Change Your Twitter Username and Name

You’ve created your Twitter account and now you want to change your Twitter username and display name. Fortunately, you can easily change both.

What’s The Difference Between Your Username & Your Display Name?

Your username is part of your profile URL and unique to you. It’s used for logging in, direct messages, and replies. Your display name is a personal identifier, like your business name or your real name. Your name displays on your profile page and identifies you, especially if your username is something other than your real name or business name.

Twitter Username vs. Name

Changing your username does not affect your existing followers, direct messages, or replies.

Today we’ll show you how to change your username on the Twitter website and in the smartphone apps. Then we’ll show you how to change your name on the Twitter website.

Change Your Twitter Username on Twitter.com

To change your Twitter username on the website, open your favorite browser and log in to your Twitter account.

Open “Settings And Privacy” On The Twitter Website

Click on your profile photo (or the person icon, if you have no photo) and then click “Settings and privacy“.

Select Settings and privacy on Twitter.com

Change Your Twitter Username On The Twitter Website

Make sure “Account” is selected on the left. Then, change the “Username“, which can be up to 15 characters long.

Your username must be unique. Twitter checks your username as you type it, letting you know if it’s already been taken.

Twitter Username taken on Twitter.com

When you enter a unique Username, “Available!” displays above the “Username” box. The URL for your Twitter page displays below the “Username” box.

Twitter Username available on Twitter.com

Save Your Changes On The Twitter Website

Scroll down and click “Save changes“.

Click Save changes on Twitter.com

Enter your Twitter password on the “Save account changes” dialog box and click “Save changes“.

Save account changes dialog box on Twitter.com

A message displays saying your settings have been saved. Click the “X” to close he message.

Your new username displays on the left.

Settings have been saved on Twitter.com

Change Your Twitter Username in Twitter for iOS & Android

You can also change your Twitter username in the Twitter app on iOS and Android. We show the iOS app here, but the procedure is the same on Android.

Open “Settings And Privacy” in Twitter for iOS

In the Twitter app, tap your photo, or the person icon if you don’t have a photo.

Tap User icon in Twitter for iOS

Tap “Settings and privacy” on the slide-out menu.

Tap Settings and privacy in Twitter for iOS

Change Your Username In Twitter for iOS

Tap “Account” on the “Settings and privacy” screen.

Tap Account in Twitter for iOS

Choose “Username” on the “Account” screen.

Tap Username in Twitter for iOS

Then under “New“, start entering a new username.

Your username must be unique. Twitter checks your username as you type it, letting you know if it’s already been taken.

Username taken in Twitter for iOS

When you’ve entered a unique username, a green check mark displays to the right of it. Tap “Done“.

Twitter Username available in Twitter for iOS

Go Back To Your Twitter Home Page In Twitter For iOS

Tap the back arrow on each screen until you return to your Twitter homepage.Tap the back arrow in Twitter for iOS

Change Your Twitter Display Name

Changing your Twitter name can only be done on Twitter.com in a browser. Log in to your account and click on your profile photo, or the person icon, if you have no photo.

Open & Edit Your Profile On The Twitter Website

Then, click “Profile“.

Click Profile on Twitter website

Next, tap “Edit profile“.

Click Edit Profile on Twitter website

Enter a New Twitter Name On The Twitter Website

Enter a new display name in the box at the top of the left side of the screen. Your name can be up to 20 characters long.

Then, click “Save changes“.

Change display Name on Twitter website

A message displays saying your profile has been saved, and your new name displays on the left.

Profile saved on Twitter website

How do you decide on a Twitter username and name? Do you use your own name or business name? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Kaufman
Lori Kaufman
Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.