Discover What Snapchat Emojis Really Mean With This Guide

snapchat emojis and their meaning
You don’t need to wonder what that emoji means anymore

Those cheeky little emojis that appear beside your friend’s name on Snapchat, what do they mean? Don’t worry, they’re mostly innocent. Find out in this article.

You’ve been snapping away with your friend, partner or relative for some time now, sharing all your moments of hilarity in five-second snippets throughout the day. All of a sudden, a flame appears beside their contact name. Or was it perhaps the rascal smiley face? Or the elusive love heart? And most importantly, what do they mean? Don’t worry, even though Snapchat has been around for close to a millennium now, we understand that some users may be late off the bus and only just getting into it. That’s why we put together this article, to put your mind at ease and help you understand exactly what the hell they mean. But first, a quick look at emojis, their history, what they represent in modern society and what the Snapchat emojis mean. Read on ponderer.

History of emojis

Although it seems like emojis have been around forever – especially for the Gen Z’s out there – I remember a time before they existed when people used to communicate their emotions through facial expressions and gestures of the body. The first introduction to such cyber displays of affection came in the form of text. Users on some of the early day mobile phones such as the Nokia 3210 started innovatively creating smiley faces using keyboard symbols like so ;-).

Flash forward ten years and full on graphic emojis are dominating the way we message our peers on social platforms, allowing us to display a range of emotions from sleepy all the way to spaghetti bolognese. They are the language born of the digital world and are constantly evolving across screens and time.

Emojis were first created in Japan by a marvelous man named Shigetaka Kurita. Kurita’s dream was to design a simple interface for people to express states of being and conditions globally in an easy to understand format. For example, an icon to describe the weather forecast instead of having to spell out the words ‘sunny’. In fact, Kurita’s original collection of the first emojis was added to New York’s Museum of Modern Art, eternalized in all its pixelated glory. Emojis blew up in Japan and gained huge popularity through the ’90s as rival companies started creating their own. They hit the shores of America shortly after in the early 2000s and are now rife within our communities.

Emojis are now a new way of expressing feelings in our communication
Emojis are now a new way of expressing feelings in our communication

Nowadays, social platforms come equipped with their own set of emojis unique to that app. When Snapchat burst onto the scenes, people started to notice random emojis appearing beside the usernames of their peers after a few days of snapping back and forth. So why are they there and what do they mean? Let’s find out.

Snapchat emojis and their meanings

Snapchat rolled out a feature that left many users perplexed, forced to take to the internet to figure out just what the hell it meant. You see, when a random emoji appears beside the contact name of one of your friends, it has a specific meaning regarding the nature of your Snapchat relationship. Check out the Snapchat emoji list below.

🌟 Gold Star — Someone has replayed this person’s snaps in the past 24 hours. They must have something interesting to show.
💛 Yellow Heart — You are number one best friends with this person, and the feeling is mutual. You send them the most snaps, and they send you the most.
❤️ Red Heart — You have been best friends with this person for two weeks straight now. Hoorah.
💕 Pink Hearts — You have been best friends with the said person for two months straight now. Feeling the strain yet?
👶 Baby — You recently acquired this person as a friend. Still fresh bro.
😎 Face With Sunglasses — 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 — So…Your best friend is their best friend. You send the most snaps to the same person that they do…
😏 Smirking Face — You are one of their besties, but they are not your bestie. Basically, you don’t send them many snaps, but they send you a ton.😊 Smiling Face — Another best friend of yours. You send this person a lot of snaps. Not your number one bestie, but they are up there.
🔥 Fire — This represents a Snapstreak. You have both snapped each other every day, with the number representing how many days in a row its been. Don’t lose the streak. Friendships have been ruined.
💯 Hundred — 100 Day Snapstreak. The 100 emoji appears next to the fire when you snap back and forth with someone for one hundred days in a row.
⌛ Hourglass — Your Snapstreak is about to end. Send another snap quickly to keep the streak going.
🎂 Birthday Cake — It’s their birthday, not yours. Only displays if a friend has the Birthday Party feature enabled in settings.

What does the future hold for emojis?

Emojis will evolve and get better
Emojis will evolve and get better

They’re only going to get better folks. As technology advances, the way we communicate rapidly evolves with it. Emojis took the world by storm and show no signs of stopping. It’s all about being able to express ourselves with the least amount of effort possible. But not only that. They add elements of character and cuteness to our text. Skype has been using animated emojis for a while now, maybe this is the direction they will go? Maybe one day, we won’t be able to distinguish computer-generated digital emojis from real faces. Who knows. I do know one thing for certain, however, the emoji is eternal.

Final note

We hope you found our list of Snapchat emoji meanings useful. They can be controversial, but I think that’s what Snapchat intended when rolling out this feature. After all, any publicity is good publicity, right? Just don’t fall out with your childhood friend of 15 years if you’re one day met with a smirky face beside their name. Happy snapping!