Today, millions of people are using Cash App. And what do they all have in common? Many questions about how this popular digital bank works and what they can do with it.
In this article, we’re taking a closer look at how $Cashtags work, and most importantly, does Cash App show your name?
Cash App shows your name to others, as well as your unique identifier called $Cashtag. Although your $Cashtag, and your name, are visible to the person on the other side of the transaction, they’re not public.
Should the fact that Cash App is showing your name to others worry you? Keep reading to find out.
Should You Use Your Real Name in Cash App?
Should you use your real name in Cash App? I guess it depends. If you’re using it as it’s intended, to send and receive money to and from your friends and family, then there’s nothing wrong with displaying your real name.
However, if you’re going to be sharing your $Cashtag publicly, for instance, to enter the Cash App Friday giveaway, then it’s better not to use your real name in Cash App, as well as in $Cashtag.
There’s another thing to consider. Some people also add their year of birth to their $Cashtag to make it unique and therefore available for use.
The year of birth, coupled with your real name, reveals far too much information about you to strangers on the internet, especially when it comes to using a financial app such as Cash App, Venmo, Chime, etc.
How to Get a $Cashtag
It’s easy to get your unique $Cashtag. All you have to do is link an active debit card to your Cash App. Once you do that:
- Tap on the profile icon
- Tap on “Personal”
- Tap on “$CASHTAG”
- Type in your new $Cashtag
- Tap “Set”
The $Cashtag has to contain at least 1 letter and not be longer than 20 characters.
After you set a $Cashtag, it automatically creates a shareable URL (https://cash.app/$yourcashtag) that you can use to share with your friends, family, and even clients so that they can make payments to you.
How to Change Your Name, $Cashtag, and Other Personal Details in Cash App
You can change your name from the personal settings tab that you can find in the profile section. Here you can change your full name, your $Cashtag, phone number or email, add your address, etc.
You should know that you can only change your $Cashtag twice. However, by changing your $Cahstag, you won’t lose your old one. It will merely stay inactive in case you want to change back to it.
Yes, you can switch back to your previous $Cashtag anytime you want because no one else can claim it in the meantime.
If you, by any chance, have a verified $Cashtag, you will lose the verified badge if you change any of your personal details.
Why Change Your $Cashtag?
There are many reasons why you would and even should change your unique identifier known as $Cashtag.
We already mentioned some above. If you, for example, shared your $Cashtag publicly on Twitter or TikTok and now you’re getting overwhelmed by random people trying to contact you as well as scammers trying to take advantage of you.
In this case, you might want to change your $Cashtag and even change your name in Cash App.
You might also be switching to a business Cash App account and your personal $Cashtag won’t cut it anymore. Especially if you have a silly or inappropriate $Cashtag.
If you included too much personal information in your $Cashtag, such as your year or date of birth, your age, etc., you should change your $Cashtag to something more anonymous.
It’s not so bad if you’re sharing it only with people you know and trust, but if you’ve made it public, or intend to do so, it’s better to change it now.
It’s good to note that you should inform friends and family that have been using your old $Cashtag to send you money, that you have changed it. That way, there’ll be no confusion as to who they’re sending their money and there won’t be any unsuccessful transfers.
Can I Get My $Cashtag Verified?
The same as on Twitter, some Cash App accounts have a blue checkmark or badge that shows that they are verified by the company and therefore can be “trusted”.
The blue Cash App badge appears anywhere the $Cashtag appears:
- Account’s profile view
- Payment receipts
- Activity view
- Search results
But who can get the verification badge in Cash App? Can you get it? Probably not. Only celebrities, global brands, and other public figures and accounts of public interest can get a verification badge from Cash App.
The company isn’t even accepting requests for $Cashtag verifications at this point in time.
How to Avoid Cash App Scams and Stay Safe?
If you’re worried about Cash App displaying your name, here are some general things to consider when using Cash App and similar financial apps:
- Cash App payments are instant and normally can’t be reversed
- Only send money to people who you trust or know (friends and family)
- Don’t send money to individuals promising you something in the future (free money, for instance)
- Always check the other person’s profile to identify if it is the right person
- Triple-check all recipient info before transferring any funds to ensure that you’re sending it to the correct person
- If something is too good to be true, it is
- Don’t share your Cash App details, including $Cashtag, with strangers
- Use PayPal when buying things or services because of its Purchase Protection cover
Cash App does show your name, real or fake (whatever you chose as your profile name), to others. However, that shouldn’t concern you as long as you only use the app to send money to your friends and family.
Adrian Volenik is a fintech enthusiast who loves testing and reviewing digital banking apps and financial products in general. How many digital banking accounts can one man have? Not enough, if you ask Adrian. As his wallet will soon explode if he doesn’t cut back on the number of cards.