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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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:iconcawed:
cawed Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
Ask me if there's anything about core or premium membership you'd like to know! There's a lot of confusion in these comments and I'd like to help clear things up
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:icontimwithz:
timwithz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
So does my CORE ever expire when I changed my Name?
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:iconcawed:
cawed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
It'll still expire
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:icontimwithz:
timwithz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
But will it resets to my OLD Username?
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:iconcawed:
cawed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
No, it'll keep the new username.
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:iconminahisa1000:
Minahisa1000 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
Let me do it.... I wanna make my username Freya_wolfac but they don't let me 'cause I don't have core membership! Heartbreaker #totakeke
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:icondarkssjshinji:
DarkSSJShinji Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
Wait, so let me get this straight...they're telling us what we ALREADY know?

facepalm Facepalm1

And here I am, thinking that they were FINALLY going
to offer this feature for the rest of us REGULAR members.

But nooooooooo, they just told us what WE ALREADY KNOW!

Medic's Rage Intensifies (Chat Icon)

Really DA, just give us this feature for FREE! Hong Kong emote 
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:iconcawed:
cawed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
You can still move accounts to a new user for free!
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:icondarkssjshinji:
DarkSSJShinji Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Yeah, but why would I want to create a NEW account
just to have a new username?

Why can't I just change my old name on
my old account of 7 YEARS (with King Llama Badge status)
and just rename it to something else...WITHOUT having to pay for Core Membership?
Is this not that simple anymore? Does dA only talk money now?
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:iconcawed:
cawed Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016
The site still needs to survive, which is why core was introduced in the first place instead of the old premium member feature which was half price

Like it or not, the site needs revenue from more than ads to keep going

Most sites 'only talk money' and I really don't see what's wrong with that?? Please expand

It's not like you'll lose the old account, you can still use it and also Llamas are pretty meaningless anyway?? In my opinion at least! Most watchers will follow you over from your old account (I've moved before) and it's a good way of clearing out inactive watchers.
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:iconrairtyswag123:
rairtyswag123 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
 I know right I freakin hate my user Icon Aquarius - Fairy Tail [ #10 ] 
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:iconminahisa1000:
Minahisa1000 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
Agreed...
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:icondaligrafica:
Daligrafica Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Professional Photographer
Yeah! Bullshit. "switching usernames is a complex technical process" - Bullshit, we can send a man to the moon and Mars, but switching usernames is so complex. - Bullshit!

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:icontranmindy:
tranmindy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I Wish Had Ones
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:iconcolinthecomputer:
ColinTheComputer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Bullshit. I want to change my username but can't afford core.
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:iconcawed:
cawed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Selling adopts and offering commissions is a quick way to gather enough points for a one month core
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:icondaligrafica:
Daligrafica Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Professional Photographer
Yeah! Bullshit. "switching usernames is a complex technical process" - Bullshit, we can send a man to the moon and Mars, but switching usernames is so complex. - Bullshit!
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:iconivystream:
Ivystream Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, quick question, if you change your username with a premium membership, and after that you drop the premium membership, can you still keep your new username?
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:iconbrakawolf:
Brakawolf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
This is one of the main things I want to know. At the moment it's the principal reason for me wanting to become Core. It may prove to be something I can't do without; it may not. Either way, minimum $15 seems a perfectly adequate one-off payment for a one-off name change.

The argument - if I'm not confused about this - that a charge is nescessary because name changes confuse other members is pretty hilarious. If my being confused costs them money, it's a wonder they're solvent!

OTOH I wouldn't really object if they just upfront said "a name change costs $whatever." I don't mind paying a nominal amount for a service.  That they HAVEN'T offered name change as a standalone pay-once option is what makes me uncertain as to whether your username reverts if your Core lapses. 
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:iconcawed:
cawed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Your core remains even after you change your name. Your name stays how you changed it after your core expires. Hope I could help.
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:iconbrakawolf:
Brakawolf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Yep - that's what I needed to know. Thanks.
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:iconivystream:
Ivystream Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what I was thinking. Hopefully they'll be offering more options sometime soon.
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:iconbrakawolf:
Brakawolf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
I did think of one reason why a name change should be permanent - that is if DA's logic about confusing people costing money is supposed to be taken seriously.  If confusing people by changing your username warrants charging you money - why would they want to change it back again, and confuse everyone all over again? :) (Smile) 
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:iconivystream:
Ivystream Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what I said! Well, what I thought anyway XD 
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:iconcrystal-wolf205:
Crystal-Wolf205 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  New Deviant
La la la la La la la la La la la la :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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:icondestatidreamxiii:
DestatiDreamXIII Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's quite an unfortunate waste that the names of accounts that were created and then literally never used in any way afterwards aren't ever available again. I feel that it's reasonable that at least the names of accounts with no faves, deviations, or any other activity in 10 years or more be put up for use by others... I don't see how there could be any complications to free up these usernames of such old and abandoned accounts that didn't show signs of use to begin with.

I also find it very odd that names of accounts that have been willingly deactivated by the original user aren't available either.
And with so many people joining each day, newer users are going to run out of good names and be left with random letters and numbers...I'm sure that aspect is very off-putting for anyone trying to join for the first time.
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:iconbrakawolf:
Brakawolf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
Actually I can see why someone who was previously identified with a unique username might not want to see it revived.  Consider if one of your old email addresses was given to someone else, it could get confusing, and even potentially troublesome if quotes started appearing all over the place which people wrongly assumed came from you.
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:icondestatidreamxiii:
DestatiDreamXIII Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yeah that's a good point. The reputation of the previous person that had the username could end up mixed up with the current user's reputation.
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:iconamerica-blitz:
America-Blitz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you sure you can't make it so that it's free and you could only change it every six months or so?? Quite honestly I can't afford to buy a core and charging fifteen bucks to change your name seems quite over the top.
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:iconfoxyady:
foxyady Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
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:iconyangpenghao:
yangpenghao Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist
nice
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:iconsiimamon:
Siimamon Featured By Owner Edited Jun 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I don't know where to post this, but I will drop a comment here for now..
I was wondering if you could go through dead accounts and deactivate them, and then put up the previously taken names as available again... I see a lot of good names wasted on accounts that has been dead for almost 13 years, with no deviations, no journals, no icons, just nada...!

Many of them have also deactivated their account themselves, and therefore I find it ridiculous that no one will ever be able to use a username again once it is taken. All that there is left are lame combinations of letters and numbers, and the options and combinations that are kind of cool out there will decrease as the time goes by!

Of course you don't deactivate accounts that has been inactive for a year that consists of deviations, journals and etc. etc., they might come back, but come on, 13 years?? With a profile with nothing else than their own username??? Please do something about this, it will also be much easier for new possible members to join the site with a decent name
I am 100% sure I am not alone with this!
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:iconcawed:
cawed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
you're totally not alone in this!! Aaa I submitted an enquiry asking the same thing
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:iconiceshadow0231:
Iceshadow0231 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Heyyyy I noticed most of the comments are asking; can we at least have the first username change free? My friend made a new account because she couldn't buy core... It is, in the least, disappointing.
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:iconjolteon-kitty:
jolteon-kitty Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Student General Artist
tbh I'm extremely mad that I can't have EITHER of the usernames I go by on everything else other than here.  Literally, this is the only place I don't have one of those usernames.  I'm talking about jolteonkitty and HanaKitty.  I made this username when I was 10 and I really don't like it anymore, I hate that I can't have a username even if someone changes it to something else.  and it makes me even angrier that I have to PAY to change it when other websites it's easy and completely free.
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:iconnoroalia:
Noroalia Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, first of all: why not make it free? At least make it so that the first change of names is. I understand it helps the site run, but really. It's a douche move, and there's better ways (I can't currently think of any, but you get the gist.)
And second of all, the username I use nearly everywhere nowadays is Mitzi. Guess what: even if it was free to change usernames, I can't. Why? Because Mitzi is taken by a person who hasn't been online for 4 years. Really, if a person isn't active for, let's say 2 years, or haven't uploaded, added something to their favourites, or commentet in a year that person's account should be shut down. It's ridicolously hard to get a username that's not taken nowadays, and I feel like people that have been deviants for 14 years and still haven't uploaded something shouldn't have an account still (I'm referring to mitzi). It's a general flaw in the system, and like many others I want it to be fixed.
Thank you for your time.
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:iconspring-bonnie-ytb:
Spring-Bonnie-YTB Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
Pleeeeeeeaaaaaase,make this free
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:icongamergirl200:
gamergirl200 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
can we get it so we can only change our username once then after hat we need premium membership??
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:iconlavandermimeskullz:
LavanderMimeSkullz Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Is it possible to fix mine? I kind of spelt Lavender wrong
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:iconlumenite88:
lumenite88 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's cool like that though. :)
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:iconlavandermimeskullz:
LavanderMimeSkullz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
that's why I kept it cx
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:iconlumenite88:
lumenite88 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
^-^
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:iconmusicalforest:
MusicalForest Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Then your name is unique!
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:iconlavandermimeskullz:
LavanderMimeSkullz Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I know :) that's why I decided to keep it! :3
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:iconalfredopizzaluver151:
Alfredopizzaluver151 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ugh please change it to we get a one time option to change it for free. This is completely unfair.
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:iconyaoifreakfangirl:
YaoiFreakFangirl Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Wouldn't it be more fair if you had at least a one time option to change your username for free?
Some people really regret their name and some simply need to correct a mistake.
I don't feel like making a NEW account just to change my name
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:iconm3trisjm92:
M3trisjm92 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there no option for 1-month premium membership anymore? All I want to do is change my username...That's it, nothing else!
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:iconbrunalh:
BrunaLH Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Eto... I'd like to change my name to one that is currently taken -> bruna Bruna <-
I know this is said to be impossible but this person hasn't logged in years, isn't there a way to discuss this with the staff?

I work with the staff of a 'small' MMO;
We recently released a name change service which allows you to change your name as you wish. We've decided that you can change to a name that is taken aslong as said name has been inactive for more than a year. This would make it fair for active users who were forced to pick alternative names because the ones they wanted were taken by someone who doesn't even play anymore. I'd like to know if dA would ever allow that.
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:iconruerie:
Ruerie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh I know that feels. Yurue was my dream username, but the person hasn't been active for 6 freaking years. Like, it's such a waste...
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