Creating accounts for emails, social media and other websites when you’re only young is harmless. That is until you reach the age where you no longer want to be called ‘FrogMemeEdgeLord69420’.
This was a common problem for Twitch streamers and viewers that created their account many years ago and then wanted to change their username to be something, a bit more normal.
Luckily for you, Twitch has finally come through and made name changing available, and the process is super simple. Here’s how you can easily change your name using the following steps!
How To Change Your Twitch Username
- Visit your account settings on Twitch.
- Click on the edit button (pen icon), displayed next to your username.
- Enter the new username you would like to use.
- Once you find an available username a green checkmark will be displayed.
- Click update.
- Enter your Password to validate the changes.
Important To Note: You can only change your username once every 60 days, and when it is changed, the URL will not redirect to the new profile. This means you must update the URL in any places you are using it.
Twitch Usernames: Recycling & Reuse
If you’ve decided you want to change your username, you may be looking for a something that is shorter, easier to remember and a bit more brandable. If you try to look for that username on Twitch and find a profile available for it, you’re kinda out of luck.
Even if the name you want is taken by a profile that seems to be inactive, you can’t have it. However, if the profile becomes inactive for a 12-month period with no login activity, it will be reclaimed and freed up for reuse. So if you have your eyes on a certain username, make sure you check back regularly just to make sure!
There are other special cases where usernames will be freed up, such as trademark violations and impersonation, but these will likely not apply.
If you do change your username, your current one will be reclaimed by Twitch and unusable for 6 months, unless you’re a Twitch Partner. Partner names will not be recycled.
Benefits Of A Username Change
Being able to change your username is actually incredibly useful for someone who has found themselves with a bit more success than they first anticipated in streaming.
Changing your username allows you to begin building a solid brand for your stream. Try and get your username to be consistent across all social media, this makes a world of difference when it comes to discoverability, and stops you having 5 different usernames on your overlay and bio panels.
If you’re having a drastic rename, where people wouldn’t realise it’s you until they opened the stream, it could harm your viewer count and metrics for a while. However, it does give you the opportunity to overhaul your graphics, bio and stream in general, giving you the chance to have it look just the way you want with a good brand plan in mind.
Change Name Or New Channel
With name changing being a feature that wasn’t available on Twitch for a long time, people had to create new channels if they wanted a new username. Even though renaming and profile recycling has been added to Twitch, some people still ask if they should change their channel name, or just start fresh.
In general, it’s always best to change your username rather than creating a new profile. If you just change your Twitch name you will still retain all of your followers, people you follow and your subscriptions.
If however, you’re looking for a completely fresh start, no one to know who you are and to be starting from absolute scratch. Go for a new channel.
Choose A Great Username
If you’ve decided that you want to change your username, you need to make sure that you get your new one just the way you like it.
Have a following on Twitch already? It’s probably for the best that you don’t go overboard and change your name to something completely different to what you have currently.
While you will still retain your loyal fans, you may see a sharp decline of people who visit because of URL changes and not knowing who this new person is on their follower list.
As stated earlier, make sure you go for something simple and memorable, one word is always best but most of the time it is taken by someone else. If you can’t get the shortest username, you could consider swapping some letters for numbers however, it is not really recommended.
It’s super important that you don’t attach your user name to intellectual property, games or small niches. For instance, don’t rename your channel to ‘FortnitePr0’. With a name like this, you will struggle to get sponsors, create merch, and also be boxed into only playing Fortnite. Stick to something simple and original.
If you’re completely stuck for ideas, you can get help online from random generators for a bit of inspiration. Click here to be taken to the JimPix username generator.
Having Trouble Changing Twitch Username
Oftentimes people have reported that they can’t change their username on Twitch because they click on the edit button (pen icon) and it just refreshes the page. If this is something you’re having a problem with the solution should be really simple.
If you’re having problems with the name editor on Twitch, try clearing the browser cache or try switching to a different browser all together.