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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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szum--morza Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
I've got a small question. Will the new username stay after the Premium Membership will end? Thank u for answer.
LushLovesYou Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not staff, but I can answer this! Yes, once you change your username, it stays, even if your membership runs out :D I've seen a few people just buy a one-month membership so they can change their name :3
szum--morza Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
I'm planning to do the same thing, because all i want to do is change my name.

Thank u sooo much for the answer ! 
MaddiKitten Featured By Owner Edited Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Today on oct 18th is the day I'm told I can change my username again. It's that day and I'm still unable to change it. What's going on?

Do I have to wait till the time I had changed it before? Like the exact hour and minute?
Pacman552 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm not premium and would like a Free Trial to change my name before I Premium
suqar-cookies Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you're never gonna get one ya know
LushLovesYou Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's really unfortunate they don't do that anymore.

Back in like 2005/06 I received a random one-week premium membership, and so did a few friends of mine. It was really the only reason I bothered buying a PM in the first place. If I hadn't gotten that, I never would've known how nice all the little perks are :3
suqar-cookies Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
i've only been here since about 2012 (old accounts)
all the old things i remember is the free journal skins from blackberry and stuff
LushLovesYou Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup! My current account is only a few years old, but I've been around since 2005, and sometime during my first year on dA, they had giveaways where they picked random people on the site for a free trial membership! I remember feeling so special getting selected for that XD

Of course, that was waaay back, when only subscribers actually got to see actual thumbnails in their message box. Non-premium members only had text links. Oh, what primitive times those were... :lol:
SnowFlake-Storm Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, there's this action in April, when it's dA's birthday and everyone gets a free PM for a day, right?
Well, can I change my username then?
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