Snapchat users will be able to change their usernames later this month, the company announced Thursday. Changing the username will not affect aspects of users’ accounts such as friend lists, Snap codes, Snap scores, memories, etc. Snap says that all iOS and Android users globally will be able to change their usernames starting February 23.
Snap notes that users will not be able to select usernames that have already been used in the past. Once users decide to change their usernames, the app will also prompt them with a reminder that they can only change their usernames once a year.
To change your username, you can tap the Bitmoji icon in the upper left corner of the camera to go to the profile section. From there, you can select settings by tapping the gear icon in the top right corner. After clicking on “username”, you will see a “change username” button marked in blue. You can enter a new username and click “next” to finalize the change.
Snap says the username changes were one of the most requested features. He notes that as an app built around ephemerality, he is aware that people grow and change and may want to change their handles. The feature has been long-awaited, but its release isn’t exactly a surprise. October 2021, Application Reverse Engineer Alessandro Paluzzi discovered the feature and revealed that Snap was working on a way for users to change their usernames.
Today’s announcement comes as Snapchat is rolling out several new features. Yesterday, the company announced that it is partnering with Ticketmaster to launch a new way for users to discover live entertainment events on Snap Map. The new “Ticketmatcher Mini” available in the app will match users with events they may be interested in based on your preferences.
A few days ago, the company revealed that it plans to introduce mid-roll ads during Snapchat stories for Snap Stars, which is what the platform calls greatest creators, which must apply for the Snap Star distinction. A Snapchat spokesperson told Ploonge that this feature is already in very early beta for a small set of US creators, but the platform plans to roll it out more widely to Snap Stars in the coming months. These ads will appear as mid-roll ads within your stories, and the creator will earn a share of the ad revenue. This payout is determined by a payout formula, which weighs factors like posting frequency and audience engagement.