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How to Change Twitter Handle in 4 Steps

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How to Change Twitter Handle in 4 Steps

Your Twitter handle says a lot about your online persona, but it’s not permanent. As your tastes change, you may wonder how to change Twitter handles. The social media company makes things simple whether you use the platform from your mobile phone or a PC.

What is a Twitter Handle?

A Twitter handle is your username on Twitter and how your followers can find you. Your @username is part of your online presence, but it’s also what you can use to log in to your account. When you want to tag someone on the platform, it all starts with the @ symbol and is completely separate from your “display name”

The display name is shown alongside your Twitter handle and can be set to anything you’d like including your real name. The only real rules are it can only contain letters, numbers, and underscores, but no symbols. Your Twitter handle or username also must be at least 4 characters long with a limit of 15 characters.

How to Change Twitter Handle on Desktop

You can change Twitter handles from a desktop PC by using a web browser and following these four easy steps.

1. Log in to Twitter

Go to Twitter and look for the Log In prompt on the page. Enter your current Twitter handle, phone number, or email to proceed.

How to Change Twitter Handle
Log in to Twitter

2. Settings and Support

Once you’re logged into the site, look on the left side of the page for a section called More. Choose it and then select Settings and Support to bring up another menu where you’ll click on Settings & Privacy.

How to Change Twitter Handle
Settings and Support

3. Account Information

Now you have access to all of the settings for your personal Twitter account. Select Your Account and then Account Information, where you may be prompted to enter your password.

How to Change Twitter Handle
Account Information

4. Change Twitter Handle

The account information screen shows key details on your account including your email address, phone number, and username. To change your Twitter handle, select Username and enter your new handle into the field. When satisfied, choose Save to complete the process.

How to Change Twitter Handle
Change Twitter Handle

For a quick guide to how this method works just check out the video below which walks you through the process.

How to Change Twitter Handle on Mobile Apps

Whether you come up with a nifty nickname on the fly or only use Twitter from a smartphone, here’s how to change Twitter handles on mobile apps.

1. Open the Twitter App

Open the Twitter app on your mobile device and sign into the service if you aren’t already logged in. If you have multiple accounts, make sure you tap the one you want to change the handle for.

How to Change Twitter Handle
Open the Twitter App

2. Access Settings

To get to the settings menu on the Twitter app tap your profile picture and choose Settings & Support > Settings & Privacy.

How to Change Twitter Handle
Access Settings

3. Your Account

Select the top option labeled Your Account from the settings menu and then tap Account information to access your Twitter handle.

How to Change Twitter Handle
Your Account

4. Change and Save Twitter Handle

When you have access to the page you see in the screenshot below, you can change your Twitter handle. Tap the username box, enter your new nickname, and choose Done when you’re finished.

How to Change Twitter Handle
Change and Save Twitter Handle

The Wrap-Up

Changing your Twitter handle is an important decision, and while you can change it numerous times, you’re giving up a handle with every switch. It’s also a good idea to see if the name you want is available before considering a change. If you’re considering changing platforms instead of your name, check out our comparison of Twitter vs. Mastodon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does changing your username impact your followers?

They will see your new handle on your profile and in DMs, but that’s the only direct effect of the name change.

How long until your old username can be taken after you change your Twitter handle?

Immediately, so unless you want to potentially lose it, you may want to move it to a secondary account.

Why can’t I use a certain Twitter handle?

It could be tied to a locked or suspended account. You can check this by searching for the username on Twitter.

Should I use my real name on Twitter?

Should I use my real name on Twitter?

We feel that’s a personal decision that largely depends on how you plan to use the platform.

Does a Twitter handle expire?

No, if a handle is on an inactive account, it will remain there and doesn’t expire.

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