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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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:iconfara71997:
fara71997 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Icone 
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:iconboxingglovehands:
boxingglovehands Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
ain't changing mine.
bgh forever!!!!
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:iconflare-scaple:
Flare-Scaple Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man this came out in 2012?? it still feels like its brand new!!!
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:iconrobomommy:
RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It would help to have a way to completely disable redirects from the old usernames, though, especially when the fact is connected to past episodes involving bullying. :(
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:icontheoowl:
TheoOwl Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, that would be a nice setting.
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:iconrobomommy:
RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope they'll give it a chance >_<
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:icontheoowl:
TheoOwl Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
As do I
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:iconrobomommy:
RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconloveablemoggy:
loveablemoggy Featured By Owner May 3, 2015   General Artist
So... any idea how to change the kind of artist that's displayed up there please? Where $MattDanna has Design and Interfaces / Hobbyist.  I've been searching google a lot but I can't find out how to do that simple thing.
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:iconpaintingjo:
PaintingJo Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It's on the Deviant ID widget settings on your profile page.
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:iconloveablemoggy:
loveablemoggy Featured By Owner May 7, 2015   General Artist
tyvm. <3
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:iconpaintingjo:
PaintingJo Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
No problem ^^
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:iconalik-volga:
Alik-Volga Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
 My journal the presence of 6 months has.
The ability to change the name -  the function is not working. Why?
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:iconnerdy-invader:
Nerdy-Invader Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
On the account that you are attempting to change your username on, do you have a Premium Membership?
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:iconalik-volga:
Alik-Volga Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Previously translated text with the help of an interpreter.
Now it is clear.
Thank you for the clarification.Handshake 

Sorry for my bad English.
No problems!Handshake 
To erase drawings and to remove the page - some time to think. 
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:iconalik-volga:
Alik-Volga Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
 Ранее переведенный текст с помощью переводчика, так что не ясно,
теперь понятно.
Спасибо за разъяснения. Извините за мой плохой английский. Нет проблем! Для стирания рисунков и удалить страницу - требуется некоторое время, чтобы подумать.Handshake 


Handshake 
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:iconleggodt1:
LEgGOdt1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
I hate that rule. Why can't we Deviants change our names for free or reclaim our old username if we decide to go back
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:iconlainpinky131:
Lainpinky131 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, can't change back? So you can't just type in your old username? Why?
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:iconsunshineadopts:
SunshineAdopts Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
I hate this for two reasons:

- The "change the capitalization" thing is utter bullshit and doesn't work.
- The "can't go back" is also bullshit. If no one else can claim it, what's so bad about letting people go back to an old username? It's ridiculous.
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:iconmute-owl:
mute-owl Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
i can't believe this happened in 2012
it doesn't feel that long ago haha
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:iconsingleginger96:
SingleGinger96 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
SOMEONE GIFT ME A MEMBERSHIP! PLEASE! I'M SICK OF MY NAME!
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:iconnyx1895:
Nyx1895 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 25, 2015
I am too, but I only use this account for commenting and keeping in touch with my friends on here. I don't put any of my art on here anymore so having someone gift me a PM would be a bit much. But still, there's something that I'm dying to change it to and I can't. It's driving me crazy.
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:iconsingleginger96:
SingleGinger96 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Buhjeezus T_T Someone's not playing fair (By "someone" I mean DA creators)
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:iconinzlkett:
InzlKett Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Also get rid of the nag asking for a real name.  I never put real names on profiles on places like this since it is not required.  If you want the real name it in the copyright watermark on my art.
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:iconpokeballztheseries:
PokeBallZtheSeries Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
If they add é to the available letters, then I'd change my name to PokéBall Z
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:iconxshayathehedgehogx:
XShayatheHedgehogX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an outrage! Can't you just be a regular member and change your username!? If DeviantART doesn't change this I might just deactivate
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:iconfluffouqhts:
fluffouqhts Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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:icononce-ler0:
Once-ler0 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow a premium just because i want to change my username
Nah
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:iconxx-nya-san-xx:
Xx-Nya-san-xX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Why cant non membership change their username? -.-
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:iconink--tank:
Ink--Tank Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
because it's a perk.
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:iconfanfan666:
fanfan666 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student
non-membership people have no username.
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:iconfanfan666:
fanfan666 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student
wait.. oops...
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:iconfanfan666:
fanfan666 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student
Sorry, I got confused.. ):
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:iconlolwares:
LolWares Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Wait, I thought that limited members can change usernames now...
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:iconaflyingpassion:
AFlyingPassion Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Can you not add the "Formerly known as" feature? I know it's to notify your watchers about who you are and what your new user name is. But it's really annoying, especially if you have people that troll you. Maybe have a disable button for the "Formerly known as" part under settings. I'm sure a lot of deviants will appreciate that new feature if installed. I hope you guys add that soon. 

Also I agree with 5AM can it be sooner for us to change our username? I don't like waiting that long and it would such if premium runs out then. 
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:icon5iveam:
5iveAM Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
I really luv how when you want to change your name again that it says you can't change it until "26 February 2015" but then when that date comes around you still can't change it.....

waiting very patiently to change my name...... ugh...
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:icondvictorian2012:
DVictorian2012 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wait how did you find the date?
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:icon5iveam:
5iveAM Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
When you go to your settings and go to change your name it will say that the function won't be available until (THIS DATE MEEEERRRR)

but I think it does it by the actually TIME you changed it last? Cause mine did let me do it eventually 
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:icondvictorian2012:
DVictorian2012 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I never got a chance to change it because I don't know how people were able to find the date to change their usernames. :( Can you be more specific of how you tried to change it as soon as you got the date notice?
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:icon5iveam:
5iveAM Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Well also you need premium (idk if you had it or not)

but it's right here

title wooo by 5iveAM

The date had come up, but it wouldn't let me change my username. I wrote to them after it was already 2PM and I couldn't change it, but then literally as soon as I sent the note on the help center it was suddenly available. So I don't know how it becomes available, it just did at some random time on the date it gave me :iconpinkieshrugplz:
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:iconlord-storm:
Lord-Storm Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
"Change is as good as a rest" old Saying
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:iconlilimisskitty:
LiLiMissKitty Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to know the answer to this problem. See, my profile says that my username change feature is available today. 

It is now 1:05 PM where I live, and I'm still not able to change it. Why isn't it allowing me to change it?
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:iconchasmandala:
ChasMandala Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello - I was just wondering; group names themselves can't be changed, correct? Thanks! :)
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:iconpaintkittypaws:
PaintKittyPaws Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think they have to be upgraded to super, you can't change the name of a normal group c:
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:iconchasmandala:
ChasMandala Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, OK - I kind of thought along those lines; I just wasn't sure. Thanks for the info! :)
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:iconericnyx:
EricNyx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohai
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:iconchasmandala:
ChasMandala Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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:icondovewing345:
Dovewing345 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If your premium membership expires, can you keep the changed username?  
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:iconkesoroda-mkb:
Kesoroda-MKB Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. This change is permanent, until you change it again. (When allowed.)
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