How to Change a Twitter Username

Tired of your Twitter handle? Move on to something new

The Twitter handle you signed up with doesn't have to be the one you're stuck with forever. Just like your Twitter account's display name, you can also change a Twitter handle (also referred to as your Twitter username) simply by accessing your account settings, whether you're at the desktop website or Twitter's mobile apps.

The instructions in this article apply to those using a computer or the Twitter app for Android or iOS.

What Is a Twitter Handle?

Put simply, a Twitter handle is the username associated with your account; the name that starts with an "@." You can also find your username by looking at the URL of your Twitter account's public profile; the handle is the latter portion of the URL, after the .com.

Twitter handles are not the same thing as your display name, because your Twitter display name is not a username. Your username/handle is essentially what makes your account unique. Lots of people on Twitter may have the same display name as you, but no one should have the same handle as you; it's your unique identifier on this social networking website.

Why Change Your Twitter Handles

There could be lots of reasons why a person may want to change their Twitter handle. Maybe the username they picked out years ago no longer reflects their personality. Sometimes people decide to use their Twitter account for professional reasons and would prefer to have a more professional or marketable username instead of a silly one. Perhaps a person got married and would like to include their new last name in their handle.

Oftentimes, a person can just be bored with the handle they've always had. Regardless of the reason, Twitter has made changing your handle pretty easy.

How to Change Your Twitter Username

There are two main methods you can use to change your Twitter username: using a computer, or using the Twitter mobile app. Which one you ultimately choose will probably depend on which device you plan to use to change your username.

Using a Computer

  1. Log in to your Twitter account via the desktop website.

  2. Select your profile icon, which should be located in the top right side of your screen.

  3. When a menu appears, select Settings and privacy.

  4. Within the Account section, edit your handle in the Username text box located. Once you pick out a new handle, Twitter will check to make sure it's unique to use. If someone else already has your new username, Twitter will ask you to pick another handle.

    A screenshot showing how to edit a Twitter username on a computer using the desktop website version of Twitter.
  5. Once you're satisfied with your new handle, select Save changes at the bottom of the screen.

  6. A dialog box will pop up asking for your password to confirm the change you're making. Input your password, then select Save changes.

Using the Twitter Mobile App

The steps it takes to change your username using the Twitter mobile app are the same regardless of whether you're using the iOS or Android version of the app.

  1. Open the Twitter app on your iOS or Android device.

  2. If you're not logged in already, log in to your Twitter account.

  3. Tap your profile icon. It should be in the top left corner of your screen.

  4. Tap Settings and privacy.

  5. Tap Account.

  6. Tap Username.

  7. Enter your new username. As long as no one else picked that username, Twitter will accept it. Otherwise, Twitter will ask you to enter another one.

  8. Once you're happy with your username, tap Done to save your new username.

    A series of screenshots showing how to change a Twitter handle on the Twitter mobile app on an Android phone.
  9. That's it!

Let your followers know you've changed your Twitter handle so they'll know it's really you they're engaging with in DMs and tweets.