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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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:iconbelechan123:
Belechan123 Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
yo no entender nada 
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:iconlithnaji:
Lithnaji Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hardly wanna change my Usnername because of very bad memories/ bat thinks thats habend in past . ._. BUT  i must wait until march... give  it any other options?
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:iconlochnessbigfoot12345:
Lochnessbigfoot12345 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
How do you Change it though??
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:iconcdmike24:
CDMIKE24 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016   General Artist
i just want my username changed i dont need anyother core benifits and i have no way to pay i have no credit or debit cars and am not allowed them so i have to use cash or usps money orders is there anyway to just have my named changed 
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:iconjemeatswaffles:
jemeatswaffles Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, on my settings it says "You can change your username on the 27th of November," which happens to be today. How long do i have to wait before the option is unlocked?
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
wait a minute you can change your name?
MAN I WISH I KNEW HOW
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:iconjayleyprice:
JayleyPrice Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you change the phrase under your username
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:icongogokaijuhero:
GoGoKaijuhero Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so can i just give you 15 bucks to change my name ? 
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
I hope free members can change username by paying some points
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:iconsmolsuqar4ddict:
I changed my username to LiqoriceLace 6 months ago
Da says i can change it again on the 16th of November
it IS the 16th yet it still says i can't change it 
is it a timezone thing? or a bug, or.. what?
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Is ur core membership get from deviantart points not use money to purchase
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:iconsmolsuqar4ddict:
SmolSuqar4ddict Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
My mom pays for the core for me, i don't have enough points
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:iconayakalove:
Ayakalove Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
I join DA more than six months but not username change , please help me ! 
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
U not paid member of course can't change
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:iconpolarfleets:
Polarfleets Featured By Owner Edited Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have to be a premium-- I mean Core member
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:iconpepperedsoda:
PepperedSoda Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016   Artist
All you want is money fam Donald icon #4 
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:iconmeowmeow221:
meowmeow221 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Without money the can't run the site :v
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:iconpepperedsoda:
PepperedSoda Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016   Artist
And what are you? So rich you can afford 50 dollars a month to keep your little star and every other feature on the site?
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:iconmeowmeow221:
meowmeow221 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Nope. Actually the opposite :) I have a total of $5 that I've saved over 3 months. I've never gotten membership in anything and just use free everything. I'm not even typing this from a laptop I bought, I just got this for free at a weird advertisement thing. I'm not saying that everybody should buy membership, It's just that without money DA wouldn't make it far.
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:iconpepperedsoda:
PepperedSoda Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016   Artist
Its not fair you have to pay money to access almost every single feature! Premium should have vanity features and things like that. Not necessary things like polling and featuring your art in full instead of a thumbnail!
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:iconmeowmeow221:
meowmeow221 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Student General Artist
I agree with that. We need a few more features on this website. A few more at least.
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
I also think what they care is money too
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:iconhetafetish:
HetaFetish Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ikr
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:iconbleachyaoifangurl:
BleachYaoiFangurl Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hate that. I don't have a job and I can't tell to my parents for buy/months :(

And some people said: just create a new. but I will lost everything I have now.....There just unfair....rlly unfair
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:iconnoxmirissi:
Noxmirissi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I just want to be called "beast".
They are bad people, playing with the feelings of others.
We are artists, for the love of Zeus.When your friends ignores you II Calmtale Emoticon 
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:iconwolf4cub:
wolf4cub Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Artist
nooo···QAQQQQQ!   i whant it for free
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
So I said I hop3 for free members they can let free members pay some da points to change usernames too
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:iconricknninja9:
RicknNInja9 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  New Deviant
*sigh* I just want to correct the error in typing my user name.
NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS $15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????????      WTF!!rage 
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:iconzixgood79:
zixgood79 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 olny save but in just have yes out free $ 5 setting -Beta Testing> Beta Testing
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:iconricknninja9:
RicknNInja9 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2016  New Deviant
All i need to do is use the mouse a few times and press backspace 
(ok pay 15$)
GFY
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:icondaisehorse:
daisehorse Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This site must of been shit before this feature.
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Change name won't change the member

Leopard does not change its spots
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:iconoceanmoon3:
oceanmoon3 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
IT'S NOT FREEEEEEEEEEEE
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:iconricknninja9:
RicknNInja9 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2016  New Deviant
Aparently notNo, I disagree! 
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:iconoceanmoon3:
oceanmoon3 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
yeah..
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:icondanny-phantom-fan-1:
Danny-phantom-fan-1 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seriously? The fact that I have to pay for some stupid little membership hijink just so I can change my username is infuriating.

And the excuse they give is honestly the most lamest one I ever seen [confuses others? pah! Other website sure don't seem to have a problem] What's confusing if you can do the same thing you've done for your "Core members" and have that stupid little pop-up of "formerly __"

Honestly!
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
When we change name t other name it had already confused others
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:icondanny-phantom-fan-1:
Danny-phantom-fan-1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Username changing is a thing every where else and there has been no such confusion then
I still call this bullshit
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner 6 days ago
deviantart a lot of things are unfair, it's already spread around internet.
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:iconoo-angela-oo:
oO-Angela-Oo Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
this website is not free. donate some kind or get off lol
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:iconspicy-demon:
Spicy-Demon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Digging the new name! and sin we shall! :D
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:iconcrazzycat5:
crazzycat5 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  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."


This excuse is actually so lame...that its laughable.

I cant believe more people don't face palm at this part. Or voice how stupid this is.

So we have to pay to change our name because it "confuses others"

Its not complex, and its not confusing for people.


I agree that someone should only be able to change their username so many times a year, but its ridiculous that its only for people who pay for a membership...but then again you guys would have next to nothing to "offer" if this wasn't something someone obtained only through a membership.

Also....

why don't people have the option to change back to an old username????????? That makes no sense either... sigh this entire website makes me face palm when it comes to their "membership" bs.
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:iconwasango:
WaSanGo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Complex is s others must accept that ppl changed names
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:iconcrazzycat5:
crazzycat5 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry but I cant understand what you are trying to say at all????
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:iconruby-bae:
Ruby-Bae Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WTF
Paying for changing?
At least I thought you could change a bit
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:iconfara71997:
fara71997 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
La la la la La la la la 
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:iconnickolas4ready:
Nickolas4Ready Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
why I need money just to change my name?

I have no money.. *cry's*
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:iconfire-cat-spirit:
Fire-cat-spirit Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist
nice
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:iconashketchum8992:
AshKetchum8992 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Student Artist
way cool
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:iconrbskullhead:
rbskullhead Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Cool 
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