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How to change your Twitter username

On: January 24, 2021

Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms. Twitter has shown how powerful it is as a communication platform, despite having a smaller user base than Facebook. That difference is also visible in how the two platforms work fundamentally. Take your name for example. On Facebook, once you have set your username, the leading social media platform lets you edit it only once every few months.

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On Facebook, your name is also expected to reflect your legal name. On Twitter, you can be creative with your username as well. You can change your username multiple times during the day. From using your real name to calling yourself by some acronym, Twitter lets users express themselves without any limitation.

How to change your Twitter username

It takes only about a minute at most for your username to change on Twitter. Please note that changing your username (also called handle) won’t have any effect on your display name, which appears under your profile picture on your home Twitter page.

One last thing to know is that if you have a verified account then a Twitter username change will result in loss of that blue tick. Here is how to change your Twitter username:

  1. Login to your Twitter account.
  2. Navigate to Settings and privacy from the left hand side panel.Twitter
  3. Now tap on Account.
  4. Tap Username and update the username currently listed in the username field.Twitter
  5. If the username is taken, you will be prompted to choose another one. Twitter will also suggest available usernames.
  6. Click on Done to confirm your new username.

On its help page, Twitter notes that changing your username will not affect your existing followers, Direct Messages or replies. Your followers will now see a new username next to your profile photo when you update. Once you update, your previous username will immediately become available for use by someone else.

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