How the Snapchat Score is Calculated

Snapchat has mastered the art of getting its users to interact more. They’ve gamified their app with the Snapchat score, a mysterious number that lets you know roughly how active you are on the social media platform. However, they aren’t forthcoming with exactly how that score is calculated.

How the Snapchat Score is Calculated

If you look at the Snapchat FAQ about this score, they refer to it as a “super secret special equation.” They hint that this equation involves the number of snaps that you’ve sent and received. However, they also mention “a couple of other factors.” In short, you can rest assured that being active on the app will likely help your score, but you can’t know exactly how.

Understanding the Snapscore.

A variety of tech blogs and third-party sites have attempted to troubleshoot these scores to get to the bottom of how Snapchat activity affects them. Many of them have managed to locate some elements in common. However, these have not necessarily been confirmed by the app developers. Consider this food for thought.

  • Snaps Sent and Received – Let’s just get the obvious ones out of the way. Snapchat has already confirmed that these basic functions play into the score.
  • Users Added – How many people do you follow? How many are you friends with?
  • Snap Frequency – How often do you use the app?
  • Length of SnapStreaks – You can have SnapStreaks with friends by sending and receiving snaps for several consecutive days.
  • Stories Posted – How often do you post stories?
  • Bonus Points for Coming Back – Many sites theorize that if you haven’t used the app in a while and then come back and start snapping, then you’ll get a boost to your score.

In short, use the app. Use it often. Take advantage of its many features. Do this, and you’ll have a healthy Snapchat score.

How to Find Your Snapchat Score

But, wait a second. This is the first time you’ve been hearing about scores. How do you know what your own score is? What about your friends’? Are their scores bigger than yours? It’s actually easier to find Snapchat scores than you think.

Find Your SnapScore

  1. Go to your profile screen. You can do this by tapping on your Bitmoji icon or the circle in the upper left-hand corner if you don’t have a Bitmoji icon.
     
  2. Find your display name under your Snapcode image. Look beneath that to find additional information. The number in between your username and zodiac sign is your Snapchat score.
     
  3. Tap on the Snapchat score to reveal two other numbers. These are the numbers of snaps you’ve sent and received.
     

Don’t try to do the math with the number of snaps sent and received. It won’t add up to your score in any way that makes sense.

Find Your Friend’s Snapscore

Now you know what your SnapScore is, but what about your friends? Do they have more points than you? Snapchat doesn’t provide any kind of leaderboard where you can gawk at the highest volume users. Instead, you just have to look at scores individually by checking out your friends’ profiles.

  1. Find the user in question.
     
  2. Swipe right on the user to open a chat window.
  3. Tap the menu icon to open a page that shows their display name, username, and score. 

Now, what do you do? You could write it down to create a leaderboard of your own, but know that SnapScores can change in…well…a snap.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I see my friends’ Snapscore?

If you’re an avid Snapchat user you know how serious the Snapscore really is. Aside from your friend emojis and getting responses to your Snaps in a timely manner, keeping your friends and growing your friends’ list is equally important.

If you have a friend on Snapchat but cannot see their Snapscore that means they either haven’t added you to their friends’ list, or they deleted you. Snapchat only shows you the Snapscore of the users who are mutually your friend.

If this is a concern of yours you could try to send the user a message on Snapchat or using an external social media site to see if they will add you.

I’ve spend a lot of time snapping groups, but my score isn’t going up. What’s happening?

Although it hasn’t been confirmed by Snapchat’s developers, it’s a generally accepted belief based on tests that hanging out in groups on the app will not increase your Snapscore.

If you’re looking for a way to increase your Snapscore quickly, unfortunately, groups aren’t the answer.

How can I increase my Snapscore?

The best ways to increase your Snapscore is to add friends and send one-on-one Snaps. If you’re really dedicated, and you have a good friend who is trying to accomplish the same thing you are, make a deal with them to Snap frequently.

As an added bonus you could get a Snap Streak. This will lead to special emojis as a sign of true Snapchat friendship.

Can my Snapscore go down?

Technically no. This means that you shouldn’t lose points. But we say technically because glitches have been reported in the past where users’ Snapscores did decline.

So, the Snapscore really only has one way to go, and that is up. But, if your score dropped you may want to use the ‘Report a problem’ in Snapchat link to contact someone for help.

Why isn’t my Snapscore going up?

If your Snapscore isn’t going up it’s either because you aren’t performing the appropriate behaviors (snapping individuals, adding friends, etc.) to increase the score. However, errors do happen. Your best course of action is to make sure your app is updated, close the app and reopen it, and contact Snapchat support.

What Does it All Mean?

In a word: nothing. Your Snapchat score will not unlock special Snapchat features. It will not make it easier for people to find and follow you. It does literally nothing functional (that we can tell). It will get you trophies that you can brag about to your friends.

Keep this in mind when you’re agonizing over your Snapchat score. Don’t let websites scam you into thinking they can artificially boost your score if you pay them money. They can’t do what they claim, and it’s not worth the trouble of finding out the hard way.

Just snap a lot, make new friends, and admire your internet trophies.

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