How to change Twitter username?

In this guide, I will explain how you can change your Twitter username and display name. I also cover everything you need to know before making changes to your Twitter identity.

How to change your Twitter username

What to know before making changes to your Twitter Identity

The good news is that it is really easy to change both your Twitter display name and username.  Your Twitter profile identity is made up of two parts;

Twitter username: This is the part with the ‘@’ symbol and is sometimes referred to as your handle. It is also the name that is in the URL address and can be up to 15 characters long.

Twitter display name: This is your identifier or what you want people to call you by. It is located above your Twitter username.  This can be up to 50 characters long.

For example,

Edit Twitter Username and display name

  • You can change both your Twitter username and display name as many times as you like.
  • You will not lose your current Twitter followers (unless they do not like your new name)
  • Open direct ‘messages’ will not be affected.
  • It is worth noting that as soon as you change your Twitter identity that your old identity becomes available for others to use.
  • Warn users you message frequently of your new address so they can find you.

How to change your Twitter Username?

To change your Twitter user name please follow the steps below.

  1. Open Twitter and log into the account
  2. Click the ‘More’ icon

Twitter-Settings-icon

  1. Click Settings and Privacy

  1. Select Account and then choose Username

  1. You will now be able to type your new username (up to 15 Characters)
  2. Click Save.

How to change your Twitter display name?

To change your Twitter display name please follow the steps below.

  1. Open Twitter and log into the account
  2. Click the Profile button
  3. Select Edit Profile

Twitter edit profile

  1. A new window will open where you will be able to type your new display name

Twitter display name edit

  1. Click Save

Why would you change your Twitter Identity?

There are lots of reasons why you might want to change your identity on Twitter.

  1. Online harassment or bullying – Make sure that if you are changing for this reason that you plan the change. This way you can update both the username, display name, photos, etc in one move and also block those that you want to.
  2. Professionalism – Perhaps you have outgrown your previous name but do not want to lose your fan base or have started a new job that prevents you from having a social media presence.

Any other tips for changing your Twitter page?

Just because you have changed your Twitter profile and given it a new name and identity it does not mean that you have to lose the old identity altogether. Instead, why not change your Twitter username and display name to a new name of your choice and once done re-register your old username and display name by creating a new account. You will need to have a different email address but there are no regulations to how many Twitter accounts you can own. By doing this you can still receive messages on the other account and point people to your new account, or alternatively you can post a pinned tweet advising anyone who searches for you of your new identity.

Links to other resources

Twitter official information in regard to changing your Twitter name can be found here. I recently made a post explaining how to set up and use TweetDeck which you can access by clicking here

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  1. Chris Hutchinson March 23, 2020

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