The simplest way to change your Snapchat username

Snapchat ghost changing its name

Illustration by Jason Reed

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. 

1) Go to your personal profile

Snapchat's search function is about to get a new update on both Android and iPhone, with a search bar and an updated personal profile section that will make navigating a lot easier.

Screenshot via Snapchat App

Click the mini-Bitmoji in the top left-hand corner to bring down your personal profile to show your display name, along with your Snapchat ghost, which you should have already turned into 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.

Screenshot via Snapchat App

Choose wisely.

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.

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.

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.

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