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Snapchat Emoji Meanings (+How to Customize Yours in 2020)

December 5, 2018

If you’re an avid Snapchatter, I’m sure you’ve seen the little emojis popping up next to your Snapchat friends’ names. Ever wonder what they’re there for?

While they’re not like the other emojis you see all over social media, these emojis on Snapchat actually mean something – they’re Snapchat friend emojis!

While these emojis are preset by Snapchat to start, you can customize these Snapchat emojis at any time if you choose.

Now, are you ready to figure out what each of these emojis actually means? Keep scrolling. We’ve also included a cheat sheet with each emoji and its meaning!

FREE: Snapchat Emoji Icons Meanings Download Now →

Related: Wondering about the other emojis you’re seeing on Snapchat? They’re Snapchat Trophies! Check out our cheat sheet on how to unlock them ALL.

Snapchat emoji meanings

If you see the following emojis next to any of your Snapchat friends' names, this is what they mean:

Baby emoji 

baby emoji


Emoji meaning: This is one of your newest Snaphat friends! You recently added each other as friends and will now appear on each other's friends lists.

Happy emoji

happy emoji


Emoji meaning: This is one of your best friends on Snapchat. You Snap this friend pretty often, but you’re not best friends quite yet.

Yellow heart emoji

yellow heart emoji snapchat


Emoji meaning: You’re each other’s best friends! You send this Snapchatter the most Snaps, and they send you the most, too.

Red heart emoji 

red heart emoji snapchat


Emoji meaning: You and this Snapchatter have been #1 best friends for two weeks straight now. They are still your top Snapchat friend, and you’re still theirs.

Pink heart emoji

pink heart emoji


Emoji meaning: You’ve been #1 best friends with each other for two MONTHS straight now! Keep it up.

Smirk emoji 

smirk emoji


Emoji meaning: You’re one of their best friends, but they’re not one of yours. Looks like they’re Snapping you a little more than you’re Snapping them.

Sunglasses emoji

sunglasses emoji


Emoji meaning: You share a best friend with this Snapchatter. One of their top Snapchat friends is also one of your best friends.

Grimace emoji

cringe face snapchat emoji


Emoji meaning: Looks like you both share the the same best friend. The person you Snap the most is also the person they snap the most.

Fire emoji

flame emoji


Emoji meaning: If you’re seeing this flame emoji, you’re on a Snapchat streak! This will appear next to the number of days you and this friend have consecutively snapped each other. Don’t want to lose your Snapchat streak? Make sure both you AND this Snapchatter are sending a Snap to each other within 24 hours.

Hourglass emoji

hour glass emoji snapchat streak


Emoji meaning: You’re about to lose your Snapchat streak with this friend! Make sure to send each other a Snap (not a Chat) to keep your Snapstreak.

100 emoji

100 emoji


Emoji meaning: You’ve got a solid Snapstreak going with this Snapchatter! You and this Snapchat friend have sent each other Snaps for 100 days in a row now.

Star emoji

star emoji


Emoji meaning: This Snapchatter must’ve sent something interesting. You or another user replayed this friend’s Snap in the past 24 hours.

Birthday emoji

birthday cake emoji


Emoji meaning: This Snapchat friend has a birthday today! The cake emoji will only appear if a user adds their birth date in settings.


Customizing Snapchat emojis

Want to change your friend emojis up a bit? Here’s how:

  1. Tap your profile icon (Bitmoji if you have one) in the top-left corner of the screen to navigate to your profile screen.
Snapchat Screen


2. Tap the settings gear in the top-right corner of your profile screen.


3. Select ‘Manage’ under ‘Additional Services.’  

customizing snapchat emojis


4. Select ‘Friend Emojis.’


change snapchat friend emojis


 5. Tap the friend emoji you’d like to edit.

change snapchat emoji meanings


6. Choose a new friend emoji!

snapchat emojis


Snapchat emoji meanings cheat sheet

To make it easy on you, we've made a Snapchat emojis cheat sheet where you can find each of the Snapchat emojis and their meaning – all in one convenient place, just for you! 

snapchat emoji meanings

 That’s all for now! Want to learn more about how to use Snapchat? Be sure to check out:

Snapchat Emoji Meanings (+How to Customize Yours in 2020) Wondering what the Snapchat emojis mean? We all are! Check out all of the Snapchat emoji meanings here, and learn how you can customize your friend emojis, too!
Jordan Wahl Jordan Wahl is a former content manager at G2. She holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She loves anything that puts her in her creative space. including writing, art, and music.

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