Snapchat Emoji Meanings

Last updated: January 30, 2017 - 3:36pm EST

Now that you’ve learned about what Snapchat is, and the basics of how to use the app, you may be wondering what all the little symbols, or “emojis,” you see in the app mean. There are lots of them, so it can get confusing as to what each of them means. In this article, we’ll explain what each of the Snapchat emojis means.

What are Snapchat "emojis"?

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

What do 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 snaps and stories. The default emojis and meanings are listed below.

Snapchat friend-related emoji meanings

Snapchat friend emoji icons

Emoji Meaning
baby face Denotes a user that you recently added as a friend
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).
smiling face This 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.
gold heart You and this 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 friend have been each other's "#1 best friends" for at least two weeks.
pink hearts You and this friend have been each other's "#1 best friends" for at least two months.
grimacing face This 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 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 who has had one or more of
their snaps replayed in the past 24 hours, either by you or by another
user.
fire Denotes a Snapchat friend that you are sharing a "Snapstreak" with. A
"Snapstreak" occurs when both you and one of your 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 "Snapstreak" with this friend.
100 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.

 

Snapchat snap-related and chat-related emoji meanings

Snapchat snap and chat emoji icons

Emoji Meaning
filled red arrow You have sent a photo snap to your friend(s)
filled purple arrow You have sent a video snap to your friend(s)
filled blue arrow You have sent a chat message to your friend
hollow red arrow Your friend has viewed a photo snap that you sent them
hollow purple arrow Your friend has viewed a video snap that you sent them
hollow blue arrow Your friend has viewed a chat message that you sent them
hollow green arrow Your friend has received "Snapcash" that you sent them
filled red square You have received a snap without audio from your friend
filled purple square You have received a snap with audio from your  friend
filled blue square You have received a chat message from your friend
hollow red square You have viewed a snap without audio that your friend sent you
hollow purple square You have viewed a snap with audio that your friend sent you
hollow blue square You have viewed a chat message that your  friend sent you
hollow grey square A snap or chat that your friend sent you is pending or has expired
overlaid red arrows Your friend, whom you sent a snap without audio to, has taken a screenshot of the snap
overlaid purple arrows Your friend, whom you sent a snap with audio to, has taken a screenshot of the snap.
overlaid blue arrows Your friend, whom you sent a chat message to, has taken a screenshot of the chat
red circle with arrow Your friend, whom you sent a snap without audio to, has replayed the snap at least once
purple circle with arrow Your friend, whom you sent a snap with audio to, has replayed the snap at least once

 

Besides the emojis and symbols that automatically appear based on your activity using Snapchat, you can also add emojis to the snaps you send to your friends. Next, we’ll show you how to do just that! If you want more information on emojis related to snaps and chats, you can find that here.

How to add an emoji to a snap

  1. Turn on your mobile device, tap Snapchat to open it, and log in.
     
  2. Create a "snap."
     
  3. Once you have captured your "snap" and have moved on to editing it, tap the note icon in the upper-right corner.

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

    Snapchat add emojis screen

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."

 

That's our overview of emojis on Snapchat, including how they work and what they mean. If you want to learn more about the features of Snapchat, including Snapchat stories, be sure to look over the rest of our Snapchat course!

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