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How to change the Instagram username

If you created your Instagram account several years ago, maybe at some point you regretted including certain data that you added to your profile at first. Fortunately, the social network offers the possibility to change the information associated with our account, including the username .

Instagram itself offers, through its official help website , the steps to modify both the username of our account and any other associated information. In this guide, we explain how to do it step by step and in all possible ways.

Learn to change the Instagram username: all possible ways

From the phone

Since the vast majority of Instagram users access the social network from the mobile, this is the first case we focus on. To change the Instagram username from the Android or iOS app, you just have to access the profile editing menu. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Open the application and go to your profile tab – located at the right end of the lower quick access bar.
  2. Click on the “Edit profile” button located just below the followers and followed information.
  3. In the “Username” section, enter the new name you want to use. Keep in mind that it cannot be a name that is already being used by another Instagram member.
  4. Click on the “Save” button in the upper right corner.

From the browser

In case of accessing Instagram from a computer through the web browser , it is also possible to change the username, and the process is as simple as in the previous case:

  1. Go to your profile by clicking on the icon in the upper right.
  2. Click on the “Edit profile” button next to your username.
  3. In the “Username” section, enter the new name you want to use. Keep in mind that it cannot be a name that is already being used by another Instagram member.
  4. Go down to the end of the form and click on “Send” to save the changes.

These are the two ways to change the Instagram username, both from your computer and from your mobile . A curiosity that is worth taking into account, is that today, when changing the username , the old one will be released and will be available to any other member of the social network that wishes to use it. However, it seems that Instagram would be planning to introduce a solution with which to prevent “thief bots of user names” from appropriating those that are temporarily free, as the developer Jane Manchun Wong, specialized in reverse engineering, discovered.

According to his research, Instagram intends to offer a period of 14 days to users who change their username to repent and return to the previous one , preventing other members from taking it away. At the moment, of course, this feature is not available, so you better make sure that the new username you want to use is the final one, because once you have made the change you will probably not be able to return to the old one.

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