.

This script will help download snap memories faster.

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Make a new folder anywhere on your PC and save the “download_memories.exe” in it

From your earlier downloaded data of Snapchat, you can extract it using Winrar or 7 zip.

Now you will have Html and JSON folders.

Go into the JSON folder and find “memories_history.json”.

Copy this file and put it in the same folder as the “download_memories.exe” file is in.

Run the download_memories.exe file.

It will show your total amount of memories and will automatically make a “memories” folder where it will download it.

If you have a lot of memories you will need over 50GB of free space.

Now all you have to do is wait till 100% and you will have all your memories in the folder

Can I make a new Snapchat account after being banned?

Yes, you can make a new Snapchat account after being banned.

But make sure you follow the precautions mentioned in this article while creating a new Snapchat account.

If not Snapchat will identify you and ban you again.

FAQs

Can Snapchat ban your phone number?

Snapchat doesn’t ban your phone number. It bans the device associated with your Snapchat account. The device is identified based on the IMEI number.

Is Snapchat device ban permanent?

As per various reports, the Snapchat device ban is not permanent. It lasts anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months.

Wrapping Up

Hope you get an idea about bypassing the device ban on your iPhone or Android Phone.

Hope this helps! Stay strong folks, and view it optimistically as a short break, get outside, and carry on with your life, only time can heal your Snapchat loss.

You can also take this as an opportunity to lead a digitally minimalistic life.

Here are also some pro life tips to get past this phase.

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