What Are Snapchat Scores and How Can You Find Yours?

Every Snapchat user has a score and here's what it means

Snapchat on a mobile phone

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Snapchat is awesome and loads of fun to use, but there the app has a lot of features nowadays. For example, what in the world are Snapchat scores?

No other big social network uses a scoring system for its users, so what's the deal? Read on to find out why it exists!

What Is a Snapchat Score?

According to Snapchat, your score is determined by a "special equation" that incorporates all of the different ways you use Snapchat, including:

  • The number of snaps you send;
  • The number of snaps you receive;
  • Stories you post; and
  • Other stuff, apparently – whatever that means!

The more snaps you send and receive and the more stories you post, the higher your score will climb. It's unclear how often Snapchat recalculates users' scores, but it probably refreshes at least every week or so. It may even be recalculated every day or every hour or so to keep it up to date.

How to Find Your Snapchat Score

Screenshots of Snapchat on iOS, focusing on profile icon and snapchat score

To see what your own Snapchat score is, open up the Snapchat app on your mobile device and navigate to the camera tab (by swiping left or right to navigate between the main tabs of the app). Tap on your Snapchat icon in the upper left to see the snapcode screen.

Beneath your snapcode, you should see a small number right beside your username. This is your Snapchat score. You can try tapping on it but it won't do anything.

How Does Your Snapchat Score Go Up?

Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn't give us much of any information on why we should work on increasing our scores. One thing Snapchat does mention, however, is how it can help you earn more trophies.

Trophies are awarded to users according to how much they explore and use the app. If your Snapchat score reaches a high enough number, it might be enough to earn you a new trophy. You can view your trophy case by tapping the little trophy icon that appears at the top of your snapcode tab.

It's possible that those who have higher scores may also get access to other Snapchat features, such as premium lenses and others that are newly added but, again, Snapchat is leaving us in the dark about this stuff at the moment and we can't really assume much about it.

Is It Important To Increase Your Snapchat Score?

Other than trophies, Snapchat hasn't given us any other official details on what having a higher score can do for users. So, it's not really all that important to increase your Snapchat score unless, perhaps, you want to unlock more trophies. That could very well change in the near future, however, considering that Snapchat is evolving fast and rolling out new features all the time.

Back in the day, before Snapchat rolled out several different app updates, you used to be able to tap on a friend's username to see their Snapchat score. It appears that this isn't possible anymore with the current app version, so you can't even compete with friends on who has the highest score.

In the meantime, while Snapchat keeps the importance of scores on the down-low, you can keep using Snapchat and work on increasing your score just for fun (and maybe a trophy here or there). Share your username by sending a link to a new contact so you can snap more, add more friends to Snapchat by scanning their snapcodes and send silly Snapchat faces with selfie lenses to encourage your friends to snap you back!