How to Change Your Twitch Name

Kody Wirth
January 29, 2024
3 min read
How to Change Your Twitch Name

As your Twitch channel grows, you may find that the original name that you chose doesn’t quite fit anymore. Maybe it’s a bit immature or you pivoted the focus of your channel.

No matter the reason, you may find yourself wanting to change up your Twitch name to be a more accurate reflection of your channel and brand. Luckily, Twitch made this a painless process after adding it in as a feature.

How to change your Twitch name

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Log in to Twitch and click account settings
  2. Click edit next to your username
  3. Add your new name and if it’s available a green checkmark will appear
  4. Click update and enter your Twitch password to verify

This process should be the exact same on mobile devices, but your account settings will be represented by the gear icon. From there just edit your username as you would on the desktop and you’ll be good to go.

Keep in mind you can’t just keep switching out your username whenever you’d like. You’ll need to wait 60-days before you’ll be able to change it again so be sure you can live with your username for at least 2-months.

How to change your Twitch name color

If you’ve gone to all the trouble of updating your username, you might as well update your color scheme for it as well. Instead of going to your profile, you’ll want to do this in chat instead. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Click the cog icon on the bottom left corner of the chat screen
  2. The top of the menu will display all the available preset colors to choose from and all you have to do is click it
  3. Wait a few seconds and then type in chat to test if it worked


As you go about changing up your Twitch username, you may run into a handful of questions or problems along the way. Here are some answers to those most frequently asked by Twitch users.

Why can’t I change my Twitch name?

There are two potential reasons why you can’t change your username:

  1. You changed your username less than 60-days before trying again
  2. The username you’re requesting is already taken

How do I get a Twitch name that is taken?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to just ask for a taken username, instead, you need to wait until the current user decides to change their name.

That being said, some usernames are taken by abandoned profiles, but luckily Twitch releases those names once the profile is inactive for 6-months. If you really want that username you can download this Google Chrome Extension to keep track of activity to see if it will be available soon.

How do I come up with a Twitch username?

If you’re struggling to come up with a solid new username that reflects your streaming brand, the best thing you can do is look at top streamers. Ninja, Tim the Tatmman, Shroud. Just a handful of examples that are quick and easy to remember.

And if that doesn’t inspire some ideas you can always check out some Twitch name generators. Use these as a starting point, but make sure to refine your username so that it’s precise, reflects your streaming content, and can be easily branded on your channel.

A name is everything

A good name is everything. It represents you, your channel, and the content you’re producing. But if you don’t get it right the first time, don’t worry you can always change it.

Just make sure that anytime you do, that you are willing to stick with the name for at least 6-months. Other than that, consider your brand and find a name that sticks.

Kody Wirth
Kody Wirth
Kody Wirth is a content writer and SEO specialist for Palo Alto Software. He has 3+ years experience covering small business topics and runs a part-time content writing service in his spare time.
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