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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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Akirageni Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Ok I have a question, let's say you get a PM and change your name, what happens if it runs out?? Does your name changes back?
mynameiswaifu Featured By Owner 4 days ago
It stays. I never had PM before, but I'm pretty sure it stays.
Akirageni Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Oh ok thank you ^^
MoonlightTheBatwolf Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Its been six months and its still not letting me change my name.
Wueben Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  New member
okayso if you are a non-premium member, you can't change the capitalization?
Poptatrt-Henshin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need help, I have not changed my username, but someone has changed it. Is there anyway anyone can help?
FlSHER Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey dA uou
the name fisher is already taken by a currently deactivated account.. I remember visiting their page back when they werent deactivated and I dont think they ever uploaded anything?? I /KNOW/ it says in the rules that I cant, but seriously several people have already been confused by this on multiple occasions, asking why my dA was deactivated ;; it would definetely be a lot easier for me because people dont know its an 'L'.... I dont know the person personally otherwise we could ask them if theyd be cool with it? I already know your answer since it would go against your rules but still cant you see the logic in what im saying? I really dont think theyll ever come back. and if they will id gladly give them their username back
prohawker Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
What if someone else (non-premium) got the already?
1230james Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Assuming you mean "the username";

Then that would mean someone's using that name, so you can't change your's to their's.

I think.
ShawnTheZoroark Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
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