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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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:iconpenzoom:
Penzoom Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Artist
i should need it
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sagethethird Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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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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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FiN-ArtVocaloidAnime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  New member 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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BlackyPaws 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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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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danlev Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
As the article states: "You cannot change your username to one that is taken even if you are the owner of both. You cannot claim a deactivated account."
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Crystal-The-Wolf1015 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, just wanted to make sure. Thank you :D
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Melancholy-Reaper Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So... Can you change your name to one of your previous names? I already used it on another account anyways, so it's whatever >_<
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:icondanlev:
danlev Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No, at this time, you cannot change your username to one that is taken even if you are the owner of both.
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vsyiio2010 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only for premium users? seroiusly guys. not all of us have money or a easy way to get it to pay for the premium membership
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:iconmay-lene:
May-Lene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, but those who do buy them self a Premium do support the site, help keeping the servers up and other costs the site has.
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BlueVishnya Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Erk, can't use deactivated account name or changed name ? Great, the nickname I use in every site where I have a gallery is used by an empty account wich were not used for 7 years
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:iconeveryonesdream:
Everyonesdream Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that sucks D:
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:iconcreeper202:
Creeper202 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need money to change my name?
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:iconkaizellea:
Kaizellea Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Or points. Or if you wanna be like me and switch accounts, lol
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Creeper202 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
0.0
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:iconkaizellea:
Kaizellea Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
yeah
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:iconcreeper202:
Creeper202 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm broke on both ends :p
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:iconthesniper2:
TheSniper2 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist
I love this journal skin, even though it's old.
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mimisellie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Gah I wish I was a Premium Member... Is it just me or do all the sites online seem to be overrun and unfair because of the memberships? I don't know... I just think that I've seen all these websites that seem real cool and I'm all like "Hey, this is a cool website... wait... I can only buy this, do this, go there, if I'm a member? Well this is bullshit...." I dunno. Deviant Art is an amazing website, don't get me wrong, I think it gives a lot of freedom to non-premium-members, though I think that a huge thing like being able to change your username should be a thing available to EVERYONE. Get me? Thanks for reading, if you were one of those people who took the time to read it :)
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Viival Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  New member
However, DeviantArt earns money from the premium members and uses that money to keep the site up. If they are directly paying for the site to stay up, shouldn't they be allowed a few extra things, more space, for example? DeviantArt also wants to attact people to premium membership and so has to offer a few benefits. As long as the site is still usable without paying, I don't mind.
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mimisellie Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I know what you mean, and yes, of course they need money to keep the site up. I understand that too. But considering how many non-premium-members there are compared to premium-members, I think that some update this big and conventional should be allowed for everyone. All I'm saying is that I would really like a little more freedom on this amazing website. And really, you have a great point, the people who are paying DeviantArt directly definitely should have something more. The only thing that I am trying to get at is that changing your username is quite like changing your identity, like what people call you and what people refer to, and I think that everyone should have that option. 
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CandyTheKat Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I agree, this just leaves all those non-premium-members going to raffles, contests, and EVEN begging.
I love this website, but this NEEDS to change! It's unfair and other things.
Oh, and you're welcome for reading it!
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:iconmimisellie:
mimisellie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Yes, absolutely agreed. Why can't we have some freedom online, without money? I just feel that this is absurd and yes, it NEEDS to change. c:

Oh, lol XD
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CandyTheKat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Some people don't have paypal or don't trust the internet! I wish there was a way for doing it by mail... or is there? I don't know :I
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:iconmimisellie:
mimisellie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Mm... I know what you mean. I don't think there is... I'm not sure O.o
*.*
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:iconcandythekat:
CandyTheKat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'd just send the money to DA and that's it :I
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:iconmimisellie:
mimisellie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
lol I have a number of websites that I want to be a member on. And, let me tell you, it would cost a fortune to have a membership on them all! Thats mostly what I'm trying to get at here, not criticizing DA, but to say that the memberships are just not fair. I'm a member on like 1 site, and the rest are like 50 bucks for 3 or 2 months... pricy, right? So really, memberships are just limiting the fun online for people. I know that the websites need the money, and for Animal Jam its National Geographic and the money goes to animals (a good cause in my opinion), though really, it hardly costs money to make a website, and maybe a little more to update it, but all in all, they don't DESPERATELY need the money, do they? I'm not sure where the money goes, but if it just goes to "stuff", then I'm not paying. O.o Point made.
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CandyTheKat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That was a very long comment O.o
Anyways, the money should go to a good cause.
Like finding a cure for Ebola and stuff!
You're right xD
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FrostyTheSnowKitty Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  New member
I think I know one website without memberships, and it's really good.
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:iconmimisellie:
mimisellie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Oh cool, can you give me the link? (I will be VERY surprised if it doesn't have memberships... c:)
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:iconfrostythesnowkitty:
FrostyTheSnowKitty Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  New member
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:iconmimisellie:
mimisellie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
OH. THAT website... ah I see. Great thanks c: I already even have an account here... thanks anyways though. I almost forgot about it. Have a good January 2nd!
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FrostyTheSnowKitty Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  New member
Haha you silly 
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:iconmimisellie:
mimisellie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
XD
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:iconmimisellie:
mimisellie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Coolio XD Thanks too c:
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:iconcandythekat:
CandyTheKat Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What is it?
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:iconfrostythesnowkitty:
FrostyTheSnowKitty Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member
It's called Wattpad, it's a place where you can write books. It's simple and membership-free.
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:iconcandythekat:
CandyTheKat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ok :)
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Bladelover126 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
😱😱😱😱😱 
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MajesticBlueSkies Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Can someone help me? When I changed to my new username, in my profile it still shows my old username, and up it says "Formerly Jack--Fan" Which is actually my old username :cries:
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
It shows that so people who knew you as the old username can see it's still you when they click your page. I think it might go away after a while. =)
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