Usernames are one of the most fundamental but incredibly important aspects of our social media lives as they help us identify and find us across various platforms. And mostly they set the tone of our accounts by telling other users what the account is or what the account holder wants to focus on the most. Since social media, especially image and video sharing platforms like Instagram, is a crowded space, getting the username you want isn’t always easy. Other times, you run out of old usernames because they no longer represent the person you have become. For times like these, social media platforms offer the ability to change usernames.
While some social media platforms are more open as they allow users to modify their username and display the name without any restrictions, others offer this feature with some checks and limitations.
Before getting into the details of how this happens, i.e. how you can change your username, let us first understand the difference between username and display name. The display name on Instagram appears just below your profile picture. It does not need to be unique and may include emoji and special characters. On the other hand, the username appears at the top of your profile and needs to be unique so that you can be identified using it. It also comes with some limitations, such as it cannot be longer than 30 characters and can only contain letters, numbers, periods, and underscores.
Also, while a display name can be changed twice in 14 days, a username can be changed back with 14 days if no one else has claimed it. Now that the basics are clear, here is a step-by-step guide on how you can change a username on Instagram.
how to change username in instagram app
step 1: Open the Instagram app on your smartphone and log in to your account.
step 2: Tap your profile icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
step 3: Now tap on Edit Profile option under your Bio.
step 4: Enter your new username in the Username field.
Step 5: Tap on Done option in the top right corner of the app. After that tap on Done option again.
How to Change Instagram Username on the Web
step 1: Open Instagram.com on your web browser and log in to your account.
step 2: Click on your profile icon in the upper right corner of the window.
step 3: Go to the Settings menu.
step 4: Now click on Edit Profile option.
Step 5: Enter your new username in the Username field.
Step 6: Click Submit at the bottom of the page and you’re done.
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