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Username Rename and Recycling Policies

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2017 11:58AM PST

Username Rename and Recycling Policies

This article describes the policies pertaining to Twitch usernames, and how to obtain a rename.

Twitch usernames are provided to the first individual to request an open user name.

However, usernames may be freed up for re-registration, without notice, if:

  1. they violate specific registered trademarks;
  2. are involved in an active impersonation (keep in mind someone registering your desired username first is NOT an act of impersonation); or
  3. are no longer active, meaning, there is no viewing or login activity associated with the account for at least 12 months.

We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.

With any reclaimed account, Twitch will delete the profile information associated with the account (including, any content). This also means that any personal data and private content associated with these accounts will be deleted and will not be accessible to the new account holders.


Before changing usernames, all broadcasters should be aware of a few key facts and known issues that may impact your account:

  1. If you change your name, you will lose access to your broadcaster stats associated with your old name. If you want to preserve your broadcast stats, you must export your stats prior to the name change.
  2. Your channel URL will not redirect to your new name. You will need to update the URL anywhere you are using it.

And if you are a Partner, the following also should be noted:

  1. Your revenue will not be impacted. We want to stress that a name change will lead to absolutely no loss of revenue. However, for the day you made the name change, ad revenue from viewers on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Live from Playstation, and Android TV may be delayed. This will only impact ad revenue on the day that you changed your name, and you will not permanently lose any revenue. Subscription and bits revenue will not be impacted.
  2. Your old username will not be recycled. Except in special circumstances, your username will not be made available again to anyone else.

How to Change Your Username

As a preliminary point, we do not accept direct requests to use a name associated with another account. Even if you believe the account is inactive, such accounts are subject to our username recycle and reuse policy.

The positive news: Twitch now offers you a tool to change your username once every 60 days.

Username changes will not be allowed during an active broadcast and will not be processed when an active VOD upload is pending.

To change your username:
  1. First, navigate to your settings page and type in the username you desire into the field. Note: users will be required to have a verified email in order to perform username change. In the absence of a verified email, you will be prompted to verify.
  2. Next, click verify and authenticate with your password.

Note: Once you have changed your name, the abandoned usernames will be held by Twitch for a minimum of 6 months. After which, we may decide to return those usernames to the pool of available usernames for the community and new users.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • QWill bot accounts be affected by the username reclaim?
    • A: No standard chat bots of any kind will be affected by the reclaim process. If you are concerned about your bot, we recommend that you log into the account once per year.
  • QHow will reclaimed accounts affect follow counts?
    • A: On average, follow counts will decrease.
  • Q: I have an old account - please do not delete it! How do I stop this?
    • A: All you need to do is log into it! As soon as you log into your account, it is automatically refreshed and removed from the list of accounts prepared for deletion.
  • Q: If my account is reclaimed by Twitch, will the new username owner have access to my information?
    • A: No. The new owner of the username will never have access to any of your data, including credit card information, settings, or viewing history.
  • QWhen will the inactive usernames become available?
    • A: Inactive usernames will be recycled periodically and made available for new users in batches. Legacy usernames will eventually be recycled as part of this process.
  • QWill there be an announcement or list of new names when a username batch becomes available?
    • A: No.
  • Q: Will people be able to change their username in order to circumvent channel or community timeouts/bans?
    • A: No, they will not be able to circumvent bans or timeouts by changing their username.