How to Make a Public Profile on Snapchat

Go to Add to Spotlight on your profile page

What to Know

  • Start in account settings: tap your avatar > three dots next to Add to Spotlight > Create Public Profile.
  • After confirming your decision, your profile will be viewable by everyone on the Snapchat service.

This article explains how to convert your existing Snapchat profile into a public one that everyone can see.

How to Make Your Snapchat Profile Public

When you create an account on Snapchat, every piece of content you shoot is only made available to folks on your friends list. In order for the general population to enjoy your content, you have to make your Snapchat profile available public. Here's what to do.

  1. To switch to a public profile, start by going to your Profile by tapping your Bitmoji on the top left of the screen.

  2. Once in your Profile, scroll to Spotlight & Snap Map and tap the three dots next to Add to Spotlight.

  3. At the bottom of the screen, a prompt will show up with two options. Tap Create Public Profile. Confirm your selection in the next screen to make your profile public.

    Snapchat app with profile image, More (three dots) and Create Public Profile highlighted

Expert Tip: Note

When you decide to create a public Snapchat profile or opt to convert an existing account, you run the risk of attracting unwanted attention. As such, your name will show up on any Snaps you post to Spotlight or the Snap Map. Your name will also be attached to any Lenses you make. If things get out of hand, just edit or delete your Public Profile.

How to Make Your Story Viewable by Everyone

It's just a few taps to make your Snapchat story available to everyone. Here's how it's done.

  1. Tap your Bitmoji located at the top left of your screen to open your Profile. Once there, tap the gear in the top right to get to your Account Settings.

  2. Once in Settings, scroll to Privacy Control and tap View My Story. Choose "everyone" to let your Story posts be seen by anyone.

    Snapchat app with Settings, View My Story, and Everyone highlighted

Expert Tip: Note

While you're making your Snapchat Story available to all users, you can also decide whether you want your profile to be searchable in the app's Quick Add program or if you want to show up in the My Location feature. Both options make it easier for people to find your Snapchat whether you personally know them or not. This will boost your visibility at the expense of your relative privacy using Snapchat.

  • How do I unblock someone on Snapchat?

    To unblock someone on Snapchat, navigate to your profile page and tap Settings. Swipe up to see the Account Actions section and tap Blocked. You'll see a list of people you've blocked. Tap the X to the right of the person you want to unblock.

  • How do I turn on dark mode on Snapchat?

    Note that the Dark Mode option is available only in the iOS Snapchat app. To get Dark Mode on Snapchat for iOS, navigate to your profile page and tap Settings. Tap App Appearances > Always Dark.

  • How do I change my username on Snapchat?

    You can't change your Snapchat username. A workaround is replacing your username with a custom Display Name. Go to your profile page and tap Settings > Name. Enter a new display name in the box. The new name appears in friends' chats and stories instead of your username.

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