Why Can't I Change My Birth Year on Snapchat?

Written by Ivana - Reviewed by Tanja Social Media / Snapchat

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Key Takeaways

The reasons you can’t change your birth year on Snapchat are:

  • You are younger than 18.
  • You are older than 18 and want to change your birth year to appear younger than 18.
  • You’ve already changed your birthdate once.

Unlike other social media apps that allow you just to add your birthday, Snapchat offers additional cool features for users’ special days. You can take advantage of birthday lenses, birthday minis, and ‘Birthday Party’ mode, which adds a cake emoji to your name, and an astrology related-charm to your profile.

However, if you entered the wrong date when you created your account, you might face a wall when trying to change your birth year on Snapchat.

Hold tight! In this article, you’ll find out how to change your birthday on Snapchat, why you can’t change your birth year, how to use all the additional birthday features, and other related Snapchat features.

How to change your birthday on Snapchat

If you haven’t done it so far, follow the steps below to change your birthday on Snapchat.

  1. Open Snapchat.
  2. Tap on your Bitmoji in the top-left corner.

Tap on your Bitmoji

  1. Tap on the ‘Settings’ gear icon in the top-right corner.

Tap on the ‘Settings’ gear icon

  1. Tap on ‘Birthday.’

Tap on ‘Birthday.’

  1. Change your birthday with the correct date and tap on ‘Okay.’

Change your birthday with the correct date and tap on ‘Okay.’

How to enable the ‘Birthday Party’ mode

You can also enable the ‘Birthday Party’ mode by checking the box below your birth date to activate some extra birthday surprises, such as zodiac-related charms on your profile and a cake emoji next to your username when it’s your birthdate. Your friends will also be able to see that it’s your birthday and celebrate with you.

Additionally, you can set up your astrological profile. Go to your Snapchat profile, tap on your zodiac sign under your name, and enter your time and place of birth. The astrological profile also allows you to check astrological compatibility with your friends.

Tap on the zodiac sign

Your astrological profile on Snapchat

Why can't I change my birth year on Snapchat?

If you tried and couldn’t change the birth year, it means that you have reached the limit of the times you can change your birthday.

To protect the users, Snapchat has implemented limitations on who and how many times you can change your birthdate.

So, if you are under 18, we have bad news for you.

On their support page, they state that if you are younger than 18, you won’t be able to change your birth year.

Also, if you are older than 18, you are not allowed to change your birth year to appear younger.

In other cases, you can change your birthday a limited number of times. However, users have reported changing their birthdates only once and could not do it again.

Check out also how to change your Snapchat username.

Does Snapchat notify my friends that it’s my birthday?

Snapchat doesn’t send notifications to your friends, informing them it’s your birthday.

However, if you have the “Birthday Party” mode activated, your friends will see the Birthday Charm (a birthday cake) added to your name and your zodiac sign to your profile.

Note: Snapchat doesn’t show your age to your friends, only the date of your birthdate.

How to see my friends’ birthdays on Snapchat?

Although Snapchat invests a lot to make users’ birthdays special, they are not publicly available on your friends’ profiles.

However, you can see your upcoming friends' birthdays in Birthdays Mini. You can access Birthdays Mini in the rocket icon in Chat or Search.

To access Birthdays Mini through Chat:

  1. Open Snapchat.
  2. Tap on the ‘Chat’ icon in the bottom-left corner.

Tap on the ‘Chat’ icon

  1. Tap on one of your chats with your friends.

Open one of your chats with your friends.

  1. Select the ‘rocket’ icon at the bottom-right corner of the chat.

 the ‘rocket’ icon

  1. Tap on the ‘Birthdays Mini.’

Tap on the ‘Birthdays Mini.’

You’ll be taken to the Birthdays page. Scroll below to see your friends' upcoming birthdays, recent birthdays, and other friends’ birthdays. Below, you can also check out famous people’s birthdays and a countdown for your own birthday.

Upcoming birthdays

More friends' birthdays

Zodiac signs

If you tap on the right tab, ‘Zodiac Signs,’ you can also see your friends’ zodiac signs.

Can you hide your birthday on Snapchat?

If you don’t want your friends on Snapchat to know about your birthday, you can hide it.

  1. Open Snapchat.
  2. Tap on your Bitmoji in the top-left corner.
  3. Tap on the ‘Settings’ gear icon in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap on ‘Birthday.’
  5. Uncheck the box next to ‘Birthday Party.’

Bonus: How to use the birthday filter on Snapchat

When a friend has a birthday, you can celebrate it by sending them a snap with a birthday filter.

To use a birthday filter:

  1. Open Chat on Snapchat.
  2. Tap on the birthday cake emoji next to your friend who has a birthday. Alternatively, open their profile and tap on the cake emoji next to their username.
  3. When the camera screen opens, you’ll have the option to send a snap with a birthday filter to your friend to chat or share it on your story.

Alternatively, you can find other birthday filters and lenses in Search.

  1. Open Snapchat and tap on the ‘search’ icon in the top-left corner.
  2. In the search bar, enter ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Birthday.
  3. Choose one of the lenses from the results.
  4. Take a snap and send it to your friend or post it to your story.

You can use the Birthday Countdown for your own birthday and give your friends a heads-up for your upcoming birthdays.

Bonus read: All About Snapchat Groups - The Ultimate Guide

Conclusion

Snapchat has limitations on how many times you can change your birth year. If you are younger than 18, you cannot change your birth year at all. If you are older than 18, you cannot change your birth year to appear younger than 18.

In all other cases, you can change your birthdate a limited number of times. However, users have reported that they could change their birthdays only once.

You can also enable the ‘Birthday Party’ mode to access exciting birthday features, including your zodiac sign to your profile and a birthday cake next to your username.