Snapchat is rolling out a new feature that will allow you to change your username. Many users have been asking for this capability for years, so it comes as welcome news for them. However, the feature is only available officially in certain countries for now, including Australia, Canada, India and Saudi Arabia.
That means users in other parts of the world will have to keep waiting. Additionally, users can only change their username once a year. Thankfully, there is a workaround for those in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries where Snapchat is popular.
How to use the new feature in the app
To change your Snapchat username in the app, go to the profile page, then settings, and username. Type in the name you want to use and tap “change username.” If you don’t mind waiting, Snapchat says the feature should be rolled out globally on February 23.
Here’s how to change your Snapchat username if the option isn’t available
If you don’t want to wait until then to change your Snapchat username and you don’t live in a country where the feature is offered, you can use a virtual private network (VPN) that makes it look like you are using Snapchat in or one of the other countries where it’s available.
To change your Snapchat username this way, just connect to the social network using your chosen VPN app. Then go to the Google Play Store and either update or install the Snapchat app. Once it has finished updating or installing, go to your profile and look for the settings. Once you’re in the settings, you should be able to see the option to change your username. Just select your new username and then tap “OK.”
If you use an iPhone, you might have to change the country or region for your Apple ID to one of the countries where the feature is available before you can use it. To do this, go to your App Store profile and choose your Apple ID. Then go to “country/region” and choose Australia. Then all you have to do is enter your new username and tap “OK.”