How to Make a Public Profile on Snapchat in Under 5 Minutes

Deyan Georgiev
Deyan Georgiev

Updated · Oct 16, 2022


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You probably already know that everything on Snapchat is fleeting. Photos and videos vanish after you see them, and messages go ‘poof’ you read them. 

While this is empowering to the users, it is also very limiting. To deal with this, what did Snapchat do?

It rolled out Snapchat Public Profile for everyone.

Do you want to know what this is and how to make a public profile on Snapchat

Keep reading!

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What Is a Snapchat Public Profile?

Having a Snapchat Public Profile means that you can share content with people outside your friend circle.

What does this mean for you?

If you have a public Snapchat profile, then other people on the platform can see your content and subscribe. This is perhaps Snapchat’s way of saying they can make anyone a digital celebrity.

One would think this is a new update, what with the buzz around it of late. But this isn’t exactly true. A select few - celebrities and verified creators - always had the option for a public profile.

Since 2020, however, this feature has been available to all.

However, a few rules guide the availability of a public Snapchat profile to users:

  • The account should be older than 24 hours
  • You should have a friend that has also friended you back
  • You should be at least 18 years old.
  • And you must follow the community guidelines.

Now, let’s discuss how to get a public profile on Snapchat.

How to Make a Public Profile on Snapchat?

It’s quite easy, really.

Step 1

The first step is to change your privacy settings.

  • Log into your Snapchat account.
  • Click on the Bitmoji icon at the top left corner of the screen.
  • Click on the settings icon. This should be at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Scroll till you find the WHO CAN section and make the following changes:
    • Contact Me - Everyone
    • Send Me Notifications - Everyone
    • View My Story - Everyone
    • Use My Cameos Selfie (If this option is available for you) - Everyone
    • See Me in Quick Add- Turn on

Close the app and reopen it, and you’re set for step two - creating a public profile on Snapchat.

Step 2

Follow those simple steps:

  • Click on the Bitmoji icon at the top left corner of the screen.
  • Depending on the model of your device and the version of the app, the next step can appear in different ways.
      • - In the profile section, scroll down till you find the Public Profiles section.
      • - Click on Create Public Profile
    •  -If you don’t see a Public Profiles section, you should see a Spotlight & Snap Map section.
      • -Under Spotlight and Snap Map, there’s an option to Add to Spotlight.
      • -Click on the three dots beside it.
      • -An option to Create a Public Profile will appear. Click on it.

When you have created your public Snapchat profile, you can edit it to suit your style. Remember that the goal is to make people subscribe. So, try to stand out in a positive way.

You can add a public bio, show your location and select whether or not you want your subscribers’ count to appear on your profile. 

And voila! You’re one step closer to social media fame.

creating a public profile

creating a public story

How to Disable Your Snapchat Profile

If, for some reason, you can’t handle the stardom, don’t worry. 

Here’s how to disable your public account:

  • From your main Snapchat profile section, scroll down to My Public Profile and select the option.
  • Click on the Settings icon.
  • You will find Delete Public Profile in red at the bottom of the page.
  • If you are sure about deleting the profile, click on the delete button.

What Are the Benefits of Having a Public Snap Profile? 

Now that we have discussed what Snapchat Public Profile means and how to get one, what are the benefits?

Let’s take a look:

Subscribers Button

The first benefit is that you get a subscribers button. Since your account is no longer limited to just your friends, new people can also join your community. 

Insights Analysis

Asides from telling you the number of people that viewed your content and its reach, Insights gives you more information about your subscribers. You get to know their age group and gender. With this kind of information, you can revamp the content you put out there to entertain your audience.

Basically, it’s a cheat tool that lets you give your viewers what they want to see.

Spotlights Feature

Spotlights only features the most creative and entertaining stories and snaps. 

You can submit your snaps to be featured on Spotlights with a public profile. If it makes the cut, it will be seen with the best of the best that Snapchat has to offer. In addition, your account will get a significant boost.

Lens Creator

With a public profile on Snapchat, you can create unique Lenses using the Lens Studio. These lenses will be made public, along with your name. 


A public profile is all about giving its users the opportunity to become popular digital creators. 

For this reason:

All snaps posted publicly will have the names of the creator. In addition, their content can be found on Snapmap and public stories. All of these increase the potential of more people seeing them.

Are There Any Downsides? 

Public Snapchat users are more vulnerable. This is because you’ll have no control over the kind of people viewing and interacting with your content. You might have to deal with quite a few unsavory characters.

In addition, there might be constant pressure to create great content to keep your subscribers entertained and to grow the list. 

Remember - Snapchat is all about having fun!

Wrap Up

Great news - Snapchat public profiles are now available to everyone that’s eligible. 

You’ll be able to share your photos and videos with a wider audience. And who knows?

You might be the next social media star.

The most important thing to remember, however, is to have fun and put your mental health first. If it all gets too much, you can always deactivate.


Can everyone create a public profile on Snapchat?

No. You must be at least 18 years old and to have a friend that friended you back. Your account must be made at least 24 hours ago and you need to follow the community guidelines.

How many views do you need to make a public profile on Snapchat?

The number of views you have is not an influencing factor for a public Snapchat profile eligibility. But, the age of the account matters (It has to be older than 24 hours).

Can you see who viewed your public profile on Snapchat?

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell who viewed your profile, unless they take a screenshot. In which case you get a notification. However, you can tell who viewed your stories. 


How do I make my Snapchat Public Profile?

Click on the Bitmoji button on the top left corner of your screen when you open Snapchat. Navigate to Create Public Profiles, click on it and follow the onscreen instructions. For more details, check out our guide on how to make a public profile on Snapchat.


Deyan Georgiev

Deyan Georgiev

Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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