How to Change Nickname on Discord Easily

default image

Hey there! Have you ever wanted to update your nickname in a Discord server, but weren‘t sure how? Well, you‘ve come to the right place!

Changing your nickname on Discord is a super easy way to reinvent your identity across the platform‘s different communities. In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know to change your nickname seamlessly.

Here‘s what we‘ll cover:

  • What‘s the difference between nicknames and usernames?
  • Walkthrough: How to change your global Discord username
  • Step-by-step guide: Changing nicknames per server
  • How to edit others‘ nicknames (for admins)
  • Nickname best practices and rules to follow
  • FAQ: Common nickname questions answered

Let‘s get started!

Nicknames vs Usernames: What‘s the Difference?

Before we dig into the how-to, it‘s important to understand the difference between your Discord username and nicknames:

  • Usernames are global IDs tied to your account. This is the top name shown across all Discord servers.

  • Nicknames are display names unique to each server. You can customize these without impacting your global username.

Think of usernames like an email address – it‘s the same everywhere. Nicknames are more like display names you can tailor per server or community.

According to Discord’s reported statistics, over 150 million active users leverage nicknames to craft unique identities across the platform‘s servers.

With this context, let‘s look at how to change both options.

How to Change Your Discord Username Globally

Your Discord username follows you across all servers and is tied directly to your account. Here‘s how to change it:

Step 1: Open User Settings

On desktop, click the gear icon next to your profile picture and select "User Settings" from the dropdown menu.

On mobile, tap the hamburger menu icon in the top right and choose "User Settings".

Discord User Settings

User Settings option on Discord

Step 2: Click "Edit" Next to Your Username

In the User Settings menu, scroll down and find the "Username" section. Click the blue "Edit" button next to your current username.

Step 3: Enter and Confirm Your New Username

Type your desired new username into the field and enter your current account password. Hit "Change Username" to confirm the changes!

That‘s it! Your new username will now display across all your Discord servers.

Keep in mind you can only change your username every 2 weeks, so choose wisely!

How to Change Your Nickname in Specific Discord Servers

Now that you know how to change your global username, let‘s talk nicknames. Here‘s how to change your nickname on a per-server basis:

Step 1: Get "Change Nickname" Permission

You need the "Change Nickname" permission granted by a server admin to change your nickname. Ask a server admin or moderator to enable this for your role.

Discord Change Nickname Permission

Make sure you have the Change Nickname permission

Step 2: Right-Click Your Name and Select "Change Nickname"

Once enabled, right click your current username in the server and choose "Change Nickname" from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Enter and Save Your New Nickname

Type in your desired new nickname and click the blue "Save" button to confirm the changes!

That‘s it – your new nickname will now display to all members of that specific server. You can repeat these steps to change nicknames across the Discord servers you are in.

Pro Tip: Use the /nick Command

An even faster way to change your nickname in a server is using the slash command /nick.

Simply type /nick NewNicknameHere in the chat to instantly change your display name. Easy!

How to Change Other Members‘ Nicknames (Discord Admins)

As an admin or moderator on a Discord server, you can change other members‘ nicknames too. Here‘s how:

Step 1: Open Your Server‘s Settings

Click on your server name > Server Settings (Gear icon) > Roles.

Step 2: Edit the Nickname Permissions

Scroll down and find your admin/moderator role. Enable "Manage Nicknames" permission.

Step 3: Right-Click Users and Change Their Nickname

Now you can right-click any user and select "Change Nickname" to edit theirs.

Use this ability responsibly – avoid trolling or harassment!

Nickname Best Practices and Rules to Follow

When choosing a new nickname, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Be Unique But Not Too Complex: Pick a nickname that stands out without being impossible to remember.

  • Avoid Impersonation: Don‘t intentionally impersonate other users or celebrities.

  • Follow Server Rules: Make sure your nickname doesn‘t violate any server-specific rules.

  • Don‘t Troll or Harass: Avoid offensive, hurtful, or annoying nicknames.

Following these tips will ensure you have a smooth nickname experience on any Discord server!

FAQ: Common Nickname Questions

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about changing nicknames on Discord:

Q: Why can‘t I change my nickname?

A: You need the "Change Nickname" permission granted by a server admin first. Ask a server mod to enable this for you.

Q: Can people see my new nickname?

A: Yes, your new nickname will be visible to members of servers where you update it. It won‘t apply globally.

Q: How do I reset my nickname?

A: Just clear your current nickname and save a blank entry to revert back to your default username.

Q: Is changing my nickname free?

A: Yep, changing nicknames on Discord is always free! There are no fees.

Q: Can I make my nickname invisible to others?

A: Unfortunately no – Discord does not allow hiding nicknames completely at this time.

Q: Can I use emoji in my nickname?

A: You sure can! Discord supports emoji and special characters in custom nicknames.

And that wraps up the common questions around changing your nickname on Discord!

Let‘s Recap…

Phew, we covered a lot of ground here! Here‘s a quick recap of what we learned:

  • Usernames are global, nicknames are per-server display names

  • Change usernames in User Settings, available every 2 weeks

  • Change nicknames by right-clicking your name or with the /nick command

  • Get "Change Nickname" permission from admins first

  • Follow nickname best practices to avoid issues

  • Refer to the FAQ for quick help with common nickname questions

And that‘s it! You‘re now a nickname pro, ready to establish your unique identity across Discord‘s many amazing communities and servers.

Have fun out there – and feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.