Your Twitch name is more than a collection of numbers and letters. It’s a reflection of who you are as a gamer. Play your cards right, and your username could be part of a million-dollar brand.
A Twitch name change could be just what you need to move you from amateur to superstar status. Prior to 2017, it wasn’t possible. But now, changing Twitch names is easy as pie.
How to Change Your Twitch Name (in three easy steps):
You’ve weighed the pros and cons, and you’ve decided to take the plunge. It’s really easy to get started.
- First, head to the Settings section. (If you don’t remember where that is, click on your current user name to trigger the drop-down menu).
- Type in your new username. Keep your caps lock off, and don’t worry about capitalization. Twitch wants one word here with nothing fancy.
- Then, scroll down to Display Name. Here’s where you’ll add all the capping you need to make your username clear.
You can change your Twitch username once every 60 days, and you’ll go through these same steps every time you do.
Don’t forget to update your other social channels with links to your new Twitch page, and be sure to alert your followers that you’re calling yourself something new.
What to Know Before You Switch
Before you change your Twitch name, a few words of warning. This is a big step, and once you make it, there’s no going back. Make sure you’re ready for what comes first.
Before you change your Twitch username, know that:
- Streamer stats may disappear. Twitch recommends exporting your stats before you start the name-change process.
- Your page URL will change. You do you have your Twitch URL plastered on all of your social media channels? (Hint: You should.) Change your name, and you’ll need to change all of those links.
- You will keep your followers. The people who love you won’t need to do a thing. But they might be confused about who you are unless you make some sort of announcement.
- Swapping names isn’t allowed. You may have more than one channel, and you might want to do a swap. Forget it. You can’t make a shift like this.
- You may not get your old name back. Once you release a username, it heads into a holding pool for six months. At that point, Twitch may decide to give it back to you. Or Twitch may make it available for others. You have no control. If you’re not sure, don’t do it.
Why Change Your Twitch Username?
When you sign up for Twitch, a username is one of the very first things you pick. People on the platform use that term to find you and follow you. In a perfect world, you put a lot of thought into what you call yourself in the Twitch universe.
In reality, plenty of people rethink their choices.
Consider the unfortunate user name “Tomatoanus.” When the gamer picked that name, he probably thought it was funny and clever. But in 2019, when the gamer was told he couldn’t use that name to compete in Awesome Games Done Quick, he had a change of heart.
Tomatoanus hasn’t changed his Twitch name (yet). He’s just competing under a different name for the games. But this could be the perfect time for him to make a swap.
Famous (and now former) Twitch broadcasters have changed their names successfully. Do you remember when Ninja’s Fortnite name was NinjasHyper? We do. And we believe his new name is a catchy improvement on the old.
Can you change your Twitch name on a whim? Of course. But it’s a serious move, and in general, it’s a lot of work. Consider making the swap if your current name is:
- Computer generated. Names like “XQHpv575950” don’t really roll off the tongue.
- Offensive. Don’t get blocked from opportunities.
- No longer reflective. If you signed up five years ago as “AcneGirlatHome” and you now are a clear-skinned lady living in the city, rebranding could be smart.
Change Your Name, Speedrun Organizers Tell Tomatoanus. (October 2019). Polygon.
The Hype is Real: Name Changes Are Here. (February 2017). Twitch.
Username Rename and Recycling Policy Update. (January 2017). Twitch.
Twitch Streamers Are Having Fun With the New Name Change Feature. (February 2017). Dot Esports.
Impact of Changing Twitch Username. Reddit.