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How to Change Your Twitch Username

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Many viewers or steamers will realize that their Twitch username may be working against them. Whether it is constructed of random numbers and letters or you have chosen a name that brands don't want to work with, there are times when changing your Twitch name becomes a necessity.

Twitch allows you have one username change every 60 days. All you have to do is go to your profile settings, find your username, then click the option beside your name. At that point, you will be able to select any Twitch username that isn’t currently in use.

This post will walk you step by step through changing your username on your Twitch account.

How to Change Twitch Name in 2022

You can change your username in your settings under the “username” section on Twitch by completing the following steps:

  1. Step 1

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    Visit the Twitch website, then click your avatar on the upper right-hand side of your screen. 

  2. Step 2

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    Select the “settings” section on the drop-down menu. 

  3. Step 3

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    In the profile settings section, you’ll see a space for your username. The edit button (pencil icon) is located to the right of it. Click the edit icon. 

  4. Step 4

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    You may be redirected to insert your password and add verification through a token code sent to your mobile device. After you’ve inserted the required security measurements, you will be redirected to a page where you can enter your new username. 

  5. Step 5

    If the new username is available, a green checkmark will appear. Double-check your display name to make sure you typed it correctly, then press update. You may need to type in your password again. 

Change Your Twitch Username on Mobile

You can easily change your Twitch username on the mobile browser version in your profile settings. Locate your settings by clicking your avatar and scrolling down until you see your old username. If you are able to change your username, the app will tell you so. On the right of your Twitch name, you will see a pencil icon. Tap the icon and pick a new handle from any available usernames.

How Often Can You Change Your Twitch Username?

Currently, you can change your Twitch name once every 60 days. We don’t recommend changing it often. Take the time to find an appropriate name for your brand and stick with it. When you change your name on Twitch, your channel URL will change and it will not be redirected to your new channel. It will make it difficult for your viewers who haven’t followed you to find you again.

What to Do if Twitch Username is Taken but Not in Use

Twitch recycles abandoned usernames every 6 months. If the name is taken you can download the Twitch Username and User ID Translator Google Chrome extension to detect user id and check activity so you’ll know if the username will be available soon. 

Should You Change Your Twitch Username?

There are a few situations where it is appropriate to change your Twitch name. We have listed a few for you to consider. 

  1. 1. Your Username Is Challenging To Pronounce

    Even if you didn’t think pronunciation would be an issue when creating your name, if you notice that other streamers have difficulty pronouncing your name, it may be a good idea to change it. Some Twitch users will avoid talking about a person or a subject if they don’t know the correct pronunciation. Make it easy for others to talk about you. 

  2. 2. You Have Random Numbers or Letters in Your Name

    Regardless of whether you added these to have a specific title or for style, having extra letters or numbers in your Twitch display name can make it difficult for your viewers to find your channel. This can include names such as XxPrincessPartyxX and Pr1nc35sP4rtyP4nt5. While people can work out your name, searching for your channel later can be a nightmare if they didn’t previously follow you. 

  3. 3. Your Name Closely Resembles A Well-Known Streamer

    Even if they weren’t well-known when you began streaming, people will take your channel and your brand less seriously. Streamers aside, don’t use the names of celebrities or athletes either. While it’s okay to use these as a gamer tag, it will be harder for your community to search for you outside of Twitch. 

  4. 4. Your Name Doesn’t Match Your Twitch Brand

    If your name is ZombieGutzEater and you primarily stream My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, you may want to rethink your name. A well-branded name should represent yourself, your content, and your community.

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Difficulties After Changing Your Twitch Username

There are a few potential side effects that come with changing your Twitch username, which is why you should avoid doing it if you can. These include:

  1. 1. Rebranding

    If your brand is related to your username, you may have to change all of your emotes, graphics, and other aspects associated with the name. Changing the name DalmationsAreAGirlsBestFriend to 2021YoYoChamp would need serious rebranding. You can try to change to use a similar name to keep some elements of your original brand. 

  2. 2. Lost in the Crowd

    Other users who have been to your channel, but didn’t follow or subscribe may not be able to find you again due to your name change. To circumnavigate this, Tweet your original username and your new one together. This way, some people will be able to find you again using your new account name. Let your following know on Discord and other social media sites as well. 

  3. 3. Merchandising

    If you have already sold merchandise with your brand, your fans might not be too happy about a new Twitch name. That being said, they might also be able to flex that they followed you and supported you with your old name merch.

Examples of Twitch Usernames That Work Well With Branding

Here are seven examples of usernames on the Twitch website that are memorable and fit the streamer’s brand:

  1. 1. Misterwhisky

    The display name is easy to say, and well brandable. As a baker, Misterwhisky uses a whisk, so it is also a play on words! 

  2. 2. PauperGanda

    A play on the word “propaganda,” PauperGanda sticks out and can easily be brandable. 

  3. 3. DuckSauce

    Easy to remember and easy graphics. DuckSauce is very merchandise friendly as well. 

  4. 4. Crouching_tuna

    Crouching_tuna is an amusing name that makes the viewer picture it in their head, letting them remember where to return in the future.

  5. 5. Varvalian

    Varvalian is a unique name that rolls off the tongue. As it doesn’t mean anything, the streamer can focus their branding in another direction. Google searches for the name lead back to the channel. 

  6. 6. Sick_Nerd

    Who doesn’t want this name? Sick_Nerd is very memorable and can be made into a myriad of community jokes and memes. 

  7. 7. CMillerMusic

    As a musician, his name is already his brand. While “ChrisMiller” might not define the channel enough (or it may already be taken), CMillerMusic showcases his name with his content. 

Conclusion

Take your time in picking your new username. You don’t want to have to change it too often. Take care in making sure it correlates to your brand. While the name change process is simple enough, the hassle can create a headache that you would otherwise wish to avoid.

Note that changing your username will change the Twitch URL in the address bar. Make sure to always notify your viewers that you changed your username on Twitch (and of the URL change) so that they can find your content again in the future. Your old URL will no longer work and it will not redirect to your current username.

About the Author

Luci

Luci is a novelist, freelance writer, and active blogger. A journalist at heart, she loves nothing more than interviewing the outliers of the gaming community who are blazing a trail with entertaining original content. When she’s not penning an article, coffee in hand, she can be found gearing her shieldmaiden or playing with her son at the beach.

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