On Twitter, your
@ is also known as your Twitter handle. A Twitter handle is unique to every user and can be used to locate a specific user. If you’ve been using Twitter for a while, it’s a good idea to change your Twitter handle.
Most users found an issue changing their
@ as they confused changing their Twitter handle with their display names. They both appear on your Twitter profile but are entirely different entities. If you want to learn more about changing your Twitter handle, this article will be helpful for you.
Before you Begin
- Sometimes, your Twitter handle might fail to get updated. Changing your username can take a while. You need to wait for a few moments and refresh your Twitter.
- If your username update fails repeatedly, you can try re-logging into your account. Ensure that you’ve not included any forms of offensive terms or slurs on your username.
- You should ensure that you have a stable internet connection while changing the username to avoid update failure.
- Currently, there’s no way to claim a username that has been taken already. Buying or selling a username goes against the company’s policy, and Twitter does not facilitate releasing inactive usernames. The best course of action for this situation is to enter a clever username that is unique and represents you personally.
How to Change Your Twitter Handle?
There are two different types of names on Twitter. They are your display name and username (Twitter handle). Twitter handle is the unique name that distinguishes your account from other similar-named accounts. Whereas display name allows you to assign whatever names you want.
Changing your Twitter handle is very straightforward and will take less than a minute to complete. You can change it from either a PC or a mobile app, but it does have a few restrictions.
Firstly, your username needs to be unique. New usernames must be 4 to 15 characters long and can only contain letters, numbers, and underscores. Additionally, If you have a verified Twitter account, changing your handle will result in losing your verification badge.
- Go to Twitter on your web browser and log in with your account.
- Click on More.
- Expand Settings and Support and select Settings and Privacy.
- Select Account Information in Your Account section.
- Enter your Password and hit Confirm.
- Click on Username.
- Type a unique username and hit Save. You cannot use a username that has been taken already.
- Launch the Twitter app.
- Tap on your profile icon.
- Select Settings and support.
- Open Settings and privacy.
- Tap on Your Account, then select Account information.
- Enter the password and press Confirm.
- Tap Username and enter a new username. A green tick will appear next to the username if it is available.
- Hit Done to save changes.
- Open the Twitter app.
- Tap on your profile at the top left corner.
- Select Settings and privacy.
- Tap on Account.
- Select the Username option.
- Tap on the Username text field and confirm the prompt by pressing Continue.
- Enter a new and unique username and hit Done.
How to Change Twitter Name?
In addition to changing your username, you can also change the display name on Twitter. Unlike the username, your display name does not have any restrictions when making changes. It doesn’t have to be unique, and you can change it to different names as often as you prefer. The overall process of changing your display name is similar on the web and the mobile version of Twitter, including both Android and iOS.
- Log in to your Twitter account.
- Click on Profile.
- Select Edit Profile.
- Enter a new name in the Name text field.
- Click on Save.
- Open the Twitter app.
- Tap on your Profile icon.
- Select Profile.
- Tap on Edit profile.
- Enter the name on the Name text field and hit Save.