Snapchat is full of hidden quirks that you’ll only start to notice after you have been using the app for a while.
One of these quirks is the presence of seemingly random emojis. You’ll find them next to your friends’ names, celebrities’ names, and even in your Snapchat Stories.
But what do the Snapchat emojis mean?
Snapchat Friend Emojis
Snapchat uses 14 different emojis to categorize your friends. Each emoji denotes a particular aspect of the relationship between you and the other person; it’s like a secret Snapchat emoji code.
1. Yellow Heart
Wondering what the yellow heart emoji means on Snapchat? It’s a simple one: you and the other person are best friends. Well, best friends on Snapchat. You have sent the most snaps to them, and they have sent the most snaps to you.
2. Red Heart
You’ll see the red heart emoji next to another Snapchatter’s name if you have been best friends on the service for the last two weeks consecutively (i.e., you have sent the most snaps to them, and they have sent the most to you).
3. Pink Hearts
Taking this to its logical conclusion, you will see an emoji of two pink hearts if you have been best friends for the last two months consecutively.
4. Gold Star
Snapchat also uses a gold star emoji. You will see it next to a friend’s name when someone has replayed one of their snaps in the last 24 hours.
5. Sunglasses Face
The sunglasses emoji on Snapchat means that you and the other person share a common good friend; you both send a lot of Snaps to a mutual connection. It does not mean that you share the same best friend.
6. Grimacing Face
The grimacing face emoji means that you do share the same best friend. You send the most snaps to the same person as they do. Awkward.
(Also, spare a thought for the poor person who receives all those snaps every day. Perhaps you should back off a bit!).
7. Smirking Face
The smirking face emoji is like the opposite of the grimacing face. It shows that you’re their best friend (they send you more snaps than anyone else), but they are not your best friend (you send more snaps to other people than you do to them). Also pretty awkward, we’re sure you’ll agree.
8. Smiling Face
Ah, this one is a bit more pleasant. A smiling face emoji on Snapchat means that you’re good friends with each other. Not best friends, but good friends. You both send each other lots of snaps on a regular basis.
9. Baby Face
Have you just become friends with a new person on Snapchat? Then you’ll see the baby face emoji alongside the person’s name. It will automatically disappear after a few weeks.
Snapchat uses three emojis that relate to your Snapstreak. If you see the fire emoji, it means you and the other person have snapped each other on three consecutive days. You both need to have sent a snap for the emoji to appear.
The number next to the emoji denotes how many days you have been on a Snapstreak.
Note: A Snapstreak only applies to snaps sent. Chatting with each other via text does not count towards your streak.
11. One Hundred
The red one hundred emoji will appear when you and your friend have completed a 100-day Snapstreak. It’s a great way to improve your Snapchat score.
Frankly, if you ever manage to get to 100 consecutive days of snapping, you deserve something more than an emoji. But alas, it’s not our decision.
The hourglass emoji will appear next to person’s name if your Snapstreak with them is about to end. It will pop up a few hours before your time runs out.
It’s pretty useful. After all, you wouldn’t want to jeopardize that glorious 100 emoji, would you?
13. Birthday Cake
It doesn’t take a genius to work this one out. You will see the birthday cake emoji alongside a friend’s name when it’s their birthday. Why not send them a snap to celebrate.
Note: This emoji only pops up if the person has added their birthday to Snapchat.
14. Zodiac Signs
If the person has added their birthday, the corresponding zodiac sign emoji will appear alongside their name. The zodiac signs are purple with a white emblem.
Some verified accounts have their own emoji. When the account posts a story, you will see the emoji alongside the account name so you know it’s official.
The list of verified Snapchat accounts is in a constant state of flux, but some of the most popular verified story emojis include:
- Bicep: Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Blond Man: Diplo
- Cactus: Jared Leto
- Cake: Steve Aoki
- Cherry: Demi Lovato
- Crown: Kylie Jenner
- DVD: David Guetta
- Purple Heart Decoration: Selena Gomez
- Praying Hands: Justin Bieber
- Checkered Flag: Lewis Hamilton
- Up Arrow: One Direction
- USA Flag: Hilary Clinton
Relationship Emojis on Snapchat
Snapchatters have started using an emoji code to display their relationship status on their profile and in their stories. Much like the early days of hashtags on Twitter, the relationship emojis are not supported by Snapchat itself. Yet.
Either way, it’s important to know what the relationship emojis denote. You will see them a lot.
1. Blue Circle
The person is single. Remember, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are looking. You should use the same etiquette as you would use when looking for a date on Facebook.
The Snapchat equivalent of Facebook’s “It’s Complicated” status.
3. Red Circle
The person is open to propositions, but it not ready to commit to a long-term relationship.
You’ll see the cherry emoji next to people who are in a relationship and happy.
The apple emoji on Snapchat means that the user is engaged and will soon be married.
The person is married.
An avocado means the person thinks they are the “better half” in their relationship. You can take that to mean what you will.
The person is looking for the right person to spend their life with, but cannot find them. They have our sympathy.
A lemon signifies a person who is in a relationship but who is unhappy and wants to be single.
The chestnut emoji implies that the person wants to get married to their long-term partner but is not yet engaged.
Don’t Forget About Snapchat Stickers and Filters
You should not confuse the emoji we’ve explained in this article with Snapchat’s filters and stickers.
You can add stickers to a story to convey more themes and emotions. There are even creator-made stickers that you can add in packs.
Snapchat also supplies users with hundreds of filters. You can use them in your stories to inject some additional personality. The list of filters, lenses, and geo-filters changes regularly (and you can even unlock hidden Snapchat filters). However, we’ve explained some of the most common ones in our complete list of Snapchat filters.