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Snapchat Emoji Meanings: Find Out Where You Stand

Wondering why little emoji appear next to your friends’ names in Snapchat? Find out what they mean in our guide to Snapchat emoji meanings.

Hannah Macready September 19, 2022
Snapchat Emoji Meanings Revealed: Find Out Where You Stand | Hootsuite

If you’re active on Snapchat, you’ve probably noticed the little emoji that appear next to your friends’ names in the chat tab. But do you know the Snapchat emoji meanings?

Never fear! We’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll decode Snapchat’s emoji so you can understand your friendships (and other relationships) better than ever before.

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What are Snapchat emojis?

Snapchat emojis are emojis that are displayed next to Snapchat usernames in your Friends list. They also appear next to Snapchat Stories on the Discover page.

These emojis are assigned based on interactions with other Snapchat users. Snapchat tracks how often you communicate with someone and gives them an emoji based on that interaction.

selection of custom snapchat emojis in app

The most common Snapchat emojis are Pink Heart, Red Heart, Yellow Heart, Grimace Face, Sunglasses Face, and Fire Emoji.

snapchat friend emoji meanings in app

Snapchat emoji meanings 2022

Here’s what the emoji mean on Snapchat.

Baby emoji 👶

The baby emoji is Snapchat’s way of indicating that you and this person are new Snapchat friends. You will see the baby emoji next to someone’s name when you first become Snapchat friends with them.

Once you have been Snapchat friends with someone for a while, the baby emoji will disappear and be replaced by one of Snapchat’s other friendship emojis.

Gold star emoji 🌟

Gold star emojis are shown next to Snapchat friends’ names when they have replayed your snaps in the past 24 hours.

If you see a gold star emoji next to a friend’s name, it means that they found your snap interesting. Depending on your relationship, seeing a gold star can be a good reason to spark up a conversation.

Yellow heart emoji 💛

The yellow heart emoji means that you and this Snapchat user are best friends. This is the person you exchange the most snaps with (and probably share your deepest secrets too). If you see a yellow heart next to someone’s name, it means that you are officially #besties.

Red heart emoji ❤️

Read hearts emojis indicate that you’ve been best friends with another user for two consecutive weeks. Snapchat considers a “best friend” to be someone with whom you’ve exchanged the most number of snaps. Seeing a red heart next to someone’s name means that your Snapchat relationship is going strong!

Pink hearts emoji 💕

If you manage to keep your friendship streak going for two months or more, Snapchat rewards you with the Super BFF emoji. You’ll see two pink hearts next to your friend’s name. This is the ultimate stamp of approval for your Snapchat friendship.

Birthday cake emoji 🎂

The birthday cake emoji appears next to your friend’s name on their birthday. Snapchat will also send you a notification on the day, so you can be sure to wish them a happy birthday.

Smiling face emoji 😊

The smiling face emoji on Snapchat means that you and this person send a lot of snaps to each other. It’s Snapchat’s way of saying that you’re close friends.

Face with sunglasses emoji 😎

If you have mutual best friends with another user, you will see the sunglasses emoji next to their name. Work colleagues, schoolmates, or friends with common interests often see this emoji.

Grimacing face emoji 😬

Similar to the sunglasses emoji, the grimacing face emoji is shown next to the name of someone you share a best friend with. The only difference is that this emoji is used when your top best friend is also their top best friend. Oooh… do we sense a little friendly competition?

Smirking face emoji 😏

The smirk emoji used to be Snapchat’s way of saying “I’m your best friend, but you’re not mine.” Ouch. Snapchat has since removed this emoji to prevent any hard feelings (or broken friendships) from happening.

Fire emoji 🔥

You’ll see the fire emoji next to their name if you’re engaged in a Snapstreak with another user. You’ll only see this emoji if your Snapstreak has lasted at least three consecutive days.

One hundred emoji 💯

If you maintain a Snapstreak for one hundred consecutive days, you’ll see the one hundred emoji instead of the fire icon on the 100th day. Congratulations! You must really, really like Snapchat.

Hourglass emoji ⌛

If you’re wondering why the hourglass emoji appears next to a friend’s name on Snapchat, it means that your Snapstreak is about to end. A Snapstreak is the number of consecutive days that you have Snapchatting with each other. If you want to keep your Snapstreak going, you need to Snapchat each other at least once a day.

Pushpin 📌

The pushpin emoji is shown next to conversations that you’ve pinned to the top of your feed. You can pin individual users or group conversations. Use this emoji to keep track of your most important conversations.

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Snapchat emoji meanings chart

Snapchat EmojiIconMeaning
Baby👶Shown next to brand-new Snapchat friends.
Gold star🌟Shows someone has replayed your Snap in the last 24 hours.
Yellow heart💛Shown when you are top best friends with another user.
Red heart❤️Shown when you have been best friends with a user for 2 weeks in a row.
Pink hearts💕Shown when you have been best friends with a user for 2 months in a row.
Birthday cake🎂Shown next to a friend's name on their birthday.
Smiling face😊Shown next to a user when you are one of their top best friends.
Face with sunglasses😎Shown when a contact is also the best friend of your best friend.
Grimacing face😬Shown when two users are each other's top best friends.
Smirking face😏Indicates someone is your best friend, but you are not theirs.
Fire🔥Shows Snapstreak of at least three days.
One hundred💯Indicates Snapstreak of 100 consecutive days.
HourglassSignifies a Snapstreak is about to end.
Pushpin📌Indicates a conversation has been pinned to the top of your feed.

Zodiac emoji meanings on Snapchat

Astrology lovers rejoice! Snapchat makes it easy to learn exactly who your Snapchat friends are by looking at their zodiac emoji next to their name. If you aren’t yet familiar with the zodiac, here’s a quick breakdown of each symbol.

Aquarius: Born January 20 – February 18

Pisces: Born February 19 – March 20

Aries: Born March 21 – April 19

Taurus: Born April 20 – May 20

Gemini: Born May 21 – June 20

Cancer: Born June 21 – July 22

Leo: Born July 23 – August 22

Virgo: Born August 23 – September 22

Libra: Born September 23 – October 22

Scorpio: Born October 23 – November 21

Sagittarius: Born November 22 – December 21

Capricorn: Born December 22 – January 19

Snapchat even offers a custom astrological profile for users. Go to your Snapchat profile and click the astrology icon below your name to find yours.

snapchat user profile showing astrology sign underneath username

Then, enter information about the day you were born to generate your profile. From there, you’ll be able to see your sun, moon, and planetary readings all within the Snapchat app!

custom generated snapchat astrology profile showing sun in capricorn

Frequently asked questions about Snapchat emojis

Answering your burning questions about the meaning of the Snapchat emojis.

What do the eyes emoji mean on Snapchat? 👀

The eyes emoji on Snapchat indicates that people are rewatching your Snaps. The eyes only show up when one or more people have rewatched your Snap. If you see these guys 👀, chances are you have a fan base.

How long does it take to get the yellow heart emoji on Snapchat? 💛

The yellow heart emoji on Snapchat is given to Snapchat users who are each other’s number one best Snapchat friends. If you and another Snapchat user send the most Snapchat messages to each other, you’ll get this emoji. After two weeks, the yellow heart will turn to a red heart to indicate that you’re still each other’s number one Snapchat friend.

Can you customize your friend emojis?

Yes, you can customize your Snapchat friend emojis to be any emoji you want.

Customizing Snapchat emojis on an Android phone:

  1. Open the Snapchat app and click on your profile picture in the top left corner.
  2. Click the Settings icon.
  3. Scroll down and click Customize Emojis.
  4. Choose the emoji you want to edit, and you’re all set.

Customizing Snapchat emojis on an iPhone:

  1. Open the Snapchat app and click on your profile picture in the top left corner.
  2. Click the Settings icon.
  3. Scroll down to Additional Services and choose Manage.
  4. Click Friend Emojis.
  5. Choose a category to edit
  6. Then, choose the emoji you want to represent this category.
  7. Click the back arrow and your changes will be saved.

Want to learn more about secret social media emojis? Check out our blog on TikTok’s Secret Emojis or browse our complete guide to emoji meanings. Or, browse our Snapchat for Business guide to level up your Snapchat marketing.

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By Hannah Macready

Hannah Macready is a freelance writer with 12 years of experience in social media and digital marketing. Her work has appeared in publications such as Fast Company and The Globe & Mail, and has been used in global social media campaigns for brands like Grosvenor Americas and Intuit Mailchimp. In her spare time, Hannah likes exploring the outdoors with her two dogs, Soup and Salad.

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