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It looks like Snapchat isn’t resting on its laurels when it comes to protecting its product. After it surfaced that Snapchat was beginning to lock out any one who used Snapchat-centric jailbreak tweaks, users wised up and started downgrading to an earlier version of Snapchat without such protections in place.

Today, it appears that the Venice, CA company has caught on to the downgrading trend, and is now forcing users to upgrade to the latest version of Snapchat in order to use its product.

Snapchat upgrade message jailbreakers

Users who try to downgrade in order to work around the jailbreak tweak crackdown are now being met with the above message when launching older versions of Snapchat.

The message is essentially telling users to either update or don’t use Snapchat.

As you may recall, Snapchat has long had language forbidding “plugins” in its terms of use, but just recently started enforcing those terms via account lock downs.

Interestingly enough, this crackdown comes around the same time as one of the popular Snapchat tweaks—Phantom—was updated to support geolocation spoofing. One of Snapchat’s features is to present special geolocation filters, essentially stickers, that let users showcase where they are in the world. This ability to spoof has apparently hit a nerve with Snapchat, and it’s doing what it can to protect its product.

Will this cat and mouse game continue? It looks to be just heating up, as word on the street says that the developer of Phantom is planning an update to circumvent Snapchat’s restrictions.

What do you think about all of this? Are you a Snapchat user? Are you a Phantom user? Sound off with your thoughts on the matter below.

  • We3mCake

    Well, My snapchat account is permanently banned i think… ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Thanh


      • We3mCake

        Im unbanned now!

    • Louis12

      try it again it, worked the second time for me

  • Adrian

    WhAt is snapchat?

    • solai

      i think you should read the post again 😉

      • Antzboogie

        Think he was being sarcastic lol.

    • Manuel Molina

      Some app that every other app for social media is better than.

  • AnoNymou5

    So stupid …. Makes me not want to use snapchat anymore ,but all my friends are on it and we have fun using it , oh well. But they not realize that they are going to lose a lot of their people.

    • Out of all its users I’m sure only minute percentage are jailbroken.

      • AnoNymou5


      • Ds

        its not just people with jailbroken devices/accounts getting locked out. if you use a app from the Apple app store to save/log snaps it will still lock your account

    • Elias Chao

      Why you get mad because an app is working as it is meant to?

  • somaxd

    so if im still running ios 6 on an iphone 4… even if its not jailbroken (it is though) will it not work? not like 7+ works well with the old phone… but it kinda sucks for people who do have old FW and iPhones and cant use this (what is snapchat? lol…)

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      I was thinking the same thing. So those that are stuck on older firmware due to hardware limitations, are no longer able to use the app? That’s rather stupid on their part.

  • I hope Flex 2 will have something for this soon.. I haven’t opened my snapchat yet..

    • Nex

      I tried both of the “Hide Jailbreak” ones. They don’t work… But CokePokes and gang are almost done with an update for Phantom.

      • sigh.. just going to be a cat and mouse game with phantom and the devs then.. prepare yourselves for endless updates..

      • Nano Nuke

        Developers vs Very determined hackers, who do you think is gonna win?

      • Oddly enough, I have a small Flex patch that I created to disable the pulse animation and that still works without locking me out.

  • Nest303

    Ill just stop using this app!

  • Alberto Espinal

    Oh well Snapchat then you will loose accounts, so what people are jailbroken, what does it do to the app?

    • White Michael Jackson

      Im think jailbroken snapchat users account for a small percentage of users.

      • Ds

        its not just poeple with jailbroken devices/accounts getting locked out. if you use a app from the Apple app store to save/log snaps it will still lock your account.

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    Not using snapchat anymore. Respect Yourself.

    • Elias Chao

      C’mon, most likely you knew the restrictions in the app when you first downloaded it, why you get mad because Snapchat is trying to make their users use their app as it is mean to be used?

      • Manuel Molina

        Because it’s stupid to lock someone out of an app and try to control a user who has a jailbreak on THEIR OWN PHONE. Who is snapchat? They don’t own anyone. Who the frig on they to control me and say take my jailbreak out or don’t use the app? So they refuse service because of my jailbreak, that’s in their right. But they lose a user. Will both live in the end.

      • Mark

        You can be jailbroken, you just can’t use tweaks that are against their terms of use. Sounds fair enough to me. You talk about YOUR phone, and who are they to tell you that you can’t jailbreak your phone… Have you ever kept your warranty on a jailbroken iPhone when taking it to Apple? I think it’s fair enough if any developer wants to restrict unauthorised modification of the device so that people can rely on the app that they’ve developed, rather than having people able to say they are in New Zealand when in fact they are in New York.

      • Manuel Molina

        I did mention that they are in their right to stop anyone from using their app for any reason, but the fact of the matter is that no company should feel entitled to tell any one what’s on my phone and I should take it off for no reason just because they say so. That the user shouldn’t use an jailbreak or tweak in order to use an app. And why should it be important if someone says they are in New Zealand when they are somewhere else? Should they not be in right to their own protection when using an app? And every time I’ve had a jailbreak phone and use my warranty, I’ve never been declined service. They tell me, we’re going to restore your phone and remove any modifications you made to the phone in order to swap the device to give you a new one. App reps, for me, never cared.

      • Manuel Molina

        Also, FYI, this was part of my first comment “So they refuse service because of my jailbreak, that’s in their right. But they lose a user. Will both live in the end. “.

        I don’t believe you read that and went half on reading just to state a comment.

      • Mark

        Lots of people use snapchat and trust what it says for people’s locations when that ‘innocent’ snap comes through to them. Many people wouldn’t question that the location is incorrect, as the jailbreak users are far smaller than the people using stock devices without even the knowledge of a jailbreak, and to be honest, I wouldn’t question it either even though I’m in the know, and I wouldn’t like the idea that someone can deceive me with full knowledge by the company; I think it’s good that they are doing this.
        I don’t think I know what you mean when you say ‘no company should tell any one what’s on my phone and I should take it off for no reason just because they say so’; they don’t have ‘no reason’, it’s deceiving and opens up potential for people exploiting other people, and they aren’t telling anyone what’s on your phone or to take anything off your phone full stop, just that if you want to use their app, then you can’t use tweaks that modify the usage.
        It matters about spoofing your location because conversely, why WOULD you want to pretend you’re somewhere you’re not? Yeah okay, a joke with a friend, but wouldn’t you agree that someone could potentially have malicious intent when faking their location?

      • Manuel Molina

        Why should anyone care or take the internet seriously over a location? I’m not going to give my location out to anyone and if someone took for serious that I’m somewhere that I’m not, there’s bigger problem on their end than me lying about where I live. Agree to disagree.

      • Mark

        I think you’re speaking from your own personal thoughts, feelings and how you’ll use snapchat without looking at the bigger picture of sicker and more twisted minds in line with vulnerable people, which is what snapchat have to do. There are lots of young girls and guys that use it and I think they are vulnerable to exploitation through multiple social networking platforms, snapchat being one of them, to look at the problem from one angle.
        If you don’t want to give your location out to anyone then that’s fair enough, but the facility is there to use in the snapchat app and other people do use it, whether you do or not; yeah, more fool them, right? But it happens…
        They aren’t blocking people doing these things for reasons that just make people’s lives more difficult. They have an intended way that they want people to use their app, some of which I’m sure are for protection of other users, some of them is just the way they want to do things…
        If some incident occurred because of any of the tweaks that snapchat-jailbreak-users used, and the company could have done something about it, I think they would be partially responsible, as well as the person in question.

      • Manuel Molina

        If people have concerns that others are taking their location and you might be speaking with a weirdo, then no one controls you to continue to stay on snapchat. The fact of the matter is that snapchat and changing your location is nothing serious. The fact that you are trying to utilize it to prove a point that doesn’t exist is stretching it at best. There are tweaks to hide locations or lie about them. That’s it. Snapchat has an issue, keep the ban hammer going, Cydia will chun a tweak or two soon to tell snapchat “f u”.

  • Hotrod

    It seems as if Snapchat is painting a target on its back

  • Eikast

    Snapchat is playing a dangerous game now. Apple would never punish a user for jailbreaking by revoking their access to the App Store. Snapchat is making themselves a target for black hat hackers and to be honest I still remember when they got hacked and user information was leaked.

    • White Michael Jackson

      ….Maybe Apple Should….

      • Manuel Molina

        And then piracy will go through the roof with App Cake and Linkstore. Apple thought that out awhile back, I’m sure.

  • Xee

    Who the hell uses Snapchat it’s for kids anyway!

    • CoId

      People under 23 use Snapchat. Get with the times, my friend.

  • Tylor Jackson

    Well I tried created a account of snapchat (v9.1.3.1) running on my iPod touch 4G (iOS6.1.6). that is because snapchat cannot forcing to upgrades version of snapchat on my iPod touch 4G. I did installed “hide jailbreak”, “big patch”, and “phantom for snapchat” from flex 2. And I tried sign in for snapchat account unlock, said “success”, and check my account of snapchat still working for me.

  • Peter

    It’s dumb that snapchat is doing this. Snapchat should just let it happen and do what apple does with jailbreaking, which is “borrow” from the jailbreak community and have it in their next update. Snapchats been doing that anyway, before weren’t able to record and play music at the same time but we were able to do that with phantom months way before that feature was added to snapchat, the same thing with tap to view instead of tap to hold.

  • Rigs101

    Don’t sleep on cokepokes he’s the real MVP

  • Skoven

    Futile move AGAIN Snapchat – they won’t stand a chance agains jailbreak devs.
    There’s already a thread on reddit, explaining how to downgrade Snapchat and bypass this detection.

  • Dump that f*#%ing App

  • Manuel Molina

    lol!! Stupid idiots. No one will choose Snapchat over a jailbreak. They are just losing users slowly until another hack/tweak is made. Someone will get angry and find a work around. It’s one thing to protect your product, but it’s another to go against a community of genius hackers.

    • iPhoneWINS


    • Mark

      I agree with this completely. I wouldn’t give a second thought to getting rid of my jailbreak over losing snapchat. I can still use snapchat and I’m jailbroken, but I don’t have any tweaks that modify the app itself, isn’t this what they are trying to block against? Their latest version is obviously better at detecting whether someone is modifying the software or not, so I think to provide a good service to people, they should be promoting an upgrade to their latest software.
      It isn’t clear from this post, but I’m under the impression that a jailbreak in its own right will not prompt snapchat to block your account and it is, in fact, only people using snapchat-modding-tweaks that they are blocking?

  • iPhoneWINS

    here comes a tweak to block all that BS

  • S M

    It’s possible to circumvent this on Android using a few tricks.. not sure if there’s a method for iOS.

  • jalexcarter

    yeah I had snapchat log and got permanently locked out. had to delete my account and make a new one, so annoyed had to make a whole new account permanent locks are idiotic feature. hope phantom finds a way around this

  • TwinSon

    Looks like Snapchat is handing out L’s.

  • I use Snapchat to follow my friends and some youtubers. So far I haven’t seen the message and I hope I will never see it.

  • chameleon

    you can still upload stuff to your account using third-party apps like snap share…..
    I get how snapchat is taking precautions because they don’t want to be in question if another major incident occurs.. I think they see this whole jailbreaking thing as a sign of potential for the average user to manipulate their software for reasons other than those intended by the company. But I think people who have old (mainly unsupported) devices and software, are getting caught in the crossfire. When you think about it, most people jailbreak their phones in the first place because they don’t have access to later version themes, apps etc. Which is because apple only supports its latest two or three models; and eventually cuts off access to anything for older devices. So should we be blaming snapchat or apple? Wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier if hackers just developed a way to make older devices more compatible? (which is pretty much copying whatever apple’s main updates are isn’t it?) then the old devices could be recognisable as ios9 etc. and at least 50% of the issue would be eliminated.

  • Caleb Erb

    Already contacted the Snapchat Team and I suggested that they create a duplicate of the older app that runs on IOS 6, and implement their Jailbreak restrictions. That way they get what they want (jailbreak restrictions) and we get what we want (snapchat to run on IOS 6). Win, win!