Change is awesome! Whether you’re switching up your career or just your nightly routine, a change can be a very refreshing thing to do. Even online, it can give you a fresh start! We’ll show you how to change your Instagram name, why you might do that and give you some ideas of a better username.
What Is Your Instagram Name
Your Instagram name consists of a few different details.
First, you have your username, which is unique to you. There is only one of each username, no two people can have the same username. Of course, you can have variations of the same username. For example, you might have @browneyedgirl and @browneyedgirl2. However, if you tried to use @browneyedgirl, Instagram wouldn’t allow you to use that, as it’s already in use.
Your username is what people will use to tag you in captions or photographs. When someone tags you with the @ symbol, other users can click on it to visit your account.
The other part of your Instagram name is the name you put at the top of your bio. This can be anything you want and doesn’t have to be unique to you. You can include up to 30 characters.
In this case, the username is @bethsbookshelf while the name is “beth | xxiv | writer”. You can include a few more details in your Instagram name so that people can see your account. In fact, a top tip is to put your country in your name so that when brands are searching for USA based Instagrammers, you rank high.
So these are the two parts to your Instagram name. They’re both very easy to change!
How To Change Your Instagram Username
If you want to change your actual username (the one that’s unique to you), it only takes a few moments.
- Go to your profile on your mobile or your web browser.
- Click edit profile.
- Where your username is, delete your current username and type in the new username you want.
- If it’s not available, Instagram will say “This username isn’t available. Please try another.”
- Find one that’s available.
- Click done. Your username is changed!
In most cases, your previous username will be protected for up to 14 days by Instagram. So if you want to change your Instagram name back to the one you previously had, you can do that.
Of course, you can always change it back to your original username any time after that if another account hasn’t snatched it up! Also if someone changes their Instagram username and the username you want is now available, you will still probably have to wait 14 days to use it since it’s protected by Instagram for those 2 weeks.
How To Change Your Instagram Name
Of course, changing your name on Instagram is easy, too! The steps are basically the same.
- Go to your profile on the app or web browser.
- Click edit profile.
- Where it says “name”, delete the previous name and replace it with the name you want.
- Click “Done”. Your name is changed. You can change that whenever you want.
Both your Instagram username and name can be changed as many times as you want.
Why Change Your Instagram Name
Now that we’ve told you exactly how to change your Instagram name, it’s time to ask yourself why would you change it.
There are, of course, many reasons! Perhaps one of these will stand out to you and you’ll go away now to change your name.
- Your name has changed. Perhaps it’s the obvious reason that your legal name has changed. This can be down to marriage, divorce, changing gender, and many more reasons! Thankfully, for situations like these, it’s super easy to change your Instagram name. Plus, you don’t need to provide any legal documents. One less thing to worry about when going through what can already be a stressful time.
- Your Instagram account is changing. Often times, people will use an existing Instagram account for something else, especially if it already has a lot of followers. For example, if you gained 2,000 followers on your personal Instagram account by talking about travel, you might want to dedicate that account to travel so that when new people discover your account, they know what it’s all about. Then it’s super easy to change your Instagram name to a travel kind instead of just your first and last name. People love obvious usernames nowadays that reveal the theme of your account.
- The username you’ve always wanted has become available. Sometimes, you have had to use an underscore or period in your username since the one you wanted without punctuation was already taken. You might keep an eye on it for a few months to see if the person changes theirs. This is especially annoying if they never post anything! You could even try messaging them and asking if they want to give up their username to you. Of course, be polite!
Of course, there are other reasons you might change your Instagram name such as noticing a spelling error, getting bored, or just simply wanting a fresh start! Thankfully, no matter what your reason is, it’s super easy to change your username.
Username And Name Ideas
If you are going to change your username name on Instagram, it’s important to choose a good one. Some bases to cover are:
- It’s relevant to your account. You don’t want to choose a username that doesn’t relate to baking if baking is all you post about. Make sure that you include some kind of clue that you’re a baking Instagrammer so that other people know what to expect from you. Plus, if you do this, you’ll come up when people search keywords for baking on Instagram. Some examples of baking usernames would be @cakebycourtney, @chelsweets, and @cakesbae. Notice how these Instagrammers include some keyword for baking in their username. They all have tons of followers, too! Whether you’re creating an account for baking or biking, make sure to use keywords in your username.
- Be creative. The generic Instagram names are probably already taken. If you’re going to dedicate an account to books, generic names like @books, @reading or @bookworm will already be taken. Instead, you have to think outside the box a little to get a great Instagram username that stands out but still makes your followers aware of what your theme is. Some great examples would be @britishbookreader, @deadspoet or @librarydates.
- Keep it clean. By that, we don’t mean appropriate, but physically clean looking. You don’t want to clutter your Instagram name up with punctuation and numbers. It makes it super hard for people to remember your username, too.
If you’re looking for a good Instagram name, here are some good tips:
- Keep it simple. If you want to just have your first name, that’s perfectly okay!
- Keep it aesthetic. If your Instagram theme is warm and cozy, it’s a good idea to add in a warm cozy emoji at the end of your usernames, such as the leaf emoji or the moon.
- Add some important information. Like we said earlier, add in your country of residence so that when brands are looking for influencers from that place, you rank higher. You can always add the flag instead of the country name. Every country has a flag emoji!
- Use one word to describe who you are whether that’s baker, teacher, blogger, singer or something else! You only have 30 characters but there is lots you can do.
Things To Remember When You Change Your Instagram Name
Even though it takes less than a minute to change your Instagram name and there are lots of fun options to choose from, it’s important to remember some of the drawbacks to changing your Instagram username.
One would be if you have your account linked to Facebook or other sites. You will possibly change your name across sites. On the other hand, if you don’t and you want to, you will have to go through all your social media accounts and change your name. If you’re a business, this is especially hard because while the username you want might be available on Instagram, it might not be available on Twitter or Facebook. So definitely check across platforms first!
As well as that, you will possibly have to change your name on your emails, business cards, and legal documents if you are a registered business, too.
Another drawback is people can’t search for you anymore. If you change your username and one of your followers missed the memo, then when they search for your old username, you won’t come up anymore. If you are serious about changing your Instagram username, build up to it for a few weeks. Tell your followers that it’s going to happen, tease about in your posts and stories, explain the story behind the change and keep an open dialogue about it.
In fact, don’t change everything at once. If you’re doing a whole rebrand, do it in stages. First the username, a few weeks later, change your name. A few weeks after that, change your icon picture, then finally, change your theme and brand message. If you do it all at once, people won’t know who you are on Instagram!
A great tip is to make an Instagram account under your original username directing people to your new page if possible. That way when people look up your old name, they will easily find your new account.
The final thing to be aware of is your engagement. While some people claim that changing your username will not decrease your following or engagement, other people claim that it does. Of course, with the algorithm, it memorizes the kind of content you post and pushes it out to people who will be interested. If you change your theme along with your username, the algorithm gets confused and doesn’t know who to show it to. Therefore, your engagement will likely drop.
Of course, it’s more important that you are happy with your content and account than gaining popularity online! So if you want to change your Instagram name, username and theme, go for it!