One of the best things about Discord is the ease and freedom you have to hop around and be a part of multiple server communities for an assortment of varying purposes. Perhaps you’re the type of person who uses it for strictly gaming, even then you may have multiple gaming communities, guilds, or groups that you enjoy communicating with daily.
There may come a time when your current nickname no longer defines you and you want to make a change. Maybe you just want to add something to it for a special occasion or holiday. The beauty of Discord is that it allows you to change your nickname to whatever you want so long as the proper permissions have been granted by the server owner.
“I have those permissions but what do I do to change my nickname?”
I’ve got you covered.
Changing Your Discord User Nickname
There are a few ways that you can alter or edit your current Discord nickname. Keep in mind that you can change your nickname and what’s seen by everyone else in the user list for each server in which you’re a member. Also, changing your nickname does not change your account username and people will still be able to locate you using it if they so choose.
Of the three options you have to change your nickname, we’ll start with a more in-depth method.
The Long Way
Launch the Discord app and, if prompted, log in using your email and password. If you don’t have the desktop version of the Discord app on your computer, you can use Discord’s web app within your internet browser instead. Use the URL www.discordapp.com and log in there. Once everything is loaded and launched:
- Click the white cogwheel icon next to your username at the lower-left of the screen. This is your User Settings icon and will open up your User Settings page.
- Click on the Edit button in the upper-right corner of your User Settings page, located underneath the MY ACCOUNT heading. Here, you will be able to edit some information such as your username, email, and password.
- Your current username will be displayed in the text field just below USERNAME. Delete your old username and type in the new one. If you notice that your email is outdated, you can fill out the EMAIL field with a new entry or click on Change Password? to change your password as well.
- Once you’re finished with the changes, you’ll have to confirm your identity by typing in your password before being able to save your newly edited information. Follow this up by clicking on the Save button in the lower-right corner of the MY ACCOUNT section to save all changed information.
The Short Way
A quicker way to change your username than the above, especially on a server you don’t own:
- Click the server settings menu bar at the top portion of the Discord window. It will have the server name in it and a downward-facing arrowhead off to the right of it.
- From the drop-down menu, click on Change Nickname.
- Here, you can enter your new nickname into the field where your current one is located. Once you’ve typed it in and are satisfied, click the blue Save button.
The Shorter Way
If you fancy the use of slash commands to all the clicking and scrolling, by typing ‘/nick’ into the message input area (followed by a space) and then entering your new nickname, you can change it. A far quicker solution than those mentioned previously.
You can do this for every server that you have access to, so long as your current role within that server group allows you to change it.
Managing Names Across Multiple Servers
If you’re the owner of a server, you have the option to change and manage the nicknames of anyone who joins. There are two permissions dedicated to nickname usage:
Enabling “Change Nickname” will permit users to change their nickname on your server. This is also the case if you’re on a server owned by someone else. If this permission has not been checked, you’re stuck with the nickname you had when you came in. That is unless the owner chooses to change your nickname.
By enabling “Manage Nicknames” on your server, permission is given to users to access the “Members” server setting only. This allows anyone to change other members’ nicknames within that server so long as they are members. Of course, if you are the owner, you have this power intrinsically but the permission must be granted by a server owner if you happen to be on a different server than your own.
Changing other members’ nicknames is rather simple:
- Just access the Members tab in Server Settings.
- In the “Server Members” area, hover over the member whose username you wish to change. This will pull up three vertical dots off to the right. Click the dots to open up more options and choose Change Nickname.
- Fill out the member’s new nickname in the box provided and click Save when finished.
Everyone who accesses the server will see the newly updated nicknames off to the right in the Member Section.
If the server owner has denied you a role with the “Change Nickname” permission, then you will have access to neither your nickname change nor any members. Even with a slash command, Clyde will only provide a sad message for you:
Remember that, even if you’re trying to keep a low profile or go incognito with a fresh nickname, anyone who wants to, can still click on your user profile to discover your true name.
Interestingly enough, you can still perform @mentions using both the new nickname as well as the original. The normal Discord features that require you to know someone’s username will still apply as normal.
So, even if the new nickname is completely unrelated to the original, you can still @mention them. An example would be ‘Konquezt’ as the original name but opting for ‘I M A Gawd’ on the current server you’re trying to @mention. Visually, the name would show as ‘I M A Gawd’ but you could type in @Kon (or the full name) and it would still pop up. Discord will always remember and refer to the original username. This function also applies when searching for users in the Members tab of the Server Settings.