What Does a Purple Circle with a Lock mean on Snapchat?

We all love Snapchat, aren’t we? Snapchat is famous among youngsters for its super addicting features.

One of the most popular features on Snapchat is the story feature. People love to share the nitty-gritty details of their day via stories.

If you’re a regular Snapchatter, you must have come across different colored circles around the Snapchat story.

Have you ever wondered what the purple circle around the Snapchat story really means? 

Well, that’s exactly what we are going to tell you today!

Previously, we’ve discussed what the white arrow indicates on the Snapchat story.

In this article, you will learn what Snapchat’s purple circle with a lock means, the purpose of using it, and everything in between.

Buckle up, it’s going to be an amazing read! Let’s get into it.

What does the purple circle around the Snapchat story no lock mean

Short Answer: If you’re seeing the purple circle around someone’s Snapchat story, this means that you haven’t watched the story yet. However, if the purple circle contains the lock symbol, it means the story is private, and only a limited number of people have access to view that story.

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Alright, here’s the deal with Snapchat! You’ve got a whole 24 hours to snap any awesome picture or record a killer video and turn it into a story. 

And guess what? When you post that story, boom! Your profile picture gets a cool purple circle around it.

But here’s the catch: that purple circle means you’ve got a video in your story.

Now, here’s the fun part. That purple circle on Snapchat is like a signal to all your friends that you’ve got fresh content waiting for them. 

They can’t resist clicking on your profile picture, and voila! They can watch your epic story right away.

Blue vs purple Snapchat story

Blue and Purple rings around the Snapchat story indicate that you haven’t watched the story yet.

Then what’s the difference?

Well, the difference is simple and straightforward. When you go to the stories tab, you will see unwatched stories with a purple ring around them. On the other hand, if you’re on the chat page, you’ll see unwatched stories with a blue ring around them.

That’s the only difference, you can watch stories from the stories page as well as the chat page. 

How do I remove this purple and blue ring?

The solution is simple. In order to remove the colored rings, you have to watch the person’s story. The ring will turn grey after you’ve watched the story until the person posts something again.

What does a circle with a lock mean on Snapchat?

Did you know the purple circle has a variation too? Things get a little confusing when you see a lock next to the purple ring. 

Fret not, there’s nothing to worry about.

The lock symbol means that your friends have limited the audience who can view their story. These kinds of stories are known as private stories, and only close people have access to watch them.

Back in the day when this feature wasn’t launched, people had to block the people to hide their stories from them. This might sound daunting to most of you because who has the time to block a person and then unblock him once the story gets expired?

Keeping this situation in mind, Snapchat came up with the idea of private stories where you can decide who will see your story and who won’t.

Such stories have purple rings with a lock around them which indicates that this is a pirate story.

This feature is similar to Instagram’s Close Friends feature, where you can add specific people to your view list.

If you can see the story, congrats, you’re part of their private story viewer list.



In a nutshell, we’ve unraveled the secret behind Snapchat’s purple circle with a lock on stories. This purple ring is enough to catch the attention of your friends and pique their curiosity. So, let your creative juices flow, make the most of the purple circle, and keep sharing the incredible moments of your life.

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