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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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cookiebaby722 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks would like to being that i have accomplished so much since ive been here and now no longer the same person i was then, would like the new username to go with my new persona :)
Vampire-Kitten-Cat Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
How many characters can you have in your username?
Monster-arttoxin Apr 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
u cant change ur username on pm day!! It says so in the info about the day!
It's not working, even though it's Premium Membership Day! That's not cool, bro.
horner735 Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Why can't I change my user name on premium membership day? I saw people doing it last year, why can't I?
QuickBlur-Illumina Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Why can I not change my username? today you guys gave a day of free premium member ship
luxspur Apr 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
all i'd like to do is change my username to capitalize the L, but i don't wanna buy a whole membership just to do that :L
Yeah, that's the only Premium feature I'm aware of that I'd ever use.
MyImmortal1377 Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Why cant I change my user name on a free premium membership day? I think that's bull.
JT4910 Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yeah dude that exactly what i said i mean i am thankful for the free membership day thing but thats the main thing i wanted to do was change my name JT4910 dose not make sense i need to change it to JT awesome drawings/dragon
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