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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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:iconinzlkett:
InzlKett Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Also get rid of the nag asking for a real name.  I never put real names on profiles on places like this since it is not required.  If you want the real name it in the copyright watermark on my art.
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:iconpokeballztheseries:
PokeBallZtheSeries Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
If they add é to the available letters, then I'd change my name to PokéBall Z
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:iconxshayathehedgehogx:
XShayatheHedgehogX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an outrage! Can't you just be a regular member and change your username!? If DeviantART doesn't change this I might just deactivate
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:iconfluffouqhts:
fluffouqhts Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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:icononce-ler0:
Once-ler0 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow a premium just because i want to change my username
Nah
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:iconxx-nya-san-xx:
Xx-Nya-san-xX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Why cant non membership change their username? -.-
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:iconink--tank:
Ink--Tank Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
because it's a perk.
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:iconfanfan666:
fanfan666 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student
non-membership people have no username.
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:iconfanfan666:
fanfan666 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student
wait.. oops...
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:iconfanfan666:
fanfan666 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student
Sorry, I got confused.. ):
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:iconlolwares:
LolWares Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Wait, I thought that limited members can change usernames now...
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:iconaflyingpassion:
AFlyingPassion Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Can you not add the "Formerly known as" feature? I know it's to notify your watchers about who you are and what your new user name is. But it's really annoying, especially if you have people that troll you. Maybe have a disable button for the "Formerly known as" part under settings. I'm sure a lot of deviants will appreciate that new feature if installed. I hope you guys add that soon. 

Also I agree with 5AM can it be sooner for us to change our username? I don't like waiting that long and it would such if premium runs out then. 
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:icon5iveam:
5iveAM Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
I really luv how when you want to change your name again that it says you can't change it until "26 February 2015" but then when that date comes around you still can't change it.....

waiting very patiently to change my name...... ugh...
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:icondvictorian2012:
DVictorian2012 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wait how did you find the date?
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:icon5iveam:
5iveAM Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
When you go to your settings and go to change your name it will say that the function won't be available until (THIS DATE MEEEERRRR)

but I think it does it by the actually TIME you changed it last? Cause mine did let me do it eventually 
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:icondvictorian2012:
DVictorian2012 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I never got a chance to change it because I don't know how people were able to find the date to change their usernames. :( Can you be more specific of how you tried to change it as soon as you got the date notice?
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:icon5iveam:
5iveAM Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Well also you need premium (idk if you had it or not)

but it's right here

title wooo by 5iveAM

The date had come up, but it wouldn't let me change my username. I wrote to them after it was already 2PM and I couldn't change it, but then literally as soon as I sent the note on the help center it was suddenly available. So I don't know how it becomes available, it just did at some random time on the date it gave me :iconpinkieshrugplz:
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:iconlord-storm:
Lord-Storm Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
"Change is as good as a rest" old Saying
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:iconlilimisskitty:
LiLiMissKitty Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to know the answer to this problem. See, my profile says that my username change feature is available today. 

It is now 1:05 PM where I live, and I'm still not able to change it. Why isn't it allowing me to change it?
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:iconchasmandala:
ChasMandala Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello - I was just wondering; group names themselves can't be changed, correct? Thanks! :)
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:iconpaintkittypaws:
PaintKittyPaws Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think they have to be upgraded to super, you can't change the name of a normal group c:
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:iconchasmandala:
ChasMandala Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, OK - I kind of thought along those lines; I just wasn't sure. Thanks for the info! :)
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:iconericnyx:
EricNyx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohai
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:iconchasmandala:
ChasMandala Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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:icondovewing345:
Dovewing345 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If your premium membership expires, can you keep the changed username?  
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:iconkesoroda-mkb:
Kesoroda-MKB Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. This change is permanent, until you change it again. (When allowed.)
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:icondovewing345:
Dovewing345 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you. ^^
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:iconluna-th:
Luna-th Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student Filmographer
I was wondering... Will the "Formerly Username" ever disappear from my account page ?
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:iconthomasthe747:
Thomasthe747 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015   Digital Artist
It will after about a month
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:iconluna-th:
Luna-th Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Filmographer
thank you!
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:iconthomasthe747:
Thomasthe747 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015   Digital Artist
No problem
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:iconyochanart:
YochanArt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yesterday I was supposed to can change my username again, six months passed, but till today I cant do it yet ... It says " You have recently changed, this feature will be avalible again 31st January, 2015" That date was yesterday, so whats happening?
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:iconal-drig:
Al-drig Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student General Artist
I have one question. When I want to change my username, but it is already taken by someone who hasn't been active for 10 years and don't use it, is there any way for me to get the username? I am not sure if it is stated somewhere here, I am not native english, so I am so sorry if it was already said. I just really want the name, but can't have it :/
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:iconhandscraft:
HandsCraft Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist
No. No, except if you can contact them and ask them to delete their profile. Or, at least, that´s how it is on tumblr and I think, it´s similar here. Sorry, if you don´t understand me.
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:iconal-drig:
Al-drig Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student General Artist
I see what you mean. But I doubt if would be possible to contact them when don't have anything on their profile and weren't active for 10 years... but thanks for reply I guess I have to leave my dream username, sadly :/
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:iconhandscraft:
HandsCraft Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Maybe you alterthe writing a little?
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:iconal-drig:
Al-drig Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
I will try to think of something I guess :)
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:iconhandscraft:
HandsCraft Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist
Good luck :D
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:iconal-drig:
Al-drig Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student General Artist
thanks :)
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:iconpenzoom:
Penzoom Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Artist
i should need it
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:iconsagethethird:
sagethethird Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
I want to cry, lol 

hobbyists to students to professionals. 

I went from "hobbyist" to "student" to "sort of professional" to "idk anymore"...
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:iconboxingglovehands:
boxingglovehands Featured By Owner Edited Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm never gonna change my Username.
cos i love it and best describes who i am when it comes down to what my art is all about.
it is really brilliant what my gallery contains. with knockout results.
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:iconfin-artvocaloidanime:
FiN-ArtVocaloidAnime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That just sucks :/ :|
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:iconnewzika:
NewZikA Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't like my username ):
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:iconneutralhedgie:
NeutralHedgie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
I don't like my username >.<
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:iconcutelukichan:
CuteLukiChan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student
Wow
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:iconmay-lene:
May-Lene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen that some got their "formerly username" away after a few months. Is this a option I can choose?
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:icon56horse:
56horse Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student
instersting. i wanna change mine. 
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:icondieselpaws:
DieselPaws Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist
I wish we did have to wait 6 months. I have a new name in mind and I am afraid someone is going to take it before me
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:iconcrystal-the-wolf1015:
Crystal-The-Wolf1015 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you use a name of a deactivated account?
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