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How to Properly Change Your WordPress Username (Step by Step)

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Do you want to change the username you use when logging in to your WordPress website?

It’s not possible to change your username in WordPress using the same method as changing your full name or password. That said, there are a few ways to get around it.

In this article, we will show you three different methods to change WordPress usernames, step by step.

How to Properly Change Your WordPress Username (Step by Step)

Changing Your WordPress Username

While it is easy to change your full name from your user profile in WordPress, you’ll see a message that usernames can’t be changed.

You Cannot Change Your Username from Your WordPress User Profile

This can be frustrating and confusing to beginner WordPress users. The good news is that there are several workarounds to change your WordPress admin username and other usernames.

This article will show you three ways to change your username on your WordPress website. You can use the links below to jump to the method you wish to use:

Method 1: Create a New User and Delete the Old One

The easiest way to change your WordPress username is by creating a new user with your desired username and with the administrator user role.

The only catch is that you will need to use a different email address than the one used by your current account.

Note: If you are using Gmail, then you can insert a plus sign (+) with additional letters after your username.

For example, if your email address is [email protected], then you can use the email address [email protected]. It will still go to the same email inbox, but WordPress will consider it a separate email address.

Add a New WordPress User

After creating the new account, you need to log out of your WordPress account and then log in with the new user account you just created.

Next, head over to the Users » All Users page in your WordPress admin area and then click the ‘Delete’ link under your old username to remove it.

Delete Your Old Username from the Users Page

When you delete the old username, WordPress will ask what you want to do with any content created by that user.

Make sure that you click the ‘Attribute all content to’ option and then select the new user you just created.

Assign Any Posts Belonging to the Old Username to the New Username

After that, you should click the ‘Confirm Deletion’ button to delete the old user account.

Congratulations, you have now successfully changed your WordPress username. If you want to use the same email address as before, then you can now change the email address of the new user.

Method 2: Change Username by Using a Plugin

Another simple way to change your WordPress username is by using a plugin. If you are worried about using too many plugins, then let us assure you that you can safely delete the plugin once you have changed your WordPress username.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Easy Username Updater plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, simply go to the Users » Username Updater page and then click the ‘update’ link next to the username you want to change.

Username Updater List of Users

Now, you simply enter the new username and then click the ‘Update Username’ button.

If you’d like to notify the user about the change, then make sure you check the ‘Send User Notification’ box first.

Username Updater Update Username Screen

That’s all! Now, you can remove the username changer plugin from your site.

Method 3: Change Your WordPress Username Using phpMyAdmin

This method is a little bit complicated as it requires that you make direct changes to your WordPress database.

We recommend that users avoid doing this if possible since it’s easy to make a mistake and cause errors on your WordPress site.

However, in some cases, you may not have an option, such as when you forget your WordPress username and email address and get locked out of your admin account.

First, you will need to log in to your web hosting dashboard to locate the phpMyAdmin menu.

We are using Bluehost in this example. Your dashboard may look different if you are using a different host that doesn’t use cPanel, but the phpMyAdmin option should still be available.

Once you’re inside the Bluehost dashboard, go ahead and navigate to the ‘Websites’ tab. Then, select a website and click the ‘Settings’ button.

Bluehost site settings

Now, scroll down to the Quick Links section.

After that, simply click ‘phpMyAdmin.’

Navigating to the phpMyAdmin in Bluehost

This will launch phpMyAdmin in a new browser tab.

You will need to select your WordPress database if it is not already selected.

Choose Your WordPress Database in phpMyAdmin

You will now see your WordPress database tables. By default, WordPress database tables use wp_ as a prefix before each table’s name. It is possible that you may have changed the database prefix to something else.

You need to click on the wp_users table on the left-hand side. Then, you should click ‘Edit’ next to the username that you wish to change.

Edit the Desired Username in the wp_users Table

Now, you will be able to type the new username you wish to use into the user_login field.

When you are done, you’ll need to click the ‘Go’ button at the bottom of the screen to save the new username.

Enter a New Username in the user_login Field

That’s all! Now, you should be able to log in to your dashboard with your new username.

We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to properly change your WordPress username. You may also want to see our tutorial on how to choose the best WordPress hosting or check out our complete guide to WordPress SEO.

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  2. Layla Turner says

    Thank you so much for this post! The ‘add new user’ then ‘delete old user’ & ‘attribute to new user’ worked for me.
    And I now have the plugin which also works.

    FYI – when I changed the email address after adding new user, it took aaages for the confirmation email to come through to my Gmail from WordPress.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Glad it worked, setting up SMTP can also help with email deliverability if someone hasn’t set that up yet.

      Admin

  3. Desmond Diangha says

    Wow, this is just awesome, and any other article i have read here is just so great and very useful. I just succeeded in adding a new user for my website after reading this article thanks a lot….

  4. Rahat says

    That was really helpful. I was searching for the solution and some websites suggest to install a plugin, which is not the best solution for me,
    because that would make my site slower.
    Since I am familiar with PHP, so it would be better to use PHPMyAdmin in Cpanel.
    And that’s what I did with the help of this article.
    Thanks

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Glad our article could help, in general a plugin should not slow down your site unless it is poorly coded.

      Admin

  5. Kendall Watson says

    Thank you for this post. After attempting the cpanel method, which didn’t work, I found this and the plugin suggestion did work.

  6. Dharmendra says

    I tried method 1 but it did not work, then tried method 2 and it worked. Thank you so much :)

    wpbeginner is a rock. Every time I get a solution.

  7. Tom Llobet says

    NEVER USE “admin” or the domain name as a user, this is the first thing hackers use to get access to the backend.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thanks for sharing this, we agree that users should avoid using the username admin

      Admin

  8. Van says

    Using phpMyAdmin worked like a charm for me. I wanted to change my username because I discovered while perusing Wordfence brute force activity on my site that my username had been used by a hacker.

  9. Bonkarah says

    Appreciate the info given here. I was able to use PhpMyadmin to change the user name. But on logging in to my WordPress site, the info on my dashboard is so limited. The new username that was there before i deleted the wrong one with Admin role had Author’s role. Could this be why I am not granted full access to my editing dashboard where I could add more users and edit normally?

    Somebody help me out here. How do I get back to my full dashboard editing suite and change my role to Admin?

  10. Jake says

    Why won’t your website let me create an account? When ever I try it says to try again with no explanation.

  11. Linda Groeneveld says

    I have used the plugin ‘username changer’ and now my account is gone?! What happend and how can I undo this?

  12. Tyler says

    I tried doing this to edit the nice-name attribute, so I don’t leak my user name on the Author’s page, and now my site only shows: Error establishing a database connection. Even after re-naming the field to its original value it doesn’t fix it. Any suggestions?

  13. Jenny Zentz says

    Thank you! Finding so much help for setting up my new WP account. I’m transferring an existing blog from Blogger. (And existing Google domain.) Any things you’ve already done on that would be great!!! I’ll be searcher your site a lot!

  14. kari says

    just successfully used the plugin to change my user name – it was really easy then just deleted the plug in – really really useful – thank-you

    • Ripunj says

      You can simple do this without the plugin. You have to create a user, and for that you have to click on Add New button in the Users section, input the username whatever you want to and then assign the role of it to Administrator then log out. Now log in using newly created username and go into the same section that is Users and now can simply delete the old admin user.

  15. Heather says

    Hi There. It did seem to work, but it did not attribute all the content. So my bio, my social media links, and Gravatar photo are gone. I can’t figure out how to get all that back.

  16. Colin Crawford says

    Hi
    I can’t get this to work, I have tried other tutorials and they say just the same.

    I am in the right database as there is only one and I have edited the old admin username that was originally set up i.e. admin and it won’t allow me to login.

    In the database it has clearly changed but when I try to login it won’t allow me. So using the old admin username gets me back in but how? it has been changed it doesn’t exist anymore….

    If I view the Users in WordPress my new username is not there so where is it getting these details from?

    I am truly baffled.

    Colin

    • Gary Armstrong says

      You may want to try changing the password to your admin user within wordpress. It would be good to have another temp Admin level user in WP as a backup.

      If you’re using phpmyadmin, open the password field, choose a new password and IMPORTANT! choose the MD5 function (or this will NOT work).

      Once you change the password, try logging in to your old username account. Try doing this in Incognito mode in Chrome so you have NO cookies set. It shouldn’t let you login. If it IS still logging in, double check you’re in the right DB. I know you said you were, but check the wp-config.php file anyhow.

      Extra hint. If you don’t want to setup another email address, and you use Gmail, you can add a + to the end of a gmail address and it will go to the same mailbox: e.g.

    • Colin Crawford says

      Hi
      Thanks for the reply Gary, I ended up deleting everything on that domain name as it had other WordPress installations so somewhere it went wrong.

      Once I did this the information in the tutorial worked but it was so frustrating why it didn’t.

      Good job I only used that domain name for testing websites.

      Cheers

      Colin

  17. Anyaogu Ikechukwu says

    Hello. I thank you for sharing this article. I want to know if it is necessary to change your username after installing WordPress

  18. Brigitte says

    thank you thank you. When I am in troubles I always find a helpful answer in your website. Kind regards!!

  19. Melissa says

    How do I even find my cPanel login details? My site is hosted by GoDaddy but built on WordPress, and the GoDaddy account belongs to my editor. I keep asking him if he can find out but it’s been weeks now. My website was restored by someone else who had another kind of access point, but I need that login. How exactly do I find out those details because my WordPress login isn’t the same.

  20. Ted says

    it won’t work. i added a new admin (while still keeping the old), but when i log out, it won’t log me back in using the new admin and password (which i didn’t change!). not sure what to do now. help!

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