Snapchat is very strict when it comes to modifying or using jailbreak tweaks with their application. In comparison to similar social media apps such as Twitter and Instagram, Snapchat actually warns its users about the use of third-party apps. Recently, many people have been reporting locked out or even ban entirely from using the app.
Just because your device isn’t jailbroken does mean you will be able to avoid such consequence. In the past couple of days, the Snapchat team has been sending the following message to suspected individuals.
Hi there! It looks like you’re using a third-party app to access Snapchat. We prohibit the use of third-part apps as they can compromise your account’s security. If you keep using third-party apps, your Snapchat account will be locked for 12 hours. More info…
Most users will agree that they have at least one of these so-called “third-party apps” installed on their iOS devices. Don’t worry; I’m not going to report you. This article is about saving Snapchat accounts that have received the message above.
I can’t speak for any unknown tweaks or 3rd party apps that you’ve installed. But I have been using Phantom for Snapchat by CokePokes and Snap++ by UnlimApps. If you’re using one of these tweaks, I don’t see the reason why your account might be in danger in term of security. As for now, no case of that yet.
Using CokePokes’ solution
The creator of Phantom for Snapchat, CokePokes responded to the message via his Twitter account.
I’m aware of the 3rd party app message. I’d advise everyone to email Snapchat & let them know you are receiving the message in error.
This may or may not work. I mean you can give it a try. If Snapchat saw enough of these emails or support message, they might have to re-think the consequences (locking your Snapchat account.)
Avoid locked out by Snapchat using NoSnapLock
If the previous method doesn’t work, there is another tweak for this problem.
I have been using this tweak, and since the warning I got yesterday, nothing has happened to my account when using Phantom.
Her’s what you need to do:
- Launch Cydia
- Add the following repo http://alakazard.yourepo.com/
- Install NoSnapLock
- Go to Settings > NoSnapLock > Configure
After that, you should be able to continue using any third-party apps for Snapchat. The source code of NoSnapLock is also available from here.
Update Snap++ to v1.6r88
UnlimApps recently released an update to their Snap++ tweak. According to the changelog, this update prevents dyld lookup by Snapchat.
But again, the company might be right when saying that these apps can compromise your account’s security. Be sure to install the one that is reliable and come from a well-known dev.
How to Unlock your Snapchat Account
Several readers told us that the lock out should expire after 24 hours. If that didn’t happen in your case then perform a manual request to get your Snapchat account unlocked.
- Go to this page on either your iPhone or a computer
- Enter your Snapchat username and password
- Click on the big Unlock button in yellow
It should let you know that your Snapchat account has been unlocked.