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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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MajesticBlueSkies Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member 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:
dijet Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
I've got the same problem...
Liettore Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I gave a proposal regarding username changes and premium memberships several months ago.

"What if, instead of name changes being only available to premium members, MULTIPLE name changes are only available to premium members, allowing non-premium members to change their name ONCE and only once? They would have to buy a premium membership to change it more than once."

Now that I fully understand why that can never happen, I have a second proposition.

Non-premium members can only change a certain amount of characters in there username, like capitalising the first letter, or removing numbers. And, as I stated before, only one change would be available. 

Just a proposition. 
moringstarmonster Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
This sucks for me considering I wasn't paying much attention when I was creating by account and misspelled 'morningstar' to moringstar'. :I
legorulez49 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Were these people even THINKING!?

By changing your username, you're pretty much throwing the old one down the drain.

If you have a feature like this, eventually there would literally be no username choices left because this feature was abused.
lightning-in-my-hand Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want there be an option where (if you're a free member) you can request to make small edits to your username (like removing something stupid you put on there as a kid like "XxUsernamexX" where you can remove the "xX" parts) or simply just change the capitalization
and the staff will review your request and tell you whether you're allowed to or not.
Jackiecat36 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Non premium members should be allowed to change their usernames!!
hatsunemikulover1243 Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  Student General Artist

We think alike!
MileyTu4 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Yeah, at this point I really want a new username without paying for it... I can't help but feel like it's stupid to get premium membership just to change my username. 
hatsunemikulover1243 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
Exactly. :3
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