How to Change Your Snapchat Username

March 2, 2023
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Jaqueline Corradi
Jaqueline Corradi
Content Manager

Learning how to change your Snapchat username is simple, it takes just a few actions in the app, and you can start using a new username. However, it's essential to understand the difference between the username and the display name. 

Your Snapchat username is the one you use to access your account, it's the name of your profile. On the other hand, the Snapchat display name, as it suggests, is the name you choose to show on your profile, it doesn't need to be the same as your username. 

For example, we could use the username "JivoChatWebsite" while the display name could be "JivoChat". Snapchat allows you to change both, though. Check out the article to know how to do that. 

How to Change Your Snapchat Username

When it comes to how to change your Snapchat username, remember that, when you alter it, the new username is the one you are going to type to access your account. To make this change, you will need to: 

1 - Open the app and log into your Snapchat account;

2 - Go to your profile, and click on the settings icon;

Snapcha profile page

3 - Click on "Username";

Snapchat settings page

4 - Select the option "Change Username";

Change username page

5 - Type your new username;

6 - Click on "Next";

Change username page

7 - Enter your password and confirm the username change.

When you click on "Change Username", Snapchat sends a message to you explaining that you are allowed to make that alteration only once a year.

Snapchat notification telling that the username can be changed only once a year.

Therefore, choose your new username carefully. Besides, to be able to complete the change, the username needs to be available, the app will tell you that. There can't be two accounts with the same username.

How to Change Your Snapchat Display Name 

When you open your Snapchat profile, you may observe that there is a name above the username, this is the display name, which can also be changed.

Snapchat profile

What you need to do is: 

1 - Open the app and log into your account;

2 - Go to your profile, and click on the settings icon;

3 - Click on "Name";

Snapchat settings page

4 - Type the new display name you wish to adopt;

5 - Click on "Save", and that's it.

You can change the display name as many times as you want to. To make it easier for your target audience to find you on Snapchat, try to choose a display name that is easy to remember and spell, and avoid using numbers and special characters. 

Consider Your Target Audience When Changing your Username

Now that you have learned how to change your Snapchat username, before doing that, consider how that change can affect your target audience. Will they still be able to know it's you with a different username? 

If the display name remains the same, probably yes, but if you change both, and you use Snapchat as a content creator or you manage a brand profile, it's interesting to let people know about the changes. Also, choose a new username or display name that has to do with yourself or your brand.

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