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What Do Snapchat Emojis Mean?

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05.03.2019

There are hundreds of emojis available on iOS and Android mobile device keyboards — everything from tacos, to national flags, to artists are represented in cartoon emoji form.

On Snapchat, however, the emojis you see appear next to your friends’ names mean a myriad of different things — and they can be hard to decipher.

If you know me, you know I love two things more than anything: cats and sleeping. So it’s fitting that the two emojis I use most often in my normal texting keyboard are:

Another thing you may already know about me is that I love using Snapchat. So when emojis started popping up in my list of chats with friends in the app, I needed to get to the bottom of it.

In this post, we’ll dive into the history of Snapchat emojis and what they all mean. Bear in mind that these emojis vary slightly across iOS and Android devices, so we’ve written out what the faces look like, too.

Snapchat emojis track the activity and behavior between you and your Snapchat friends. The frequency, timing, and pattern of your Snapchat interactions determine which emojis appear in your list of Snapchat chats. For example: 😊 smiling face means the user is one of your best friends, 💛 yellow heart means the user is your #1 best friend.

Want to see these Snapchat emojis in their proper context? Check out the Snapchat screenshot below, along with a few different emojis you might see in your own app. To access this page, open up your Snapchat app and swipe right.

As you can see in the screenshot above, each emoji appears to the far right of the user with whom you have a unique Snapchat relationship.

When Snapchat was first created, the app used to show whom a user’s best friends were publicly (your “best friends” on Snapchat are the users to whom you’ve sent the most snaps back and forth). You can imagine why users took issue with this; can you imagine the awkwardness of finding your best friend or significant other was best........

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