How to Change Your User Name in Zoom

Zoom is currently one of the most popular video meeting apps on the market. People love it for its flexibility, reliability, and ease of use. For example, all supported apps let you change your name before and during a meeting.

Things are super-simple, and the change shouldn’t take you more than a minute or two, regardless of the platform.

Changing Your Name Before a Meeting

There are three ways to change your name before a meeting. Your options include the website, desktop client, and mobile app, depending on your preferences. We’ll cover all three options in the following sections.

Change Your Name via the Desktop Client

Here’s how to change your name before a meeting using your desktop client.

Step 1


With the desktop client up and running, click on your profile icon in the upper-right corner of the Zoom window.

Step 2

Zoom will open a dropdown menu.


Click on the ‘Sign Out’ option toward the bottom of the menu. Don’t forget to exit the app.

Step 3

sign in

Launch the Zoom desktop client once more.

Select the ‘Join a Meeting’ option.

Step 4

Zoom will then open the ‘Join Meeting’ screen.

join meeting

Type the meeting’s ID in the upper text box. Write a name in the lower text box. It can be anything you want it to be. When done, click on the ‘Join’ button.

Change Your Name via the Website

Here’s how to change your name before a meeting using the official Zoom website:

Step 1

Launch the browser on your computer and go to your profile page.


Once there, click on the small profile icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window.

Step 2

Zoom will then open a dropdown menu. You’ll see your username, account status, email, and the Sign Out button.

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Select the ‘Sign Out’ option.

Step 3

Zoom will redirect you to the site’s Home page.

change name in zoom

There, click on the ‘Join a Meeting’ link in the upper menu.

Step 4

The site will then request the Meeting ID. Alternatively, you can get in with a ‘Personal Link Name.’


Enter either the Meeting ID or your Personal Link name, and click the ‘Join’ button.

Step 5

You’ll then see the Launching page. Once Zoom hooks you up, you’ll notice the ‘Join a Meeting’ page once more. There, Zoom will ask you to write your name and check the Captcha to confirm that you’re not a robot. Pick an interesting name and click on the ‘Join’ button.

Change Your Name Before a Meeting via the Mobile App

Now, we’ll look at how you can change your name before a meeting using the Zoom app installed on your phone. We used an Android device for this tutorial, though the steps are the same for iOS users, as well.

Step 1

Launch the Zoom app on your phone.

meet and chat

Tap on the Settings cog in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Step 2

You’ll land on the Settings screen, where you can see the account info and tweak chat and meeting settings.

zoom settings

You should tap on your account name at the top of the screen.

Step 3

Zoom will then redirect you to the My Profiles screen. That’s where you can change advanced settings.

my profile

Scroll to the bottom and tap on the red ‘Sign Out’ button. Confirm that you want to sign out.

Step 4

After that, you’ll land on the ‘Start a Meeting’ screen.

start a meeting

Select the ‘Join a Meeting’ option at the bottom of the screen.

Step 5

The ‘Join a Meeting’ screen will appear.

zoom join a meeting

Enter the Meeting ID in the top text box and your new name in the one below it. Tap on the ‘Join Meeting’ button.

Changing Your Name During a Meeting

Being one of the most flexible and easy-to-use video meeting apps on the market, Zoom also allows you to change your name during a meeting. What’s more, you can change it on any device and platform you’re using at any given moment. In the following sections, we’ll explain how to do so via the desktop client and the mobile app.

Change Your Name During a Meeting via the Desktop Client

Follow these steps to change your name while in a Zoom meeting. It’s important to note that they work regardless of whether you created the meeting in question or not. Therefore, we’ll start from within a meeting.

Step 1

Assuming that you’re already in a meeting, the screen should look like this (note that we’ve turned the camera off):

zoom meeting

Click on the ‘Participants’ button at the bottom of the meeting window.

Step 2

A list of all participants in the meeting should appear on the right side of the window.


Hover with your mouse over your name.

Step 3

Two options will appear – ‘Mute’ and ‘More.’

how to change name in zoom

Select the ‘More’ option. Next, select the ‘Rename’ option from the menu.

Step 4

You should see a text box containing your current name.

enter a new name

Delete it and write a new one. Click ‘OK’ to confirm.

Change Your Name During a Meeting via the Mobile App

You can change your name during a meeting, even if you’re on the mobile app. The steps are similar to the desktop client if the layout of the app is somewhat different due to the difference in screen shapes and sizes.

Here’s how to change your name during a meeting:

Step 1

Like the desktop tutorial, we’re starting from within a meeting. Your screen should look like this:

change your name in zoom

Tap on the ‘Participants’ icon at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2

The app will take you to the ‘Participants’ screen.

zoom change your name

Find your name on the list and tap on it.

Step 3

Zoom will show you a pop up with your user name and the option to change it.


Tap on the ‘Rename’ option.

Step 4

You’ll see the ‘Enter a new screen name’ pop up appear on the screen.

enter a new screen name

Enter a new screen name and tap the ‘OK’ button to confirm the change.

A New Name

Changing your name in Zoom is a piece of cake, no matter the device you’re using at the given moment. You can change it before and during the meeting. A handful of clicks or taps and a little inspiration is all it takes to give yourself a cool new name. Whether you want something that reflects your fun and wild personality, or something that reflects your professionalism, you can update your username following the instructions above.

Have you managed to change your display name? What device did you use, and did you do it before or during the meeting? Hit the comments section below and share your experiences. Also, feel free to leave some display name suggestions.

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