Snapchat has mastered the art of getting its users to interact more. They have gamified their app with Snapchat’s score, a mysterious number that lets you roughly know how active you are on the social media platform. However, they are not communicating exactly how that score is calculated.
If you look at Snapchat’s FAQ about this score, they refer to it as a “super secret special equation.” They indicate that this equation implies the number of snapshots you have sent and received. However, they also mention “a couple of other factors.” In short, you can be sure that being active in the app will probably help your score, but you can’t know exactly how.
A variety of tech blogs and third-party sites have tried to work around these scores to get to the bottom of how Snapchat activity affects them. Many of them have managed to locate some elements in common. However, these have not necessarily been confirmed by the developers of the application. Think about this topic.
- Snaps sent and received – Snapchat has already confirmed that these basic functions influence the score.
- Added users – How many people do you follow? How many are you friends with?
- Adjustment frequency – How often do you use the application?
- SnapStreaks Length – You can have SnapStreaks with friends sending and receiving snapshots for several days in a row.
- Published stories – How often do you post stories?
- Bonus points for coming back – Many sources theorize that if you haven’t used the app in a while and then go back and start snapping, you’ll get a boost in your score.
In short, use the app. Use it often. Take advantage of its many functions. Do this and you will have a healthy Snapchat score.
How to find your Snapchat score
But wait a second. This is the first time you have heard about scores. How do you know what your own score is? What about your friends? Are their scores higher than yours? It is actually easier to find Snapchat ratings than you think.
Find your SnapScore
- Go to your profile screen. You can do this by tapping on your Bitmoji icon or the circle in the upper left corner if you don’t have a Bitmoji icon.
- Find your Display name below the snapcode image. Look below that to find additional information. The number between your username and your zodiac sign is your Snapchat score.
- Tap on the User ratings for Snapchat to reveal two other numbers. These are the snapshot numbers you have sent and received.
Don’t try to do the math with the number of snapshots sent and received. It will not add to your score in any way that makes sense.
Find your friend’s Snapscore
Now you know what your SnapScore is, but what about your friends? Do they have more points than you? Snapchat doesn’t provide any sort of leaderboard that you can gawk at with higher volume users. Instead, you just have to look at the scores individually by consulting your friends’ profiles.
- From your camera screen, swipe right open a chat window.
- Find the user in question.
- Touch the user profile icon to open a page that shows your display name, username, and score.
Why can’t I see my friends’ Snapscore?
If you are an avid Snapchat user, you know how serious Snapscore is. Aside from your friends’ emojis and receiving responses to your Snaps in a timely manner, keeping your friends and growing your friend list is equally important.
If you have a friend on Snapchat but can’t see their Snapscore, that means they haven’t added you to their friends list or removed you. Snapchat only shows you the Snapscore of users who are your friends.
If this worries you, you can try sending the user a message on Snapchat or using an external social media site to see if they add it.
I’ve spent a lot of time capturing groups, but my score won’t go up. What’s happening?
Although the Snapchat developers have not confirmed this, it is a generally accepted belief based on tests that hanging out in groups on the app will not increase your Snapscore.
If you are looking for a way to increase your Snapscore quickly, groups are unfortunately not the answer.
How can I increase my Snapscore?
The best way to increase your Snapscore is to add friends and send Snaps one by one. If you are really dedicated and have a good friend who is trying to achieve the same thing as you, make a deal with him to use Snap frequently.
As a bonus, you could get a quick streak. This will lead to special emojis as a sign of a true Snapchat friendship.
Can you download my Snapscore?
Technically not. This means that you should not lose points. But we say technically because crashes have been reported in the past where users’ Snapscores decreased.
So, Snapscore really only has one way to go, and that’s up. But, if your score went down, you may want to use the ‘Report a problem’ link on Snapchat to contact someone and ask for help.
Why won’t my Snapscore upload?
If your Snapscore does not go up, it is because you are not performing the appropriate behaviors (snapping people, adding friends, etc.) to increase the score. However, mistakes do occur. Your best course of action is to make sure your app is up to date, close the app and reopen it, and contact Snapchat support.
What does this all mean?
In a word: nothing. Your Snapchat score will not unlock special Snapchat features. It won’t make it easier for people to find and follow you. It literally doesn’t do anything functional (that we can tell). You will get trophies that you can show off to your friends.
Keep this in mind when you are agonizing over your Snapchat score. Don’t let websites scam you into thinking that they can artificially increase your score if you pay them money. They can’t do what they say, and it’s not worth finding out the hard way.
Just take lots of photos, make new friends, and admire your trophies from the internet.