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What Does The Emergence Of Hourglass Emoji Mean In Snapchat?



What does the Hourglass Mean in Snapchat

What does the Hourglass Mean in Snapchat? Is an Hourglass emoji appearing on your Snapchat? Different emojis indicate different meanings on Snapchat and an Hourglass indicates a ticking clock. You need to hurry and act fast if you want to continue your snap-streak or simply see the snap your friend has sent you. The hourglass emoji only appears when your time is about to be up, putting your snap streak at risk.

You can say without any doubt that Snapchat is one of the leading social media apps when it comes to having new and unique features. It is easy to use and provides quite a few fun ways of safely communicating with your friends. It is well known for snap streaks, automatic deletion of chats, emojis, bitmojis, etc.

One such unique characteristic is offering a feature of emojis next to your friends’ names. These emojis indicate your relationship with your friends based on the frequency of sending and receiving snaps. The hourglass emoji is one such relationship defining feature and the main subject of this article.

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What does the Hourglass Emoji Mean in Snapchat?

The first thing to know is that these emojis appear on their own based on your snap history with your friends. You have no control over them. These emojis are like rewards when you cross certain milestones with someone or complete a specific task.

hourglass emojis

The hourglass emoji usually appears along with the fire emoji beside the person’s name. Together, these emojis indicate your status with that person based on your snap-streak position with them.

The fire emoji indicates that you have a Snap streak going on with the other person, while the Hourglass is to remind you that the ongoing Snap-streak may get ruined soon.

It is sort of an alert for you to send a snap soon if you wish to continue your streak going on with that person. Once a streak breaks, it is gone and you will have to start over unless you are ready to for it.

You can even click on this video to understand what the hourglass emoji stands for if that’s easier for you.

In case, you are new to all this and not sure of what these terminologies mean, no worries, continue reading while we break it down for you.

What is a Snap Streak?

Before we delve into the meaning of automated emojis, you need to know what a snap streak means. A snap streak is when you send and receive snaps from a person every day without fail and make a chain.

A snap streak is formed when you manage to exchange snaps for three consecutive days with someone. When you manage to get a streak going, a fire emoji appears beside their name as an indication of your snap streak.

Fire and Hourglass emoji

One requirement is- You need to send a snap and receive one back from your friend within a period of 24 hours or your streak will break.

When you manage to continue your Snap streak for a few days, a number will appear next to the fire emoji. This number represents the number of days your Snap streak has been going on.

When you fail to exchange snaps within 24 hours, your Snap streak breaks, and the count goes back to zero for both of you.

fire emoji with number

To prevent this from happening, Snapchat alerts you by showing the hourglass emoji along with the fire emoji next to the person your streak is in danger with and reminds you to continue your exchange. Also, know how to increase Snapchat streak or score by tapping the link available.

When and why does the Hourglass appear on both sides of the app?

If you are on a Snap streak with someone and have not exchanged snaps for the 20 hours since the last exchange, the hourglass emoji will appear next to the fire emoji. This works as an alert and reminds you of the remaining 4-hour window to save your Snap streak.

When you exchange snaps within that leftover time, the hourglass emoji disappears on its own, and your Snap streak is saved.

Maintaining A Snapchat Streak

Now, if you are thinking that any form of communication will count as a snap and save your streak, you are mistaken. Snapchat only counts proper snaps to continue your snap-streak.

Snapchat only counts pictures or videos that are taken from the Snapchat camera before sharing them as snaps, and nothing else. Given below is a small list of features Snapchat does not count as snaps-

  1. Snapchat Stories– As they are visible to everyone, they do not count as snaps.
  2. Memories– These aren’t counted as snaps either. Even if memories are clicked and recorded on Snapchat camera, they still do not come under the category to qualify as a snap.
  3. Spectacles– Any picture or video captured using the Spectacle feature of Snapchat does not count as a snap to keep your streak going.
  4. Group chats– Snap-streaks are only counted between two people. Thus, any snaps shared on a group chat with multiple people (even if it includes the particular person you are in a streak with) do not count and will not save your ongoing streak.

Keep these points in mind if you do not wish to lose your snap streak. Also, remember to capture pictures and record videos for your snaps using the Snapchat camera only. These conditions are why you will find a lot of people sending “basic” snaps like a blank screen with an emoji or some blurred image just to keep their snap streak going.

Rewards on Snap streak milestones

Whenever you cross a certain milestone in terms of continuing your snap-streak, Snapchat rewards you with different stickers and emojis as trophies by adding them next to your streak buddy’s Username. These are based on your frequency and for how long you two have been going.

For example, when you manage to maintain a Snap streak with a friend for 100 days, a 100 emoji appears next to that friend’s Username. This emoji is only to signify this 100th consecutive day of your snap streak. This is not permanent by any means, it appears simply to celebrate that particular milestone. The emoji disappears the next day.

Click here to check out our Snapchat Usernames Guide and find proper ways if you want to change your names on the Snapchat app.

Snap streak disappeared out of nowhere?

Sometimes, users have complained about their snap streak disappearing out of nowhere. This has happened even when they had exchanged snaps on time. If this happens to you, there is nothing to be worried about. It is simply an error on Snapchat’s side. To get your streak back, you can contact Snapchat Support. Follow the steps given below to do so-

  1. The first step is to open the Snapchat Support page.
  2. There, select the “My Snapstreaks have disappeared” option.
  3. Fill out the required details and submit your query.

Now all you have to do is wait for someone from Snapchat to contact you. You will have to ensure that you met all the requirements necessary for a snap streak to continue. Once that is done, ask them to help you recover your snap streak. There is a chance that they might be able to help you get it back.


You are now well versed in everything you needed to know about snap streaks and What does the Hourglass Emoji Mean in Snapchat. Make sure to follow everything and secure your snap streak from getting ruined. Also, remember that sometimes the hourglass emoji may not appear due to a glitch at the set time. So, make sure you do not exceed the set time.

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Keerti Agarwal is a Freelance Content Writer. She writes guides, both short and long-form. She enjoys reading and exploring new things. She is open to learning and gaining new experiences.