What is the hourglass icon on Snapchat?
Since Snapchat was updated in March of 2016, marking the launch of version 2.0, the new features have left many people clueless. One of these features is the hourglass icon. If you got this update, chances are, you have noticed a new timer or hourglass icon.
Over time, Snapchat have introduced new icons, like the cryptic friend emoji, the gold star, the heart and the baby emojis without letting us know their meanings. Even though they have been secretive when it comes to explaining what their icons mean; they have let the meaning of this new icon out quite early.There have been numerous tweets from users seeking to know what the icon indicates, and why it appears on some friend’s names. You’ll learn below the meaning of this new icon and what to do when it shows up.
The meaning of the hourglass icon: According to a tweet sent out by the Snapchat’s official Twitter account, the hourglass icon comes up whenever a Snapstreak is about to end. Whenever the Snapchat hourglass icon shows up, it means that you have not exchanged any snaps with that friend in the past 24 hours.
What is the meaning of a Snapstreak?
For people that have no idea what a Snapstreak is, it is a fire icon that appears when you and a friend have exchanged snaps regularly. That Snapstreak will disappear if you have not exchanged snaps in the past 24 hours with that friend. This new update enables you know when a Snapstreak is about to end by using the hourglass icon. It is a way of telling you that you have not exchanged snaps in the past 20 or more hours.
How to get rid of the hourglass icon: Once you notice the hourglass icon on the name of your friend, the next step will be the send a snap to that friend. Because the hourglass icon indicates the end of a snapstreak, it also reminds you to exchange snaps with that friend. When you send other kinds of messages such as audio or video to your friends, they are not the same thing as snaps. Therefore that will not get rid of the hourglass icon on their names. You’ll be required to send a proper snap to that friend.