How To Change Your Twitch Handle

Do you know that you can change your username on Twitch? Yes, you read it right! If you find your current username sucks or if you simply want it to be consistent with the game account you connected on Twitch, then it’s no longer a big deal. Twitch heard your plea. Gone are the days when you need to change your account just to change your username. 


If you want to change your username or at least the handle you present to others, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Twitch account. 
  2. Look for “Settings,” then select. 
  1. Under “Profile Settings,” look for “Username,” there you can find that you can update your username. 
  1. You will then be asked if you want to change your current username. If you are decided, then enter your new username. The check button will turn green if your new username is available. You will then be given a new channel URL. 

Note 1: Change of username takes effect immediately.

Note 2: Your friends and followers might not recognize you if you change your username. 

  1. After you finish entering your new username, click “Update.”
  2. Enter your password and select “Save Changes.”

And there you go, your username is now updated. Your friends and followers will view your new Twitch handle. 

Other Things to Remember After Changing Your Twitch Handle

  1. This feature can be done 60 days after you change your username. That means that after changing your username, you cannot change it again until after 60 days. 
  2. Don’t worry, your old username cannot be used by other users until after a minimum of 6 months. Your old username will be kept by Twitch for a while. But, after the said period, Twitch might make it available for the Twitch community, as well to new users. 
  3. Furthermore, partner usernames are not recycled by Twitch. So, once you change your partner usernames, this will be gone forever. The exception to the rule is in case of special circumstances. 
  4. Usernames that are taken but are inactive cannot be available to the community and new users. But inactive accounts are subject to the “Recycle and Reuse Policy” on Twitch. 
  5. You might lose access to your streamer stats after you change your username. To avoid this, you should try to export your streamer stats BEFORE you change your username. 
  6. Since you are given a new URL from the moment you change your username, your friends or followers will not be redirected to your new URL after they visit your old URL. So if you are using your old URL externally, make sure to update it. 


Changing your Twitch handle has its pros and cons. If you don’t want your old user name, then you can change it anytime for as long as you have never done the change before. But if you already tried changing it, you can only do this again after 60 days. Changing your Twitch handle might affect your stats or your views from your friends and subscribers. It is better to think twice before changing your username.