Twitter is one of the only social media platform that lets you change your username (known in the Twitterati as Twitter Handle), unlike other social media services. You can easily change your username on Twitter without losing any of your followers.
It is a pretty useful feature, especially if you want to get rid of your existing username.
When you change your Twitter handle, nothing will change except for your name and the profile URL. All your followers, tweets, media, and all your Twitter activities will remain the same.
So how can you change your Twitter handle? Let’s find out…
- 1 How to Change your Twitter Username?
- 2 How to Change Twitter Handle on Twitter’s Mobile App?
- 3 What to do if your Twitter Handle is already taken?
- 4 How to change your Twitter display name?
- 5 Summary
- 6 FAQs
How to Change your Twitter Username?
The username on Twitter is known as Twitter Handle.
Do note that your old Twitter handle will not redirect you to the new one when you change it. Your old user ID will still be there somewhere in your old tweets, and so your followers will not be able to track you based on their previous conversations with you.
If you still want to change your Twitter username, you can follow these steps:
- Log in to your Twitter account.
- Click on the More option on the left sidebar.
- Next, click on Settings and Privacy.
In the next step, click on Account Information. It will take you to the account settings where you can change your username, phone number, and other details related to your profile.
Here you can change your username or Twitter handle as per your preferences. You may also make other necessary changes if you need to.
Finally, click on Save, and your username will be changed on Twitter.
How to Change Twitter Handle on Twitter’s Mobile App?
If you are using the Twitter app on a mobile device, you can follow these steps to change your Twitter handle:
- Launch the Twitter app
- Tap on your profile picture
- Tap on Settings and Privacy
- On the next page, tap on Account
Here you will find the option to change your account details. You can tap on the username field to change your Twitter handle.
Once that is done, you can tap on Save, and your changes will be saved.
The steps are similar for iOS devices as well. You can tap on your display picture in the app, tap on Settings and privacy > Account and then change your Twitter handle from the Username field.
What to do if your Twitter Handle is already taken?
If the username you’re trying to take is owned by someone else and the person concerned is not necessarily trying to impersonate your account, nothing can be done to get it back.
Just in case you feel that the other person or the brand is communicating on your behalf and impersonating you, you can take a few steps to prevent that from happening.
Here are a few methods you can try:
- Find the contact details of the person and try to get in touch with the account owner
- Explain the situation to him or her and try to convince the person to change the username
- Finally, if nothing works, you can submit a ticket with Twitter to get the issue resolved
If the concerned person is indeed impersonating you or causing any damage to your reputation by using your username, you can file an official complaint with Twitter.
Keep in mind that you need to have the proper evidence to back up your claim and to prove the impersonation.
Twitter states that, the user clarifies that no confusion has been intentionally created, they may be allowed to continue using the handle. The only option left for you in such a situation is to look for any other username for your Twitter profile.
But if the user in question is inactive, Twitter may release the username and use the trademarked username for your profile.
How to change your Twitter display name?
Before you change your display name, it’s important to understand the differences between a Twitter handle and the display name.
The display name is the name that accompanies your Twitter handle and lets you identify yourself with your Twitter followers.
You can change your name on Twitter in the account settings. It does not affect the followers as they can find you from your username.
Here is how you can change your display name:
- Login to your account
- Click on Profile on the left-hand sidebar
- On the next screen, click on Edit Profile
Change your Display Name and Bio here as per your preferences. Once that is done, you can click on Save to confirm your changes.
We are sure that the details mentioned here would have provided you with enough information on how to change your Twitter handle and display name.
However, do note that a change in the Twitter handle may have an effect on how your followers communicate with you or find you. It will not affect your tweets, number of followers, and other things, but will make it a little difficult for your followers to find you.
How to change Twitter handle without losing followers?
The change in the Twitter handle does not make you lose your followers. You can head into your privacy settings on your Twitter account and change your Twitter handle. However, your followers will not be able to locate you through their existing tweets as the old handle does not redirect to the new one. But everything else (like tweets and other Twitter activity) remains intact.
How to change the Twitter username and handle?
Your Twitter username and Twitter handle are the same. You can change it from your privacy settings on your Twitter profile. The process to change the Twitter handle or username is the same across desktop and mobile devices.
What happens when you change your Twitter handle?
Changing your Twitter handle will have no adverse effects on your Twitter activity. All your tweets, media, and content that you have created in the past will continue to be a part of your Twitter account. Your Twitter cover, profile picture, and all the settings will be unaffected. Only your profile URL will undergo a small change to reflect the change in your Twitter handle.
The only issue would be that your old handle will not have a redirect to the new username. While your new tweets will have your new Twitter handle, the older tweets will continue to have the old username. So your followers may find it difficult to communicate with you or track you from your tweet history.
How to change Twitter handle font?
You cannot change the font per se. However, you can use third-party services and create a new font or style for your Twitter handle. Then you can copy it onto your profile. However, you can use the Unicode changes such as script, bold, serif, black letter, or double-strike. These changes cannot be made from the Twitter profile, and you will need to use third-party tools for making the changes.