Snapchat Emoji Meanings

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 pictures used to convey information in “snaps.” They may represent an emotion, response, activity, or other environmental condition. Snapchat also uses emojis to denote your relationships to your friends, as well as icons to represent 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 icons that indicate the status of your snaps and stories. The default emojis and icons, and their meanings, are listed below.

Snapchat friend-related emoji meanings

EmojiMeaning
New Friend emojiYou recently added this user as a friend
Mutual Best Friends emojiYou have at least one "best friend" (user you interact a lot with) in common with this friend, besides each other
Best Friend emojiThis user is one of your "best friends"
#1 Best Friends emojiYou and this user are each other's "#1 best friend" (most frequent recipient of snaps)
2 Week Best Friend emojiYou and this user have been each other's "#1 best friends" for at least two weeks
2 Month Best Friend EmojiYou and this user have been each other's "#1 best friends" for at least two months
Mutual #1 Best Friend emojiThis friend has the same "#1 best friend" as you do
One-Sided Friendship emojiThis friend has you as their "#1 best friend," but they are not one of your "best friends"
Replayed Snap emojiThis friend has had at least one of their snaps replayed within the last 24 hours
Snapstreak emojiYou are sharing a "Snapstreak" with this friend (each sending the other at least one snap every 24 hours); number denotes length (in days)
100-Day Snapstreak emojiYou have had a "Snapstreak" of at least 100 days with this friend

 

Snapchat snap-related and chat-related icon meanings

IconMeaning
Sent Photo Snap iconYou have sent a photo snap to this friend
Sent Video Snap iconYou have sent a video snap to this friend
Sent Chat Message iconYou have sent a chat message to this friend
Friend Viewed Photo Snap iconThis friend has viewed a photo snap you sent them
Friend Viewed Video Snap iconThis friend has viewed a video snap you sent them
Friend Viewed Chat Message iconThis friend has viewed a chat message you sent them
Friend Received Snapcash iconThis friend has received "Snapcash" you sent them
Received Snap Without Audio iconThis friend sent you a snap without audio
Received Snap With Audio iconThis friend sent you a snap with audio
Received Chat Message iconThis friend sent you a chat message
Viewed Snap Without Audio iconYou viewed this friend's snap without audio
Viewed Snap With Audio iconYou viewed this friend's snap with audio
Viewed Chat Message iconYou viewed this friend's chat message
Pending/Expired Snap/Chat iconA snap or chat that this friend sent you is pending or has expired
Screenshot of Sent Snap Without Audio iconThis friend has taken a screenshot of a snap without audio you sent them
Screenshot of Sent Snap With Audio iconThis friend has taken a screenshot of a snap with audio you sent them
Screenshot of Sent Chat Message iconThis friend has taken a screenshot of the chat message you sent them
Replayed Sent Snap Without Audio iconThis friend replayed a snap without audio you sent them
Replayed Sent Snap With Audio iconThis friend replayed a snap with audio you sent them

 

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!