How to Change Your Snapchat Username

Workarounds for changing Snapchat usernames

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.

Illustration of a woman in a Bat-person 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 will remain the same, but it will hardly be visible to your friends.

Here's how to do it.

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. Delete your current display name and enter a new one in the Name field.

    Change display name in Snapchat
  5. 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.

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

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

  3. Write down each name or take screenshots of the list. Select the X in the top right corner to cancel the New Chat.

  4. Search for your first friend on your list.

    Friends in Snapchat
  5. Write down the user name that appears under their Display Name. Repeat to find all of your friends' user names.

  6. 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.

  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. 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.

    Adding friends to new account in Snapchat