As with most social media platforms, when Twitter first launched, it was an informal platform for people to connect with peers, thought leaders, and even celebrities. Now, it's evolved into a powerful marketing tool that many brands rely on.
But what happens if your former Twitter username, otherwise known as a handle, no longer reflects you or your brand? Well, there's an easy fix. Here, we'll show you how to change your Twitter handle on your desktop and the mobile app.
Can you change your Twitter handle?
Yes, you can change your Twitter handle whenever you'd like. Unlike Instagram, which limits you to two changes every 14 days, Twitter sets no limits on how often you can update your handle.
Your new username must be between four to 15 characters long and only includes numbers, underscores, and letters.
Note: When you change your handle, it's a good idea to alert your followers. This way, they can direct reply and message using your new username.
1. Go to "Settings and Privacy" from your profile icon drop-down menu.
2. Next, select "Account Information."
3. Select "Username."
4. Write your new username.
If the username is taken, Twitter will prompt you to make a new one. If the username is available, you'll see a green checkmark. Twitter also offers suggestions for available handles.
5. Click "Save" at the bottom of the screen.
How to Change Your Twitter Handle on Twitter's Mobile App
1. Within the mobile app, click on your profile icon and then select "Settings and Privacy."
2. Click "Account."
3. Click "Username."
4. Under "New," type in a new Twitter handle. If you need help, Twitter provides a list of suggestions for alternative handles.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in February 2019 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.