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How to Start a Streak on Snapchat

Do you want to start a streak on Snapchat?

If you’re new to the app, you might have heard of the term “streak” or “streaks” before.

A streak is when two people snap each other for 3 consecutive days and more on Snapchat.

The more snaps that are sent, the longer the streak will become.

For example, if you and your friend were to snap each other for 10 days, there will be a “fire” emoji with the number 10 beside it.

The number indicates how many days your streak is.

However, if you forgot to send a snap to the other person for 24 hours, it will disappear.

Streaks are a great way to develop a stronger bond and friendship between two people.

However, a strong commitment is required from both parties to keep a streak going.

In this article, you’ll learn how to start a streak on Snapchat in 4 simple steps, and other frequently asked questions.

How to Start a Streak on Snapchat

To start a streak on Snapchat, you and your friend need to send snaps to each other for more than three consecutive days.

After the third day, a fire emoji (🔥) with a number will appear beside your friend’s username indicating how many days you’ve been on a streak for.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do this:

  1. Ask to start a streak
  2. Send a photo/video snap
  3. Wait for them snap back
  4. Repeat the process daily

1. Ask to start a streak

How to Start a Streak on Snapchat

Before you can start a streak on Snapchat, you need to ask for it first.

Otherwise, the other person won’t know whether you want to start it or not.

Alternatively, you can just let it happen naturally.

To ask for a streak, you can either ask for it via text, let it happen naturally, or add it as a story.

There are three ways to ask someone for a streak.

Firstly, you can send a message asking for it (e.g. Do you want to start a streak?).

This works if you’re already friends with the person, or if you know them well.

If you’re asking the person directly, they will be more committed to the streak if they agree to it.

On the other hand, they can reject the offer if they don’t want to.

You shouldn’t be dejected if someone doesn’t want to start a streak because they might not use Snapchat often.

Consequently, they might not want to break the streak because of this.

The second way is to add a story with the text, “Streaks?”.

This is a really effective way to ask anyone that you’re friends with if they want to start a streak.

If they do, they can respond directly to your story.

If they don’t, there’s no need for them to respond to it with a “no” as they can just ignore your story.

This is a less forceful way of asking for a streak because adding it to your story allows people to respond if they please.

Lastly, you can start a streak naturally.

This is one of the hardest ways to start a streak because both parties need to send each other a snap on a daily basis without one actually bringing it up.

To use this method, you have to either send a snap first or wait for them to send you one.

If you sent them a snap and they sent you one back, do the same in the next day.

If the person didn’t snap you back, that means that they aren’t interested in starting a streak, or they don’t know whether you want to.

2. Send a photo/video snap

Snapchat red arrow

Wait for the person to snap you back—if they don’t snap you back within 24 hours, the streak won’t start.

After you’ve managed to find someone that wants to start a streak with you, you need to send them a snap.

You can either send them a photo or a video snap.

Here’s how you can send them a snap:

  1. Open Snapchat.
  2. Tap on the camera icon and take a photo/video.
  3. Tap on “Send To”.
  4. Select the person that you want to send the snap to (you can also select multiple users).

Snaps only work if you send them a photo/video and not a text message.

If you sent them a text message, it wouldn’t be considered as a snap.

Additionally, if you were to send them a photo/video from your camera roll, it wouldn’t be considered as a snap as well.

When the snap is sent, you’ll see a red arrow with the status, “Delivered”.

When the person opens the snap, you’ll see the status, “Opened”.

A snap can be replayed once as well.

If the person replays the snap, you’ll see this message under it, “x replayed your snap!”.

3. Wait for them snap back

Snapchat streak

In order to start a streak with someone, you need to send each other a photo/video snap for 3 consecutive days.

Next, you need to wait for them to send you a snap back.

A streak can only work when both parties send a photo/video snap to each other for 3 consecutive days.

So if the other person didn’t send you a snap back, the streak wouldn’t start.

If one person happens to forget to send a snap before the 3rd day ends, you have to restart the streak.

In other words, both parties have to snap each other for 3 consecutive days again.

Let’s say that you sent someone a snap and they snapped you back for 2 consecutive days.

Before the 3rd day ends, one of you forgot to send a snap to the other person.

When the 3rd day ends, the streak will restart.

So before you start a streak with someone, you need to be committed to it.

Otherwise, you need to give the person a heads-up that you might break it at any moment by accident (so there are no hard feelings).

4. Repeat the process daily

Snapchat fire emoji meaning

After you’ve snapped each other for more than 3 consecutive days, there will be a fire emoji (3🔥) with a number beside their username.

The number represents the number of days that you’ve been on a Snapstreak for.

To keep the Snapstreak going, you need to snap each other on a daily basis.

If you’ve snapped each other for more than 3 consecutive days, a fire emoji will appear beside their username.

That’s when you’ll know that you’ve successfully started a streak.

In addition, there will be a number beside the fire emoji (e.g. 15🔥).

The number indicates how many days you’re on a Snapstreak with the other person for.

For example, if you see the status “15🔥” beside the person’s username, it means that you’re on a Snapstreak with them for 15 consecutive days.

If there’s no fire emoji after you’ve snapped each other for more than 3+ days, one of you might have messed it up.

When that happens, you need to restart the process.

If you think that your streak ended my mistake, you need to contact Snapchat to get it back.

After you’ve snapped each other for 3 consecutive days, you want to repeat the process (steps 1 to 3) for as many days as you can.

The more days that you’ve snapped each other, the higher the number will be.

Some people have been on a Snapstreak for hundreds of days (which requires a ton of commitment).

FAQ

Can you start a streak just by texting?

No, you cannot start a streak just by texting on Snapchat.

A Snapstreak can only be started if both parties send a photo or a video snap to each other for more than 3 consecutive days.

A text message does not count as a snap.

Hence, texting will not extend a Snapstreak, only photo/video snaps do.

How do you know when a streak is about to end?

When a streak is about to end on Snapchat, there will be an hourglass emoji (⏳) beside the person’s username.

When you see an hourglass emoji, that means you have 4 hours left to snap them back.

Otherwise, the Snapstreak will break and you have to start all over again.

Whenever you see an hourglass emoji, it’s best to send a snap to the person as soon as possible, because your Snapstreak is about to end.

How do you get your SNAP score up 1000?

To get your SNAP score up by 1000, you can add multiple Snap Stars and send them multiple snaps.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do this:

  1. Open Snapchat.
  2. Tap on the chat icon on the bottom navigation bar.
  3. Tap on the search icon on the top navigation bar.
  4. Scroll down and find “Popular Snap Stars”.
  5. Add as many Snap Stars as possible.
  6. Tap on the camera icon on the bottom navigation bar.
  7. Take a photo/video and send it to all of the Snap Stars that you’ve just added.
  8. Repeat step 7 until your snap score is increased by 1000.

Your snap score will increase when you send a snap to someone, so sending snaps to popular Snap Stars will do the trick.

Conclusion

The Snapstreak is the most prominent social feature on Snapchat.

No other social media platform has this feature, which makes it really unique and popular among teenagers.

Starting a streak with someone on Snapchat can strengthen your bond and friendship with them.

It’s like sharing a moment of your life with them on a daily basis.

However, before you start a streak with someone, you need to be committed to it.

This is because if someone breaks the streak, the other person might be unhappy.

Hence, it’s important to give the other person a heads-up before you break a streak.

Further Reading

Why Can I Snapchat Someone But Not See Their Score?

Does Snapchat Notify When You Screen Record?

Does Snapchat Notify When You Look at Someone’s Location?

Author: Lim How Wei is the founder of Followchain. Feel free to follow him on Instagram.

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