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How to Edit your Twitter Handle

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Your Twitter handle, or username, is a very important part of your Twitter account as this is how your followers will find you, know you, and remember you. It’s important to make your username short, simple, and memorable. If your Twitter account isn’t getting as many views as you would like, or it is inconsistent with your other social media accounts, you may want to consider changing your username.

In this article, we discuss how to go about changing your Twitter handle and some of the reasons why you would consider changing it. 

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How to Edit Your Twitter Username

Changing your Twitter username is thankfully pretty easy and you can change it at any time. To change your username follow these steps:

  1. Step 1

    Tap the triple bar in the top left corner of your screen.

  2. Step 2

    Tap “settings and privacy.”

  3. Step 3

    Tap “account.”

  4. Step 4

    Tap on your username under “login and security.”

  5. Step 5

    Input your new username.

  6. Step 6

    Tap “Done” on the bottom right of your screen.

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Reasons to Change Your Twitter Name

The cool thing about changing your Twitter handle and not just starting a new account is you get to keep all of your direct messages, replies, and even your followers. However, when you are thinking about changing your handle, be careful about how you go about it. If done wrong, you can confuse and possibly lose some of your followers due to them no longer knowing who you are or why they were following you in the first place. Let your followers know in advance that you are planning on changing your handle and why. 

However, that said, there may be times when it is indeed necessary and more beneficial to change your username. Some of those reasons being:

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    The name or focus of your business/niche has changed. 

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    Your username is misspelled, unprofessional, or looks spammy.

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    Your Twitter handle is different from the username you use on other social media platforms and you would like them to all be the same so other followers can find you more easily.

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    The needs of your followers have changed and you would like your username to reflect that.

Put a lot of thought into your new username. Make sure it is something that is solid and fitting for today and years to come. The less you can change your username, the better it will be for you and your followers.

Changing your Twitter handle should be thought about very carefully. It’s not always in your best interest to change it as it can affect your following if not planned out strategically. Sometimes, however, it may be exactly what you need to get an extra boost in your following and engagement; or perhaps it is necessary to keep in line with your business or brand if it has changed its name or focus. Whatever the reasons, plan out carefully what you would like your new username to be and how to go about it to maintain the followers you have and hopefully draw some others in as well.