How to change your Snapchat username. Spoiler: You can’t.

The other day, someone on my friend list asked if they could change their Snapchat username. Although I had never thought about changing my username before, the question did intrigue me. I mean, what if I did want to change it in the future? Was it even possible to do? I was curious.

After a bit of searching around on Google, I discovered that the answer is no. You cannot change your Snapchat username. As of 2020, no such feature exists.

The reason I am writing this is because many of the other websites who write about this topic will place the answer at the end of a lengthy article. I had to wade through paragraphs of fluff text just to get a simple answer. These “guides” were also titled in a way that suggested it was possible. However, they would then dash your hopes in the last paragraph.

This irked me.

All of this is obviously intentional, as these websites want you to view their advertisements before you can find the answer.

Why can’t you change your Snapchat username?

Snapchat obviously views usernames as a finite resource. i.e. There are only so many good usernames available. If people were able to change their usernames, the older username would have to be “retired” by the app.

For example:

  1. You create the username coolgirl17.
  2. Two months later, you change your username to something different.
  3. After that, someone else signs up to Snapchat and picks the username coolgirl17. However, that username once belonged to you. As a result, they end up getting friend requests off people who still think that the account belongs to you. Perhaps you forgot to remove it from your Instagram bio. Maybe you tweeted it out once and never bothered to delete it. Maybe it’s still on that Facebook account that you haven’t logged into in six months. Who knows? Either way, it’s not an ideal situation for this new Snapchat user. It creates a negative user experience.

This creates another problem for Snapchat. If old usernames have to “retired”, then it means that users can now “use up” multiple usernames. As a result, the number of “good” usernames are reduced.

A good username is easy to remember. It’s simple and you can shout it out to your friends. However, as more and more usernames start being used up, people start resorting to adding numbers to the end of them. They also start replacing words with numbers. Before you know it, usernames such as brad1998  are no longer available. Now it’s br4d1998 or something else that reads more like a WiFi password than a username.

OK, so what can I do? I don’t like my current Snapchat username and I want a new one.

Unfortunately, you will have to create a new account and start all over again. My advice on this is to try and get as many of your friends to add the new account before you decide to delete the old one. That way, you can add a story to your old account every couple of weeks reminding people that you have “moved” to a new username. Then, once you’re happy that the majority of your friends and family have switched over, you can delete the old Snapchat account.

It might be a bit of a pain, but it’s the only method that actually works. But hey, at least I told you this at the beginning of the article instead of suckering you in with false promises.

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