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

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

Twitter users can change their username (Twitter handle), and they are very easy to do. Remember that your old username (Twitter handle) becomes public and tweets referring therein will not be redirected if you change it. Users won’t be redirected if they click on the old username/handle. Below is a step-by–step guide to changing your Twitter username/Twitter handle and display name for all platforms.

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

You can change your username/Twitter handle across all platforms if you use a computer to Twitter. The instructions for Twitter are the same regardless of the operating system your computer uses. The Twitter username you use to identify yourself on Twitter is and not the Twitter display name.

You can change your Twitter username/Twitter handle by following these steps:

  1. Register for your Twitter account.
  2. Click on More in the menu.
  3. Choose Settings and Privacy from the menu that appears.
  4. Click on Your Account under the Settings tab.
  5. Click on Account Information in the menu to your right.
  6. Sometimes, you may be asked to enter your password.
    Click on OK to confirm.
  7. Click on Username in the menu to the right.
  8. In the username text box, enter the name you want to use.
    Twitter will check to see if the name exists. Continue if it is.
  9. Once you are done, click Save in the lower right corner.
  10. Now, change your username

How to change your Twitter username/handle on Android/iOS/iPhone

The process for changing your username or handle if you use the Twitter app on Android/iOS is the same as using a computer. This is how it works:

  1. Open the Twitter mobile application.
  2. Tap on Privacy and Settings in the menu.
  3. Tap on Account from the list.
  4. Tap on Username under Login and Security
  5. Enter your username. A green checkmark will be displayed if this username is available.
  6. Click on “Done”.
  7. Now your username should have been updated.

How to change your display name on Twitter with Windows, Mac, and Chromebook

Your Twitter display name and username/Twitter handle are not the same. The display name appears at the top of your profile with the username/handle below.

  1. Open your Twitter account, and then go to the homepage.
  2. Click on the profile picture.
  3. Click the Edit Profile button in the lower right corner of your profile banner.
  4. Type the display name you want in the Name text box.
  5. Once you are done, click Save in the upper right corner of the window.
  6. Now, change your display name.

How to change your display name/handle on Twitter with Android or iOS/iPhone

The process for changing your Twitter username or handle is the same as the Desktop/Laptop version. Twitter works on all platforms. These steps will allow you to change your Twitter handle:

  1. Open the Twitter mobile application.
  2. Tap on the profile picture in the upper-left corner of the homepage.
  3. Click on Profile.
  4. Click on the Edit Profile button in the lower right corner.
  5. Type the name you would like to be displayed on your Twitter account under Name.
  6. Tap on the Save button in the upper right corner.
  7. You should have applied the changes you made.

Other interesting Twitter customization features

Twitter offers many customization options beyond the ability to change your username or handle. You also have these personalization options available to you:

Change Your Twitter Profile Picture

You can change the look of your Twitter profile photo by following these steps:

Windows, Mac or Chromebook PC

  1. Log in to your Twitter account.
  2. Click on the profile picture link at the top of your home page.
  3. Click the Edit Profile button at the bottom right of your banner picture.
  4. Click the camera icon next to your profile picture.
  5. Click on Open to select an image you would like to use in your photo.
  6. You can adjust the image to fit your needs.
  7. Click on Apply.
  8. Click Save in the upper right corner of the window.
  9. Now, save your new photo.

Mobile App

  1. Mobile Twitter: Open Twitter
  2. Tap the profile picture link in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on Profile in the menu.
  4. Click on the Edit Profile button at the bottom right of your banner picture.
  5. Tap the camera icon next to your profile picture.
  6. Tap on Take a photo to take a photograph. Tap on Select existing photo if you already have an image you wish to use.
  7. You can adjust the image to your liking.
  8. Once you are done tap on Use in upper right corner.
  9. Tap Save in the upper corner.
  10. You should change your profile picture.

Change the look of your Twitter page

Here’s how to make your Twitter page look better.

Windows, Mac or Chromebook PC

  1. Register to Twitter
  2. Click on More in the side menu bar.
  3. Click on Display.
  4. Choose from the popup window the design you want for your Twitter page.
  5. After you are done editing, click on Done at bottom of window.
  6. You should now reflect your changes on your Twitter account.

You can also access these settings from a computer:

  1. Click on More while on the homepage.
  2. From the menu, click on Privacy and Settings.
  3. Click on the Settings tab and select Accessibility, Display, and Languages.
  4. Click on Display in the right menu
  5. You can also access the options as shown in the display window by clicking this link.
  6. All changes are applied automatically. After you are done, exit this screen and click on the home button.

Mobile App

  1. Mobile Twitter: Open Twitter
  2. Tap the profile pic in upper left corner.
  3. Tap on Privacy and Settings from the menu.
  4. Tap on Display and Sound under the General tab.
  5. Dark Mode can be turned on by selecting the option under Display.
    Other display options are available only on the desktop version.
  6. All changes you make will be saved automatically. You can navigate out of this screen by tapping on Home or navigation.

Twitter Display Name and Username FAQs

Are there other options to customize the appearance of my username and display name on Twitter?

You can add symbols or emojis to your Twitter name to give it some personality. You can do this by following the instructions to change your display name for mobile or PC. If you are typing your name on a computer, click the right-click icon. Choose Emoji from the menu and choose the one you wish to use. This is easier if you are using mobile because there is an emoji keyboard right on your virtual keyboard. Save your changes as described above. This does not apply to usernames. For usernames, only alphanumeric characters can be used, with the exception of underscores.

What can the Twitter username be that is both the longest and the shortest?

To be valid, your Twitter username must contain at least four characters. You can also limit them to 15 characters. You can’t use usernames that are already being used by another person. It can also only contain underscores or alphanumeric characters.

Display names can have one character, but no more than 50 characters. As mentioned, symbols and Emojis can be used in your display name. However, they cannot be used for the username/Twitter handle.

What is the maximum number of times I can change my Twitter username?

Twitter does not have a policy about how often you can change your username and handle. It can be changed as often as you wish. There is no verification process for choosing a new username or display name. Occasionally, a confirmation screen will appear to confirm your password. Other than that, you can change it at any time.

Is the Twitter Display name the same as the username?

Your Twitter username can also be called your Twitter handle and begins with the “@”. This is a sort of address. Your handle/username is what identifies you in the Twitter network. It also forms part of your profile URL address. The display name, on the other hand is exactly that. It is what appears in your posts and identifies the owner of the display name. Since many people share the same name, the username uniquely identifies each person, while the display name identifies you.

Unique Freedoms

Twitter’s loose policies on usernames and display names give its users freedom to choose unique titles whenever they wish. It is easy to customize your Twitter profile.

Are there other ways to change your Twitter username? Please leave your comments below.

 


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