How to change your Instagram username

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Instagram, unlike the majority of social media sites, lets you modify your username. It’s quick and simple to change your Instagram username, both on the desktop version of Instagram and in mobile apps, whether you’ve actually changed your name or you just want something different for a while.

Here’s how to modify your Instagram username.

What is your Instagram username?

The top of your Instagram profile displays your username, which also appears in your custom Instagram URL, such as

Only letters, numbers, periods, and underscores are permitted, and it must be less than 30 characters.

Instagram username versus Instagram display name

Your Instagram username is not the same as your display name. On your profile, your display name may be found to the right of your avatar photo on desktop Instagram and beneath your avatar photo on mobile Instagram.

Any name you choose can be used as your display name. Emojis and special characters are both allowed. Similar to changing your Instagram username, you can change your display name whenever and as often as you like.

How to change your Instagram username on

  • Once you’re logged into the desktop version of, go to your profile and click on the “Edit Profile” option.
  • In the next screen, you’ll see text boxes with “Name” (this is your display name) and “Username” next to them.

To alter your display name, username, or both, just overtype the text that appears in the boxes. Click “Submit” at the bottom of the page when you’re finished.

How to change your Instagram username on Instagram mobile apps

The procedure is very similar for the Instagram mobile apps. Go to your profile page in the Instagram app and select “Edit Profile.”

Then tap “Done” on iOS. On Android, hit the check mark.

What if the new username I want is taken?

After you click “Submit” or tap “Done,” Instagram will notify you if the username you want is already in use. Repeat the process until you discover a username that is somewhat similar to the one you desire.




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