The smiley face emoji will appear beside your “best friends” on Snapchat. These are the people who you send the most snaps to.
If Snapchat displays this smiley face beside a user’s name, it means that, relatively speaking, you interact with this person a lot.
Note how I put the word “relatively” in bold there. This emoji doesn’t necessarily mean that you spend all day sending snaps to this person. It just means that you recently sent more snaps to this person than most of the other people on your friend list.
The app can only “guess” who your best friends are by looking at your most recent activity.
Consequently, if you don’t use Snapchat a lot, you may discover that this emoji will appear after a few short conversations with someone. In other words, it is pretty easy for someone to get into your best friends list if you don’t interact with a lot of people.
Does the smiley emoji mean that I am their TOP friend?
No. If you were both each other’s top friend (BFFs), then Snapchat would display a yellow heart or a red heart beside their name. These love hearts will only appear if both of you send each other the most snaps.
It is worth clarifying that the smiley emoji can appear beside MULTIPLE people. i.e. Multiple people on your friend list can get into your “Best Friends” section. This makes sense, as it is called the Best Friends section, not the Best Friend section.
But they are the only person on my list with a smiley emoji beside them?
This means that they are your best friend. However, it also means that their TOP friend (BFF) is someone else. If you were also their top friend, then the yellow or red heart would be showing instead.
Don’t take this to heart, however, as they could just be more active on the app than you are.
Can they see a smiley emoji beside my name?
Not necessarily. This is a one-sided emoji. It is not mutually shared. In other words, it means that they are in your Best Friends list. However, it is possible that you are not in their Best Friends list.
If you are in their Best Friend list, then the smiley emoji will appear beside your name. However, if you are not, then the smirking face will appear.
What does it mean if the smiley emoji disappears?
If the smiley face disappears on Snapchat, then it can mean one of the following:
- It was replaced by a yellow heart. In this case, it means that you are now BFFs with one another. i.e. You both send each other the most snaps. This should be viewed as an upgrade.
- It could mean that you haven’t sent this person any snaps in a while. As a result, Snapchat eventually removed it. Remember that all of these emojis are time sensitive.
- You started to send more snaps to other people. This essentially pushed the person in question out of your Best Friends list.
- Unlikely, but not impossible: They removed you as a friend.
Why is there a fire symbol and a smiley beside each other?
The fire symbol represents a “streak”. For example, if you see “3 🔥” beside the smiley face emoji, then it means that you have sent at least one snap to each other for three days straight. If a day passes where you both don’t snap each other, then this fire emoji will be removed.
Hopefully, you found this guide useful!