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How To Change your User Name in TikTok

Posted by Jamie on March 5, 2019

Usernames have become a central part of our online identity. From the occasional website or forum that required you to log in to keep the trash out to every single social network, game website, comment section on any website to almost everything you do online requires a login and some kind of handle. This tutorial is going to show you how to change your username in Tik Tok and offer a few ideas to come up with a good one.

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.

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 Tik Tok

First, let me show you how to change your username in Tik Tok.

  1. Open Tik Tok and log in using your existing details.
  2. Select Edit Profile from your profile page.
  3. Select your username to edit
  4. Type your new username into the box.
  5. Select Save.

If the username is available, you can save your change. Otherwise, the app will tell you the name is taken. You can change your username once every 30 days so choose carefully!

Choosing a username for Tik Tok

While Tik Tok 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 as 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.

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 Tik Tok, there are a bunch of username generators online you could try. Alternatively you could user a hobby, special skill, superpower, name with numbers, pet’s name or something completely different. Just have a mind towards how you want to be perceived on the app and online in general.

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.

Tik Tok 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 Tik Tok or anywhere online, you have to create an online identity that is marketable. Nobody is going to take someone called ‘Douche789’ 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 Tik Tok 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’s the coolest username you have seen online? What’s the dumbest? Tell us about them below!

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