Do you need to change your Twitch username? In this post, we walk you through the simple step-by-step process that will allow you to change your Twitch name.
For nearly a decade, Twitch users were unable to change their Twitch name. In 2017, Twitch changed their policy, and Twitch users can now change their username.
To change your Twitch username, you must follow a simple step-by-step process.
By reading this quick guide, you learn all about that process, as well as the things you need to consider before you change your Twitch name.
Twitch’s Username Rules
To make a Twitch account, you must create a username, which serves as your Twitch name.
Your username can be almost anything. Just so long as it’s anywhere from 4-characters to 25-characters and obeys Twitch’s rules.
The username that you create will serve as your streamer name.
Every time you make a stream, the URL for that stream will contain your username. Every time you post a comment in chat, people will see that username right next to your comment.
Some people create a username that, in the end, simply isn’t right for them or for the content they are choosing to create.
In the past, if you wanted to change your username, you were unable to do so. Today, though, if you follow a simple process, you can do so with ease.
Things to Consider Before Changing Your Twitch Name?
Before we dive into the name-change process, there are three things to consider.
When you change your Twitch name, your streaming URL will change.
If regular viewers are accustomed to your current streaming URL, you may want to stream once before changing the name so that those same viewers know about the change.
You can only change your Twitch name once every 60-days.
If you change your username and later realize you don’t like the new name either, you will need to wait 60-days before changing it again.
Right after you change your username, your old username will be put onto a list of “abandoned usernames.”
As soon as 6-months pass, your “abandoned username” will become available to Twitch users.
Since this is the case, if you want to revert to your old Twitch name, make sure to do so as soon as possible so that no one else takes it.
How To Change Your Username On Twitch With A Web Browser
Step 1: Log In
To change your username on Twitch, open your web browser, and go to “www.twitch.tv“.
Once on Twitch, click the “Log In” button on the top right. Take a moment to enter the necessary information, and then press “Enter.”
Step 2: Enter The “Profile Settings” Menu
As soon as you’re logged in, you will see a small icon on the top right, where the “Log In” button used to be.
Click on that icon. A menu will open. Click on “Settings”.
After you enter the “Settings” menu, you can scroll down to the “Profile Settings” menu.
Step 3: Change Your Username
The “Profile Settings” menu gives you access to three settings.
From here, you can:
- You can write/edit your bio.
- You can adjust the capitalization of your display name.
- And, you can change your username.
Go to the “Username” setting. On the right side of the box with your username, there is a “Pencil” icon.
Right after you click that icon, a new box will open. You can enter your new username in this box. Then, click “Update.”
Your username will change and, with it, your profile name, chat name, and streaming URL.
How To Change Your Twitch Name With The Desktop App
Even though most Twitch streamers seem to not like it that much, Twitch offers a desktop app.
Since the Twitch desktop app looks just like the website, you can follow the same process outlined above.
Once the process is complete, you will have a new Twitch name.
Can You Change Your Twitch Name On A Mobile Device?
The answer to this question is “yes,” but also “no.”
You cannot, at this moment, change your Twitch name using the Twitch mobile app.
You can, however, change your Twitch name with your device’s web browser.
To accomplish this, you must go to “www.twitch.tv” and, upon doing so, select “Desktop Mode.”
Selecting “Desktop Mode” allows you to access the “Profile Settings” menu, which, in turn, will enable you to change your username.
After entering the “Profile Settings” menu, you can follow the instructions outlined earlier to change your Twitch name.
As soon as you’re finished following those instructions, you’ll have a new Twitch name.