How to change your username on Twitch

When Twitch first started, your username was largely set in stone and difficult to change without deleting your entire account and starting over. A few years ago, Twitch made the welcome change of allowing account holders to change their usernames if needed. This is especially helpful for those who are streaming or want to stream and prefer a more marketable username.

Our guide will show you how to change your Twitch username and what you need to know about a name change. Just spend some time thinking about what you want your new name to be before you start.

Change your username on Twitch

This is easiest to do on a desktop or laptop, but you can do it on any connected device as well.

Step 1: Sign in to Twitch with your credentials. Follow this link to skip the next steps and go straight to the section you need. Otherwise, simply log in to your homepage as usual.

Step 2: choose yours profile icon at the top right, and then select settings.

The Twitch browse menu.

Step 3: When the settings menu opens, it should open on the profile Tab. If not, select profile to go to the correct section.

The window for changing your Twitch username.

Step 4: Look at the section named username. This displays your current username. Just below that field, look for a message that says “You have permission to change your username.” Without this message, you may not be able to change your current name without waiting.

Step 5: Select the on the right To edit Button. This can also look like a pencil icon. Enter your new username and check availability.

Step 6: If your new username is available, you can choose it now To update. Twitch may now ask you for your Twitch credentials again to confirm the change. If you have not yet verified your Twitch email address, Twitch may halt the process and require you to verify your email address before proceeding.

Change Twitch username.

Step 7: Also note that you have the option to change your display name. This is just a version of your username that allows you to capitalize certain letters that you couldn’t before. This can be useful if you’re a streamer who really wants to customize your username to be friendly to your followers, but it’s not the same as changing your native username. You can’t make your display name completely different.

Important notes about changing your Twitch name

  • When you stream, your channel’s URL will be updated with your new name. You should update your bio, links and any other references to your URL to the new version immediately to avoid confusion and missing out on new followers.

  • You can change your name multiple times, but you’ll have to wait: Twitch typically blocks further changes to your username for 60 days afterward.

  • If you decide the name change was a big mistake, be sure to mark that 60-day limit on your calendar. After six months, Twitch has the option to make your abandoned username available for someone else to pick up. Twitch rejects direct requests for an abandoned username, but you can still enter the pool of possible choices. If you don’t act within this few months period, your old username could be lost forever.

  • Have you been cheeky on Twitch? You’re still stuck on any type of ban, be it a channel ban, timeout, or community-wide ban. Changing your username will not affect this at all as the ban is tied to your account.

If you really don’t want your account anymore, you can also delete your Discord account as a more permanent solution.

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