Any regular Snapchat user will have noticed that the app assigns emojis to the contacts you exchange pictures with the most. The emojis displayed in the chat window will change over time, depending on how you interact with your friends.

Snapchat chooses a preset of emojis for every user, however you can also customize which images are displayed beside your friends by going to your camera, clicking the Snapchat ghost icon, then the settings cog in the top right corner, and finally “Manage” and “Friend Emojis.”

From flame emojis to hearts, below we explain the meaning behind every emoji.

Gold Star

Snapchat will display a gold star for 24 hours if someone replays one of your snaps.

Yellow Heart

You send the most snaps to this person and they send the most snaps to you. #BFFL

Red Heart

You have been best friends with each other for two weeks straight.

Pink Hearts

You have been best friends with each other for two months straight.


A new acquaintance! You just became friends with this person.


One of your best friends is one of their best friends. You send a lot of snaps to someone they also send a lot of snaps to.

Grimacing Face

Your best friend is their best friend too. You send the most snaps to the same person that they do.

Smirking Face

Unrequited love. You don’t send them many snaps but they send you a lot.

Smiling Face

Another best friend of yours. You send this person a lot of snaps. Not your best friend but they are up there.

Flame Emoji

You are on a snap-streak. You have snapped this person every day and they have snapped you back. Increases with number of consecutive days.


100 Day snap-streak. The 100 emoji appears next to the fire when you snap back and forth with someone for one hundred days in a row.


Watch out, snap-streak is about to end. Send another snap to keep it rolling.


This friend has a birthday today.

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