How to Change Your Snapchat Username

Workarounds for changing Snapchat usernames

If you tried to change your Snapchat username, you probably discovered that Snapchat doesn't allow users to do so for security reasons. In addition, you can't transfer account data between usernames. However, there are workarounds you can use to change the name you use on Snapchat.

Cosplayer in a Batman costume holding a Spider-Man mask and a Snapchat app on a phone
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Change Your Snapchat Display Name

First, there is a clever way to replace your username with a custom Display Name. Your username remains the same, but it's hardly visible to your friends.

Here's how to do it.

  1. Open Snapchat and select your profile/Bitmoji icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to go to your profile.

  2. Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner to go to your settings.

  3. The first two account settings you see are Name followed by Username. Select Name.

    If you tap your username, you can't do anything with it except share it through a different app.

  4. Go to the Name text box, delete your current display name, then enter a new one.

    Changing the Display name in Snapchat
  5. Select the Save button that appears after you've made your changes.

As long as you have something saved in the Name field, it appears in your friends' chats and stories in place of your username.

The only time a friend might see your username is if they view 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 Username

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 lose data from your old account, including your current snapcode, snap score, snap streaks, best friends, conversations, and trophies you earned.

  1. Select Chat and choose New Chat in the upper-right corner.

  2. Scroll to All to view your friends in alphabetical order.

  3. Write down each name or take a screenshot of the list. Select the X in the upper-right corner to cancel the New Chat.

  4. Search for your first friend on your list.

    Finding a friend from your list in Snapchat
  5. Write down the username that appears under their Display Name. Repeat to find all of your friends' usernames.

  6. Select the X in the upper-right corner to exit Search. Select your profile/Bitmoji icon and then choose the gear icon in the upper-right corner to access Settings.

  7. Select Log Out at the bottom of the Settings list and confirm that you want to log out of your account.

  8. Select the blue Sign Up button to create a new account with your new username.

  9. After you complete 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 your friends are in your device's contact list, sync your contacts to your account to add them in bulk and speed up the process.

    Creating a new account in Snapchat