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Username Changes Now Available

Wed May 16, 2012, 3:18 PM

DeviantART has been around for almost twelve years, and in that time, we've seen artists grow from hobbyists to students to professionals. As a member of any community, your identity can change and grow over time.

For years, we've been getting requests from the community asking for the ability to change usernames. We realize that as an artist, it's important to give you the ability to change your personal brand, just as you change your interests, skills, and art types.

How It Works

Deviants can now change their username in their Settings. To change your username, you must have an active Premium Membership.  (The reason there is a "fee" associated with the change is because switching usernames is a complex technical process that can create confusions for fellow deviants.)  Once changed, your previous username will redirect to your new profile. You can only change your username once per six months and you are not able to change back to the original username.

What Happens When You Change Usernames

Once you change your username, you will be logged out and asked to login again using your new username and existing password.

Everything will be transferred
Your deviations (artwork), favourites, watchers, messages, stats, settings, etc., will all be transferred to the new username. The only thing that doesn’t transfer are the places where people mentioned your old username in comments, journals, artwork descriptions, etc.  However, those links will redirect to your new username.

Your watchers will be notified
Your watchers will get a notification in their Message Center informing them that you have changed your username. Also, "(formerly [username])" will display on your new username’s Profile Page and next to your username for one month. This notice will always display (even after the one month) if someone visits your old profile and is redirected to the new one.

Username Change Message Center Notice by danlev

Formerly Screenshot by danlev

Further Details

  • Username changes are available to anyone with an active Premium Membership -- whether you bought it yourself or it was gifted to you.
  • You cannot change your username to one that is taken even if you are the owner of both. You cannot claim a deactivated account.
  • You can simply change the capitalization of your username.
  • No one will be able to claim your old username.
  • Group username changes are not supported at this time.

Username changes have been one of our most requested features, and we're excited to offer this option. We understand the desire to adapt as you progress as an artist and it is our hope that username changes will facilitate this growth. As always, we're eager to hear your feedback!

Want to change your username? Upgrade to a Premium Membership.

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Kathrine15 Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is unfair that only need to be in premium membership to change username! I think everyone could change they names! 
user15432 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  New Deviant Professional Filmographer
i can do that
JealousBass Featured By Owner 3 days ago
FnafGildaTheGriffin Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
but why only for the members?
can you PLEEEEAAAAASSSEEEEE change it for anyone to be able?

or at least, make us give a certian number of points (at least 50)?
Onimon77 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015   Digital Artist
bunnygirlchan ayyyyy lmfaio 
SophsCreations Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This Is a nice feature 
TyL-100 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
miniwolf182 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Hagaluz Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
( ՞ਊ ՞ ) 
miaoshi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  New Deviant  Digital Artist
Kirbyfan12901 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Artist
Is it okay for some to change it only ONCE for free for non-core members because I want to change mine but don't have the money to become a core member
miniwolf182 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Lady-Teen-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this feature for...REALLY LONG TIME

It's nothing new.
MusicAlexyon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
papillonstudio Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks to the team for this feature! :iconmonkeythumbplz: 
molenas Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Student General Artist
does anyone know when the "formerly [insert old username]" disappear? Is there an option where you can delete it cause I don't want people to know my old username! I changed it all because I don't want certain people finding me..
mockinqbirb Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
it disappears after a certain amount of time, i think maybe a month or two !
Game8Freak Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
but it past six months?
StygianVoidDragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
SemiFloating Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Student General Artist
You know what would be really nice? 

A LOT of deviants that I know have made two, three, or more accounts. Even if they aren't active, it'd be nice if there were a feature where we could say something like, "SemiFloating was previously Mikaishmu" or whatever. ^^;

Opinions are completely acceptable, haha. :heart:
Margocik Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I changed my username twice :"D
FnafBonnie192 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm.....I've been here for seven months and I can't change my username
Fiery-Butler Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You need to have an active premium membership or 'core' membership. Without that, you can't change it.
Serelathe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Photographer
I just changed my username to Serelathe and it still says SeighinHawk even after I re-logged back in with the new one. Can someone explain the process of that to me? 
SaspuCreativePower Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015

I see a "Serelathe" here ... ergo ... it works ;)

Serelathe Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Photographer
Yeah it changed later on. That's what I was curious about, if there was a time lapse for the change or something. Thanks :)
Wolvesto2 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Artist
Darkfall303 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Can't it be for free? Google plus allows anyone to change usernames for free and anytime.
Vavori Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Does the 'formerly ___' ever go away?
kanariyah Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
It will after a month or something, if I remember correctly, so don't worry ^u^/
Vavori Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh thank you!
kanariyah Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
You're most welcome! ♡
StygianVoidDragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
RainbowfiedMaya Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Would your username change back after your premium membership expire?
Mesaari Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
RainbowfiedMaya Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thx :)
Mesaari Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No probs ^ ^
TrueStarWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice to know
AmyTheSpiritSeeker Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
3 years later and group name changes still aren't an option?  I'd gladly pay for the privilege on one particular group (it's been too long and too full of nice arts to just close and start over).
Azure-Dragon-Seiryu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I just want a PM again, i don't need to change my username
MidnightVersielFlare Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm SICK of my username, and there is NO WAY I'm getting premium membership.. Tried deactivating for a 'new username', but DeviantART won't let you use the same email for a new account, so I went through two days of crap trying to fix that Dillema then I just reactivated my account, and I can't deactivate the one with the useless email... All from ONE. STUPID. SENTENCE. :(
glass-frogs Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
can i just put in my input?
i get it, the community yall work in runs off of money, but i feel like its absurd that you need to have a premium just to do these tiny features anymore. its really just pointless, since i have to make a new account if i even want to change my name. 
MewTheLegend Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Its not pointless. Its one of the many reasons they think you should buy core.
Its a "perk"so it shouldnt be free. Something like changing a username is a big thing so I actually agree with having to pay for it ^^
MidnightVersielFlare Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree T_T
o0MrsPink0o Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
XxClockworkResonance Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
honestly.... why would one need a premium membership to change a username....? sounds absurd to me... 
mlp3466 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
COOL I might do it!
Valentinita516 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Alguien que hable español y me explique esto? :'v
TheEvergreenShadow Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Los miembros superiores de DA (cuesta dinero para ser uno, o alguien te puede regalar uno) pueden cambiar sus nombres de usuario aqui. Si lo hacen:

no podras recobrar tu nombre viejo, ni nadie mas podra cojerlo
no se puede escojer un nombre ya usado
los que te vigilan recibiran un mensaje que cambiaste tu nombre
al momento, los grupos no pueden cambiar sus nombres

Espero que esto te ayudo.
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