Has someone made a fake or secret Snapchat, and you want to find out who is behind it?
People may make fake Snapchats in order to stalk or spy on people. Alternatively, someone may have added you that you just aren’t that great of friends with, and you have no idea who they are.
Most of the time, the person who has created a fake account is somebody you already know, rather than a random spammer.
In any case, there are some things you can do to find out who made the Snapchat profile, even if they take steps to try and hide their identity.
In this article, we’ll go over how to discover who made a Snapchat, and how to uncover somebody’s Snapchat identity.
1. Check Their Username
One of the first things you can do is to simply check their username.
You can do this by going to your friends list or Recents page, holding down on their name, tapping ‘View Friendship’, and opening up their profile.
Their username will be displayed directly under their Snap code.
Often times, people will give away a lot of information in their username alone.
For example, some people may include their name (or their pet’s name) in their username. They may also use numbers that are tied to personal information, such as their birth year or the last 4 digits of their phone number.
Even the structure of somebody’s username can help pinpoint who they are. Do they wrap their name in X’s? Do they use underscores to separate out different words? Take note of any patterns or oddities, and compare them to who else currently has you added.
Finally, you should copy down the username and run a Google search on it, making sure you wrap the username in quotes so Google will only show you exact matches.
People commonly reuse the same username across multiple sites. While Snapchat will not be able to reveal their full name to you (unless they use it as their display name), other websites may have this information.
Follow whatever you find in Google’s search results. If you also find any other usernames in your search that you may think are connected to the person you’re trying to unmask, you should write these down and Google them also.
2. Check Their Zodiac Sign
This doesn’t work for every account, but a good portion of Snapchat accounts have this enabled.
If the person with a fake account has a Bitmoji, they may have turned on the option to display their zodiac sign and receive their horoscope. You can see an example of this here:
In this case, the astral sign will be displayed publicly on their Snapchat profile.
While this can’t give you the name on its own, it may help you pinpoint people’s birthday.
For reference, here is a table containing what zodiac signs are attached to which birthdays.
|January 20th - February 18th
|February 19th - March 20th
|March 21st - April 19th
|April 20th - May 20th
|May 21st - June 20th
|June 21st - July 22nd
|July 23rd - August 22nd
|August 23rd - September 22nd
|September 23rd - October 22nd
|October 23rd - November 21st
|November 22nd - December 21st
|December 22nd - January 19th
You can then cross-reference this with a list of your friends’ birthdays – for example, using a website like Facebook.
3. View Their Birthday Within Snapchat
If you’re really lucky, they will have actually enabled their birthday to be shared within Snapchat itself!
Many people don’t know this, but there is a way to view the birthdays of all of your Snapchat friends that have this setting enabled.
This is a great way to identify who is being a fake Snapchat account, as you likely don’t know that many people that share the same birthday. Therefore, knowing their birthday can really help you narrow it down.
To pull up a list of your Snapchat friends’ birthdays, follow these steps:
- Open the chat page with anyone, by tapping on someone’s name while on the Recents tab.
- In the bottom-right hand corner, click on the little rocket icon.
- On the tabs running across the bottom, click on ‘Minis’.
- Scroll down to ‘Birthdays’ and tap on ‘Open’.
- Scroll down to the ‘More Birthdays’ section and click on ‘View All Friends’
This will pull up a list of all of your friends’ birthdays!
Of course, it’s always possible that the person using the fake Snapchat account will also be using a fake birthday. The most common fake birthday choice is January 1st, since it is the default.
Therefore, this is not a foolproof option.
4. Analyze The Way They Talk
Finally, you could try talking with the person, and looking for any clues.
If you talk with someone long enough, they will almost always give you information that you can use to find out their identity.
Therefore, with a little bit of effort you may be able to find out who made the fake Snapchat account.
Some things to look out for include:
- Common misspellings.
- Common word or phrase choices.
- What knowledge they possess (or don’t possess) about certain topics or people.
- The speed of their responses.
- The questions they answer you.
Not all of these will give you a clear answer. Compare them with conversations with other people you’ve had before, and it may provide a clue as to who is using the fake account.
Unfortunately if the person doesn’t respond to you and you believe they’ve simply added you to view your Snapchat story, there’s less you can do.
What To Do From Here
If somebody is bothering you on Snapchat, you shouldn’t sit idle and just let it happen.
Start by blocking the user, which will prevent them from sending you messages. If they attempt to message you without you having them added as a friend, it will show a gray arrow and the message will be stuck as pending. This means their message won’t actually be delivered to you unless you add them as a friend again.
Additionally, users that are harassing you should be reported directly to Snapchat, and even to law enforcement if the actions are serious enough.
Unlike regular users, Snapchat staff have the resources and information available to truly find out who is behind the Snapchat account.
In addition to blocking them from making future accounts, they may take further action if the user has violated any laws.
Note however that simply blocking and ignoring someone is usually enough for the problem to go away. Just make sure you aren’t accepting every single friend request that comes through!
Ignore Scam / “Hacking” Services
One more thing – while doing some research for this article, I came across some YouTube videos promoting a service that claims to be able to find this out for you.
They claim they need your login credentials for their tool to work.
This is a complete scam, and will only result in YOU getting hacked.
Never give your Snapchat login information to anybody, for any reason.
There are NO legitimate tools in existence that can find this information out for you.
Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t tell you the full name of whoever made an account. And even if they did, there’s no reason someone couldn’t just use a fake name.
That being said, there is a lot of information at your disposal that you can use to narrow down someone’s identity – particularly if it’s someone you already know.
Have any questions? Feel free to ask them using the comment form below!
Wishing you the best,
– James McAllister