Snapchat has grown to massive popularity over the last few years, now with 100 million daily users, and it’s managed to become the go-to communication platform for many people between the ages of 13 and 25.
If you use Snapchat, you’ve probably noticed the “Best Friends” feature — a publicly displayed list of the people you chat with most often. There’s no way to turn this off or choose who makes the list, so you may have concerns with showing the world who you chat with. What those concerns are is your business — whether you’re worried about that girl who’s not your girlfriend showing up as your best friend, or you’d just like to keep your closest connections private. In any case, while there’s no official setting to remove someone from your Best Friends list, there is a workaround that allows it to be done.
How Does Snapchat’s “Best Friends” Work?
Your Best Friends list on Snapchat is just a way to keep track of the people you chat with most often. It appears at the top of your main friend list, making those users more accessible when you’re sending a new snap, but it also appears publicly on your profile.
But how is it calculated? It’s pretty simple, actually.
You may have noticed that every user has a “score” — a measure of the total number of snaps sent and received since joining Snapchat. With that in mind, a similar score is assigned to individual conversations between you and each of your friends. The more you chat with a particular person, the higher your friendship score becomes. To determine who makes it onto your Best Friends list, Snapchat looks at these scores and lists the friends you chat with the most, in order of your friendship score.
The Best Friends feature makes it super convenient to quickly send snaps to your closest friends, but again, you may not want to share your best friends with people viewing your profile (or looking over your shoulder).
What Do Snapchat’s “Friend Emjois” Mean?
Snapchat recently added “Friend Emojis” to the Best Friends list — little icons that say various things about your Snapchat relationship with each of your best friends. Here’s what they mean:
- Gold star: appears next to someone when one of their snaps was replayed in the last 24 hours.
- Baby: appears next to new friends.
- Double pink heart: appears next to your #1 best friend when you’re also their #1 best friend for two months.
- Red heart: appears next to your #1 best friend when you’re also their #1 best friend for two weeks.
- Gold heart: appears next to your #1 best friend when you’re also their #1 best friend (for less than two weeks).
- Smile: appears next to your best friends.
- Smirk: appears next to someone when you’re one of their best friends, but they’re not one of yours.
- Grin: appears next to someone when you share the same #1 best friend.
- Sunglasses: appears next to someone you share a best friend with.
- Fire: appears next to someone when you’re on a “Snapstreak,” along with the number of consecutive days you’ve snapped each other.
How To Remove Someone From Your Snapchat Best Friends
There’s no official way to do it, but removing someone from your Best Friends list on Snapchat is pretty simple. All you have to do is block them and immediately unblock them, thus resetting the score for that particular conversation.
To do this, open Snapchat and tap the little ghost icon at the top of the camera screen. Select “My Friends,” which will show you your entire friend list as well as your current Best Friends. Tap on the user you’d like to remove, select the gear icon, and choose “Block” from the list.
After you block someone, they’ll disappear from your Best Friends and your main friend list, so you’ll have to search for their username and add them again. (Alternatively, you can select “Blocked Users” in your account settings and unblock them there.) After you do this, they will be on your friend list and available to chat with you, but they will have disappeared from your Best Friends list. Rinse and repeat for anyone else you’d like to hide.
It’s important to note, however, that they will still be eligible to become a Best Friend again if you chat with them a lot — so it’s a good idea to watch the list and repeat the process as needed. Friendship scores seem to reset to zero once a week, so you’ll probably want to check back weekly.
That’s all there is to it — if you ever feel the need to remove someone from your Best Friends on Snapchat, this is currently the best way to do it. If you’re savvy with programming, however, you could look into adding a simple Xcode macro to hide your Best Friends list.
If you have any problems, questions, or suggestions to help others get the most out of Snapchat, we’d love to hear them. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!