It’s time to change your twitter handle. Maybe you are fed up with the name you chose when you joined in 2007, or maybe it just doesn’t represent who you are anymore.
Perhaps you’re a company and you’ve been through a rebranding or name change.
Whatever the reason, changing your Twitter handle is a quick and easy process that makes signing in easier than ever.
This article will teach you how to change your Twitter handle using a mobile app (Apple or Android) or a desktop computer. The steps for each method are very similar. Here we go!
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How to change your Twitter handle on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
- Open the Twitter app on your iOS device.
- Tap Me at the bottom of the screen to open your profile page.
- Tap on “Edit”.
- Enter a new username and tap Done.
- If you’d like to change your name as well, click Change Name, enter a new name, then tap Done.
Here’s how to change your Twitter handle from an Android device
- Go to “Settings and Privacy” and tap on “Account”.
- Tap on “Twitter” and choose your username.
- Enter a new Twitter handle in the field that appears and click OK.
Here’s how to change your Twitter handle from a desktop computer
- Go to www.twitter.com
- Sign in to your account by entering an email address and password
- Click the people icon at the top of the screen
- Select settings “
- Select “Name” at the bottom of this page
- Enter a new name (optional)
How to Choose the Right Twitter Handle for Your Business
The best Twitter username or handle for your business is short, memorable, and easy to spell. It should also include your company name. Example: Mercedes Benz’s Twitter handle is @MercedesBenzUSA.
The reason your Twitter handle should be short and memorable is so that people can easily find your business on the platform. It is not the place to be joking or being smart. This will make it harder for people to find you.
When to have multiple Twitter handles for your business
You may want to have multiple Twitter handles for your business.
For example, you could use @CompanyName and then a secondary handle from @ Service1 or something like that. This allows users to find the service they want on Twitter while keeping track of your company’s updates in one place.
Mercedes Benz has a different Twitter handle for its press releases and media inquiries: @MB_Press.
If you’re a global company, you might want a separate Twitter handle for
Every country. For example @USAmerica or @Canada.
Mercedes Benz has different Twitter addresses for each country in which they have a large presence: @MercedesBenzUSA, @MercedesBenzUK and @MercedesBenzCDN. This allows them to speak directly to their regional audience, who may each have their own needs and preferences.
What to do when your Twitter handle is taken
If you already have a Twitter account and want to update your username, the best thing to do is to search Twitter for your desired username. If it’s available, hit update and use that name ASAP!
If your desired username is taken, you have a few options. First, try to only use numbers or letters for the first and last name (e.g. @ User3201). If that doesn’t work, just use the first letter of each word in your new handle (@ UserB1) or just the starting number (@ User8).
Try different variations until you find one that is available!
If the account with the same username is a scam, you have a different problem.
If your company name is being used by a scammer or troll on Twitter, do the following:
- Report the account on Twitter. To do this, click on the profile of the account and click on “Report”.
- Mention in your report that this is an incorrect username and you are not connected to it.
- Copy or take a screenshot of tweets from the scammer account to prove the breach of your name or company.
- Keep in mind that these accounts are violating Twitter’s Terms of Service, so they may still be deleted.
Another good reason to get verified is to stop scammers from stealing your company name on Twitter or impersonating you online. When people see the blue check mark next to your name, they know it is you.
For more instructions on how to do this, see our guide to verification on Twitter.
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