These Snapchat Streak Rules Will Help You Keep That Snapstreak On Fire

Do you end up snapping back and forth with one person more frequently than the rest of your buds? If Snapchat has rewarded you and your special friend's convos with a flame emoji — you, dear Snapper, are on a Snapstreak. You may accordingly be wondering "what are the rules of a Snapchat Streak and how can I keep it going?" And let me tell you right now, I like your chutzpah.

When Snapchat 2.0 premiered in March of 2016, it introduced several new features, notably expanding what Snappers could do with private messaging. With this new emphasis on personal convos, Snapchat started giving emoji rewards to those who could keep their Snapping back and forth consistently going over a long period of time. If you have seen the flame emoji (also known as the "hot" emoji) next to your friends' Snapchat names, that means that they are on a Snapstreak — and you should feel free to congratulate them on their virtual achievement.

The Snapstreak is the closest thing to a social game that the app has to offer, and the "prize" is an emoji telling the world that you have a Snapchat BFF that cares about you enough to send you carefully filtered pics erry dang day.

As the Snapchat Support page explains, the fire emoji will appear next to your name if "you and your friend have Snapped each other (not Chat) within 24 hours for more than one consecutive day." Meaning that if you want to keep a streak going, both people must snap back and forth to each other within 24 hours — or else all that hard work is for naught!

When you begin a Snapstreak, a number will appear next to the flame emoji delineating the number of days you have consecutively snapped. To celebrate your Snapiversary, the "100" emoji will appear next to your flame when you snap with someone for 100 days in a row. So sit back and relax and let all those satisfied feelings of accomplishment wash over you.

Provided both Snappers are committed, a long Snapstreak is actually a very achievable goal. And if you forget to snap one day, no worries! Snapchat will prompt you with an hourglass emoji signaling that your streak is about to expire. All you have to do to get back on track is send another snap of literally anything. To break it down: Choose a friend, lover, or relative and send them a snap each day. They must reply with a snap within 24 hours to keep that flame next to both your names. Boom! Easy!

If you are afraid of committing to a full-blown streak, I get it. Ending a long Snapstreak can be pretty traumatizing, but as the old saying goes, "It's better to have snapped and lost than never to have snapped at all."