How to Change Your Twitch Name?

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Jun 03, 2022

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Twitch has 26 million daily users

So, getting yourself a cool handle is no easy task. 

If you regret the one you’ve chosen when you were 14 or are just sick of being “John1998”, you’ve come to the right place.

I have a whole guide on how to change your Twitch name

But before we start, you have to promise me something - you’ll make better username choices in the future.

How to Change Your Twitch Name

Okay, Taylor Swift, let’s create you a brand new reputation. 

Just make sure you keep your followers in the loop about your rebranding or you risk losing them.

Now. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Twitch website.
  2. Click on the profile icon at the top-right of the screen. Log in to your account if you haven’t already.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click Settings.
    In the drop-down menu, click Settings
  4. Click on the pencil icon to the right of your Twitch username to change it.
    Click on the pencil icon to the right of your Twitch username to change it.

A message underneath will let you know if you're able to do so at this time.  

  1. In the pop-up window, type in the handle you want. Reminder: you promised you’ll come up with a good one.
  2. Click Update.
    Click Update
  3. Once the Update button turns purple, click it.
  4. Enter your password, then Confirm.

If you use the desktop app, the process is identical.

Voila - you’re done changing your Twitch username.

But:

You must have a verified email.  In addition, your new handle must comply with Twitch’s policies.

How to Change Your Twitch Name on Phone?

Okay, but:

How are you supposed to change your Twitch display name while on the go?

Via your phone, of course!

The first and most important thing you need to do is get the Twtich app on your mobile device.

Once that’s done, tap on the three lines in the top left corner of the screen. Select Profile. You’ll be able to change your account info, bio, and settings.

If you don’t want to get the app, you can use your mobile’s browser.

Okay, now that you know how to change your Twitch name on phone, let’s cover another important topic:

How to Change Twitch Display Name 

Before I explain, we must first discuss the difference between username and display name.

They’re basically the same, but the latter will show the capitalization of letters.

For example, if our team chooses @techjury, we’ll show up in the web chat as TechJury. 

They should match, yes. You most definitely cannot be @anakinskywalker and show up as Darth Vader.

Now that we got that out of the way, go to the Twitch website. Then:

  • Click on the profile icon at the top-right of the screen. 
  • From the drop-down menu, click Settings.
  • In the Profile tab, scroll down to the Profile Settings section. 
  • Click on the Display Name box.
  • Enter your new display name, then click Save Changes.

There you go - you’ve successfully managed to change your Twitch display name.

What Will Happen if I Change My Twitch Name

Decisions have consequences, yadda yadda. If you choose a different name or handle, be prepared to:

  • Keep the new one for two months - Twitch won’t allow any changes for 60 days after you choose a new name, so keep that in mind.
  • Lose the old handle/name forever - Once you make a change, your old Twitch identity is up for grabs. And if someone has the same questionable taste, they might claim it.
  • Share an updated URL - As I mentioned in the beginning, you need to warn your friends and followers. Your old URL will no longer lead to your streams, as the platform will generate you a new one.
  • Experience delayed ad revenue - If you make any money from ads on the day of your name change, your payment might get delayed. That does not affect Twitch Partners.
  • Still face timeouts and bans - Changing your identity to avoid prison might work in Hollywood movies, but it won’t on Twitch.

You’ve been warned!

Wrap Up 

Now you know how to change your Twitch name.

Congrats, you’ve successfully avoided eternal shame due to the decision your 14-year-old self took. Or you’ve just avoided a stalker. 

No matter the reason behind your actions, you can use this rebranding opportunity to try something new - let’s say, streaming or raiding.

Good luck!

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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