With the iOS and Android mobile device keyboards, you can select from hundreds of emojis — everything from tacos to national flags to artists is represented as a cartoon emoji.

However, Snapchat’s emojis can mean a variety of different things — and it can be hard to interpret them.

Do you have any idea what Snapchat emojis mean?

It is important to keep in mind that these emojis vary slightly between iOS and Android devices, so we have also written out what the faces look like.

With Snapchat emojis, you and your friends can track each other’s activities. Depending on your Snapchat interactions, Snapchat will display different emojis for you depending on how frequently, when, and when not you interact with Snapchat. For example: 😊 A smiling face indicates that the user is one of your best friends, 💛 A yellow heart indicates that the user is your #1 best friend.

On the Snapchat screenshot below you can see these Snapchat emojis in their proper context, along with a few different emojis you may see in your app. Sliding right on your Snapchat app will take you to this page.

This image shows each emoji to the right of a Snapchat user you have a special relationship with.

At the time Snapchat was created, the app displayed each user’s best friends publicly (your “best friends” are the individuals you have sent the most snaps to). You can imagine why users were upset about this; can you imagine finding out that your best friend or significant other was best friends with someone else on Snapchat?

Therefore, Snap (now Snap. Inc) hid the best friend emoji in 2015, in the name of user privacy, and the lists of friends of other Snapchat users. As a result, more outrage reactions were generated. Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap Inc, has said the app will reintroduce friends in the public sphere, but how and when this will be implemented is not clear yet.


As you can see in the screenshot above, you can now see the friend emojis in a particular group of best friends. These emojis allow you to provide more details about the way you feel about each one of your Snapchat contacts.

Changing the way, the app represents these behaviors will give you better insights into how users interact with each other. Here are the emojis in Snapchat’s contacts list so you can better understand them. Also, keep in mind that you are the only one who can see these emojis.

Snapchat Emoji Meanings

1. Smiley Face Emoji

What it means: Your best friend on Snapchat is this person, and you frequently exchange Snaps with each other.

2. Yellow Heart Emoji

What it means: This user is your number 1 best friend. This user sends the most Snaps to you, and you send the most Snaps to them.

3. Smirking Face Emoji

What it means: While you’re one of this user’s best friends, they aren’t one of your best friends. Snaps are sent to you more often than Snaps are sent to them.

4. Grimacing Face Emoji

What it means: You and this user have a mutual #1 best friend. Both of you send lots of Snaps to the same user.

5. Sunglasses Face Emoji


What it means: They are best friends with one of your best friends. You send a lot of Snaps to the same user they also send a lot of Snaps to.

6. Red Heart Emoji

What it means: For two weeks in a row, this user has been your #1 best friend (yellow heart status).

7. Pink Hearts Emoji

What it means: For two months in a row you’ve been #1 best friends with this user.

8. Fire Emoji

What it means: The two of you are on a Snap streak and you’ve been sending each other Snaps for several days in a row. You can tell how many days you’ve been on a Snap streak with a friend by the number of fire emojis next to their names. A number will appear next to a single fire emoji after a certain number of days to tell you how long your streak has lasted.

9. 100 Emoji

What it means: For 100 days in a row you’ve been on a Snap streak with this user.

10. Hourglass Emoji

What it means: In case you don’t send them a Snap soon, your Snap streak will end. If you want to keep it going, you can send them a Snap or a Chat.

11. Baby Emoji

What it means: Recently, you added this user as a Snapchat friend.

12. Gold Star Emoji

What it means: Within the past 24 hours, this user’s Snap has been replayed.

13. Gold Sparkles Emoji

What it means: You and this user are in a Snapchat Group Chat.

14. Birthday Cake Emoji

What it means: This user’s birthday is today. If the user has indicated their date of birth in their account information, this emoji will appear.

Chat Status

To indicate that a recipient is back to view a chat, an emoji or Bitmoji representing a smiling face appears as a status in chat. When the recipient remains active, this changes to a blue unread-style dot.


Snapchat used emojis to verify accounts before adding them to stories. A star has been substituted for this.


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