Social Media Snapchat How to Change Your Snapchat Username Workarounds for changing Snapchat usernames by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on July 27, 2020 reviewed by Michelle Adeola Adelufosi Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michelle Adeola Adelufosi is a marketing consultant with 9 years' experience working for a variety of clients. Her expertise includes social media, web development, and graphic design. our review board Article reviewed on Aug 06, 2020 Michelle Adeola Adelufosi The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat Introduction Snapchat Basics What Is a Snapchat Story? What Are Snapchat Scores? 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Contact Snapchat Customer Service Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips How to Know If Someone Blocked You Make a Story Private Block Someone on Snapchat Unblock Someone Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips Snapchat Tips & Tricks How to Get Snapchat Trophies Streaks on Snapchat Explained Use Snapchat's Group Video Chat What to Do About Third-Party Apps Snapchat Emoji Meanings Funny Ideas to Make Your Friends LOL Tweet Share Email If you've tried to change your Snapchat username, you probably discovered that Snapchat doesn't allow users to do so for security reasons. In addition, you cannot transfer account data between usernames. However, there are a couple of workarounds that you can use to change the name you use on Snapchat. Kyle Fewel / Lifewire Change Your Snapchat Display Name First, there is a clever way to replace your username with a custom Display Name. Your username will remain the same, but it will hardly be visible to your friends. Here's how to do it. Open Snapchat and select your profile/Bitmoji icon in the top left corner of the screen to go to your profile. Select the gear icon in the top right corner to go to your settings. The first two account settings you'll see will be Name followed by Username. Select Name. If you tap your username, you won't be able to do anything with it except to share it through a different app. Delete your current display name and enter a new one in the Name field. Select the Save button that appears when you've made your changes. As long as you have something saved in the Name fields as shown in the last step, it will appear in all your friends' chats and stories in place of your username. The only time a friend might see your username is if they view the of your profile during a chat (which shows your snapcode, name, username, snap score, and chat emojis) or if they select your Display Name when they search for friends. Make a New Snapchat Account and User Name Another way to change your Snapchat username is to create an entirely new account. If you choose this option, you can manually add your friends to your new account. If you create a new Snapchat account, you will lose data from your old account — such as your current snapcode, your snap score, your snap streaks, your best friends, your conversations, any trophies you earned. Select Chat and choose New Chat in the upper-right corner. Scroll down past to All to view your friends in alphabetical order. Write down each name or take screenshots of the list. Select the X in the top right corner to cancel the New Chat. Search for your first friend on your list. Write down the user name that appears under their Display Name. Repeat to find all of your friends' user names. Select the X in the top right corner to exit Search. Select your profile/Bitmoji icon and then choose the gear icon in the top right corner to access Settings. Select Log Out at the bottom of the Settings list and confirm that you want to log out of your account. Select the blue Sign Up button to create a new account with your new username. Once you've completed the account setup process for your new account, select the magnifying glass icon to search for your friends' usernames. Select + Add to add them. Alternatively, if you know that many of your friends are already in your device's contact list, you can sync your contacts to your account to add them in bulk and speed up the process.