What Do the Emoji Next to My Snapchat Friends Mean?


Next to some of your Snapchat friends, you’ll see little emoji.


Each of these emoji has a specific meaning. Let’s look at what they are.


This person is your #1 Best Friend. You send them more Snaps than anyone else and they send you more Snaps than anyone else.


You’ve been #1 Best Friends with this person for two weeks in a row.


You’ve been #1 Best Friends with this person for two months in a row.


This person is one of your Best Friends. For someone to be a Best Friend, you need to regularly send them Snaps.


The Fire emoji always appears with a number. This is the amount of days in a row you’ve send them a Snap and they’ve sent you a Snap. It’s called a “Snapstreak”.


If you don’t send a Snap within the next four hours, your Snapstreak will end.


You’re not Best Friends, but you’re both Best Friends with the same person.


Your #1 Best Friend is their #1 Best Friend too.


You’re one of their Best Friends but they’re not one of yours.


You recently added this person to your Friends list.


This person replayed one of your Snaps in the last 24 hours.


It’s this person’s birthday.

How to Customize the Default Friend Emojis

Many of the default emoji in Snapchat are customizable. If you want a cactus to represent your Best Friends instead of a smiley, you can do that.

From the main Snapchat screen, swipe down and then tap the settings icon. Next head to Manage Preferences > Friend Emojis and select the emoji you want to change. Select an emoji from the list and tap the back button to save it.


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