How to change your name in Telegram: how to change your nickname and rename a contact

The nickname is the name of the user and allows you to identify a person, and since it is not always possible to choose a good option at the first time, you need to know how to change your name in Telegram. And also, knowing how it is spelled correctly, it will not be difficult to find the person. It is only necessary to add a person, and his nickname will be shown in the main profile, in general chats, personal correspondence.

Distinguishing a username from a nickname

Each person has a name. It is used by friends, relatives, colleagues and ordinary acquaintances. But situations when you meet people with the same name are not uncommon. In one team could be, for example, three Alexander and two Victoria. Then, to identify them somehow address not only by name but also by patronymic or surname.


As for the username, it is unique for each registered user. It is impossible for two people with identical nicknames to be registered in Telegram. The system simply will not allow this, notifying you that such a nickname already exists, so you should make up a new one or slightly modify the one you have already made up.

Requirements to the nickname

No one requires a person to make such a username that will match his official name and surname. However, this does not mean that the string “Username” is allowed to write everything you want. When making up a nickname you should follow a number of system requirements for it:


  • Only Latin letters may be used;
  • it must not be used by anyone on Telegram;
  • at least 5 characters;
  • in addition to Latin letters, you can use Arabic numerals and underlines.

How do I change my Telegram nickname?

What a username is, what the requirements for its creation are, and how it differs from a person’s name – all of this is now clear. Since it is not uncommon for a person to be bored with their current username and want to set a new one, it is important to understand how to do this. Depending on the platform on which the app is being used, the steps may differ slightly.

On the phone

First of all, the possibility of changing the login should be considered on mobile devices, since they are the most commonly used Telegram. At the moment, 2 operating systems for such gadgets are common: Android and iOS.


With Android.

Changing the nickname for the user can not be called a difficult process. It is performed in just a few minutes. To implement it, it is enough to perform the following algorithm of actions:

  • Open the item “Settings”.

  • Scroll to the “Username” section.

  • Enter a new login in the appropriate field.

  • Click on the checkbox at the top right.

It is recommended to write a nickname that is easy to remember. In addition, it can also be seen as a business card, by which you can recognize a particular person.

With iOS

There is an assumption that it is impossible to change the login on the iPhone. In fact, this is a myth. In fact, the change of username is identical to the procedure performed in a regular smartphone. This is because both versions of the OS have the same interface, and the set of functions is about the same. The developers have decided to do everything so that no one is confused when switching platforms. On this basis, the owners of iPhone can change the nickname on the same algorithm as the owners of smartphones.

On a computer

Since Telegram is also available on your computer, you will be able to change your account on the PC version of the program. However, since the appearance of the application is somewhat different from its telephone counterpart, the replacement procedure will look somewhat different. So, on Windows OS you will have to perform a number of actions:

  • Open the “Settings” block.


  • Find the group of commands “Change profile”.


  • Find the column “Select a user name” and then click on it with the left mouse button.

  • In the empty field that appears, enter the new nickname.


You do not need a lot of time to complete these steps. Once you have entered the nickname, it is sufficient to confirm the changes by pressing the appropriate button, after which the profile will have a new login.

How to rename a contact in the application?

In some cases, a person does not need to change his username, but the name of one or more contacts in the program. This function is available and it is not difficult to implement.

If we are talking about Telegram on a PC, you should first open a dialog with the contact for whom you want to change the name, and then click on the three dots located in the upper right corner and select “Change contact”. A small window will appear with the settings, where, among other features, there is a name change.

If we’re talking about the phone, it’s pretty much the same. Only before you hit the triple dot, you should tap on the user icon at the top center.

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