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How to change your username

Your username –– also known as your handle –– begins with the “@” symbol, is unique to your account, and appears in your profile URL. Your username is used to log in to your account, and is visible when sending and receiving replies and Direct Messages. People can also search for you by your username. 

Note: Your display name –– referred to as name –– is a personal identifier on Twitter and is separate from your username. It can be things like something playful, a business name, or a real name, and is displayed next to your username. You can update your name at any time.

How long can usernames and names be?

 
  • Your username must be more than 4 characters long and can be up to 15 characters or less.

  • Your username can contain only letters, numbers, and underscores—no spaces are allowed.

  • Your display name can be up to 50 characters long.

View instructions for:

How to change your username

  1. Navigate to Settings and privacy and tap Account.
  2. Tap Username and update the username currently listed in the Username field. If the username is taken, you'll be prompted to choose another one.
  3. Tap Done.

How to change your username

  1. Navigate to Settings and privacy and tap Account.
  2. Tap Username and update the username currently listed in the Username field. If the username is taken, you'll be prompted to choose another one.
  3. Tap Done.

How to change your username

  1. Click on the more  button from the navigation bar. 
  2. Click on Settings and privacy.
  3. Click on Your account.
  4. Click on Account information.
  5. You will be prompted to type in your Twitter account password to confirm it’s you.
  6. Under Account information, update the username currently listed in the Username field. If the username is taken, you'll be prompted to choose another one.
  7. Click the Save button.

Note: Changing your username will not affect your existing followers, Direct Messages, or replies. Your followers will simply see a new username next to your profile photo when you update. We suggest you alert your followers before you change your username so they can direct replies or Direct Messages to your new username. Additionally, please note that once you change your username, your previous username will immediately be available for use by someone else. Is the username you’d like taken or inactive? Read our article about username registration.

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