How Long Does The Timer Last On Snapchat? UPDATED


Snapchat users know how Snapchat has several strange icons, and some of them are so weird that it’s impossible to figure out what they do or what purpose they serve. However, if you are a fan of using Snapchat, you should understand the importance of these icons. They serve a vital role in transmitting information about your Snapchat usage, especially your Snapstreak.

One such sign/option that gives you information regarding your Snapchat usage is the Hourglass icon. Well, now you must be thinking that when already an option for providing information was present on Snapchat, what’s the point of giving another option for the same purpose. 

Well, if you juggling with the answer to the above question, you are in right place. You will get all the information about Hourglass, what its use, how much time it will appear, and more. To get every little detail, be with us till the end of the article.

Meaning Of Hourglass Icon On Spanchat

You must know about the countdown timer if you are a serious Snapchat user. Well, the hourglass symbol functions similarly to a countdown timer. The main function of the Hourglass symbol is to indicate to the users that their Snapstreak with another user is close to expiring, and the hourglass symbol will alert users about the same and also indicate that the user must take appropriate action so that their snap streak continues.


It is a sign that your performance on Snapchat is declining, and you need to focus to be in the game. When you improve your performance, the hourglass icon will get substituted by the lit/fire icon. The lit fire icon indicates that you are now back in the game. 

Weet me remind you that a Snapstreak is determined by the number of snaps you send. Any type of text message will not have any impact on your Snapstreak. When your snap streak is about to expire, you will see the icon next to your profile and also beside the profile icon of the contact. 

Duration For Which Hourglass Last On Snapchat

How Long Does The Timer Last On Snapchat?
How Long Does The Timer Last On Snapchat?

Well, it is a very useful feature as it will warn you if you snap a streak with another user who is in jeopardy. It is a negative symbol, but you can improve your performance within time. Unfortunately, the officials of Snapchat have not given any specific timing for which the hourglass Snapchat will last.

The internet is flooded with several queries and several different answers for the same. A Reddit user posted that the symbol will stick to the screen only for two-three hours. However, if we look at other posts, we will also find out that it can last for around seven to eight hours. 

Well, it seems that the timing of the symbol is unpredictable and so is its time frame. Snap determines the size of your window of opportunity.

Method To Prevent Getting The Hourglass Icon On Your Snapchat

The time frame for determining the Snapstreak is 24 hours. Each Snapstreak is determined within 24 hours. This means you have to exchange at least one Snap with another Snapchat user during the 24-hour interval to avoid the appearance of the Hourglass symbol on your profile.

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If you do not exchange any Snap, the alarming hourglass symbol will emerge after 24 hours, the lit/fire indicator will vanish, and your countdown will begin. Well, here are a few tips by which you can avoid the Hourglass symbol.

Send Any Snap

If you want to maintain the Snap streak, the best way to send any type of snap even the blank or blacked-out. However, carefully notify the other person as well so that they will not be taken off guard by some random and meaningless snap.

Make Sending Snap A Routine

Make sending a snap habit every morning or evening. In this way, you will be able to maintain a good snap streak as you are sending the span regularly without any break.

Action To Take If The Hourglass Icon Appears Despite Maintaining A Snapstreak

There are a few cases where despite using Snapchat regularly, the user may see the Hourglass symbol. Well, there is nothing to worry about. If you have diligently maintained your snap streak, contact the support of the company and tell them about the issue. Well, the Snapchat team will take appropriate measures to resolve your issue, and the fire lit symbol will again appear on your screen.

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