What Is a Snapchat Handle? – Explained

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Written by: Alex Popa


What Is a Snapchat Handle? – Explained

Do you know what your Snapchat handle is?

It’s your username, the one you choose when creating an account.

Until recently, you couldn’t change it because Snapchat didn’t give you this chance.

But they decided otherwise. Snapchat finally introduced a feature that lets you change your handle/username once a year.

Many users have been waiting for this, and now it’s finally here.

Keep reading to find out more about the Snapchat handle!

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What Is a Snapchat Handle? - Explained

Where Is My Snapchat Handle?

We’ve already established that your Snapchat handle is the same as your username.

You’ll find it on your profile page if you tap on your Bitmoji as soon as you open Snapchat.

To see your username, follow these two steps:

  • Select your Bitmoji
Select your Bitmoji
Select your Bitmoji

After you open Snapchat, you’ll find yourself in the camera feature. This is where you can take snaps and send them to your friends.

To go to your profile page, tap on your Bitmoji icon. It’s in the top-left corner of the screen.

  • Check your handle/username
Check your handle/username
Check your handle/username

You’ll find your handle/username under your Display Name.

Your Display Name is what your friends see when talking to you on their chat.

The Display Name also appears when you post stories or send snaps.

It’s your public name, in a way.

Can You Change Your Snapchat Handle?

Yes, you can.

Snapchat allows you to change it once a year.

To do this, go to your Snapchat profile and tap on the Gear icon in the top-right corner.

Gear icon
Gear icon

After you open your Settings, you’ll be able to change your username.

In the next window, you’ll see several options, including “Name,” “Username,” “Birthday,” and more.

Snapchat Settings
Snapchat Settings

Tap on Username to open the username profile, where you can change your Snapchat handle.

Change Snapchat Username
Change Snapchat Username

On the new page, you’ll see your username and a button that says “Change Username.”

Tap on “Change Username” and follow the on-screen instructions to change your username.

Snapchat will notify you that you can only change your username once a year.

Make sure this is what you want before committing to the decision. 

What Are the Requirements for Choosing a Snapchat Username?

There are several requirements when creating a new Snapchat username:

  1. A maximum limit of 15 characters
  2. A minimum limit of 3 characters
  3. The username must start with a letter
  4. Usernames cannot end with a special character like “_

Based on Snapchat’s user guidelines, you’ll need to try several handles before you get it right.

Not being able to start with a username with a number or special character limits your choice.

Moreover, you can’t end the username with a special character either.


It’s no secret that your Snapchat handle is the same as your username.

You choose it when creating an account and can only change it once a year.

Before this latest Snapchat update, your username couldn’t be changed.

Once you chose it, you were stuck with it.

So, the next time someone asks for your Snapchat handle, give them your username!

Should I use my real name on Snapchat?

Yes, you should. But don’t use it for your username because it’s harder to change it afterward.

Instead, use your real name as your display name, the one your friends see.

If you do this, your friends will find you easier on Snapchat. And even if you talk to strangers, they’ll feel more comfortable if you’re using a real name.

Snapchat users with gibberish names aren’t generally trusted.

You shouldn’t worry about putting your real identity in danger by using your real name on Snapchat.

The platform is very safe, and unless you disclose your contact info and login credentials, you’re safe.

Can you change your Snapchat username to an old username?

No, Snapchat doesn’t let you do that. You can’t change your current username to another username you used in the past.

Moreover, you also can’t use a username that’s been utilized by someone else.

You can only create a new, unique username if you want to change your Snapchat handle.

Fortunately, changing your username on Snapchat doesn’t impact your profile or activity.

It doesn’t affect your contacts, Snap Score, memories, or anything else.

Your friends won’t notice a difference because your display name will stay the same, even if you change your username.

What is a good Snapchat username?

The simpler and easier to remember a username is, the better. You have a great username if it has minimal characters and is short (like “happy”).

These usernames are also known as “OG” handles on Snapchat.

However, you shouldn’t hope for an OG username because most of them are already taken.

With how long Snapchat has been around, its millions of users have already taken the best handles.

You’ll need to take what’s left but try not to include numbers and special characters in your username.

Instead, try having a simple handle with only letters. And use the same username for all your social media channels so people can remember you easier.

What if my Snapchat username choice is taken?

Getting the username you want when creating an account on Snapchat is easier said than done with the 200+ million users. Your first username choice is likely taken. And your second, third, fourth, and so on.

There are some things you can do to vary your username and find the right one, though.

Prefixes and suffixes are a good idea to create a unique username that’s all yours.

There are many ways to make your Snapchat username unique without using numbers or special characters. Ideally, you shouldn’t use numbers or special characters unless you have no choice.

Even if you choose a not-so-good username, you can change it later!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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