How to easily change your TikTok username and profile name?
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(Pocket-lint) – TikTok has several buried features. Even if you spend hours a day in the app, you probably don’t know how to change your basic settings and preferences, like your username and profile name.
When you create a TikTok account, you are asked to choose a username and a profile name. But what if you used your real name and you no longer want it associated with your TikTok profile? Or maybe the name you chose initially doesn’t match the type of content you’re currently sharing. Whatever the reason, changing your username and profile name is easy. Here’s how.
What is the difference between a TikTok username and a profile name?
Your TikTok username is the “@” (or handle) associated with your account. For example, artist Lizzo has the username @lizzo on TikTok. Your profile name, on the other hand, is the name that appears at the top of your profile in the TikTok app. If you use your real name here, when people browse your videos to view your profile, they will see your real name.
How to change your TikTok username and profile name?
You can edit your username and profile name separately, but the place to do it for both is on the Edit Profile page.
- Open the TikTok mobile app and sign in.
- Go to your profile page (by tapping the profile icon in the bottom corner).
- Select Edit profile.
- Select one of the following options:
- Name (to change your profile name)
- Username (to change your username)
- Enter your new name or username.
How many times can you change your TikTok username?
You can only change your username once every 30 days. Your username must also always be unique. You cannot take an @ that is already in use.
What happens if you change your TikTok username?
You get a new handle when you change your TikTok username! You will also change your custom TikTok URL. For example, actor Kevin Bacon has the username @kevinbacon on TikTok, which means his TikTok profile has the URL www.tiktok.com/@kevinbacon. But if he changed his username and you tried to access his old URL, you would no longer see his videos. So keep that in mind if you change your TikTok username.
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Likewise, if you have a verified account and you change your username, that account is no longer verified.
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Written by Maggie Tillman.