Here's How To Get All the Birthday Love From Snapchat

Katie Garrity - Author

Mar. 19 2021, Updated 10:05 a.m. ET

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Are you one of those people who celebrates their birthday all month long? Or are you one of those people that absolutely hates the annual attention that a birthday brings? Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, birthdays are a special day of the year when it’s totally OK to make everything about yourself.

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One of the smallest and most fun ways to celebrate your special day is to turn on the Birthday Party option on Snapchat! So, how exactly do you do this? We break it down below!

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Here’s how to turn on the Birthday Party option on Snapchat!

Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, this step-by-step process on how to turn on the Birthday Party feature on Snapchat should work for you.

  1. Open the Snapchat app and tap on your Bitmoji or Ghost icon at the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Now that you’re on your profile screen, tap on the gear icon at the top right to go to Settings.
  3. Under Settings, tap on the field that reads Birthday.
  4. Finally, toggle the Birthday Party switch to ON.
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With that toggle switch now turned on, you’ll venture into all the fun lenses, filters, and surprises Snapchat offers on your birthday.

What does the Birthday Party Snapchat feature even do?

Once you enable the Birthday Party option, your zodiac sign emoji will appear next to your username, but what’s even better is that Snapchat adds a cake emoji next to your name on your birthday. 

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Not only this, but you’ll also get a special Snapchat birthday filter to use in your snaps for the day. And even your friends will have a filter allowing them to wish you "happy birthday" in entertaining ways. So, if you want to celebrate your special day in the best possible way, then you'll definitely want to enable Snapchat Birthday Party on Android or iOS.

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Another cool feature that comes when you opt in to the Birthday Party is that Snapchat will remind your friends that it’s your birthday, so you may even get some extra messages of love! “When it's your birthday you'll get fun bday Lenses! Your friends will also receive a notification to congratulate you with special Lenses,” the Snapchat Birthday page reads.

Snapchat will also wish you a happy half birthday.

Snapchat users took to Twitter to express their surprise and love for the Birthday Party option on Snapchat. One user was so excited that the app wished her a happy half birthday. “Aww Snapchat filter is so sweet. I didn’t realize that today is my half birthday,” one Twitter user wrote. 

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Another user was happy that the Birthday filter on Snapchat was super flattering. She wrote, “I’m not good at taking pictures of myself that’s why i never do it BUT the Snapchat birthday filter snapped and i was feeling it so here are some birthday selfies …"

Others are not huge fans of the filters and imply that using them on your own birthday is the mark of a loser. One Twitter user wrote, "The people celebrating their birthdays with the Snapchat filter are they fools?"

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