Snapchat Emojis

What are Snapchat "emojis"?

"Emojis" are small picture representations used to convey information in Snapchat "snaps".  They may represent an emotion, response, activity, or other environmental condition.  Snapchat also uses special emojis to denote your relationships to your Snapchat friends and the statuses of your snaps and chats.

How to add an emoji to a Snapchat snap

  1. Turn on your mobile device, tap Snapchat to open it, and log in.

  2. Create a "snap".  (See our How to Use Snapchat tutorial for more on creating snaps.)

  3. Once you have captured your "snap" and have moved on to editing it, tap the notepad icon in the upper-right corner.

  4. Snapchat will now show you a list of available emojis.



    You can tap the category icons at the bottom of the screen to filter available emojis by:

    - Emojis that you've recently used
    - Emotions and people
    - Animals and nature
    - Food and drink
    - Festivals and celebrations
    - Sports and activities
    - Places and travel
    - Objects and signs

    Tap an emoji to insert it into your "snap".

What do Snapchat emojis mean?

Snapchat's pool of general emojis used in snaps is rather large, so it's rather difficult to explain what each one means in a single article.  We suggest consulting Emojipedia, which is a database on emojis (including what they look like and what they mean).

However, Snapchat also uses emojis to denote relationships with your Snapchat friends, as well as to indicate the status of your Snapchat snaps and stories.  The default emojis and meanings are listed below.

Snapchat friend-related emoji meanings

 Baby face -- Denotes a Snapchat user whom you recently added as a friend.

 Smiling face -- This Snapchat user is one of your "best friends"; you send a lot of snaps to this person, but not the most out of all of your friends.

 Smiling face with sunglasses -- You and this Snapchat friend have at least one "best friend" in common (besides each other).  This means that each of you sends a lot of snaps to the same person (but not the most out of each of your respective friends).

 Gold heart -- You and this Snapchat friend are each other's "#1 best friend".  This means that each of you is the most frequent recipient of the other's snaps.

 Red heart -- You and this Snapchat friend have been each other's "#1 best friend" for at least two weeks.

Pink hearts -- You and this Snapchat friend have been each other's "#1 best friend" for at least two months.

 Grimacing face -- This Snapchat friend has the same "#1 best friend" as you do.  This means that the most frequent recipient of snaps for each of you is the same person.

 Smirking face -- This Snapchat friend has you as their "#1 best friend", but they are not one of your "best friends".  In other words, they send you snaps the most frequently out of any of their friends, but you do not send them snaps very often.

 Gold star -- Denotes one of your friends on Snapchat who has had one or more of their snaps replayed in the past 24 hours, either by you or by another Snapchat user.

 Fire -- Denotes a Snapchat friend that you are sharing a "Snapstreak" with.  A "Snapstreak" occurs when both you and one of your Snapchat friends send each other at least one snap within a 24-hour period.  Next to this emoji will be the number of days that you have been able to maintain your "Snapstrak" with this friend.

One hundred sign -- This will appear next to a "fire" emoji if you have managed to achieve a "Snapstreak" of at least 100 days with one of your Snapchat friends.  (Image courtesy of http://emojipedia.org/hundred-points-symbol)

More information on friend-related Snapchat emojis can be found here.

Snapchat snap-related and chat-related emoji meanings

 Filled red arrow -- You have sent a snap without audio to your Snapchat friend(s).

 Filled purple arrow -- You have sent a snap with audio to your Snapchat friend(s).

 Filled blue arrow -- You have sent a chat message to your Snapchat friend.

 Hollow red arrow -- Your Snapchat friend has viewed a snap without audio that you sent them.

 Hollow purple arrow -- Your Snapchat friend has viewed a snap with audio that you sent them.

 Hollow blue arrow -- Your Snapchat friend has viewed a chat message that you sent them.

 Hollow green arrow -- Your Snapchat friend has received "Snapcash" that you sent them (see this help section on Snapchat for more about Snapcash).

 Filled red square -- You have received a snap without audio from your Snapchat friend.

 Filled purple square -- You have received a snap with audio from your Snapchat friend.

 Filled blue speech bubble -- You have received a chat message from your Snapchat friend.

 Hollow red square -- You have viewed a snap without audio that your Snapchat friend sent you.

 Hollow purple square -- You have viewed a snap with audio that your Snapchat friend sent you.

 Hollow blue speech bubble -- You have viewed a chat message that your Snapchat friend sent you.

 Hollow grey speech bubble -- A snap or chat that your Snapchat friend sent you is pending or has expired.

 Overlaid red arrows -- Your Snapchat friend, whom you sent a snap without audio to, has taken a screenshot of the snap.

 Overlaid purple arrows -- Your Snapchat friend, whom you sent a snap with audio to, has taken a screenshot of the snap.

 Overlaid blue arrows -- Your Snapchat friend, whom you sent a chat message to, has taken a screenshot of the chat.

 Red circle-with-arrow -- Your Snapchat friend, whom you sent a snap without audio to, has replayed the snap at least once.

 Purple circle-with-arrow -- Your Snapchat friend, whom you sent a snap with audio to, has replayed the snap at least once.

 

More information on emojis related to snaps and chats on Snapchat can be found here.

 

That's our overview of emojis on Snapchat, including how they work and what they mean!

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