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Changing your name has never been this easy.

Have you been regretting the username you picked when you signed up for Snapchat? There’s good news and bad news.

Let’s get the worst of it out of the way first: Snapchat won’t let you change your username, due to security concerns, and creating a new account from scratch is a complete pain.

On the plus side, you can easily change your personal display name at any time—and you can even change your friends’ names too.

If you want to change your Snapchat username, here’s how to do the next best thing.

How to change your Snapchat username

1) Go to your personal profile

Snapchat got a new makeover as an effort to improve user experience and attract new users. The app is now more navigation friendly with a “close friends” section and an added search bar. The user homepage still looks the same with a search bar at the top and your Bitmoji (should you choose to include it) in the top left corner.

How to change your Snapchat username

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Click your mini Bitmoji in the corner to bring you to your personal profile and display name. Here you can customize your Snapchat ghost, turning it into a Bitmoji or a GIF.

2) Tap your name

Once your profile is pulled up, tap your name and a window will pop up for you to create your new display name.

How to change your Snapchat username

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Choose wisely.

How to change your Snapchat username

Screenshot via Snapchat App

The process for changing your friend’s name is the same. Go to “My Friends,” select and friend, tap their display name, and you’re free to change their name to anything you want. Just know they’ll probably see that you named them “Do Not Open” one day.

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3) Type your new name

Once your new name is chosen, it will now appear on your personal profile, story, and every time someone receives or sends you a snap.

How to change your Snapchat username

Screenshot via Snapchat App

Even though you can’t change jump through any loopholes to change your username on Snapchat, having a display name that can be changed in five seconds sounds better.

 

Kristen Hubby

Kristen Hubby

Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle reporter. Her writing focuses on sex, pop culture, streaming entertainment, and social media, with an emphasis on major platforms like Snapchat, YouTube, and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.