Snapchat Stories automatically playing, muted or show random snaps & non-transparent 'Send a chat' box issues come to light

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Snapchat keeps getting updated to add new features, but along comes some bugs and issues at times. For instance, we recently highlighted the issue where the app got temporarily disabled due to failed login.

Snapchat Stories automatically playing random snaps

And now, Snapchat has recently launched a few new changes that have reportedly (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) dissatisfied some users.

The first change is related to the ‘Send a chat’ box, which is no longer transparent and thus hides the bottom part of their stories or snaps.

remove that jumbo sized grey “send a chat” box on stories. how can the app be getting worse with every update? 🤨

Can you guys please remove the grey stuff at the bottom where it says reply. We KNOW how to reply.

Affected users have taken to social media and forums to express their concerns and seek to revert the changes.

The second change is related to the Stories tab, which automatically plays random stories, and no longer allows users to choose whose story they want to see.

Snapchat stories playing automatically

Several users have taken to social media platforms and forums to express their frustrations with this new update as well.

They have criticized the issue with Snapchat playing random snaps and other changes and are calling on Snapchat to revert back to the previous version.

Some users have even called for a boycott of the app until the changes are reversed.


The issue with the gray Send a chat box is that it hides a portion of the story, and users are not able to see the entire snap or story.

This has caused frustration among users as they are not able to fully engage with the content they are viewing.

Additionally, the automatic playing of stories when users click on the Stories tab is also adding to the frustration.

Users are no longer able to choose whose story they want to see, and instead, they are forced to view random stories that may not be of interest to them.

Some had muted stories of people they don’t wish to see that often, but due to the new update they are being forced to do so. This has further aggravated their disappointment in the platform.

snapchat automatic play

It seems that these changes have not been well received, and some users are calling for Snapchat to revert back to the previous version.

While it is common for apps and social media platforms to introduce new features and updates, it is important for them to listen to feedback and take it into consideration when making changes to their platforms.

It is worth noting that Snapchat has not yet acknowledged the matter, and it is still unclear if they are aware of the criticism and disapproval.

We hope that the developers understand the demands of the ones affected and provide a solution that serves the needs of the majority.

Until then, keep tabs on this story as we intend to update it with further developments, if any.

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