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How to Change Your Name on Twitch, in 5 Steps

Hey there! Have you ever wanted to change your Twitch username to better match your gaming brand and identity? With over 30 million daily active users, Twitch is one of the largest platforms around for live-streaming gameplay, so your username is incredibly important.

The good news is, Twitch makes it super easy to change your username anytime right from your account settings. In this detailed guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through the quick process and also provide some pro tips for picking the perfect gaming handle. Let‘s get started!

Step 1: Access Your Twitch Account Settings

First, you‘ll need to access your Twitch settings page in order to change your username. Here‘s how to get there:

  1. On your computer, go to twitch.tv and click the purple "Log In" button in the upper right corner.

  2. When prompted, enter your current Twitch username and password and click "Log In".

  3. After logging in, you should see your profile icon in the top right. This will be a small circular thumbnail of your profile picture. Click it to open the drop-down menu.

  4. From the menu, click "Settings" (it‘s the icon that looks like a gear). This will open your Twitch Settings page.

Here‘s what the Settings icon looks like so you can easily find it:

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Got it? Okay, now that you‘re in your Twitch Settings, it‘s time to navigate to the Profile section.

Step 2: Navigate to Profile Settings

Next, we need to get to the specific part of your settings where you can actually change your username.

  1. At the top of the Settings page, make sure the "Profile" tab is selected. This is the default landing tab.

  2. On the left side of the page, click "Profile Settings" in the sidebar menu.

  3. This will open the Profile Settings section where you can edit your username.

Here‘s a screenshot so you know you‘re in the right place:

[Insert screenshot of Twitch Profile Settings page]

Perfect! Now scroll down until you see the "Username" section.

Step 3: Click the Edit Icon Next to Your Username

We‘re so close! Here‘s how to edit your existing username:

  1. Under "Username" on the Profile Settings page, look to the right of your current name.

  2. Hover over the gray pencil icon and click it. This opens the username editing interface.

See the edit icon here:

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Nice job! We just have to enter a new name and confirm it.

Step 4: Enter and Confirm Your New Desired Username

Just two short steps left to choose your new identity!

  1. In the "New Username" text field, type the new name you want, like "LegendaryGamer123".

  2. Below that, retype the same name again in the "Confirm Username" field. This ensures you didn‘t make a typo.

  3. Finally, click the big blue "Update Username" button at the bottom!

Here‘s an example of the username update fields:

[Insert screenshot filling out new username]

Boom! Twitch will refresh to your new username. So easy right?

Step 5: Log In With Your New Username

You did it! But we‘re not quite done yet:

  • Log out then back into Twitch using your new username to make sure the change sticks.

  • Update your profile – change your bio, links, etc. Don‘t forget to update your stream title and game too!

  • Let your followers know you changed your username so they can find your stream again.

And that‘s all there is to it! Five quick steps and you‘ve got yourself a brand new Twitch identity.

Choosing your ideal Twitch username is about more than just changing it. You want something catchy, unique, and appropriate for your brand.

Here are some pro tips for picking a great gaming handle on Twitch:

Be Memorable

  • Choose a name that stands out so viewers remember it. Incorporate your real name, gaming terms, or inside jokes.

  • Avoid names that are too long or confusing to spell. Be concise.

Be Consistent

  • Keep your Twitch name consistent with other social media accounts for branding and recognition.

  • Don‘t change your username too frequently or it may confuse your regular viewers.

Check Availability

  • Always search Twitch to make sure your desired username isn‘t already taken.

  • If taken, try small variations like adding an extra letter or number.

Follow the Rules

  • Twitch prohibits offensive, impersonating, or misleading usernames per their Community Guidelines.

  • Twitch reserves the right to free up inactive names or ban inappropriate ones.

Make it Shareable

  • Pick something simple to spell and pronounce so fans can easily share your channel.

  • Avoid obscure pop culture references only select fans may understand.

See, lots to consider when choosing your perfect gaming tag!

Don‘t panic if the exact Twitch username you want is already taken. You‘ve still got options:

  • Add numbers or symbols – Try your name with -123 or _ttv added. Over 50 million users makes duplicates likely!

  • Misspell creatively – Use unique phonetic spellings like n00bsmasher or GameQu33n.

  • Combine terms – Mash up gaming terms, your real name, abbreviations, etc.

  • Use a nickname – Incorporate abbreviated nicknames or initials into your handle.

  • Add TTV or TV – Many gamers add "TTV" or "TV" to signal it‘s a Twitch channel.

  • Try a generator – Username generators like namelix can spark fresh creative name ideas.

  • Switch up themes – If xXGamer-themed names are taken, switch formats to TTV-based names.

With a little ingenuity, you can modify a taken name into something available but still personal. Don‘t settle – find your perfect gaming identity!

As you can see, it‘s quick and painless to change your Twitch username. With just five simple steps, you‘re ready to take on a new identity.

I hope these step-by-step instructions along with the pro naming tips help you pick the ideal handle to represent your unique gaming brand and channel.

Just don‘t forget to spread the word so your loyal fans know where to find your amazing new streams! Now get out there and start streaming as the best version of you.