How to Change Your Username on TikTok
Growing to dislike your username is something that happens very often. It’s not usually the case with a social platform like Facebook or LinkedIn. But TikTok is different.
The process involves just a few easy steps for any device. That said, there are some clear rules and limitations.
When you first register, the app gives you a unique username. That handle is always “user****,” where the stars represent a string of numbers. It’s the main reason why most newcomers to the platform initially change their names, often to mirror their other social media accounts that they can link to (Instagram, YouTube, etc.).
How to Change Your Username on the TikTok iPhone App
On any mobile device, the steps involved with changing your username are usually the same.
- Launch the TikTok app.
- Log in if you have to.
- Tap the Profile icon.
- Tap on the Edit Profile button.
- Go to the username section and tap your existing username.
- Delete your old username and type in a new one.
- Tap the Save button in the upper right corner.
If the username already exists, keep changing until you see the green checkmark under it.
How to Change Your Username on the TikTok Android App
- Launch the TikTok app and log in.
- Tap on the Me icon in the top right corner of the main screen.
- Tap on the Edit Profile option.
- Tap the Username.
- Replace your old username with a new one.
- Tap the Save button.
Like on the iPhone, the app will tell you if it’s a unique username. Keep going until you have the green light.
How to Change Your TikTok Username on a Windows PC, MacBook, Chromebook
If you’re new to the platform, you may not know this. TikTok is only available for your phone. It doesn’t have a desktop version. It makes sense since most of its features rely on smartphone technology and behavior.
However, you can use it on a computer if you install it through an emulator like BlueStacks. BlueStacks is an Android emulator that gives you an Android phone right on your computer.
Once you’ve installed BlueStacks, you can download the TikTok app and register an account. Just keep in mind that you may not be able to make and upload videos. You can, however, use the app to follow what people post.
How to Install BlueStacks and TikTok
- Install BlueStacks on your device like any other app.
- Once installed, launch the app and visit the App Center.
- Log in using your Google account.
- Search for the TikTok app.
- Click on the app and hit Install.
- Click Accept on the popup as it tries to access your camera and microphone.
How to Change Your TikTok Username in Emulated TikTok
- Launch BlueStacks and go to your apps.
- Select TikTok from the list and double click on it.
- Register a new account or use your existing credentials.
- Now you have the Android app on your computer.
- Click on the Me button.
- Click on the Username field.
- Replace your old username with a new one.
- Click the Save button.
You can also install TikTok as a web browser extension. You won’t be able to create and post your own videos, but you can still log into your account and check up on the latest viral videos.
- Go to the Chrome Web Store.
- Search for the TikTok app.
- Select Web TikTok (Mobile View).
- Add the extension to your browser.
- Go to the official TikTok webpage from your browser.
This will open the TikTok Lite version of the app in a new window. Press the Login button and enter your account credentials. After that, you can swipe through all the latest videos, similarly to how you would from your phone or tablet.
Just keep in mind that you don’t have access to all the app’s features. So you can’t change your username from the browser interface version of the app.
Here are some more answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Is there a limit to how many times I can change my TikTok username?
No. You can change your username on TikTok as many times as you want. You can even go back and forth. Users change their display names all the time as they switch from one type of content to another. Others change it when they don’t like it anymore. Some do it so they don’t pop up in certain feeds anymore. However, there’s a limit regarding how soon you can change it.
Can you change your username on TikTok faster before the 30-day limit is up?
The answer is a resounding NO. TikTok developers instituted the 30-day waiting rule to prevent spamming and combat cyberbullying. While there’s no limit on how many times you can change your username in your lifetime, you can’t do it more than once every 30 days.
Can I change the date and time settings to change my TikTok username faster?
There’s a popular TikTok trick going around the internet. If you change your Date and Time settings on your device and disable the auto-adjust feature, you can skip ahead 30 days. This means that you can skip the whole month after you changed your username. While you can do this on any device, it doesn’t help you with your TikTok account. Even if you skip ahead, TikTok doesn’t rely on your device’s date and time. Although you can find this “tip” in many places, it’s a myth and nothing more.
What characters can I use in my TikTok username?
When you decide to change your username, you will see a pop-up with the rules. TikTok allows you to use letters, numbers, periods, and underscores. Of course, you can’t use a period at the end of your username; it will have to be between two other characters. You can’t use other symbols in your username.
Does changing my TikTok username change the profile link?
Yes, it does. That’s why it’s best to think things through before changing your username. In a way, the 30 days waiting period also comes in handy as it gives you the time to weigh different options. Unfortunately, this also means that you’re stuck with it for a month if you make a mistake.
How can I change my profile photo?
Unlike your actual username and ID, you can change your profile photo on TikTok as often as you want. From the profile menu, you can tap on the Change Photo or Change Video buttons. Upload a new file from your device and tap on the Save button. There’s no 30-days waiting period when you do this.
Can I use my computer camera to shoot a TikTok video?
If you use an external USB cam on your PC or Mac, you can use it for a TikTok video. However, this only works if you have the BlueStacks Android emulator installed. Without it, you can’t install TikTok on a computer. After installing the emulator, make sure that you allow the app access to your camera and microphone.
Nothing about TikTok is complicated in any way. The app has a straightforward design, and it’s easy to understand and use by users of all ages. However, to get the full TikTok experience, you have to use the app on a phone.
Regarding the user name change, some people like it, and some don’t. It can be a problem if you make a mistake and change your username to something you don’t want.
What are your thoughts on how the platform handles the issue of the username/ID change? Do you wish that there was a workaround for this? Perhaps a premium version of the app that allows its users to make more frequent changes? Let us know in the comments section below.