If you are trying to change your display name on Snapchat, you can do that in a few clicks, but Snapchat doesn’t allow its users to change their “usernames” due to the users’ security reasons. Snapchat doesn’t exactly declare the reason why they don’t let their users change their usernames but you can go to this page to learn more about Why Snapchat doesn’t allow users to change their usernames.
Since Snapchat doesn’t allow the user to change username; as an alternative, you can do these two things instead:
- You can change your display name instead of your username. Steps: Go to “Profile” -> Tap on “Settings” -> Change your name to desired ones.
- If you want your username to change, then simply create a new Snapchat account with that name. Then add all your friends to that new account and delete the old account[take a screenshot of the list of friends before deleting]
Tips: If the reason to change Snapchat username is that someone is harassing/abusing you via Snapchat, you can instead contact Snapchat Customer support to report the abuse.
Difference Between Display Name and Username
Display name and username are two completely different. Below given are some differences between them based on different terms.
|Bases of difference||Display name||Username|
|Position||Display Name is found next to a user’s comments, as well as on their Profile page.||Username is a separate account identifier that indicates the direct URL used to visit a user’s profile.|
|Changeability||Display names can be changed anytime.||Usernames cannot be changed|
|Use||The display name cannot be used to log in.||Username can be used to log in to your Snapchat account.|
How to Know Your Snapchat Username?
Having to use a lot of social media applications can be frustrating sometimes. Snapchat has become a very popular social app for i’s amazing filters and chatting techniques. As social beings, we all like using these social apps but, we don’t all know how to use them. Forgetting your username can be irritating, so here are some ways to know your Snapchat username.
- If you are already logged in to your Snapchat account, Click on your “Profile” icon at the top of the screen, and your username should be shown next to your Snapchat score.
- If you’re not already logged in to your Snapchat account, go to the login page and type in your password but leave the username or email address box blank, this should open up a list of usernames associated with the password you typed.
Change Your Snapchat Username
Sadly, Snapchat does not let its users change their Snapchat usernames. We will have to think of alternative ways instead of changing our username. One of them is to Change your Display name instead.
The display name is what your friends will see in chats, stories, and almost everywhere else. Even though people will still see your username, it will help cover it up a little bit.
Below given are four easy steps to change your display name on Snapchat
Step 1: Open “Snapchat” on your device
You can easily download Snapchat on your Android/IOS device from these links
Step 2: Tap on your “profile” button [top left of your screen]
The profile button usually is a picture of you or your Bitmoji. This profile button can always be found on the top right or top left corner of your screen.
Step 3: Tap on the ⚙️ button on the top right corner of your screen
You can open the settings from anywhere else, you don’t have to open it exactly as the instructions above.
Step 4: Tap on the “name” button and change your display name to your desire.
After you’ve changed your name, tap save and then you can continue using Snapchat as nothing happened. Please remember that your Snapchat friends will still be able to see your old username. The new display name will be visible to only your new Snapchat friends or people you’ve added after changing your display name.
Create a New Snapchat Account
If you are not satisfied with changing your display name instead of your Username and want your username changed, then you will have to create a new Snapchat account with your desired Username.
Note: Don’t forget to take a screenshot of the list of your Snapchat friends with their usernames to add them to your new Snapchat account.
Creating a Snapchat account is as easy as creating other social accounts. Snapchat account can be created online on your desktop/pc or your android/IOS device in a few easy steps.
Create a Snapchat Account on desktop/pc
- Click here Sign Up for Snapchat
- Enter your name and a username.
- Please Note: You cannot change your username. Also, only your name and email address will be displayed to you and your Snapchat friends. Your username will not appear.
- Make sure you type in a secure password that will be easy to remember.
- Enter a valid phone number.
- Type in your birthdate.
- You can then verify your account to secure it by downloading Snapchat on your phone.
Create a Snapchat Account on your Android/ios device
You must create a Snapchat account before you can use the app. Snapchat accounts are very easy to create. You can make your own Snapchat account by following these steps
- First, you will have to download Snapchat on your device.
Download Snapchat for iOS
Download Snapchat for Android
- After downloading, open Snapchat and tap ‘Sign Up ‘ to create a new Snapchat account.
- Then, enter your name and tap ‘Sign Up & Accept.’ Then enter your birthdate
- Enter a Snapchat username
Choose wisely because you can’t change your Snapchat username later
- Make sure you choose a secure password that will be easy to remember
- Enter your phone number and verify it for your account security
Or You can also tap ‘sign up with email instead’ if you don’t want to use your phone number.
And that’s it you are good to take your Snaps.
How do I Hide My Snapchat Username?
Changing the username in Snapchat is not possible. So, you might have thought of hiding your username or even tried to hide but unfortunately, you cannot hide your username on Snapchat. What you can do is change your display name as it is what your friend will see in chats, stories, and almost everywhere else. Even though people will still see your username, it will help cover it up a little bit.
To change your Snapchat display name go to your profile-> tap on “settings”->tap on “name” and change as your desire. For detailed steps click here #changeSnapchatusername
Delete Your Old Snapchat
Deleting your old Snapchat account is as easy as it is to delete any other social media account. Go to the accounts portal and type in the email/username and password of the account you want to delete or deactivate. (Keep this info, in case you change your mind and want to reactivate your account.)
After performing the above steps, it will first be deactivated for 30 days. While your account is deactivated, your Snapchat friends won’t be able to contact or interact with you on Snapchat.
After 30 days, your account will be permanently deleted and can never be reactivated. This means that your account, account settings, friends, Snaps, Chats, Story, device/location data in Snapchat’s main user database will be deleted.
Why Snapchat Doesn’t Allow Users to Change Their Usernames.
According to Snapchat Support, you cannot change your Snapchat username for “security reasons.”
They are probably trying to stop people from bothering them about changing their username.
So, let’s see why they might not support changing usernames.
I would now think that Snapchat doesn’t even want to add this feature because I know many people like changing their usernames, and the feature is already important enough to be on Instagram and Twitter.
It’s also not a difficult feature to add as almost every social platform has it, and there’s no doubt they have an intern on hand able to build that out if they wanted in no time.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I changed my display name on Snapchat, what name will my friends see, old or new?
Unfortunately, If you have changed your display name on Snapchat, your friends will not automatically see your new edited name. They will see the display name of your Snapchat from when they added you. For example, you have your name as johnny and someone adds you that person will see johnny as your name. however, if you then get rid of it that will show up on that person’s Snapchat. They will still see your name as Johnny but you can ask them to get them to change your name on their Snapchat to what you’d like or you can always create a new Snapchat account. However, If you add someone after you’ve changed your name they will see your new display name.
So in conclusion, whatever your display name is when you add someone on Snapchat is what they will always see except if they change your name from their Snapchat.
When I change my Snapchat display name, why does my old name still pop up?
Tired of your old Snapchat display name always popping up even after you’ve changed it? That is because whatever your display name is when you add someone on Snapchat is what they will always see except if they change your name from their Snapchat.
If you have changed your display name on Snapchat your friends will not see your new edited name automatically they will see the display name of your Snapchat from when they added you, for example, you have a sign next to your name and someone adds you, that person will see the sign but if you then get rid of it that won’t show up on that persons Snapchat. They will still see the sign but you can ask them to change your name on their Snapchat to what you’d like or you can always create a new Snapchat account.
How do I see what somebody changed my name to on Snapchat?
Having your name changed by someone without permission is known as rude behavior especially if you don’t know that person. If someone you know has changed your name on Snapchat he/she would probably tell you that they have changed your name or would send you a screenshot of it. Usually, human minds tend to overthink so there is a high probability that you are punching the air.
Sadly, there is no way to know if someone has changed your username on Snapchat. You can always ask the person politely if they have changed your name or you can just ignore it because it doesn’t matter. After all, it doesn’t change anything about your Snapchat profile, and neither can anyone see it except the person itself.