You’ve been using one of the world’s most famous social media platforms, Twitter, for some time now. That’s excellent. Now, you want to change your Twitter handle. How do you proceed? Is it a hard task? Well, that’s not true. Changing your Twitter handle is simple and involves very few steps. Let’s discuss how you can change a Twitter handle on various gadgets. Is there a problem with doing so? That’s a good question; we’ll find out about that too. Read on to find out more.
What’s a Twitter Handle?
It’s the username that appears at the end of someone’s unique Twitter URL. It appears after the @ sign in the profile URL and must be unique to an account. It’s not similar to a Twitter display name and is also called a username. A username/Twitter handle is used to log in to your account and is visible when you send and receive replies and direct messages.
People can also use the Twitter handle to search for you. Thus, it must be more than four characters long but can only be up to 15 characters or less. It can contain only numbers, letters, and underscores without any space. That’s unlike the display name that is up to 50 characters long. So, instead of creating a new Twitter account, you can change the username.
How to Change Your Twitter Handle?
The general procedure for changing a Twitter handle is simple. Once you log into the account, click on the profile icon in the top right, and then select “settings and privacy.” Next, click on your account and then account information. You’ll be required to input your Twitter account password to verify that it’s you. Once that’s over, under the account information, update the username that’s currently listed in the username field. Click the save button to save your new Twitter handle. Sometimes, if the new username you choose is taken, you’ll be prompted to choose another one.
Changing Your Twitter Handle On Your Phone
While the process is the same whether you’re using a PC or phone, sometimes the navigation system within these gadgets may vary, especially for iPhones. Using the Twitter app might also be different from opening it from the browser. To change your username on the phone, first, open the Twitter app.
Navigate to the profile page (section). If it doesn’t open directly to that page, click the small profile picture at the top of the screen. Once the profile page is opened, tap the “edit profile” window. In the window, click on your name and change it to the one you desire. Twitter always provides a name suggestion from which you can choose. After making the change, click on “save” to update the Twitter handle.
When to Change Your Twitter Handle
How do you know it’s the right time to update your account’s username? While there’s no specified time to do so, you should avoid doing it any time that you feel. Remember, like any social media platform, your Twitter handle reveals your brand and provides an impression to visitors of your profile. The username should be professional and sensible to your business operations.
If possible, you should have a consistent username across all the social media network accounts to make it easy for people to get you. Hence, frequent change of your Twitter handle might not be the best idea. However, even if you’ve been a Twitter user for a long time and have stuck to one username for long, multiple reasons may prompt a change. You should consider changing the Twitter handle if you identify with the following:
- Your business name has changed or has been rebranded
- You would like your Twitter username to be consistent with other social media usernames.
- Industrial evolution has initiated a change in customer’s needs, and you need a profile that reflects the change
- The current username includes a typo or any other error. Or, it might be too long and unprofessional.
How often can you change the Twitter handle? While there’s no documented limit on the number of times to change the username, doing so severally can get you on twitter’s notice. That might result in your account getting suspended. It’s a simple process to carry out, but you need to be sure that you’re making the right move. If not considered carefully, changing a username can lead to more loss than gain.
What Happens Upon Changing a Twitter Username?
Is there a problem with changing your Twitter handle? You might fear losing all followers, but is that what happens? According to the Twitter Support team, a change of username won’t affect your existing followers, Direct Messages, or replies. The followers will still see your profile, but with a new username next to your profile photo when you update.
It would be best to alert them before changing the username so that they direct replies or Direct Messages to your new username. Further, it’s crucial to note that once your username is changed, the previous one will immediately be available for use by someone else. It’s like in the real world where once you move out of a place, it immediately becomes vacant for someone else to inhabit.
What if the desired Twitter handle you wanted to change to is already taken? Yes, sometimes it’s common to find that someone already registered the Twitter handle you wanted. If that happens, check if the account is active and the user isn’t impersonating you. If that’s the case, then there’s little you can do. If he’s pretending to be you, first try and contact him by sending a tweet or finding a link to his contact details in the account bio.
If you can’t reach the account holder, then try working through Twitter to gain the account’s possession. Twitter will be able to help appropriately. If you can’t get that desired username, get creative and think of a way to modify it slightly to something else. You can learn more about changing Twitter handles here.
Twitter is among the most used social media platform worldwide, and it has millions of users. If you’re a Twitter user and would like to change an old username to a new one, read through this blog again for assistance. I hope it helps you to decide wisely!