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How to Change Your Name on TikTok

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We've all made mistakes when choosing a username for something online. Maybe it was because you didn't think we were going to use the account much, or you were young and trying to be funny. Either way, you may find that it's time to change your username on TikTok .

TikTok has two different names for your account. Your name and your username.

Your name is what is shown to users on your profile and can be literally anything (as long as it is allowed by TikTok ToS).

Your username is what people use to tag you or find your account on TikTok. This means it must be unique to your account.

This post will cover how to change both when using the TikTok app.

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Change your TikTok display name

To change your TikTok display name, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Step 1

    Open the TikTok app and tap on profile in the bottom right corner.

  2. Step 2

    Tap edit profile in the middle of the screen

  3. Step 3

    Tap name, delete your current display name, type in a new name and tap save.

    Display names can be anything you like as long as they are compatible with TikTok’s terms and conditions. Other users will be able to view your TikTok name at the top of your profile page.

    Many people choose to use their actual name or nickname as their display name. You can also use a pseudonym or the name of your brand. If you want to get creative, use the space to put a personal motto (as long as it is short enough).

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Change your TikTok username

Your TikTok username is how most people on TikTok will recognize you and talk to you. The steps to change your username on TikTok are the same as your name. Complete the following:

  1. Step 1

    Open TikTok and go to profile.

  2. Step 2

    Tap edit profile. On the following screen, you should see your existing username. Tap username to change your TikTok name.

  3. Step 3

    Delete your current username, type in a new one, and tap save.

    All TikTok accounts must choose a unique username for their TikTok account. If the username you’ve chosen is already in use there will be a notification saying that the username isn’t available.

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Choosing a new username on TikTok

What if the TikTok username you want isn’t available?

It can sometimes be hard to create a new username. There are over 700 million TikTok account names in use, so even if you find one that you like it may not be available.

You can try adding numbers or extra letters at the beginning or end of the name you want or try to think of something that makes sense for your brand or business. You may be able to side-step to a different term or alter your current username enough to make it work.

If continually struggle to think of a new TikTok username, you can try a name generator for TikTok. There are several available online and many will allow you to input ideas that it will use to help you come up with an original username that you and your audience will appreciate.

What are the TikTok rules for usernames?

TikTok’s support page states that “Usernames can only contain letters, numbers, underscores, and periods. However, periods can’t be put at the end of the username.”

Also, you can only change your username once every 30 days. However, you can get around this feature by altering your time settings. All you need to do is go into the Date & Time settings (they are in your General settings) to turn off automatic time. You can then manually change the date to 30 days in advance.

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How to update your TikTok profile page

Aside from changing your TikTok username, you can also personalize your profile in a number of ways to help it stand out from other accounts.

Change your TikTok bio

To change your profile details first open TikTok, then complete the following:

  1. Step 1

    Tap profile in the bottom right of the app.

  2. Step 2

    Tap edit profile in the center of the screen

  3. Step 3

    To edit your bio tap Bio, type something about yourself you want people to see, then tap save.

How to change your profile picture

To change your profile icon in TikTok open the app and tap profile, then complete the following:

  1. Step 1

    In the top left corner tap the circle above change photo.

  2. Step 2

    Select where you want to upload the photo from in the menu that comes up.

  3. Step 3

    For a new photo, tap take photo, tap the white circle at the bottom of the screen, tap OK, then tap save.

    For an existing one already on your phone tap select from gallery. Select the photo you’d like, tap confirm, tap save.

You can also change the profile video on your TikTok profile page. Refreshing your profile videos from time keeps your profile looking fresh for fans who frequently visit it.

How to connect TikTok to other social media accounts

Connecting your TikTok account to other social media apps is a good marketing technique. You will be able to funnel your followers to and from other platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. Here’s how to link the accounts:

  1. Step 1

    Open your profile, tap edit profile and select Instagram or Youtube at the bottom of the page.

  2. Step 2

    Log in to your IG or YT account when Tiktok brings up the login to link your accounts to TikTok.

This simple process will allow people to view your YouTube videos and Instagram pics by going to your profile in TikTok. You can also share your videos to the other sites directly from the TikTok app.

Updating your username on TikTok is a pretty easy process, as is updating your profile. Getting rid of an old username, linking a website for your business, adding a relevant profile picture, or connecting your YouTube account can dramatically increase viewers and really skyrocket your TikTok account.

However, while updating your bio and links can be beneficial, it probably isn’t a good idea to change your profile photo and name too often, as it might make it hard to create and establish your brand identity.