How to Change Your Username on Reddit

If you’re new to Reddit, one of the first things you’ll notice after setting up your account is having a default username. What happens if you want to change it to something less generic than Virtual-Image561 or Traditional_Rate7196? If changing your Reddit name is something you want to do, this article shows you how to do it. Let’s get started!

Qualifications Required to Change Your Reddit Username

In 2020, Reddit revealed that it had 52 million daily users in the Wall Street Journal. That’s 52 million usernames! Imagine where it stands today!

If you registered for a Reddit account directly, you already created a username using custom credentials and cannot change it. However, you can always create a new account.

Many people registered for Reddit using their Google or Apple account rather than setting one up from scratch. Others simply used an email. One of the three requirements to change your username is receiving a randomly assigned one on Reddit.

If you want to stick out from the crowd of randomly assigned usernames, you need to make that change yourself. Fortunately, doing so is a quick and easy process that only includes a few steps, but you must act fast.

To change your Reddit username, you must meet one of the following:

  • You must register for a new account (the time limit to change your username is unspecified).
  • You must register using a Google or Apple account (auto-generates the username you can change).
  • You must have an auto-generated username in general.

Reminder: Once you have chosen a custom username for your Reddit account, it will be permanent. You may only change a name if it is auto-generated, and once you change it to a new one, you cannot make any corrections under that account. Therefore, be wise in making your decision!

How to Change Your User Name on Reddit on iPhone

If you’re an iPhone user wanting to change your Reddit username, follow these simple steps:

  1. Confirm that you can change your username by logging into the Reddit app and clicking your “Profile icon.”
  2. Tap on the “My Profile” option. The account must be pretty new with an existing auto-generated username to work.
  3. If you receive a popup asking if you want to change your username, tap “Change Username.”
  4. Type the username you wish to use. Beware that this option is a one-time action. You won’t be able to make corrections later. Tap “Next” in the upper right-hand corner to save your new username.
  5. Reddit will ask you to confirm that you want to use that username forever. Tap on “Save Username.”

You have now edited your Reddit username to your liking.

Note: If you’ve already signed up with a username (not assigned by Reddit) or had an existing Reddit-assigned one for some time, you can’t change it. If you are stuck with a name you don’t want anymore, you can always register for a new account and choose another username. Remember that this action does not import all your history, followers, or anything else!

How to Change Your Username on Reddit on Android?

If you’re an Android user wanting to change your Reddit username, follow the simple steps below.

  1. Confirm that you can change your username by launching the “Reddit” app.
  2. Click on your “avatar,” then tap the “My Profile” option.
  3. If you can change your Reddit username, a popup will appear asking you to confirm your randomly assigned username or to change it to a new one. Tap on “Change Username.”
  4. Type the name you wish to use. Beware, this is a one-time action, and you won’t be able to make corrections later.
  5. Tap on “Next” in the upper right-hand corner.
  6. Reddit asks you to confirm that you want to use that username forever. Tap on “Save Username.”

Please note that if you’ve already signed up with a username not assigned by Reddit or have an older Reddit-assigned one, you won’t be able to change it. You can always register with a new account instead and choose another username.

How to Change Your Username on a Web Browser

If you prefer to use Windows, Mac, Linux, or even Chrome OS to change your randomly assigned Reddit username (instead of using the Reddit app on a mobile device), perform the following steps:

  1. On the Reddit home page, click on your “profile avatar” in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Choose “Profile” from the menu list.
  3. A popup will appear asking you to update your username. Click “Change Username.”
  4. Input your desired username in the box. Then, click “Continue.” Pay close attention to the red text under your username. Reddit has criteria that your name must meet, telling you if the username is available.

In closing, Reddit is really about community, discussion, and idea exchanging. Your name and age don’t mean anything there. Also, your username only appears on your profile page. Everything else you do on Reddit uses your “Display Name,” but you must make one within your profile settings. You can change the “Display Name” anytime you want, and there are no limits.

Regarding usernames, maybe you wanted to change your teenage username on Reddit, but you were disappointed because this is not something you can do. Perhaps your profile has a bad rep? Maybe you had too many confrontations with other users? No matter your situation, allowing only one username forever is Reddit’s way of combatting cybercrime. You can only change your username while setting up your account. Lastly, if you plan on using Flairs, choose your username wisely.

Reddit Username FAQs

How Do I Correct My Username?

Unfortunately, Reddit doesn’t allow making corrections to usernames. You’re only allowed to choose one username that stays forever. What you can do is create a new account with a new name. Remember that your previous account activity won’t be synced to the new one, even if you sign up with the same email.

What is a flair next to the username?

Flair is a tag you see next to a username (or post) title in specific subreddits that allow it. You can often see people from a particular group (for example, fans of a specific sports team) put the same flair as a recognition sign. Flairs are also helpful in filtering out content you don’t want to show on your feed.

If I deactivate my account, can I reuse my username?

You may want to deactivate your Reddit profile and start over fresh. Unfortunately, you can’t use the same username if you deactivate your Reddit account. You’ll need to create a new one with a new username. However, you can make and use as many profiles as you like.

How do I switch accounts?

If you can’t have the username you want, you can create a secondary account and switch between the two (or three or more). Here’s how you can easily switch between your Reddit accounts on the mobile app:

1. Open the “Reddit app” and tap on your profile image in the upper left-hand corner. Then, tap “Settings.”

2. Tap on the “Account Settings” for your username.

3. Tap the “down arrow” to the right of “Switch Accounts.”

4. Select the account you wish to use.

If you want to switch between accounts on a web browser without logging out, you’ll need the help of a browser extension. Installing something like RES will help you accomplish the task.

Reddit Usernames: A Permanent Decision

While it may not seem like it, choosing a Reddit name is a big decision because it is permanent. Take your time when creating an account, or allow Reddit to auto-generate your name by signing up with a Google or Apple ID to give yourself some extra time.

Do you have any opinions on Reddit’s policy on usernames being permanent? Please share them in the comment section below.

7 thoughts on “How to Change Your Username on Reddit”

lexxy says:
The Todo for changing username in web browser is wrong. In neither Firefox nor Edge any “popup” appears. It is NO possibility of changing randon user name in Reddit. Authentication was Google. Your information must be old.
Steve Larner says:
Yes, it does work. When trying it out, we realized the email addresses we tried already had accounts, so there was no way to change the username. When we used another email to register, it popped up with the option to change our username after loading. When we skipped that option, we could still go into our profile, and a small popup window asked if we wanted to change our username or keep the one it created. Also, the article mentions that you have limited time to change your Reddit username, which is why our previous attempt didn’t have the option.
Twar says:
this information is all incorrect. you cannot change your user name
Steve Larner says:
Even though most readers skim content, this article has important information about changing your Reddit username. If you jumped straight to the name-changing steps, you might have missed them. You can only change an auto-generated username, which is done by registering using Google or an Apple account. You can only change it within a certain time period—they do not mention details so assume about 48 hours to play it safe.

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