It’s time to change your Twitter. Maybe you’re tired of the name you chose when you joined in 2007, or maybe it no longer represents who you are.
Maybe you’re a business and you’ve gone through a brand change or a name change.
Whatever the reason, changing the handle on Twitter is a quick and easy process that will make logging in more enjoyable than ever before.
In this article, we will consider how to change the Twitter handle from a mobile app (Apple or Android) or desktop computer. The steps for each method are very similar. Let’s go!
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How to change your Twitter on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
- Open the Twitter app on your iOS device.
- Tap “I” at the bottom of the screen to open the profile page.
- Touch “Edit”.
- Enter a new username and tap “Done”.
- If you also want to change your name, click “Rename”, enter a new name, and then tap “Done”.
How to change the Twitter handle from an Android device
- Go to “Settings and Privacy” and tap “Account.”
- Tap “Twitter” and then choose your username.
- Enter a new Twitter handle in the field that appears and click “OK.”
How to change the Twitter handle from a desktop computer
- Go to www.twitter.com
- Log in to your account by entering your email address and password
- Click the person icon at the top of the screen
- Select “Settings”
- Select “Name” at the bottom of this page
- Enter a new name (optional)
How to choose the right Twitter handle for your business
The best Twitter username or handle for your business is short, memorable and easy to write. It should also include the name of your company. For example: Mercedes Benz Twitter lunch is @MercedesBenzUSA.
The reason your lunch on Twitter should be short and memorable is because you want people to be able to easily find your business on the platform. Not the right place for a joke or wit. This will make it harder for people to find.
When to have multiple Twitter handles for your business
You may want to have more Twitter handles for your business.
For example, you could use @CompanyName and then the secondary handle @ Service1 or something similar. That way, people can find a particular service they’re looking for on Twitter, while keeping track of your company’s updates in one place.
Mercedes Benz has a different Twitter treatment for its press releases and media requests: @MB_Press.
If you are a global company, you may want to have separate Twitter processing for
every country. For example, @USAmerica or @Canada.
Mercedes Benz has different Twitter handles for each country where the principal is present: @MercedesBenzUSA, @MercedesBenzUK and @MercedesBenzCDN. This allows them to talk directly with their regional audience, which may have unique needs and preferences.
What to do if your Twitter is occupied
If you already have a Twitter account and want to update your username, it’s best to look for the desired username on Twitter. If available, click “Update” and start using that name as soon as possible!
If you occupy the desired username, you have several options. First, try using only numbers or letters for first and last names (e.g. @ User3201). If this fails, use only the first letter of each word in the new handle (@ UserB1) or only the initial number (@ User8).
Try different variations until you find one that is available!
If an account that has the same username is a cheater, then you have another problem.
Here’s what to do if a cheater or troll on Twitter uses your company name:
- Sign up for a Twitter account. This can be done by clicking on the account profile and clicking on “Report”.
- Mention in your report that this is a fake username and that you are not associated with it.
- Copy or take a screenshot of any tweet from the imposter’s account to show evidence of their name or business violation.
- Please note that these accounts violate Twitter’s terms of service, so they may crash anyway.
Preventing fraudsters from stealing your company name on Twitter or impersonating online is also a good reason to try to verify. That way, when people see a blue check mark next to your name, they’ll know it’s really you.
For more instructions on how to do this, see ours a guide to checking on Twitter.
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