What Does the Hourglass Mean in Snapchat?
Snapchat has various unique features that encourage user interaction. The app is well-known for the emojis that appear next to usernames on your friend’s list. These help you keep track of the various relationships you have with your Snapchat friends. One of them is the hourglass emoji.
These emojis are beyond your control, they only appear when you and a friend meet certain criteria. Although you can add any emojis you’d like to your contacts, it won’t appear the same as earning one of the coveted trophies by performing the necessary tasks.
If you see an hourglass emoji next to a friend on Snapchat, you have previously seen a fire emoji next to that username. Both of these point to your Snapstreak status. The fire emoji informs you that you are on a Snapstreak with another user, while the hourglass alerts you that the streak may end soon.
If you aren’t sure what a Snapstreak is and what these emojis represent, read on. This article will explain everything that you need to know about maintaining your Snapstreaks for a long time.
What Is a Snapstreak?
If you want to know more about the hourglass emoji, you first need to understand how Snapstreaks work.
When you exchange a snap with another user at least once for at least three consecutive days, you will start a Snapstreak. When that happens, a fire emoji will appear next to that username.
To maintain the streak, you will have to exchange snaps at least once every 24 hours. Note that you both have to send snaps for the streak to continue.
You will also see a number next to the fire emoji, displaying the number of days your streak has been going on. If you don’t exchange snaps for 24 hours, the streak will end, and the fire emoji will disappear. After that, your counter goes back to zero.
To remind you about the 24-hour window coming to an end, Snapchat will display an hourglass emoji next to the fire emoji.
When Does Hourglass Emoji Appear?
If you don’t react quickly enough when you see this emoji, your streak will end. But how much time do you have?
When the Snapstreak timer reaches the 20th hour since your last snap exchange, the hourglass icon will appear. This means that you and your friend have around four hours to try and maintain the streak before it is gone.
If you want the hourglass emoji to disappear, you can either exchange snaps right away or let your streak end.
What Is the 100 Icon Next to a Snapstreak?
The 100 icon next to someone’s username means that you’ve managed to exchange snaps with that user for one hundred consecutive days. For this admirable dedication, Snapchat will award you with a 100 emoji to celebrate your Snapstreak.
The icon will disappear on your 101st day, regardless of whether you chose to continue the streak or let it end.
How to Maintain a Snapstreak?
To keep your streak going, you have to exchange snaps. Of course, not all forms of interaction on Snapchat count as snaps.
Snaps are all messages that you make using your camera button. This means that pictures and video recordings count toward your Snapstreak, while text and voice messages do not.
Other interactions that do not count towards the Snapstreak include:
- Snapchat Stories: This kind of snap doesn’t count because everyone can see it. It is not a form of personal interaction between two users.
- Spectacles: If you use Snapchat Spectacles to make images or videos, they won’t count toward your Snapstreak.
- Memories: Snapchat will occasionally remind you of an old snap that you have saved. Even if the memory is an image or a video, sending it to a friend won’t count towards your streak. You and your friend both need to make new snaps in order to maintain your streak.
- Group Chats: The media content and snaps you share in a group chat also don’t qualify. Only personal conversations with a user will keep your Snapstreak going.
What to Do If Your Snapstreak Disappears?
If your Snapstreak disappeared even though both you and your friend sent snaps, an app error may have occurred.
If you believe that your Snapstreak disappeared due to some mistake, you can:
- Go to the Snapchat Support page.
- Find the ‘My Snapstreak Disappeared’ option.
- Fill out the necessary information.
After you’ve done this, you will have to wait a bit until the Support gets back to you and helps you with your issue. Once you receive a message back Snapchat will explain the rules for keeping your Snap Streak.
If you’re positive you and the other person have complied with all guidelines for keeping the streak you can continue to chat with support and earn your fire trophy back.
Don’t Let the Hourglass Run Out
If you don’t notice the hourglass right away, you may have much less than four hours to continue the streak. So contact your friend and try to exchange snaps as fast as possible.
Earning these trophies on Snapchat is a way to increase user engagement. Giving a small reward for its most loyal users, the company offers several emojis to show friendship and relationship statuses. Unlike other social media, these emojis are often more telling than the user’s ability to update their own statuses because it’s based on legitimate app usage.
Unfortunately, streaks can disappear due to system errors or busy friends who aren’t maintaining their regular Snapchat activities. The psychology behind this reward system is an interesting one. It isn’t the worst thing ever to lose a Snapchat emoji but it can definitely be disheartening to lose one after you’ve worked so hard for it.
Snapstreaks and best friend’s emojis don’t necessarily determine ones’ genuine relationship, it only determines how active on Snapchat a person is. That being said, it is treacherous territory for someone who is really into maintaining their status with you on Snap.