How to change your username and display name on Twitter from any device

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Twitter allows users to change their username and display name (Twitter ID) to whatever they want, and the methods to do so are quite simple. Keep in mind that when you change your username (Twitter ID), your old username becomes available to other users and tweets referring to it will not be redirected. Additionally, users will also not receive a redirect when they click on your old username/id. Below you will see a step-by-step guide on how to change your Twitter username/id and Twitter display name for all available platforms.



How to Change Your Twitter Username/ID Using Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook

If you're using a computer for Twitter, whether desktop or laptop, changing your Twitter username/id is similar across all platforms. Since Twitter is not dependent on the operating system your computer uses, the instructions are the same. Your Twitter ID always starts with the "@" symbol. This is the username that uniquely identifies you to Twitter, unlike the Twitter display name mentioned later.

To change your Twitter username/Twitter ID, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Twitter account.
  2. In the left menu, click More.
  3. From the menu that appears, choose Settings and privacy.
  4. Under the Settings tab, click Your Account.
  5. Click Account Information in the right menu.
  6. Sometimes you will be prompted to enter your password at this point.
    Do that and click OK.
  7. In the right menu, click Username.
  8. In the username text box, type the name you want to use.
    Twitter will automatically check if the name is available. If so, continue.
  9. When you're done, click Save in the lower right corner of the screen.
  10. Your username should now be changed.

How to change your Twitter username/handle on Android or iOS/iPhone

If you're using the Twitter app on Android or iPhone/iOS, the process for changing your username or username is the same as using a PC. The procedure is as follows:



  1. Open the Twitter mobile app.
  2. Tap your profile icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. In the menu that appears, tap Settings and privacy.
  4. In the list, tap Account.
  5. Under Login & Security, tap Username.
  6. Type in your desired username. If available, a green checkmark will appear.
  7. Tap Done.
  8. Your username should now be updated.

How to Change Your Display Name on Twitter Using Windows, Mac, or Chromebook

Your Twitter display name is not the same as your Twitter username/id. On your profile, the display name appears first with the username/nickname below.

  1. Open your Twitter account and go to the homepage.
  2. Click on your profile picture.
  3. Click the Edit Profile button at the bottom right of your profile banner.
  4. In the Name text box, type the display name you want to use.
  5. When you're done, click Save at the top right of the window.
  6. Your display name should now be changed.

How to Change Your Display Name/Username on Twitter Using Android or iOS/iPhone

Again, the process of changing your Twitter ID or username is similar to the Desktop/Laptop version, as Twitter works the same on any platform. To change your Twitter ID, follow these steps:


  1. Open the Twitter mobile app.
  2. On the home page, tap your profile picture in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Profile.
  4. Tap the Edit Profile button located in the lower right corner of the banner photo.
  5. Under Name, enter the name you want to display on your Twitter account.
  6. Tap Save in the upper right corner of the screen.
  7. The changes you made should now have been applied.

Other cool Twitter customization features

Changing your username and username aren't the only customization features available on Twitter. Users also have the following customization options:


Change your Twitter profile picture

If you want to change the look of your Twitter profile picture, you can do the following:

On Windows, Mac or Chromebook PC

  1. Open and log in to your Twitter account.
  2. On the homepage, click on your profile picture.
  3. Click the Edit Profile button at the bottom right of the banner image.
  4. Click the camera icon on your profile picture.
  5. Choose an image you want to use for your image, then click Open.
  6. Adjust the image to the desired position and size.
  7. Click on Apply.
  8. Click Save in the upper right part of the window.
  9. Your new image should now be saved.

On the mobile app


  1. Open Twitter for mobile.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. In the menu, tap Profile.
  4. Tap the Edit Profile button, at the bottom right of the banner image.
  5. Tap the camera icon on your profile picture.
  6. If you want to take a photo, tap Take photo. If you have an image you want to use, tap Choose existing photo.
  7. Adjust the image as you see fit.
  8. When you're done, tap Redeem in the top right corner of the screen.
  9. Tap Save in the upper corner of the screen.
  10. Your profile picture should now be changed.

Change the look of your Twitter page

If you want to change the actual look of your Twitter page, here's what you need to do:


On Windows, Mac or Chromebook PC

  1. Connect to Twitter.
  2. In the left side menu bar, click More.
  3. Click Show.
  4. Choose the look of your Twitter page from the options given in the pop-up window.
  5. When finished editing, click Done at the bottom of the window.
  6. Your changes should now be reflected on your Twitter page.

Alternatively, you can also access these settings on a PC:

  1. On the home page, click More in the left menu.
  2. Click on Settings and privacy in the menu.
  3. On the Settings tab, click Accessibility, display & languages.
  4. In the right menu, click View.
  5. The options available to you according to the display window above are also available from this menu.
  6. All changes made are automatically applied. When you're done, exit this screen or click Home.

On the mobile app

  1. Open Twitter for mobile.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. In the menu, tap Settings and privacy.
  4. Under the General tab, tap Display & Sound.
  5. You can enable dark mode by toggling the option under Display.
    The other display options are only available on the desktop version.
  6. Changes you make are saved automatically. Exit this screen or press Home.

Twitter display name and handle/username FAQ

Can I add other customizations to how my username or display name appears on Twitter?

If you want to add some style to your Twitter account, you can put symbols or emojis on your name. To do this, follow the instructions for changing the display name for PC or mobile, as shown above. When entering your name, right click if you are using a PC. From the menu, choose Emoji and choose the one you want to use. If you use a mobile, it's easier, because there is an emoji key directly on the virtual keyboard. When you're done, save as shown above. Note that this does not apply to usernames. Only alphanumeric characters, excluding underscores, can be used for usernames.

What's the longest and shortest a Twitter username can be?

Your Twitter username must be at least four characters long to be valid. They also have a maximum length of 15 characters. Also, you cannot use a username that someone else has already used, and as mentioned above, it can only contain alphanumeric characters or underscores.

display names, on the other hand, can be a single character if desired, and have a maximum length of 50 characters. Again, as mentioned above, symbols and emojis can be used on your display name, but not the Twitter username/handle.

How often can I change my Twitter username?

Unlike other social media sites, Twitter doesn't have a policy on how many times you can change your username or username. You can change it as many times as you want. Also, there is no verification procedure when choosing your new username or display name. An occasional password confirmation screen pops up whenever you want to view your account information, but other than that it's all up to you.

Is the Twitter display name the same as the username?

No, your Twitter Username is also known as Twitter ID and it always starts with the "@" symbol. It's like a kind of address. Your nickname/username identifies you on the Twitter network and is part of your profile URL. On the other hand, the display name is just that: it's what shows up on your posts and identifies who owns the display name associated with it. After all, many people have the same name, so the username uniquely identifies everyone while the display name identifies who you are.

Unique Freedoms

Twitter's rather lax policies regarding usernames and display names allow its users to choose unique titles as often as they wish. With the process being so simple, as long as you know what to do, it makes Twitter profile customization quite unique among its contemporaries.

Do you know any other ways to change your username on Twitter? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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