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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. Access Settings
To get to the settings menu on the Twitter app tap your profile picture and choose Settings & Support > Settings & Privacy.
3. Your Account
Select the top option labeled Your Account from the settings menu and then tap Account information to access your Twitter handle.
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.
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.