How to Start a Streak on Snapchat

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Start a Streak on Snapchat

Snapchat is well-known for its Streak feature. It lets you build up a score called the Streak Score with one of your friends.

Starting a streak is simple – send one of your friends a photo or video.

If they send something back, that’s the first step toward building a Snapchat streak.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to start a streak with someone on Snapchat and maintain it.

How to start a streak on Snapchat?

  1. Add a friend on Snapchat, if you don’t have one already
  2. Open a chat with them and send them a snap. It can be whatever you want – a photo or video
  3. Check the chat and see that the snap was sent
  4. You can also create a story in which you ask people if they want to start a streak with you

Keep reading to find out more!

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How to Start a Streak on Snapchat

How Can You Start a Streak on Snapchat?

To start a streak with someone on Snapchat, you need to send them a snap for three days, and they need to reply in kind.

After three days, the Snapchat streak will be registered. There are milestone emojis to be unlocked at set intervals.

At the 3-day mark, a fire emoji will appear next to your and your friend’s name.

There are many unique Snapchat emoji options associated with the number of days the Snapchat streak has been going on.

The limit is at 100 days. Beyond that, there are no known unique emojis that have appeared.

To start a snap streak, follow the steps below:

  • Add a friend on Snapchat, if you don’t have one already
Add a friend on Snapchat
Add a friend on Snapchat

You need a friend to start a Snapstreak with. So, either add one or accept a friend request.

  • Next, open a chat with them and send them a snap. It can be whatever you want – a photo or video.
Open a chat with them and send them a snap
Open a chat with them and send them a snap.

First, select a photo or video you want to send, and tap on the white arrow in the bottom-right corner.

This will take you to your friends list.

Snapchat friends list
Snapchat friends list

Select someone with whom to start a snap streak and send them the snap.

To select your friend, tap on the circle next to their name.

Then, tap on the blue arrow in the bottom-right corner to send the snap.

  • Next, you should check the chat and see that the snap was sent.
Sending a snap
Sending a snap

Great, now you’ve sent them a snap. Wait for them to send one back.

You should let them know you want to start a streak with them.

Otherwise, they might misunderstand your intention and forget to send you a daily snap.

  • You can also create a story where you ask people if they want to start a streak with you.

They can either reply to your story with a snap, meaning they want to start a streak, or they can ignore you.

Reply to a snap
Reply to a snap

After they reply to your snap, repeat these steps every day to keep your streak up.

Starting a streak naturally is harder because the other person might not understand your reasons.

They could think your snap was a one-time thing and that they’re not obliged to reply with a snap.

Remember that a photo or video from your Camera Roll isn’t considered a snap.

A snap is only a photo or video you capture with the Snapchat camera.

Snapchat camera
Snapchat camera

Take a snap daily, send them to your friend, wait for them to answer, and build up your streak!

What are tips for better maintaining the snap streak?

Keeping a Snap streak alive for a long time is difficult. That’s why it’s better to implement some strategies to make it easier.

You can do this:

  • Don’t overthink your snaps – The snaps you send don’t have to be unique. They can be blank with only the caption “Streak!” on them. Use the same picture every day, and the streak will keep going.
  • Set the alarm – If you’re the forgetful type, feel free to set the alarm to remind yourself of the streak. You can send the snap when you wake up first thing in the morning. Or send it at a certain time during the day.
  • Start a streak with your best friends – You can’t maintain a streak with people who are indifferent to you. Start one with your best friend instead. You’re already sending them snaps already, most likely.

The first few days are the hardest. You still haven’t built a routine around the Snap streak.

But once you get to a higher Snap score, you and your friend will be more committed.

You’re already past the initial hurdle!


Snapchat wouldn’t be the same without Snapstreak.

It encourages people to interact with each other on this social media platform by sending snaps on consecutive days.

Snapstreak helps people bond and keep in touch with each other.

It does require a commitment to keep a streak going. You and the other person must remember to send snaps every day.

If either of you forget to send a snap, the streak will be reset.

To start a streak on Snapchat, add a friend, take a snap, and send it to them in the chat.

Wait for them to reply and keep doing this!


How do I know if my Snapstreak is going to end soon?

When a Snapstreak is dangerously close to ending, an Hourglass icon will appear next to your friend’s username.

It means there are 4 hours left to send each other snaps.

Otherwise, the streak will reset back to day 1.

So, when you see the Hourglass icon, you’ve forgotten to send your friend a snap.

Do it immediately because you might forget again.

Can you start a streak by just texting?

No, you can’t.

A snap is only a picture or video you capture with the Snapchat camera.

Text messages aren’t considered snaps.

Naturally, text messages can’t continue snaps either. So, the streak will end if you only send text messages during the allocated time for the Snapstreak.

Send a snap instead! That’ll keep the streak alive for another day.

However, messages in the chat will count toward the Friend Ranking (best friends/hearts).

There are various emojis from the Friend Ranking. The Gold Heart, for instance, means the other person is your number one best friend.

It means they reply to most of your snaps with a snap of your own.

So, when you’re building a Snapstreak by sending snaps, you’re also building your Friend Ranking with the other person.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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