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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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:iconmlp3466:
mlp3466 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
COOL I might do it!
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:iconvalentinita516:
Valentinita516 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Alguien que hable español y me explique esto? :'v
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:icontheevergreenshadow:
TheEvergreenShadow Featured By Owner Edited 12 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Los miembros superiores de DA (cuesta dinero para ser uno, o alguien te puede regalar uno) pueden cambiar sus nombres de usuario aqui. Si lo hacen:

no podras recobrar tu nombre viejo, ni nadie mas podra cojerlo
no se puede escojer un nombre ya usado
los que te vigilan recibiran un mensaje que cambiaste tu nombre
al momento, los grupos no pueden cambiar sus nombres

Espero que esto te ayudo.
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:iconvalentinita516:
Valentinita516 Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Muchas gracias
de Verdad
Gracias por tomarte el tiempo y explicarme esto
de verdad
<3
corazones gays para ti xD
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:iconrosmarysaku:
rosmarysaku Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
.....mmmm..uh
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:iconpink-gemstone:
pink-gemstone Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
{hi. My main account got hacked and it's name got changed to one of highly dislike. Is there anyway to change it back now? Please let me know. My main use to be cutieypie161 but it got changed to DickFartMLG and I really don't like that name. Please help me}
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:iconmlp3466:
mlp3466 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
no offense but that is funny user  
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:iconhopeconquersall:
HopeConquersAll Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I'm so annoyed! My parents wouldn't ever let me buy a Premium Membership and I really want to change my username! D:
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:iconhannahthedoe:
Hannahthedoe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I was a huge furry when I made my nameeee and i'm fudging broke! ERMERGERD!
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:iconfloraaritcwolf:
floraaritcwolf Featured By Owner Edited Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i was like 13 when i made mine im broke too and i didn't spell arctic right uGH
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:iconkawaii6754:
Kawaii6754 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo,i'm a 7 years old,shitshitshitshitshitshitshit holy shit
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:iconrainbowdashcool123:
RainbowDashCool123 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist
oh but I liked ur old username :(
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:iconfara71997:
fara71997 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Icone 
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:iconboxingglovehands:
boxingglovehands Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  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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:iconsoftyadopts:
softyadopts 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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:iconveva-the-foxtronic:
Veva-the-Foxtronic Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sick of it too -
This username represents when I was a huge fan of MLP Changelings and I wanna change it so bad .W.
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:iconsingleginger96:
SingleGinger96 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Yeah, I know
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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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:iconkyomomo:
Kyomomo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lol cool :) 
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:iconpokeballztheseries:
PokeBallZtheSeries Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Jes jes.
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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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