The red heart ❤️ on Snapchat means that you have been each other’s #1 best friend for 2 weeks in a row. Snapchat uses 9 friend emojis to keep track of the way you interact with your friends, which are discussed extensively in this post.
While most other social networking platforms do not keep track of the number of photos or videos you send out (called Snapchat score), place labels on your relationships (using emojis) or give out trophies, Snapchat, quite unlike other social networking apps, is known (if not infamous) for these emojis and symbols.
But Snapchat isn’t like any other social networking app. It is completely app-based, messages, photos and videos sent on the platform are ephemeral (lasting for a very short amount of time) and it totally keeps track of the way you interact with others, making notes of who you snap the most and who snaps back at you most.
Meaning of Red Heart ❤️ on Snapchat
Friend emojis on Snapchat allow you to see your relationship statuses with your close and best friends. Among these friend emojis is the red heart ❤️ emoji. The red heart emoji on Snapchat appears alongside a friend’s name when the both of you have been sending the most number of snaps to each other (amongst your other friends) for 2 weeks in a row.
The person that you send the most number of snaps to is called your #1 best friend in Snapchat lingo. Likewise, if your are the person who someone sends the most number of snaps to, you are that person’s #1 best friend.
When you are each other’s #1 best friend, that is when you each send the most number of snaps to the other amongst your friends, best friend emojis will start to appear alongside your names.
The first emoji that appears when you are each other’s #1 best friend is the yellow heart 💛 emoji. When you have been each other’s #1 best friend for 2 weeks, the yellow heart emoji 💛 will change to a red heart emoji ❤️.
Other Snapchat Friend Emojis
Snapchat currently has 9 Friend emojis, which are discussed below:
🎂 Birthday: The birthday emoji appears next to a friend’s name when it is his or her birthday. This is a one-off emoji that appears only when it is someone’s birthday.
🔥 Snapchat streak: Also called Snapstreak, the fire emoji 🔥 appears next to a friend’s name when you have been exchanging snaps (photos and videos, not text messages or chats) to each other within a 24 hour timeframe for more than 3 consecutive days.
A number appears when this fire emoji 🔥 (snapstreak) appears. The number indicates the number of days you have been on a streak, that is the number of days you have been continuously sending snaps to each other.
⌛️ Hourglass: The Snapchat hourglass emoji appears when a streak is about to end. When you and your friend, who are on a streak, have not sent snaps to each other within 24 hours, the hourglass emoji starts to appear as a reminder that your streak is about to end, and that you need to send snaps to each other within those 24 hours to maintain your streak.
😎 Sunglasses: The sunglasses emoji is called Mutual Best Friends emoji. It appears next to someone’s name when one of your Best Friends is also one of that person’s Best Friends, that is when the both of you have a mutual friend who is one of your best friends on Snapchat.
😬 Mutual Besties: This emoji appears when you have a mutual #1 best friend. It means that your #1 best friend is also their #1 best friend.
To understand how that sentence would make sense, imagine 3 persons named A, B and C. When A sends the most number of snaps amongst his friends to B, B is his #1 best friend. Likewise, when C sends the most number of snaps to B, B is also C’s #1 best friend. So, the mutual besties emoji 😬 will appear next to the name of A and C as B is their mutual #1 best friend.
😊 Smile emoji: Called the Best Friends emoji, this emoji appears on Snapchat when you send a lot of snaps to someone, but he or she is not the person you send the most number of snaps to (that is, he/she is a good friend, but not the #1 best friend).
💛 Yellow Heart emoji (Besties): Sometimes called the Gold Heart emoji, the yellow heart emoji 💛 appears when you are each other’s #1 best friend, as has been discussed before.
❤️ Red Heart (BFF): The yellow heart turns into a red heart ❤️ when you are each other’s #1 best friend for 2 consecutive weeks.
💕 Pink Hearts (Super BFF): The red heart on Snapchat turns into two pink hearts 💕 when you have been each other’s #1 best friend for 2 months in a row.
Questions about the Red Heart on Snapchat
There are several questions frequently asked by new Snapchat users about the red heart. We’ll try to answer these questions. If you have any other questions, please feel free to post your questions in the comments and we’ll update this post accordingly.
Why did my red heart turn yellow on Snapchat?
The red heart ❤️ on Snapchat will turn into a yellow heart 💛 when you have no longer been each other’s #1 best friend for 2 weeks.
This means that you have not been sending the most number of snaps to each other for the requisite 2 weeks and more to maintain the red heart emoji ❤️.
The yellow heart 💛 means that you are still each other’s #1 best friend, but that status has been compromised.
How can I get the red heart on Snapchat?
To get the red heart emoji ❤️, you need to be each other’s #1 best friend for 2 weeks and more. So, keep sending snaps to each other for 2 weeks.
He/she should be the person you send the most number of snaps to, and you should also be the one that your friend sends the most number of snaps to. This should go on for at least 2 weeks.
Why did my red heart disappear?
The red heart ❤️ will disappear when you are no longer each other’s #1 best friend. If the red heart disappears, it probably means that you have a new #1 best friend.