Can’t Change Twitch Username? – Here’s what to do

Twitch is a well-known streaming service, where people can livestream for other users and receive donations from their viewers. In order to livestream on Twitch, you will require an account.

When making a Twitch account, you will need to choose a username and password. After making an account, you can change your username if you decide you want a different one.

Can’t Change Twitch Username? Do this

Unfortunately, Twitch can sometimes fail to change your username. If you’re unable to change your username on Twitch, the only other way to change your username is by creating another account. There are several reasons that could be behind the username change error.

Time Restraints

One of the most basic reasons is the restrictions behind changing your Twitch username. Twitch only allows users to change their username once every 60 days. Once you’ve changed your Twitch username once, you will have to wait at least 60 days (approx. two months) before changing it again.

Unique Usernames

Another reason that could be stopping you from altering your Twitch username is the new username already being in use. Every Twitch user must have their own unique username. If you’re trying to change your username to something that’s already being used by another user, Twitch will reject your request. Try choosing a more unique username.

Terms of Service

Twitch may also be refusing to let you change usernames because your new username is too inappropriate for the platform. Twitch has a terms of service they need to abide by. If your new username violates their terms of service, you will not be allowed to change your username.

Bugs/Glitches

Twitch may also just be experiencing some bugs or glitches, which could be preventing you from changing your username. In such cases, it’s best to restart the Twitch app or refresh the Twitch website.

How to Fix

If you’re unable to change your username on Twitch, worry not as there are ways to bypass this issue. Written below are some solutions for this problem.

Log Out & Restart Twitch

Firstly, try giving Twitch a complete refresh to flush out any bugs or glitches that may be occurring. To log out of Twitch, simply click on your profile picture in the top right to access your profile options. A set of options should appear below your profile picture.

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Next, scroll down on the options. At the bottom, there should be a ‘log out’ option. Click on it to log out of your Twitch account.

Once you’ve logged out, close the app or refresh the page. Then, open up Twitch once more and log in. Try changing your username again to see if the problem has been solved.

Clear Cache

Another method for solving the username error is by clearing your browser cache. This is specifically for those using the Twitch website. Accumulated browser cache can cause issues for Twitch.

We’ll be focusing on the Google Chrome browser app. To clear your browser cache, open up Google Chrome and click on the three dots in the upper right. Select the ‘settings’ option to access your browser settings.

Next, navigate to the ‘privacy and security’ tab. Click on the ‘clear browsing data’ option.

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A pop-up should appear. Select the ‘advanced tab’ and make sure the ‘cookies and other site data’ and ‘cached images and files’ options have been checked. Then, click on the drop-down menu for ‘time range’ and select ‘all time’. When you’re finished, click the ‘clear data’ option to clear your browser cache.

Use an Incognito Tab

You can also try using an incognito tab on your browser app to change your Twitch username. This can help you bypass any slight errors that may be occurring in Twitch.

We’ll mainly focus on the Google Chrome browser app. To access incognito mode, open up Google Chrome and press Ctrl + Shift + N. This should open a new incognito tab. Go on the tab and access the Twitch website. Try changing your username to see if it works.

Alternatively, you can access incognito mode by opening Google Chrome and clicking the three dots in the top right. Select ‘new incognito window’ to open an incognito tab.

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This should open up a new window. The window should be in incognito mode.

Change Browser App

If you think your browser may be the cause of the username error, try using a different browser app. Some popular browser apps you can use are Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Microsoft Edge. Try changing your Twitch username on the other browser app.

How to Change Username on Twitch

You can only change your Twitch username on Desktop. You can’t do it on Mobile unless you use the Desktop version of the website.

Open the Twitch app or go to twitch.tv. Click on your profile icon, and select the ‘settings’ option.

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Go on the ‘profile’ tab, and scroll down until you see the ‘profile settings’ section. Locate your username, and click on the pen symbol next to it. You should now be able to change your username.

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Type out your new username, and click the update option when you’re ready. Your username should now be changed. You don’t need to subscribe to a Twitch streamer to be able to change your username.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are many factors that could be stopping you from changing your Twitch username. There may be a glitch with the app or website, or you may be violating one of Twitch’s restrictions on usernames. Try restarting Twitch, or choosing a different username to change to.

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