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How to Get Someone Off Your Best Friends List on Snapchat

Philip Bates Updated 29-06-2020

Snapchat is the go-to social media platform for many people between the ages of 13 and 25. Although Snapchat has stolen some of its glory in recent years.


The app lists your contacts in the Send To function, and right at the top, you’ll find your “Best Friends”. But what does Best Friends mean on Snapchat? Can anyone else see who you’re friends with? And how can you get someone off your Best Friends list on Snapchat?

In this article, we explain all of this and more, helping you figure out Snapchat’s Best Friends feature once and for all.

How Does Snapchat’s “Best Friends” Work?

Your Best Friends list on Snapchat keeps track of the people you chat with most often. It appears at the top of your main friends list, making those users more accessible when you’re sending a new snap.

But how does Snapchat calculate who your Best Friends are? It’s pretty simple.

You may have noticed that every user has a Snap Score—a measure of the total number of Snaps sent and received since joining. A similar score is assigned to individual conversations between you and your friends. The more you chat with a particular person, the higher your friendship score becomes.


To determine your Best Friends list, Snapchat analyzes these scores and lists the friends you chat with the most, in order of your friendship score.

What Do Snapchat’s “Friend Emojis” Mean?

hearts emoticon snapchat mean Best Friends

How can you tell who your Snapchat Best Friends are? Most importantly, they’ll appear at the top of your Send To screen. You can also click on your profile (the circle to the top-left of your interface), then My Friends, and your Best Friends are listed at the top.

When you swipe to your Chat screen, you’ll see your contacts listed alongside emojis. These show your Best Friends too.


Here’s what some of them mean:

  • Baby: You’re new friends.
  • Double pink heart: This is your #1 Best Friend; you’ve also been their #1 Best Friend for at least two months.
  • Red heart: You’ve been each other’s #1 Best Friend for two weeks.
  • Gold heart: You’re each other’s #1 Best Friend, albeit for fewer than two weeks.
  • Smile: Your Best Friends, though not your #1 Best Friend.
  • Fire: This appears when you’re on a “Snapstreak,” along with the number of consecutive days you’ve snapped each other. Learn about Snapstreaks and how to get a lost one back.

Emojis are also used by contacts in Snaps and Chats. If you use the service, you need to understand the meanings of Snapchat emojis What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More .

Best Friends on Snapchat: Your Questions Answered

Before we show you how to get someone off your Best Friends list, let’s cover some of the related questions you may have about the feature.

Can Other Users See Your Best Friends List on Snapchat?

You might be concerned about privacy and want to know how to hide Best Friends on Snapchat. But don’t worry: no one else can see who you’re friends with on the app.


Others used to be able to see Best Friends lists. For instance, a smirking emoji showed when you’re someone’s Best Friend, but they’re not one of yours.

Fortunately, Snapchat saw the light and deleted this feature. Beware: the “Oops” and “Smiling-Face-With-Sunglasses” smileys still indicate shared Best Friends.

How Many Best Friends Can You Have on Snapchat?

You can have up to eight Best Friends.


Some only have one or two. Others converse with so many people, the Best Friends emojis shift between contacts daily.

How Can You Make Someone Your Best Friend on Snapchat?

You can’t specifically “set” someone as your Best Friend. Snapchat’s algorithm works by analyzing who you converse with most.

If you want someone to be your Best Friend on Snapchat, send them lots of Snaps and Chats! Of course, you should make sure the feeling’s mutual—there’s little point in bombarding someone with Snaps if it’s just going to annoy them.

And while one user might be your Best Friend, that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily theirs.

How To Remove Snapchat Best Friends

Remember, only you can see who your Best Friends are anyway. Nonetheless, you might still want to remove Best Friends from your Snapchat. It can be easy, but it depends on how frequently you Snap or Chat to them. You used to be able to block someone and then add them again, but this method no longer works.

You have three options.

How to Delete Friends on Snapchat

The first is to remove that friend entirely. This might be because of a break-up, and you don’t want to be reminded of them every time you open the platform.

Open the Chat function, to the left of your camera interface. Then click on the vertical ellipsis at the top-right of your screen, and tap either Remove Friend or Block.

Remove Friend is a temporary option: it’s easy to undo and they can still message you. Block is more permanent—this option will remove them from your Best Friends list, and indeed the app overall.

That user will no longer be able to see your Snap Score, so may presume they’ve been removed or blocked. And here’s how to tell if someone blocked you on Snapchat How to Tell If Someone Blocked You on Snapchat Here's how to tell if someone blocked you on Snapchat. No one wants to be blacklisted on social media! Read More .

How to Get Rid of Your Best Friends on Snapchat

This isn’t ideal, but since Snapchat removed the loophole that let you block then add users again, it’s the only way. You’ve got to use the algorithm to your own advantage.

How? You need to send fewer Snaps and Chats to the person you don’t want listed as a Best Friend any more. Prioritize someone else.

So how long do the Best Friend emojis last on Snapchat? This depends largely on how many contacts you have and how many you talk to frequently.

If you know very few people on Snapchat, sending one Snap might mean they instantly become your Best Friend. If you know lots of people and have numerous Snapstreaks going, you’ll probably have many Best Friends.

How to Hide Best Friends on Snapchat

The third option disguises who your Best Friends are. Let’s posit that someone you know often checks your smartphone and wants to know who you’re regularly in contact with. You should really implement better security, but perhaps you don’t want to lock someone out of your phone completely.

There’s nothing you can do to hide Best Friends on the Send To screen, but you can mask it on the Chat screen (which someone else is most likely to check).

You can hide who your Best Friends are by changing the related emoji.

Open your profile then click the cog icon in the top-right. iOS users should go to Manage > Friend Emojis then click on whichever field you want to toggle. These include Super BFF, BFF, Besties, and BFs. You can change the emoji to whatever you want, as long as two fields don’t share the same one.

Android users can do this by clicking on Customize Emojis, also found after clicking on the cog icon.

Don’t Worry About Being Best Friends on Snapchat

Knowing you’re not someone’s Best Friend on Snapchat shouldn’t concern you. Maybe you just don’t talk enough on the app, but that doesn’t mean you’re not good friends in real life. After all, Snapchat’s Best Friends feature doesn’t account for SMS, messaging platforms, or face-to-face conversations.

Nonetheless, plenty of people take Snapchat seriously. So, if you use the service, you should at least learn some common Snapchat terms 20 Common Snapchat Terms You Need to Know Whether you're a new user or a longtime user getting confused, here are the common Snapchat terms you need to know. Read More , to familiarize yourself with the lingo.

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  1. Jenna
    November 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    This did not work. Tried multiple times. It disappears from best friends list for a couple seconds and after unblocking and adding person back, it shows back up on bf list again.

  2. Dakota
    November 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    This did not work... i readded them and not only did they take the place they originally had as my number three, our streak remained as well. Annoying.

  3. Anonamous
    August 5, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I didnt want to have to do the blocking thing, so i tried deactivating my account then reactivating and it did the trick

    • David J. Terry
      December 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Did this get rid of all of your streaks and everyone in your best friend list?

  4. xxxOhNeilxxx
    June 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    It didn't work the bestfriend emojis reset, are there any other ways because I want my girlfriend on there to replace this guy I hate please help

  5. Rick
    May 27, 2017 at 12:29 am

    This did not work on my sprint galaxy s7. Any thoughts on this i can try.

  6. Anon
    January 19, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Will this get rid of your streak after they are blocked?

  7. Charley
    November 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    If you remove someone from your snapchat will you still appear on there snapchat friend list?

  8. Judipee
    March 25, 2016 at 1:57 am

    My boyfriends ex is my friend on snapchat and next to her it showed we shared a same mutual best friend. He and i are eachothers best friends on snapchat and i told him before that it bothered me and he said they were just friends but they seem to talk all the time on snapchat. Yesterday the emoji next to her name disappeared completely. I'm pretty sure he blocked then unblocked her so that i wouldnt get suspicious but that makes me moreso suspicious

    • lewl
      April 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      we can make him jealous @jackgainz

  9. Jolene
    February 3, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Does the person get a notification when you re-add them?

    • Anon
      September 30, 2016 at 9:34 am


      • Anon
        December 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

        I blocked the person then went on and unblocked them but had to add them again so they got a notification...was awkward ?

  10. Penny
    January 16, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I dont want the list of blocked users showing on my settings pages. How can I remove that?

  11. dave
    January 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    hahahaha I should have read the comments before doing this. I am not being questioned about why I deleted them hahahaha halp

  12. Beckaboo
    January 11, 2016 at 3:01 am

    This did NOT work for me. They never disappeared from my best friends list. I only looked like a jerk for deleting and re-friending someone.

    • Bullfriend
      January 16, 2017 at 1:30 am

      Same here

  13. h1ccups
    December 30, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Hi, I did this blocking and unblocking process but the friends hasn't reappeared in my friends list. Does this mean I have to add them again and if so is there a way of preventing this?