Fix: Can’t Change Twitch Username

Do you have trouble changing your Twitch username? Or just don't know how to do it? Here is a super simple guide with screenshots to guide you.

Twitch has really grown in popularity, and despite the competition, its earned the reputation of the best online streaming platform.

There are thousands of new users visiting Twitch for the first time every day, yet most of them are probably greeted with the “Unable to change username” bug.

Although this isn’t a serious issue with Twitch, it can still sometimes be frustrating. The good news is that changing your identity on the website and how other users see you should only take a few clicks.

Luckily, this guide will show you a few working methods, and by the end of it, the “Can’t Change Twitch Username” problem will no longer bother you.

Common Reasons Why Twitch Doesn’t Allow You To Change Username

Frustratingly, sometimes you might encounter difficulties when trying to change your Twitch username. And the reason for this can vary. Here’s a nifty roundup of the most common reasons why you can’t change:

  • You recently changed your Twitch username – now you have to wait two months (sixty days) to change it again.  
  • Another Twitch user already has the username you’re trying to set, so you have to wait for it to be “recycled” before you can use it.
  • The new username you want to set conflicts with Twitch’s policy, violating specific registered trademarks or contains forbidden words.

Maybe none of these apply, and perhaps you’re thinking that it’s just a bug that’s preventing you from changing your Twitch username. Well, you’re in luck – we have a solution that may help you overcome the problem!

Before we get into it, reading this article from Twitch on everything related to usernames may help you out a lot. It contains a lot of useful information.

The “Twitch Username Greyed Out” Problem & How To Fix It

Many Twitch users in the past have reported a strange problem when trying to change their usernames.

On this Reddit thread, a Twitch user said that attempting to change their username annoyingly only resulted in the browser refreshing the page. The username is also “greyed out,” even though there’s no reason for it to be.

Twitch users labeled this as a bug with the platform, and it has been recognized as that ever since.

If you are one of the users experiencing this bug, there’s no need to panic! Here’s the solution for it:

Method 1: Clear Your Browser Cookies And Cache

This method helped many Twitch users overcome the “greyed out” bug. It would help if you tried it as your first fix since it’s super simple to do and doesn’t take a lot of time.

Here’s how to properly clear your browser cookies and cache:

  1. Open Chrome on your PC.
  2. Go to the Settings section.
  3. Click on “Clear Browsing Data.”
  4. Select “All time” in the Advanced tab and confirm the action.

You’ve now successfully cleared your browsing data and cookies!

Now you should go to Twitch once more and try changing your username. If it doesn’t work, try the other methods below.

Method 2: Try Using Incognito Mode On Chrome

This might seem like an overly simple solution, but it has helped so many users! The reason for this is that your saved settings aren’t the same in a regular window and an incognito window on Chrome.

Needless to say, visiting Twitch in incognito may be the solution for your problem, as many users reported in the past.

Method 3: Using A Different Browser May Help

Sometimes the issue may be with Chrome itself, so trying a different browser can help you solve your problem.

If you are not sure which browser to use for Twitch, we have a guide covering everything you need to know about the best browsers for Twitch.

Things To Keep In Mind When Changing Your Twitch Username

There are many possible benefits of changing your Twitch username. Still, there are also a few things you definitely need to keep in mind, especially if you are an already well-established broadcaster on Twitch.

If You Make A Typo, You Will Have To Wait 60 Days Before Correcting It

Make sure to double-check everything before pressing that “confirm” button when changing your Twitch username. It has happened quite a lot of times in the past when a user has made a typo and then has to deal with that username for the next two months.

Don’t forget, Twitch support may not help with this either, so it’s much smarter and more time-efficient to double-check carefully before confirming this change! You won’t regret it!

You Will Have To Manually Change Your Twitch URL After Changing Your Username

Once you changed your Twitch username, your previously set URL won’t re-direct viewers to your new channel anymore.

For example, if the old username was https://www.twitch.tv/PCStrike and the new one is https://www.twitch.tv/PCStrike123, pasting the old URL in the search bar will give users the “Sorry. Unless you’ve got a time machine, that content is unavailable” message.

So, if you have the link to your Twitch channel posted somewhere on social media or your Steam profile, for example, you’ll have to manually update it or risk losing potential viewers.

It’s important to remember: if you’re already a well-established streamer, it’s best to inform your fans and followers of this change since they won’t be able to find your stream! Especially if your new username is not even similar to your old one. You don’t want that!

Your Old Username Will Not Be Recycled

Last but not least, it’s worth mentioning that your old Twitch username will not be recycled, so don’t sweat it – nobody will be able to grab it and steal your current fan base or impersonate you.

Happily, this has no impact on your revenue. You may experience a slight delay in ad revenue from viewers that come from Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation platforms, though fortunately, only for the day when this change took effect.

This applies only to those who are partnered with Twitch.

Conclusion

Changing your Twitch username isn’t always as easy as we’d like it to be – and this is usually because of the well-known username bug on the platform!

However, in the guide above, you will find multiple great solutions for solving this problem quickly and efficiently.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Twitch’s username policy is “first come, first served,” meaning that someone can reserve your great new idea for a username before you, so don’t let the cat out of the bag in public, especially if you are a larger streamer already!

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Bojan Veselinovikj

Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.