We’ve all been there – we’ve been using an account for a while and eventually get bored of the name we originally chose. Fortunately, Twitch actually allows you to change your name, meaning you’ll be able to spruce up your Twitch profile for a change of direction – a new year. a new you.
There is a tonne of different reasons why you might want to change Twitch name; boredom, a change of content, or just to spice things up a bit. Whatever the reason, you’ll be happy to know that changing your Twitch name couldn’t be easier. And despite there being some limitations with the name changing process, only a few simple steps are actually required to do so.
So, with that in mind, let’s jump straight into it!
Your Twitch name is the username you give to your account upon creation. The name you choose will show up in a variety of different areas – including chat comments and your streamer name.
Like many, when first creating an account, you may overlook how much consideration you actually give to your username. When you come to start your streaming career, you may realize that the username you originally chose simply doesn’t match the content you plan to create.
Luckily, changing your name couldn’t be simpler. That being said, there are some limitations to changing your username, making it important that choose the correct one or your preference.
The main limitation Twitch place on changing your name is the frequency in which you can change your name. For Twitch users, you can only change your name every 60 days. However, this is not recommended for growing your audience as your Twitch URL will change automatically with each name change.
How to Change Twitch Name Using A Browser
The first method for changing your Twitch name will be done within an internet browser window. If you haven’t got the desktop app, this is the easiest way to change your Twitch name.
Start By Opening Twitch On The Browser
Start by opening up Twitch on your browser by clicking here. Alternatively, simply type “http://www.Twitch.TV/” into your address bar.
*NOTE: using the browser on a mobile device will not allow you to change your Twitch name by default. You need to enable Twitch.TV in desktop mode – achieved by clicking the three dots icon and selecting it from the available options.
On The Profile Tab, Locate The Profile Settings Section
Inside settings, ensure that you are in the ‘Profile’ tab, then scroll down to the ‘Profile Settings’ section
Click the edit icon to change your Username
A new window will appear prompting you to change your Username. You simply type in the new Username and click update at the bottom of the window.
*NOTE: Users will only be able to change a username every 60 days. Your old username will become available to other users within 6 months of you changing.
Enter your password to complete the name change action
All that is left to do is click update. Once you have done so, you will be asked to enter your password to finalize the process. After doing so, you can simply exit that window – your name has been changed on Twitch
That’s all there is to it. Changing your name using a browser is extremely straight forward. Just remember that if you do play to re-use your old username, you will have 6 months before it enters the Twitch pool – running the risk of losing it for good.
It’s worth mentioning that you will need to have a verified email to action the changing of your Twitch name. If you do not have this, Twitch will prompt you to verify these details before you do so.
How To Change Twitch Name Using The Desktop App
Using the browser isn’t the only way you can change your Twitch name – you can also use the Twitch desktop application as well. To do this, the process is exactly the same as the browser.
Simply log in to your Twitch desktop application and follow the steps above. Like the browser method, using the desktop application will also require you to have a verified email address.
How to Change Twitch Name On Mobile App
Using the mobile Twitch application will allow you to make plenty of changes. That being said, you can’t use it to change your username. If you wish to change your username using the mobile application you will have to use a browser on your mobile and open the Twitch website up using “desktop mode”. Follow the above steps and you will be able to change your username in no time at all.
You can also use this same method for changing your Twitch name on an Ipad (or any other tablet) too.
Things To Consider When Changing Name On Twitch
There are a few things that you need to consider before going ahead and changing your name on Twitch. Below are the most important:
- Changing your Twitch name will take immediate effect. That means, as soon as you press ‘Update’, your new username will be active. So, if you plan on doing one last stream using the old username, remember to hold off on changing it before you do.
- Once you have changed your Twitch name, you won’t be able to change it again for the next 60 days. Be sure your new name is exactly what you want – if it isn’t, you’ll have to wait 2 months before changing it again.
- Once your username has been changed, you’ll have 6 months before your old username becomes available within the Twitch pool. This means, after 6 months, someone else could use your old Twitch name and it’ll be lost forever – or until that person decides to change.
- Changing your username will not affect any ongoing bans or restrictions placed on your account.
That’s all there is to it! Whether you’re changing your Twitch name out of boredom or looking to take your streaming content in a new direction, you’ll be happy to know that the process is relatively straightforward to do.
So, there you have it, our quick guide on how to change Twitch name – hopefully, this article has shed a little light on a fairly simple process. If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to drop us a comment in the section below. Better still, why not head on over to our Community Hub where you can discuss everything Twitch-related with like-minded individuals.