What Do the Emoji Next to a Name Mean in Snapchat?
The emojis that you see next to your friends’ usernames in Snapchat are symbols that indicate what kind of relationship you have with those users. Some emojis, like the birthday cake, have a self-explanatory meaning. In other cases, you may have trouble decoding these symbols.
Several Snapchat friend emojis are in use presently, and they are hugely popular in the Snapchat community. There are stipulations to receiving particular emojis, and most are related to snaps (multimedia messages like photos, videos, and animated GIFs). Let’s talk about what they all represent.
Snapchat Friend Emoji Meanings
1. Gold Heart Emoji
The gold heart emoji stands next to a friend for which you’ve sent the most snaps. However, that friend also needs to send the most multimedia messages to you to get a gold heart on your list. Either you both have this heart, or neither of you does.
Snapchat recognizes your golden best friend based on the frequency of your interactions. This stipulation means that you have to work hard to keep your golden heart status, as the emoji will disappear if someone sends you more snaps than your golden friend. If you send the most multimedia messages to a user while another friend sends the most snaps to you, you won’t see a golden heart by either username.
2. Red Heart Emoji
If you and a friend keep up a golden heart streak for two weeks, the heart will turn red. This action means that you have exchanged the most snaps with a person for two weeks straight.
Now, you can keep up the streak and wait for the next emoji change.
3. Two Pink Hearts Emoji
The pink heart emoji is an indicator of a long-term friendship on Snapchat. When you exchange the most snaps with a user for two months straight, you will both receive this emoji. As long as you keep that going, the emoji will remain.
But there’s always a chance someone else will send you more snaps. If you and your best friend care about the symbol, you will have to keep exchanging multimedia messages frequently.
4. Grimace Emoji
This emoji represents that you and a particular user interact with the same person frequently. In a way, a user with this emoji next to their name is your ‘rival,’ as they can take away the heart emoji from your Snapchat best friend.
5. Sunglasses Emoji
Sunglasses emoji means that you and a specific user share a “close friend” but not a best friend. A close friend is someone who interacts with you a lot, but not enough to be a best friend.
6. Baby Face Emoji
This cute emoji represents a new friend on your list. This scenario means that your Snapchat relationship is still in its baby phase. If you add a lot of new friends, you probably see this symbol a lot.
7. Smirk Emoji
The smirk emoji represents a user that you aren’t interacting with the most, but they interact with you the most. In a way, you are their best friend, but they are not yours. If you want this user to become your best friend, you should “up” your snap game.
8. Smile Emoji
All of your good friends on the platform will have a smile emoji next to their names. This emoji rests next to those you interact with a lot. You send them frequent snaps, and they send many multimedia messages back. Since only one friend is worthy of a heart emoji, all the others will have to settle for a smile.
9. Sparkle Emoji
When you share a group conversation with a friend from the list, you see a sparkle emoji next to their name.
10. Birthday Cake Emoji
If you see a birthday cake next to a username, it means that today is that person’s birthday. You can’t influence this emoji, and it will disappear within a day. If it’s someone close to you, you should consider sending them a snap to celebrate the occasion.
11. Fire Emoji
The fire emoji indicates that you and a user are currently on a Snapstreak. This status means that you have exchanged snaps for two or more consecutive days. A number will display next to the fire emoji, showing the number of days the Snapstreak has been.
If you don’t exchange snaps in 24 hours, the emoji will disappear, and you start from scratch.
12. Hourglass Emoji
Seeing an hourglass emoji next to a username warns you that your Snapstreak is close to an end. To continue your streak, you should exchange snaps as soon as possible.
13. The 100 Emoji
The 100 emoji means that you managed to maintain a Snapstreak with a user for one hundred days. That’s a big day for your Snapchat relationship with that user. The following day, the emoji disappears, and the regular Snapstreak countdown continues.
14. Gold Star
The Gold Star emoji means that someone has replayed this users’ snaps within the last 24 hours.
How to Customize Friend Emojis
Here’s how to customize friend emojis on iOS.
- Tap Settings, the gear icon in My Profile.
- Scroll down to Additional Services and tap Manage.
- Tap on Friend Emojis and select the emoji you want.
Here’s how to customize friend emojis on Android.
- Tap Settings, the gear icon in My Profile.
- Scroll down and tap on Customize Emojis.
- Customize the emojis as you see fit.
Now that you know what all those Snapchat emojis mean, it’s time to start using them. You can now customize the emojis you see for your friends whenever you want. Share your thoughts on Snapchat emojis below.