Some social platforms limit the number of times you can change your username, while others don’t allow you to do so at all. Instagram is a username for everyone; you can change your Instagram handle whenever you want, as often as you want – within certain limits.
There is a difference between your username and your display name. The display name is on your profile below your avatar. It doesn’t have to be unique to you and it can contain emoji and special characters. (And yes, it can be changed too — up to twice in 14 days.)
Your username, on the other hand, appears at the top of your profile and at the end of your profile URL. It must be unique to you. It is also subject to more restrictions: it cannot be longer than 30 characters and can only contain letters, numbers, periods and underscores. If you choose a new username, you can change it back within 14 days – if no one else has claimed it.
Whether you’ve changed your real name, are upgrading to a more professional username, or are just fed up with your current name, you can change your grip in less than a minute. Here’s how.
First, log in to your Instagram account in the iOS or Android app. If you have more than one account, double-check that you’re signed in to the account you’re trying to change.
- Tap your avatar icon in the bottom right corner to go to your profile
- Tap Edit profile under your bio
- Press user name field and type in your new handle
- Tap the blue check mark in the top right corner.
If you want to change your display name, type in the Name field instead.
If you want, you can change your username using the desktop version of Instagram.
- In a web browser, go to Instagram.com
- If you are already logged in, you will be prompted to continue with your account. If you are not already logged in, enter your username and password.
- Click on your profile icon on the right side of the home page and select Profile
- Click Edit profile next to your username
Again, if you make a mistake during this process or decide you don’t like your new handle, you can go back to your old handle within 14 days. After that time, you may still be able to return, but your old handle may have been taken by another user.
As mentioned before, you can’t have the same username as anyone else, and it’s first come, first served. If your chosen handle has been taken, Instagram will let you know after pressing the check mark on mobile or Submit on the Web.
If the name you want isn’t available, try adding numbers or underscores to make it unique to you.
Also keep looking back. Your preferred username may become available in the future. The current owner can change or delete their profile, and Instagram occasionally removes fake accounts.
Update June 21, 2022, 2:10 PM ET: This article was originally published on February 5, 2020 and has been updated to reflect changes in the app.