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Snapchat Streak: What It Means, 22 Snapstreak Rules & Must-Know Emojis

What is a Snapstreak? Find out everything you need to know about Snapchat streak rules and show off your impressive friendships with the world!

Snapchat streak

If you haven’t heard of Snapchat, you’re way behind on the times. This app is one of the most popular ones out there – and for good reason, too. You can connect with a large number of people in a more intimate way than just sending a message. But if you want to maintain that connection, you’ll have to follow a few Snapchat streak rules.

What is a Snapstreak?

You may be wondering why we’re harping on Snapchat so much as the ultimate platform to talk to people. Well, that’s because of one unique feature – the Snapstreak. But what is it?

Simply put, it’s a number displayed next to a friend’s name that displays how many days in a row you two have been talking.

It’s a small feature, but it’s really what makes Snapchat stand out from the rest. And it’s no wonder why! People are drawn to the idea of the streak, either because they love the sweet reminder of how long a special someone has been in their life, or simply because they’re excited to achieve an incredibly high number.

What Snapchat emojis mean

Now that you know what a Snapchat streak is, there is still a lot for you to learn! Alongside this cool number, there are also several different emojis that can be displayed next to a person’s name on your chat history.

But what do they signify?

🔥 Snap streak

Now, you’re here to find out more about Snapchat streak rules, so this is something you’ll want to know.

This emoji signifies that you’re on a Snapchat streak with someone! The number next to this emoji will tell you how many days you’ve been on this streak.

⌛️ Snap streak is ending

Quick, snap a pic! When you see this emoji next to a friend’s name, it means that you haven’t snapped each other in a while, so your streak is on its last 24 hours!

💛 Besties

What is something that separates a bestie from a regular friend? You talk to your bestie more than anyone else!

The same rule applies to Snapchat. You’re only recognized as best friends when you both talk to each other more than anyone else.

❤️ BFF

You and this person have been talking to each other more than anyone else for two weeks. You’re showing some real commitment to each other!

[Read: BFF bucket list – 20 exciting adventures for you and your BFF]

💕 Super BFF

You and this person have been talking the most to each other for two whole months in a row. This is a special and sought-after emoji amongst Snapchat users.

😊 BFs

Short for Best Friends, you talk to this person a lot! Just not as much as your Bestie.

😬 Mutual Besties

Your #1 best friend just so happens to also be this person’s #1 best friend… Awkward!

😎 Mutual BFs

One of your Best Friends is also one of their Best Friends! Do you know which one?

🎂 Birthday

Your next snap to this person should include some party popper or balloon emojis because it’s this person’s birthday!

What counts towards Snapstreaks?

It’s fairly simple to start and maintain a Snapstreak – just talk to this person every single day. But keep in mind that not every interaction counts towards your Snapstreak. Currently, only two things contribute to a Snapstreak:

a. sending and receiving photo snaps

b. sending and receiving video snaps

That means regular chats and anything from a group chat won’t contribute to a Snapstreak.

Why do couples love Snapchat so much?

Although this app is used for people of all sorts of relationships and friendships to talk to each other, Snapchat has truly changed the dating game.

Before snapping a cute picture of yourself to a potential lover, we really only had messages to flirt through. But being able to send a quick picture with a fun facial expression makes flirting so much easier.

And it also feels as though you’re more connected even when you’re far apart. That’s why couples love it so much. You can be away from each other and still feel that bond. [Read: Sexy and sweet Snapchat ideas to improve your relationship]

However, this app, as we said, is used by everyone to talk to anyone! You can have a Snapchat streak going with a dating partner, your best friend, a classmate, a coworker, and even a family member.

Why do Snapstreaks matter?

Some may think that having that Snapchat connection open doesn’t mean anything. But believe us, it does. Here’s why you might want to grow your streak every day.

1. It helps you gauge someone’s interest

If someone is snapping you all day, then they must like you. They wouldn’t go out of their way to make sure you get attention if they don’t really care about you.

Sure, they may like having a streak, but more than likely, they just like seeing your face on their screen. It’s great for figuring out how much someone actually cares about you. The more they snap you, the more they must like you. [Read: 25 surefire signs that tell you if a guy likes you]

2. It shows you how often you talk to someone

It’s really hard to keep up with friendships nowadays. You can spend days binging Netflix and not even realize you haven’t talked to one of your best friends.

That’s why Snapchat streaks are great. You can actually see if you’ve reached out to someone that very day. If you didn’t, your streak will disappear.

3. It encourages you to reach out to people

This is especially true if you’re someone who likes having your streak go up every day. It’s an incentive to keep the connection open and therefore, you’ll reach out to more people.

This is great for growing better friendships. The more you talk to people, the closer you become. And having many close friends will only enrich your life more. [Read: 15 reasons your ex still texts you and stays in touch]

4. It shows a level of commitment

Maintaining that streak is NOT easy. With all the Snapchat streak rules you have to follow in order to keep it, only those fully committed can actually do that. And having commitments in life is a great thing.

You can also tell just how committed to you someone is. If they’re keeping your Snapchat streak going for a very long time, it’s clear they’re definitely into you.

5. It’s just fun to compare numbers with others

Having a Snapchat streak that’s ridiculously high is fun. You can compare your number with others just to see the difference. Your connection with someone is stronger than theirs if you have a higher streak. Knowing that can give you a little confidence boost, too.

Snapchat streak rules you must follow to maintain that connection

If you’re looking to date someone and build a stronger connection with them, following certain Snapchat streak rules is the way to go. Here’s what you should be doing if you want to maintain your connection without looking too desperate. [Read: How to be careful when sending dirty snapchats]

1. Send photo or video snaps

As we said, the Snapchat streak rules are very strict about only photo or video snaps counting towards a streak. You can’t just send a text or a funny Bitmoji in the chat and watch that streak number soar.

2. Snap them each morning

Make this a routine. You can’t really expect to keep your Snapchat streak if you don’t have a set time to actually send one. Doing this right in the morning is best because everyone loves that, “good morning” snap.

Show them your fresh face right away and you won’t have to worry about snapping them for the rest of the day. You can either do it in the morning or at night. So long as you remember to do it at the same time, you’re good. [Read: How to decode snaps and texts from the guy you like]

3. Snap them if you notice the timer emoji next to their name

If you’ve forgotten to snap them in the morning, you’ll likely get a timer emoji next to their name. This shows that you only have a short amount of time to snap them if you want your streak to stay alive.

The second you see this, send them a fun snap. If you’re lucky, they’ll snap you back right away and your streak will remain intact.

4. Don’t send too many unanswered snaps just to keep it alive

If the timer has been there for a while and you’ve already sent a couple of snaps without receiving one back, just stop. Clearly, that person either can’t snap you back at that time or doesn’t want to.

Either way, you can’t keep sending snaps. This will get annoying and it’ll make the other person NOT want to snap you back. They won’t want to deal with the annoyance. [Read: Annoying boyfriend traits and how to avoid them]

5. Make your snap worthwhile so they’ll respond

Don’t just send random pictures with the caption, “for the streak.” It seems like a popular thing to do but it’s kind of useless. People don’t want you to snap them JUST for the streak.

Send them a genuine snap checking in on their day. If you send them great snaps that prompt them to answer a question, you’re more likely to keep your streak alive.

6. Don’t JUST snap them to keep the streak alive

A true, valuable streak is one that is kept because two people enjoy talking with one another, not because they just want to see the number get higher.

So quit paying attention to that streak and start paying attention to what that person is actually sending you. Keep the real connection alive with great conversation and fun pictures. [Read: 30 naughty questions to keep the spark alive]

7. Troubleshoot Snapchat if the app isn’t working

No app is perfect, including Snapchat. Sometimes, you might have trouble using the app while it’s preparing for an update or experiencing a bug. While the issue will usually resolve itself on its own, your Snapstreak may be at risk of disappearing!

If you’re having trouble using the app, close the window, check for an update on the app store, restart your phone, or uninstall and redownload the app. This streak is precious, preserve it!

8. Request to restore a lost Snapstreak

Sometimes, life happens, and it can be hard to follow all the Snapchat streak rules. You can have a Snapstreak going for a whole year, and then something happens that makes you lose this impressive streak. Maybe the app was down for longer than a day, maybe you broke your phone, or maybe you just got busy with life.

If you lose a Snapstreak, all hope isn’t lost yet! You can contact Snapchat and ask them to restore a recently lost streak. They’ve been known to do it before.

[Read: Snapchat cheating – the new sneaky trend in the ultimate betrayal]

Maintaining your streak on Snapchat can be a lot more challenging than you think. But if you follow these Snapchat streak rules, you’ll see higher numbers than you could’ve imagined.

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...