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What Do Snapchat Emojis Mean?

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Snapchat users who send and get multiple snaps with their friends will see little emoji icons next to their names in the chat tab. Here are the meanings of Snapchat emojis, starting with the most common to ending with the more obscure.

How do Snapchat’s Friend Emojis Work?

Snapchat tracks your communication habits and assigns Friend Emojis to reflect your current level of interaction with friends. The emojis you see will change as you send and receive more messages. The emojis may also disappear if you stop messaging someone. The Friend emojis you see is private and not visible to the public.

Snapchat Friend Emoji Meanings

These Friend emojis might appear alongside a friend’s Snapchat name.

Yellow Heart (Besties).

You’re both best friends. You send the most photos to this friend and they send you the most.

Red Heart (BFF).

When you stay together for two weeks, a yellow heart can become a red one.

Two Pink Hearts (Super BFFs)

The two pink hearts next to a friend’s username means that they have been your best friend on Snapchat for at least two months. This also signifies that you are the friend’s best friend for at least two months.

Grimacing Face

Smileys with their teeth showing as if they were grimacing next to a friend’s name mean that you are their number one best friend. This means that you have a best friend.

Smirking Face

If you see an emoji that has a smile on its face next to a friend’s name it is a sign that they are your best friend. However, you have a better friend.

The smile on Your Face

An emoji that has smiling eyes and rosy cheeks next to a friend’s name indicates they are one of your closest friends but not your number one.

Sunglasses Face

A username is accompanied by a smiley face sporting sunglasses. This means that your best friend is also one of their best friends.


You’ll notice the sparkle emoji when you snap with friends in a group. This can be used to identify your friends who are participating in group chats.


After you add someone to your Snapchat friend list, a baby emoji will appear.


You may notice a fiery fire emoji next to someone’s name if you are very active on Snapchat. This is a sign that you are on a “snap streak.” The snap streak number beside the Fire emoji will increase if you keep snapping with them for a while.


Your snap streak will end soon if you see an hourglass with almost no time left. Snap your snaps now to save it, and keep it going.


When you snap back and forth 100 times in a row, 100 will appear next to Fire Emoji.

Birthday Cake

If you see a birthday cake next to a friend’s name, it is likely that today is their special day. Send a quick message to wish them a happy birthday.

Gold Star

Another user replayed the snaps of this friend within the last 24 hours.

How to customize Friend Emojis

You can modify the emojis of all interactions above to get the exact emojis next to your friends’ names. If you would like your best friend of two months to see the poop emoticon instead of the two pink hearts,

  1. Start Snapchat by tapping the Profile button at the top.
  2. To access your settings, tap the gear at the top-right corner of your profile.
  3. To access the iOS version, tap Manage in Additional Service. To see a complete list of all emojis and their meanings, tap Friend Emojis
  4. Tap Super BFF.
  5. Tap the poop emoticon. If you have a Super BFF the pile of poo emoticon will now be next to their name in the chat tab

Snapchat’s shift to friend emojis

The best friend feature was available in older versions of Snapchat. It listed 3-7 friends who you had snapped the most and placed them at the top. To reveal their best friends, you can tap on any username. Snapchat users were concerned about privacy and removed the best friends feature in an update in January 2015.

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