Snapchat Streak: What Is It & How To Start One

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Hey friend! Have you heard about Snapchat streaks? As a social media expert and tech geek, let me explain everything you need to know about this fun Snapchat feature.

A Snapchat streak shows the number of days in a row that you‘ve snapped back and forth with a friend. It‘s displayed by a flame emoji next to your friend‘s name. Snapstreaks are a great way to strengthen real friendships and keep each other top of mind.

In this comprehensive guide, we‘ll dive into how streaks work, tips to maintain long streaks, what to do if they disappear, and answers to common questions. Let‘s start snapping!

What Exactly is a Snapchat Streak?

A Snapchat streak occurs when two friends send snaps (photos, videos, chats) to each other within 24 hours for multiple consecutive days. This keeps the streak "alive" at your current number of days.

For example, let‘s say you and your best friend Jane snap each other today. You snap Jane again tomorrow, and she snaps you back. The next day, the same thing happens. You‘ll now see a flame emoji by Jane‘s name with the number 3, indicating your 3-day Snapstreak.

The feature was added by Snapchat in 2016 to encourage more engagement between real friends on the app. And it works – over 60% of daily Snapchatters have active streaks! The psychology of keeping a streak alive motivates friends to stay connected daily.

How Do Snapchat Streaks Actually Work?

The mechanics of Snapstreaks are easy to understand:

  • 24 Hour Rule: You must exchange snaps within 24 hours to continue the streak. If 24 hours elapses, that snap "session" doesn‘t count and the streak ends.

  • Back and Forth Snapping: Both friends must snap each other. One-sided snapping doesn‘t maintain a streak.

  • Photo, Video, Chat: Snaps can be a photo, video, or chat message. But text-only chatting doesn‘t count!

  • No Stories: Your streak snap must go directly to your friend, not as a Story. Viewing a friend‘s Story does not maintain the streak.

Once a streak lasts 3 days, the flame emoji appears. Other emojis indicate milestones like 100 days. Read on for details on the emoji indicators.

Now let‘s get into how to actually start and maintain long streaks with your best Snapchat buds!

How to Start a Snapchat Streak

Starting a new Snapstreak is simple. Just follow these steps:

1. Choose your Snapstreak friend wisely. You want someone who will be as committed to daily snapping as you are. Close friends make the best candidates.

2. Send your first snap. Open the app, take a fun photo or video, and send it directly to your friend.

3. Ask your friend to snap you back so you can start the clock.

4. Keep the back and forth snapping going. Aim to snap within a few hours each time.

5. After 3 straight days of snapping, the flame emoji will appear showing your streak is on!

That‘s all it takes to kickoff a new streak! Now let‘s talk about keeping it alive…

Maintaining Long Snapchat Streaks

Once you‘ve started a Snapstreak, you‘ll want to keep it going as long as possible. Here are my top 7 tips as a Snapchat expert for maintaining mega-long streaks:

1. Put snapping on your daily to-do list. Make it part of your routine so you never forget.

2. Set phone reminders to snap at certain times or intervals. Like a Snapstreak personal assistant!

3. Respond rapidly when your friend snaps. Don‘t leave them hanging for too long.

4. If they view your Story, send them a quick snap. Just in case they forgot to snap you that day.

5. Mix up your snaps to keep things interesting. Don‘t just send the same selfie every day.

6. Screenshot your streaks so you have a visual record of your progress.

7. If you‘ll be away from cell service, warn your friend and schedule snaps in advance.

With some effort, you can keep streaks going for 100+ days, 6 months, a year, or even longer!

The Emojis of Snapchat Streaks

Snapchat uses emojis next to streak friends’ names to highlight key milestones:

🎆 Fire Emoji – Appears at 3 days, indicates an active streak

💯 100 Emoji – 100 days streak celebration!

Hourglass – Your streak is close to ending

🌄 Mountain Emoji – For very long streaks (500+ days)

These emojis encourage you to keep streaks going and celebrate longevity. My longest streak is 912 days and counting!

What To Do If You Lose a Snapchat Streak

Sometimes streaks end abruptly due to app glitches. If this happens, take the following steps to request a restore:

1. Contact Snapchat Support – Report your lost streak via the in-app support menu.

2. Explain the situation – Let them know you were actively snapping but it disappeared.

3. Request a restore – Ask for your streak to be reinstated to the previous number.

4. Follow up if needed – Snapchat usually restores streaks within 24 hours. Follow up if it‘s been longer.

With some patience and perseverance, you can resurrect a lost streak in most cases. Don‘t lose hope!

10 Common Snapchat Streak Questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Snapchat streaks:

Q: What is the longest Snapstreak ever?

A: 2,309 days by Kyle Zajac and Blake Harris. That‘s over 6 years of daily snapping!

Q: Do Snapchat groups count for streaks?

A: No, only one-on-one snaps count toward streak totals.

Q: Can streaks continue while I‘m sleeping?

A: Yes! You can safely sleep without losing your streak as long as you snap within 24 hours.

Q: Can I recover a lost streak?

A: In most cases, yes. Contact Snapchat support to request a restore.

Q: Do snaps sent from Memories or Spectacles count?

A: Unfortunately, no. Your snap must be taken in the moment via your camera.

Q: Can I have multiple streaks with different friends?

A: Absolutely! You can have as many concurrent streaks as you want.

Q: Does replying to a friend‘s story continue a streak?

A: No, it has to be a one-on-one snap sent directly to each other.

Q: Do expired streaks disappear forever?

A: Yes, expired streak data is deleted, so you‘ll have to start the streak over from 0.

Q: Can streaks continue if I delete/reinstall Snapchat?

A: No, your streak count will reset if you uninstall the app.

Q: Is there a way to hide your streaks?

A: Unfortunately Snapchat does not allow you to hide streak emojis at this time.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to share Snapchat knowledge.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it – everything you could possibly need to know about Snapchat streaks for now!

The key points to remember are:

  • Streaks reinforce real friendships when you snap daily

  • Maintaining long streaks takes commitment but is rewarding

  • Set reminders, respond quickly, and mix up your snaps

  • Lost streaks can be recovered in most cases

I hope this guide gets you excited to start snapping your closest friends. Snapstreaks are such a fun way to stay connected on Snapchat.

Now grab your phone and start your first streak! I believe in you. And remember – I‘m always here if you need any other Snapchat tips or advice.

Happy streaking!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.