Snapchat Emoji Meanings to Check Friendship Levels and More

Snapchat isn't just about sending snaps and messages โ€“ it's a platform that adds a unique touch of personalization through emojis. These tiny icons sometimes have the power to say more than just words and can take on different meanings, depending on the situation. This guide uncovers Snapchat emoji meanings and shows how they can help you gauge your Snapchat friendship levels and more.

Good to know: also check out what abbreviations like SFS, SB or OTP mean on Snapchat.

Common Snapchat Friendship Emojis and What They Mean

Chat section view in Snapchat with emojis.

Various types of emojis may appear in front of usernames in the chat section to convey different meanings and statuses. Listed here are some of the most popular friendship emojis on Snapchat:

Fire๐Ÿ”ฅ- highlights a Snapstreak, which occurs when you and another user exchange snaps for at least three consecutive days. The number next to the fire emoji represents the number of days you have been on a Snapstreak with the other user.ย 

Yellow heart ๐Ÿ’›- appears next to your #1 best friend on Snapchat (and vice versa). This happens when you exchange a significant number of snaps with a user regularly.ย 

Pink hearts ๐Ÿ’• - means you have been best friends with a user for two consecutive months (aka Super best friends!). You've been sending the most snaps to each other for 60 consecutive days.ย 

Red heart โค๏ธ - you will see this emoji when you have been exchanging snaps with your #1 best friend for two consecutive weeks. This emoji is an upgrade from the yellow heart emoji. If you manage to maintain it for two months, you will be upgraded further to the Super best friends status.ย 

Sunglasses ๐Ÿ˜Ž - means that you and this person have a mutual best friend that you send many snaps to.ย 

Grimacing face ๐Ÿ˜ฌ- appears when your #1 best friend is their #1 best friend. Basically, you both exchange many snaps with the same person.ย 

Smiling face ๐Ÿ˜Š - represents a close friend, but not your #1 best friend. You frequently exchange snaps โ€“ but not quite enough to become best friends.

Baby๐Ÿ‘ถ- means that you have just become friends with someone on the app, and your Snapchat friendship is just in the initial stages.ย 

HourglassโŒ›- your Snapstreak is running out of time. To save it, you need to snap each other quickly.

Glowing Star๐ŸŒŸ- means someone has replayed one of your snaps in the past 24 hours. They may have found your snap interesting or entertaining and wanted to watch it again.ย 

100 ๐Ÿ’ฏ- you have been exchanging snaps with your friend for 100 days. It is definitely not easy, so give yourself a pat on the back when you achieve it!

Other Fun Emojis You Should Know About

Pisces zodiac sign view in Snapchat in the user menu.

Apart from the friendship emojis we have listed above, there are other interesting emojis you may see:

Cake ๐ŸŽ‚: if you see a cake emoji next to a friendโ€™s name, it means they are celebrating their birthday today. Send them a snap or a chat to wish them a happy birthday!

Zodiac signs โ™“: shows the astrological sign of your friends based on their birthday (if they have added this information to the app). You can see more by tapping on their profile. Each emoji and date range corresponds to a different zodiac sign.

FYI: did you know that you can use your Snapchat location to find friends and stories near you? Learn how to get started.

How to Customize Emojis in Snapchat

Snapchat offers a feature that allows you to personalize the emojis used for predefined friend categories. For example, if you'd like to replace the default yellow heart with a brown one, you can easily make this customization from your Snapchat settings (via the mobile app, but not in the web version of Snapchat).

Click on your profile icon in the Snapchat app (Android | iOS) in the top left.

Clicking on the profile icon in Snapchat.

Tap the gear icon in the top right to launch Settings.

Clicking gear icon in Snapchat to access settings.

Scroll down to the "Privacy Control" section, and click on "Customize Emojis."

Clicking "Customize emojis" option in Snapchat settings.

Select the emoji from the list that you want to change.

Choosing which emoji to customize in the Snapchat app.

Pick your preferred one from the list of options on your screen.ย 

Changing Friends Emoji Snapchat App

Thatโ€™s it! The selected emoji will be applied to its respective category.ย 

Tip: learn how to create a Cameos selfie on Snapchat.

Making Snapchat Interactions Fun With Emojis

Emojis on Snapchat make your interactions more fun and meaningful. They constantly change over time, so you can watch your friendships flourish in the Snapchat universe. Exchanging snaps regularly (in Snapchat groups and with individual users) also represents a way to boost your Snap Score, but if you don't want everyone to see it, you can hide your Snapchat score from specific people.

Image credit: Pexels. All screenshots by Zainab Falak.

Zainab Falak

Zainab is an Actuarial Sciences graduate from Pakistan with a passion for technology. When she's not busy writing insightful pieces on Windows and the latest tech trends, you'll find her with her nose buried in a productivity book, always on the lookout for ways to optimize her workflow and stay ahead of the curve.

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