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How to change your username on Steam

Time to update your gamertag.
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April 11, 2022

One of the best things about Steam is that, unlike Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, changing your username is free. Now, what that actually means is that you can change your Steam profile name for free. This differs from your SteamID and Steam Account Name, which are tied down the moment you create your account. Learn more as we teach you how to change your username on Steam.

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QUICK ANSWER

To change your Steam profile name on Android and iOS, press > You & Friends > Profile Edit Profile. In the General section, find the field marked PROFILE NAME. Enter your new name in that field, then scroll down and press Save.


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Can you change your Steam username?

A man of many names

Your identity on Steam isn’t limited to one overarching name. In fact, your account has a few identifiers.

If you’re talking about the name used to log into your account, that is called your Account Name. Your account also has a SteamID, which is a unique identifier consisting of a series of numbers.

Finally, there is your profile name, also known as your “display name,” “player name,” or “username.” When people use the Search for friends function on Steam Community, this is the name they will search for. It acts as a mask for your Account Name and is the closest thing to a searchable username available on Discord.

SteamID

Your SteamID is a 17-digit number that is unique to your account. All SteamID numbers begin with 76561198 and can be found in your Steam Community Profile URL if you have not set a custom URL.

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Your SteamID cannot be changed.

Steam Account Name

Your Steam Account Name is customizable, but only when you initially create your account. After you’ve made your Steam account, you can never change your Steam Account Name again. The same goes with your SteamID. Not even Steam Support staff can change their Steam Account Name or SteamID.

location of the steam account name
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The easiest way to find your Steam Account Name is to click the dropdown menu at the top. Do this by clicking the downward arrow next to your profile picture. Your Steam Account Name will appear next to Log out of your account.

How to change your username on Steam

This brings us to your Steam profile name. You may not be able to change your SteamID or Steam Account Name, but you can change your Steam profile name whenever you want.

Your Steam profile name acts as your username in every way aside from being used for logging into your account. It’s how you appear to others because nobody else can see your Account Name.

Desktop

To change your profile name on Steam, click the display name dropdown menu at the top of the interface. This is the downward arrow next to your profile picture in the top right.

click profile button top right
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Click View my profile.

click view my profile
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After you are redirected to your profile, click the Edit Profile button.

click edit profile
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In the General section of Edit Profile, you will see your current “username” under PROFILE NAME. In that field, replace your current name with your new one.

enter your new steam name
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Scroll down to the bottom when satisfied, and click Save.

scroll down and click save
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Android and iOS

Open the Steam mobile app on your Android or iOS device. Press the button in the top left.

navigate over to your steam profile on mobile
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From the menu on the left, tap You & Friends, then Profile.

save a new profile name on the mobile app
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Press Edit Profile. In the General section, find the field marked PROFILE NAME. Enter your new Steam name in that field, then scroll down and press Save.


Read more: How to run Steam on Chromebook computers

FAQs

Why does Steam keep changing my name?

You may be signed into Steam on two different devices. If this is the case, it can mess with your saved settings when you enter a new profile name.

Is your Steam Account Name your gamertag?

No. Your “gamertag,” “display name,” or “player name” all refer to your Steam profile name.

How do I find my Steam Account Name?

To find your Steam Account Name, open the display name dropdown menu by clicking the downward arrow next to your profile picture at the very top. Your Steam Account Name will appear next to Log out of your account.