Why Is There A Purple Circle On Snapchat Quick Add?

The purple circle on Snapchat’s Quick Add feature generally indicates that the person has a story posted, and this design is meant to encourage users to add more people. However, there’s some nuance to this:

  • If the circle is purple, it means they have a story added that’s only available to their friends.
  • If the circle is blue, it indicates that they have public content or stories available to view.
  • A user can have stories available to both the public and their friends.
  • The color of the circle can also depend on which tab you’re in: the rings on stories (of friends) are only purple if they’re in the stories tab, and blue if they’re in the chats tab.

This means that you might still see a purple ring around someone’s avatar even if you’re able to view a public story they’ve posted, because they also have other stories that are hidden and only available to their accepted friends.

Written by Lucas Beaumont

Generalist. Wikipedia contributor. Elementary school teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada.

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