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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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LeosDark-Moon Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Interface Designer
CALUMWILLIAMS Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
do i have to be premeum to change my name
Sendel90 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Artist
CALUMWILLIAMS Featured By Owner 3 days ago
beestinqs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is probably the best feature created thus far. I know exactly what my new username is, I'm just waiting on enough points for a Premium Membership! 
Well like every other non-premium member, I deleted my account and remade one with a different username. I wanted to change my name cause I have art and work there that I don't want to loose but since my account was going to be a professional account using my name and my year of birth next to it (cause someone already took my name) was not a professional name to start with. I had to make a choice and delete it with all my watchers and history information... But oh well, you win some, you lose some. Starting over won't be much of a drag. :)
P0LKAD0T Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still upset that we can't change the capitalization of a previous username. I find that a bit misleading. It was my username for everything and I understand I made the decision of changing it in the first place, but I was under the impression you could always change the capitalization.

Ahh idk so many regrets, I'd pay to go back to my original surname. 
Sendel90 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Artist
I was able to get around it by adding a number to one of my old usernames.
gretzkyfan99 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I really wish I could change mine to my name because I am going to school to be an artist. I wish my name could be more professional.  :/
101ns Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't see why this has to be a premium feature. Maybe some of us don't have the money for fees that only adds features to the product. That's why I hate DLC packs in video games.
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