You may have noticed the number beside your username on Snapchat, and how it keeps going up and up.Car that 'talks' to traffic lights is a glimpse at the hyper-connnected future of driving
This is a Snapchat score, which is a special equation combining the number of Snaps you’ve sent and received, the stories you’ve posted and other factors, according to Snapchat’s website.
Basically, it shows how active you are on the app.
You can view your Snapchat score by swiping down on the Snapchat camera screen and the figure will be displayed next to your username.
Tap once on your Snapchat score to see the number of sent snaps vs received snaps.
What is the Snapchat score breakdown?
You receive a point for sending a snap, you receive a point for opening a snap, but there are no points for just messaging on Snapchat.
You also receive a point for posting a snap to your story.
Unfortunately, Snapchat scores do not increase if you watch a story.
Additional points to your Snapchat score may take a while to register and may all come at once.
If you have not been active on Snapchat for a while then the first Snap you send on the app will add 6 points to your score.
You can see your friends Snapchat’s scores when you swipe right on their name to chat them, then click the three blue lines on the top left corner of your chat screen.
Their score will be displayed beside their username.
A Snapchat score is similar to a followers list or a friends list on other apps, it gives your profile some authority and shows people how strong your snap game is.
The mystery remains…
If you add up your sent snaps number and received snaps number you may be surprised to get a different result to your final Snapchat score.
This can be due to the fact that Snapchat may award you different points depending on how you sent the snap.
If you send a snap to multiple users you will receive a point for every user you sent it to and then another point for sending the snap itself.
However, no one really knows the exact answer and Snapchat may have a variety of different ways to calculate your score depending on how you send and receive snaps.
How can you increase your Snapchat score?
Obviously, get snapping. Send out snaps, be active on the app.
If you want to see your Snapchat score increase dramatically without bothering all of your friends, here is a hack…
First you should add celebrity Snapchat accounts to your friends list, not only are their stories entertaining but you can use them to raise your Snapchat score.
To save you time, read The Definitive List of all the celebrity Snapchat account you want to follow to choose which accounts to add
These celebrities you add may never reply to any of your Snaps, they may never open or receive them.
Sending a celebrity or a famous Snapchatter a snap still only increases your score by one point but at least you’re not annoying your friends.
To experiment I tried sending a very plain Snap out, I clicked a bunch of celebs I follow, and my Snapchat score increased by 33. Result.
You could easily add 100 points to your Snapchat score every minute if you wanted to, just add 100 celebrities or Snapchat accounts with a huge following and click them all as recipients of your snaps.
Unlike Instagram and Twitter, which have hack programs that will help you gain followers, the Snapchat algorithm cannot be hacked and you will be wasting your time, and possibly money, if you engage a program that says they can increase your Snapchat score.
At the moment the highest Snapchat score in the world belongs to @sillyblackguy who has a score of over 6 million. He averages 17,000 to 30,000 points per day.
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