What are Streaks on Snapchat and How Do They Work?

Deyan Georgiev
Deyan Georgiev

Updated · Oct 16, 2022


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What’s the biggest indicator of true friendship?

Feeling free to share all your deepest secrets? Sure. 

But what’s the thing that really proves dedication to a friendship? 

That’s right. Snapstreaks!

But wait… what are streaks on Snapchat?

Don’t you worry, friends, I’ll explain.

What are Streaks on Snapchat?

Snapchat is a big deal in popular culture, especially among young people - 82% those 18-24 use the platform daily. So, of course, the company has to keep them entertained somehow.

The Snapchat streak feature was introduced in 2015 and since then it has become a staple. It has the power to create and destroy friendships...No, really!

Want to try it for yourself?

Here's how:

Start sending Snaps with a certain friend daily. If you manage to do this for three consecutive days, you will start a streak. Sounds easy, but can you keep it going?

Let me tell you more about how Snapchat Snapstreaks work:

How Do Streaks Work?

Once you’ve started a streak, it’s up to both you and your friend to continue sending each other Snaps. If you skip a day, the streak will be lost and you’ll have to start it all over again. If, of course, you don’t lose your friend as well. (Once again: it’s a big deal!) 

In your inbox, next to the person's name, you'll see the amount of days you've kept it up for. 

It’s important to mention that Snaps are the photos and videos you send. So sending a text message in the chatbox will not contribute to the Snapchat Streak.

Quick tip: Be creative with your Snaps. Lots of people send a black screen with a smiley emoticon to their friends every day to keep the chain going. 

But that's not personal at all! 

Does it matter that you've talked to someone for many days if "streaks" is the only thing you've said to each other? 

Snapchat Streaks Examples

There are a method and levels to this madness. They are marked via the Snapchat Streak emojis!  

You might have a Streak with your best friend, for longer than 100 days, etc.

Here’s how to decode the emojis:

  • Fire—shows that you’re on Snapstreak.
  • Hourglass— reminds yyou to send your friend a Snap and keep the streak going
  • Hundred—means that you’ve reached a streak of 100 days
  • Yellow Heart—shows who your #1 best friend on Snapchat is
  • Red Heart—tells you that you’ve been #1 best friends with someone for two weeks straight

How to Share Your Streaks With Friends

Here’s a pro tip - you can share a Snap with all your friends and keep up numerous Streaks at the same time

Here’s the easiest way to do it:

  • Take a photo.
  • Go to Shorcuts and create a new one.
  • Choose all the friends you need.
  • Tap on an emoji and create the shorcut.
  • The emoji will show up on top of your screen. Click on it.
  • Press Select+ and sent the photo.

Another way is to click the blue arrow and select your friends one by one.

Snapchat Extras

There are ways to make your SC streaks more interesting.

The two most popular ones are filters and Bitmojis.

If you and your friend start sending each other snaps with a filter, you will get one with your snapstreaks in white numbers

To pick a filter, first, take a Snap. Second, start swiping left or right to choose. Once you pick, send it to the person of choice.

Bitmoji launched it 2014. It can help you diversify your Snapchat streak emojis. It allows you to create your own personal stickes

If you connect your accounts on both apps, you can find your Bitmojis when you click the sticker icon in camera mode. Tell your friend to download this application as well. This way you'll get Friendmojis!

Wrap Up

So, what are streaks on Snapchat? 

A feature that shows you the amount of days you’ve consistently Snapped a person. 

It has become a symbol of commitment. The true badge of friendship. The ultimate stamp of loyalty.

You get the drill. 

Now. Don’t you have Streaks to keep up with?


Deyan Georgiev

Deyan Georgiev

Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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