How To Change Twitter Handle

How To Change Twitter Handle

Are you looking to change your Twitter handle? You’re in luck! Here’s a guide on how to go about it. Keep in mind that the process may vary depending on your account settings. But, overall, it’s a fairly simple process. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

First, what is a Twitter handle? A ‘handle,’ in this case, is your unique identifier on Twitter.

This is what other people see when they click on your profile link — it’s also represented by the @username that you type in when starting a tweet or reply.

For example, mine reads @DanaLGalbraith. You’ll notice that my handle begins with @, which indicates to others that this account belongs to someone else.

I have another account where my handle does not begin with an @ sign–that means it’s me!

There Five Are Ways To Go About Changing Your Twitter Handle:

1) Directly From The Website:

Go to the Settings & Privacy section on Twitter’s settings page. Click the Change link next to your current username.

2) From The Mobile App:

Tap on Me, then tap ‘Edit Profile’ > ‘Username.’ Pick a new name and save it.

3) By Direct Message:

If you have another Twitter account that is not private, tell them your old handle and ask for their help in changing it. They will be able to submit the request for you!

4) Via Email:

Go to Twitter’s contact page and submit the request through their online form.

5) On The Desktop:

Log into your account on, then go to Settings & Privacy > Account > Your Twitter username. Enter the new handle you want, confirm it, then click Save Changes.

Things To Keep In Mind While Changing Your Twitter Handle:

1) Usernames Cannot Be Changed Once They’ve Been Selected:

There are tools to help find an available handle, or you can use a website to check for availability before changing your username. Remember — once you change your username, there’s no going back! So make sure you’re putting in the time beforehand to find something you’ll stick with.

2) Changing Your Username May Result In The Loss Of Some Things:

–  If your URL contains your Twitter handle, it will be unusable after changing your name (this includes vanity URLs).  There are tools out there that can help you use them again, but it may take some work.

–  Your followers and following lists will reset. If they’ve already been connected to your new handle, then they won’t be lost, but anything not connected to both might disappear. However, if people follow/unfollow quickly (i.e., before the page has had a chance to update), you could lose those followers anyway.

–  Your Twitter analytics (if you use them) will reset. Remember, some things might be easily recoverable. But others may not! Keep that in mind while you decide what to do next.

3) Provided That Those Following You Haven’t Unfollowed, Your Messages Will Remain Intact — So Pick A New Handle For The Future!:

As mentioned above, your messages are the only thing that won’t be cleared out once you change your Twitter handle.

However, it’s recommended that you update your current one anyway if you’ve found a different name that better suits who you are on Twitter.

After all, followers may have unfollowed after following for a certain time or message limit has been reached — which means they won’t see your future posts if you don’t update the handle in use.

That’s why it’s important to keep all of this in mind as you decide on a new Twitter handle name!

Twitter has made it easy for users to change their names by making them accessible directly from within the website, through mobile apps, emailing Twitter support (from an un-private account), and even doing things like changing usernames via DM with another user.

But no matter what method is used, the account will be changed completely once that final button has been pressed — meaning followers might be lost, messages might be gone, etc., but luckily messages are still intact (and fortunately for those messages that were sent after/before the name change).


So, there you have it! In only a few simple actions, you may swap your Twitter handle. It’s all up to you now; good luck!

Well, I hope this article was helpful! Good luck changing your Twitter handle.

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