How to Change Your Username and Display Name on Twitter from Any Device

How to Change Your Username and Display Name on Twitter from Any Device

Twitter allows users to change their username and display name (Twitter handle) to whatever they want, and the methods for doing so are quite simple. Please note that when you change your username (Twitter handle), your old username will become available for others to use and tweets referring to it will not be redirected.

Furthermore, users will not be redirected if they click on your old username/handle. Below is a step-by-step guide to changing your username/Twitter handle and your display name on Twitter for all available platforms.

How to change your Twitter username/handle with Windows, Mac, Linux or Chromebook

If you use a computer for Twitter, be it a desktop PC or a laptop, changing your username/Twitter handle is similar across all platforms. Since Twitter doesn’t depend on the operating system your computer uses, the instructions are the same. Your Twitter handle always starts with the “@” symbol. This is the username that uniquely identifies you on Twitter, as opposed to the Twitter display name mentioned later.

To change your Twitter username/Twitter handle, do the following:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account.
  2. Click on the menu on the left More.
  3. Choose from the menu that appears Settings and privacy.
  4. Below the Settings tab, click your account.
  5. click on Account Information in the menu on the right.
  6. Sometimes you will be asked to enter your password at this point.
    Do this and click Okay.
  7. Click on the menu on the right user name.
  8. In the Username text box, type the name you want to use.
    Twitter will automatically check if the name is available. If this is the case, 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 to change your username or username is identical to using a PC. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Open the Twitter mobile app.
  2. Tap you profile icon in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. In the menu that appears, tap Settings and privacy.
  4. In the list, tap Account.
  5. below Login and securitytap on user name.
  6. Enter your desired username. If available, a green check will appear.
  7. Tap on 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 username/Twitter handle. Your profile will first show the display name with the username/handle underneath.

  1. Open your Twitter account and go to the Homepage.
  2. Click on you profile picture.
  3. Click on the Edit profile button in the lower right corner 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 top right of the window.
  6. Your display name should now be changed.

How to Change Your Display Name/Handle on Twitter with Android or iOS/iPhone

Again, the process of changing your Twitter handle or username is similar to the desktop/laptop version as Twitter does the same on every platform. Follow these steps to change your Twitter handle:

  1. Open the Twitter mobile app.
  2. On the home page, tap your profile picture in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on Profile.
  4. Tap the Edit profile button in the lower right corner of the banner image.
  5. below Nametype the name you want to appear on your Twitter account.
  6. Tap on Save in the top right corner of the screen.
  7. The changes you made should now be applied.

Other Interesting Twitter Customization Features

Changing your username and username aren’t the only customization features available on Twitter. Users also have the following personalization 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 House page, click on your profile picture.
  3. Click on the Edit profile button in the lower right corner of the banner image.
  4. Click on the camera icon on your profile picture.
  5. Choose an image to use for your photo and then click Open.
  6. Adjust the image to the desired position and size.
  7. click on Apply.
  8. click on Save in the top right corner of the window.
  9. Your new photo should now be saved.

On the mobile app

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

Change how your Twitter page looks

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

On Windows, Mac, or Chromebook PC

  1. Log in to Twitter.
  2. In the side menu bar on the left, click More.
  3. click on Display.
  4. Pick and choose the appearance of your Twitter page from the options in the pop-up window.
  5. When you’re done editing, click Done at the bottom of the window.
  6. Your changes should now appear on your Twitter page.

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

  1. while on the Homepageclick on More in the menu on the left.
  2. click on Settings and privacy from the menu.
  3. Below the Settings tab, click Accessibility, display and languages.
  4. In the right menu click on Display.
  5. The options available to you are available in this menu.
  6. Any changes made will be applied automatically. When you are done, navigate this screen or click House.

On the mobile app

  1. Open Twitter for mobile.
  2. Tap you profile picture in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. In the menu, tap Settings and privacy.
  4. Below the General tab, tap Display and sound.
  5. You can enable dark mode by switching the option under Display.
    Other display options are only available on the desktop version.
  6. Changes you make are saved automatically. Navigate from this screen or tap House.

Twitter Display Name and Handle/User Name FAQ

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

If you want to add a little flair to your Twitter handle, you can put symbols or emojis on your name. To do this, follow the instructions on how to change the display name for PC or mobile as described above. When typing your name, right click if you are using a PC. Choose from the menu emojiand choose the one you want to use.

If you use mobile, this is easier as there is an emoji key on the virtual keyboard. When you’re done, save as described above. Note that this does not apply to usernames. Only alphanumeric characters, except underscores, can be used for usernames.

What is 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. In addition, you may not use a username that is already used by anyone else and, as noted above, may contain only alphanumeric characters or underscores.

Display names, on the other hand, can be 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, just not on the username/Twitter handle.

How often can I change my Twitter username?

Unlike other social media sites, Twitter has no policy on how often you can change your username or username. You can change it as often as you want. There is also no verification procedure when choosing your new username or display name. A password confirmation screen will occasionally appear when you want to view your account information, but otherwise it’s up to you to change it.

Is the Twitter display name the same as the username?

No, your Twitter username is also known as your Twitter handle and always starts with the “@” symbol. This is a kind of address. Your handle/username identifies you on the Twitter network and is part of your profile URL address.

On the other hand, the display name is just that: it’s what appears on your posts and identifies who owns the associated display name. After all, many people have the same name, so the username uniquely identifies each, while the display name indicates who you are.

Unique freedoms

Twitter’s rather lax policy on usernames and display names gives users the freedom to choose unique titles as often as they want. Because the process is so simple, as long as you know what to do, it makes customizing Twitter profiles quite unique among its contemporaries.

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

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