Based on the search results, here is a summary of how to manage chat settings like who can contact you in the Snapchat app:

  • Go to your profile and tap the gear icon to access Settings. Then go to “Privacy Controls”.
  • Under “Who Can Contact Me”, choose if you want everyone or just friends to contact you directly with snaps, chats, calls, etc. This controls who can reach out to you first.
  • Under “Who Can View My Story”, choose who can view your public story posts. The default is friends only.

Chat Settings

  • To manage individual or group chat settings, press and hold on a chat. Tap “Chat Settings”.
  • Here you can enable options like saving chats, allowing group chats, deleting chats after 24 hours, etc. These settings only apply to that specific chat.

Blocking and Reporting

  • You can block accounts to prevent them from viewing your story or contacting you.
  • To report abusive behavior, press and hold on a snap or profile and select “Report”. Snapchat’s Trust and Safety team reviews these reports.

Other Safety Tips

  • Be thoughtful about who you add as friends. Consider only adding people you know in real life.
  • Be careful about sharing personal information like your location.
  • Use screen lock on your phone and enable two-factor authentication for your Snapchat account.

I hope this gives you a good overview of how to control your privacy settings and chat options in Snapchat to stay safe. Let me know if you have any other questions!