How To Change your User Name in TikTok
Usernames have become a central part of our online identity, security, and for helping site administrators and moderators keep some sort of order. From the website or forum that requires you to log in to keep the spam out to every single social network, game website, the comment section on any website.
This is part of the reason that almost everything you do online requires a username and sometimes a separate handle (AKA nickname). Of course, a huge part of the reason for needing a username is also to secure your account as well.
This tutorial is going to show you how to change your username in TikTok and offer a few ideas to come up with a good username.
A username can say a lot about who you are and what you’re like as a person. They are more relevant to how you are online but can also give insight into your personality. It seems most gamers and people I tend to see online just don’t get that. People often consider their username as part of their online persona, projecting a certain image that they want to cultivate whether it’s on Tiktok, a game, a social media network, a forum, a Slack chat workspace, and so on.
Choosing a username is about more than using your real name and a couple of numbers but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Change your username in Tiktok
First, let me show you how to change your username in Tiktok.
- Open Tiktok and log in using your existing account username and password
- Select Edit Profile from your profile page
- Select your username to edit
- Type your new username into the box provided
- Select Save.
If the username is available, you can save your changes, which will complete the process of getting a new Tiktok username assigned.
Otherwise, the app will tell you the username is taken and you’ll have to choose another username.
You can change your username only once every 30 days so choose carefully!
Choosing a username for Tiktok
While Tiktok is a bit of fun, if you ever want to monetize it or link it to your other social media accounts, you need to consider your username.
It is always easier to keep it the same or similar to your other accounts, both for you and your friends. Then, if you want to link them all, you have a coherent identity across all of your online life. That said, a lot of people like to change up what username they use across their various accounts.
If you think you may want to brand yourself at some point, you need to bear that in mind when coming up with a username. A brand or agency isn’t going to want to associate themselves with a user with a childish or dumb username however many followers you may have.
If you can’t think of a username for Tiktok, there are a bunch of username generators online you could try.
Alternatively, you could use a hobby, special skill, superpower, name with numbers, pet’s name, an animal that you relate to in some way, or something else that reflects your personality and the image you want to project.
Just keep in mind what sort of persona you want to represent you on Tiktok and elsewhere online, making sure you’re being true to your values in the image you present to others online.
What a username says about you
There have been quite a few studies around online behavior and usernames. There is a body of evidence now that says a username can tell a lot about the person behind it. This piece in Computers in Human Behavior discusses it at length and took data from League of Legends to compile the study.
It found a few things, including players with antisocial usernames, generally behaved in an antisocial manner within the game. Also, ages estimated from usernames correlate strongly with ages entered at registration and usernames provide a useful source of psychological information.
This is one of many studies that have been carried out around online behavior and usernames. It tells us that you should be mindful of the usernames you use as they can influence what people think about you before you even have a chance to interact with them in any meaningful way.
Another, much drier study can be found here. It uses online dating profiles to analyze usernames and even has some complicated-looking equations to explain lots of the data. Essentially what it says is that you can tell a whole lot from a username, including general age, ethnicity, nationality, personality type and more.
Tiktok is a bit of fun and a social network but naming conventions can influence how you are perceived on the app. As I mentioned above, if you ever want to be taken seriously or make money on Tiktok or anywhere else online, you have to create an online identity that is marketable.
Few people are going to take someone called ‘Dingbat789’ seriously and certainly wouldn’t invest time or money into them regardless of how popular they were.
It takes five seconds to change your username in Tiktok but a whole lot longer to come up with a good one unless you’re lucky enough to know it already.
Just remember, if you are changing it, to bear in mind just how much a username says about you and how it can prejudice people before they even meet you.
What are the coolest and the dumbest usernames you have seen online? Do you think it’s important to maintain a consistent online persona across all of your accounts? Please tell us your opinions by leaving a comment below!