Getting in-app updates is not uncommon for many social media applications, many even have weekly fixes and updates now. Snapchat as one of the top used social media applications is subject to more than usual updates to keep the customers happy, satisfied and interested. However, some updates sometimes end up confusing the users, and it takes a while before they get used to the update. One such update is the yellow dot beside the Snapchat story you put up.

A frequently asked question is ‘What that yellow dot is for’ and ‘How do you get rid of the yellow dot on Snapchat?’. You will find the answer to these questions in this article, including a few more regarding how Snapchat updates work for us users.

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Can you opt-out of Snapchat updates?

Many people do not like changes in their apps, either because of the comfort of use over time or because they are already satisfied with how things work instead of demanding any changes. This is an option that helps you prevent new changes such as the yellow dot in your app. The settings in Snapchat, like most other apps, allow you to turn off updates unless you specifically want to update them yourself.

There is a general method you can opt for, to disable updates on all apps on your phone without your permission. However, there is a more specific way through settings that allows you to turn updates off for Snapchat in particular as well. In the Play Store for Android, you will have to go to the main page and then to ‘Settings’ where you can disable auto-updates for all apps together.

If you want to disable updates for just Snapchat in Android, you can do that too from the Play Store. Go to Snapchat’s app page on the Play Store, click on the options/menu feature on the top corner, you will find the option to disable its updates. For the App Store in iOS,  you will find an option to disable ‘Auto-update’ on all apps, instead of one particular app. In the main settings app on iPhone, scroll down in apps and find the App Store. Here you will find the option to disable or turn off Automatic Updates under ‘Updates’. If you are tired of new updates like the yellow dot, that confuse people, simply disable updates on your app.

What does the yellow dot mean on Snapchat?

Although it’s not a new update in Snapchat, the yellow dot is still a source of confusion and frustration for many users. If you are not aware of what it is for, you’ve come to the right place for answers. The dot denotes a notification, of any kind, in your app or your account.

Whether it’s a new update itself, a new friend request, or something that needs to be addressed in your account’s settings. Even though this notification thing was always present in the app even before, people are particularly annoyed by this yellow dot that appears exactly beside the story on your page. Since this particular update is not that new, you cannot skip it unless you haven’t updated your Snapchat app in a long while. This particular update is now more than a year older, thus you can only ensure you don’t have it if you have updates disabled for a long time.

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How to resolve the yellow dot on Snapchat?

If you are unlucky with the updates and are already up-to-date, chances are you cannot go back, but adjust with the yellow dot on your application. Since we already know now that the dot is for a notification, you can make it go away by addressing the notification that your app is trying to tell you about. Most of the time, you can get rid of the dot when you address whatever the pressing issue at the time is.

You could have a new friend request, a new filter to check out that is trending, a message unread, or anything relative to the app. You can address each of those issues accordingly. However, there are some very rare and specific cases where the yellow dot stays, even after you have addressed the notification it was for. In this case, try logging out and logging in again. Additionally, also try uninstalling and reinstalling your app again to get the issue sorted. If it persists even after you’ve done both these steps, ask Snapchat Support how to resolve it.

This was the clear answer to your question of ‘How do you get rid of the yellow dot on Snapchat?’ Hopefully, you will be able to resolve it without having to contact Snapchat.

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