How to Change Twitch TV Username on All Devices: A Step-by-Step Guide

In the dynamic world of streaming, your Twitch username is more than just an identifier; it’s a personal brand, a front-facing component of your digital presence. As streamers, we understand the need for a username that resonates with our audience and reflects our evolving personas. Changing our Twitch username is a straightforward process accessible across various devices, ensuring that we can keep our brand consistent and relevant, whether we’re at our desktops or on the go.

A computer screen shows "Settings" menu open on Twitch app. A cursor hovers over "Username" field, ready to type. Phone and tablet also display Twitch app, mirroring the process

We’ve got the flexibility to update both our username and display name—the former being how we’re uniquely identified on Twitch, and the latter how our name appears to viewers, which can be a variation in the capitalization of our username. Twitch allows us to change our username once every 60 days, making it a not-too-frequent affair but flexible enough for a much-needed refresh or rebrand. When it comes to changing usernames, we seek to streamline our digital identities and keep our followers engaged with a name that stands out and feels authentic to who we are as streamers.

Preparing to Change Your Twitch Username

A computer screen showing the Twitch settings page with the username field highlighted. A mouse cursor hovers over the field, ready to type in a new username

Before we initiate a username change on Twitch, there are crucial steps to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Having a verified email is paramount as Twitch will send a confirmation email to this address. Without verification, you cannot proceed with the change.

A pivotal detail to remember is that Twitch only allows us to change usernames once every 60 days. Choose wisely to avoid being stuck with a name you’re unhappy with.

Current Username Twitch Partnership Abandoned Usernames
Ensure you’re logged into the right Twitch account. If your account is partnered, be aware of the implications. Twitch recycles inactive usernames, but recently abandoned usernames may not be available immediately.

Navigating to the settings is simple. Upon login, click on the profile icon and locate the Profile Settings. Here we will find the option to edit our Twitch username.

In preparation, reflect on the potential impact on your followers and branding, as a sudden change can confuse your audience. As informed users, we understand the necessity of a strategic approach to username selection, considering the longevity and our online identity on the Twitch platform.

Steps to Change Username on Desktop

Changing your Twitch username can refresh your online presence, and thankfully, it’s a straightforward process on desktop platforms. Whether you prefer using a browser on PC or Mac or the Twitch desktop app, we’ve got you covered with these simple steps.

Via Twitch Website

Using a Desktop Browser:
  • Open your preferred web browser, like Chrome, on your PC or Mac.
  • Head over to the Twitch website and log in to your account.
  • Click on your profile icon located at the top-right corner of the page to access a drop-down menu.
  • Select ‘Settings’ and locate the ‘Username’ section.
  • Click the pencil icon next to your current username.
  • Type your new username and click Save Changes.
  • A pop-up window will confirm the change. Ensure you’re happy with the new username, as Twitch only allows updates every 60 days.

Using the Desktop App

In the Twitch Desktop App:
  • Open the Twitch desktop app on your PC or Mac.
  • Click your profile icon in the top-left corner of the app.
  • Click on ‘Settings’ which will take you to your account settings screen.
  • Navigate to the ‘Username’ section and click the pencil icon to edit.
  • Enter your desired username, click the Save Changes button, and wait for a confirmation.
  • Remember, Twitch enforces a limit on how often you can change your username, so be certain before you confirm your new name.

Updating Username on Mobile Devices

Changing your Twitch username through a mobile device is a straightforward process whether you’re on Android or iOS. Remember, Twitch allows username changes once every 60 days, and the mobile app provides a smooth experience for this adjustment.

On Android Devices

Steps to Update Your Twitch Username:
  1. Open the Twitch app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the profile icon usually located at the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. Select Account Settings, often represented by a gear icon.
  4. Choose Account at the top of the settings menu to access your account details.
  5. Here, tap Edit Profile, then input your new username in the designated field.
  6. After ensuring the username is available and meets Twitch’s guidelines, tap on Save to confirm the change.

On iPhone and iPad

If you’re using an iOS device, the Twitch app doesn’t support username changes directly. Instead, open your mobile web browser and follow these steps:

Changing Twitch Username on iOS:
  1. Visit Twitch.tv on your mobile web browser.
  2. Tap on the profile tab at the top-right corner and log in if needed.
  3. In the dropdown menu, select the three dots icon and choose Request Desktop Site.
  4. This will redirect you to the desktop version of Twitch, where you can follow the same steps as the Android process to change your username.
  5. Save the changes before exiting to ensure your new username is applied.

We’ve covered the essential steps to update your Twitch username on both Android and iOS mobile devices. Adjusting your username in the Twitch app on Android is immediate, while iOS users will need to use their mobile web browser to request the desktop site for this function.

Post-Username Change Considerations

When we change our Twitch username, it’s not just about a new name—it affects our channel’s brand and how our followers interact with us. It’s crucial to understand the full impact of this change.

Channel URL Implications

After we update our username, the channel URL changes correspondingly. This is vital as all previous links to our channel won’t redirect to the new URL. To maintain the convenience for our subscribers, we should update all external links pointing to our Twitch channel—this includes links on social media, websites, or Discord servers where our presence is showcased.

Notifying Your Followers and Streamers

Communication is key when we’ve got a new username. We should inform our followers immediately to avoid any confusion. An effective notification strategy could involve:
  • An announcement during our next live stream
  • Updates across all social media accounts
  • A message blast to our Discord community

Incorporating this change into our brand and making sure our audience knows how to find us is a top priority post-username transition.

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