Have you noticed a purple ring around some of your Bitmojis on Snapchat? Well, that’s what it means.
The social media app, which has been around for over a decade since September 2011, is always adding new features to keep it exciting and up-to-date.
In 2022, Snapchat added the ability to change your username, which means people can finally get rid of those embarrassing handles they picked on as kids.
Other new features include the $3.99 Snapchat+ and Family Center subscription service that gives parents more control over what their kids do.
Recently, a lot of people have noticed a purple ring on Snapchat as well, but what does it mean? Read on to find out…
What is the purple ring on Snapchat?
A purple ring simply means that the user has uploaded a story that you haven’t viewed yet. When you watch their story, the circle will then turn gray until they upload a new story, and it will turn purple again.
It appears in the Stories tab and also in the Quick Add, so you can see when someone uploaded a Story even if you’re not friends with them. However, you will only be able to view the story if their profile is set to public.
The ring is actually not a new feature at all and Snapchat has always used the icon, but the color of the circle has recently changed from blue to purple which has caused a lot of confusion online.
What is a purple ring with a lock?
You may also have noticed that the purple ring sometimes has a padlock symbol next to it. This means that the photo or video has been uploaded to their own story and the user has marked you for viewing.
Snapchatters can set up a private story by heading to Profile > New Story > New Private Story. Then, you can choose the friends you want to be visible to.
It’s the same as Instagram’s Close Friends feature which allows you to share a story with a specific group of people who are on your Close Friends list.
If you are close friends with someone on Instagram, there will be a green circle around their story. To set it up, go to Settings > Account > Close Friends.
More about Snapchat +
This year, the social networking platform was launched Snapchat +which is a paid subscription that gives users access to exclusive features.
The subscription, which launched on June 29, 2022, can be purchased in the app for $3.99 per month, $20.99 for six months or $38.99 for a year.
It gives users access to a number of “exclusive, beta, and pre-release features,” Snapchat He saidand allows them to “introduce new features to some of the most passionate members” of the community.
Some of the features available with Snapchat+ now include the ability to see who has rewatched a Story, change the app icon and pin one of your friends to the top of your chat history.
There are some niche features too, like the Friends Solar System, and Snapchat+ is currently available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
You also get a week’s free trial if you want to test out the features. Simply go to your profile and select Snapchat+ to join.
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