How to change your Activision name: Warzone, Vanguard & Cold War

Liam Mackay
How to change username in cold war & warzone

Activision lets you change your Call of Duty username free of charge, so here’s you can change your display name in Warzone, Vanguard, and Black Ops Cold War.

Changing your display name on services like PS Plus and Xbox Live can sometimes be costly, but in Call of Duty, you can change your name as many times as you like.

Your Activision ID will be your username followed by a hash mark (#) and a series of numbers. This means you can set your name to be whatever you like without having to worry if the name is already taken.

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The best news of all is that Activision allows you to change your name free of charge, offering a ‘name change ticket’ every six months, with players able to carry two in their account at any one time.

So, if you’re ready to give your account a makeover and use a new name, here are all the steps you need to take to do so.

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How to change your Call of Duty username in-game

If you’d like to change your Call of Duty username for Vanguard, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War in-game, there’s a simple way to do it.

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To change your Call of Duty username in-game:

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  1. Launch Call of Duty: Warzone or Black Ops Cold War
  2. Press ‘Options’ on the home screen
  3. Navigate over to ‘Account’
  4. Select ‘Activision Account’
  5. Hit ‘Change Display Name’
  6. Enter your new username and hit ‘Confirm’
Change Activision account name screen

How to change your Activision username online

You can also change your Call of Duty username online, so here’s how:

  1. Sign in to your Activision Account
  2. Hover over your username in the top right corner
  3. Click on ‘Basic Info’
  4. Select ‘Edit’ beside your Activision ID
  5. Type in your new username
  6. Hit ‘Save’

How to report offensive Call of Duty usernames

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While Activision automatically blocks offensive usernames, players can sometimes get past this by using special characters or abbreviations. If you spot an offensive username in-game, Activision lets you report them.

To report a players username or Clan Tag:

  1. Press ‘Y’ on Xbox or ‘△’ PlayStation to open the Social tab / select the Social tab on PC
  2. Select ‘Recent Players’
  3. Highlight the player you wish to report and select them
  4. Hit ‘Report Player’
  5. Select either ‘Report Username’ or ‘Report Clan Tag’

With hackers still running rampant in Warzone, you can also report cheaters through this same method.

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With Call of Duty: Vanguard, Warzone Season 6, and the new Pacific map all on the horizon, there’s plenty on the horizon for CoD fans to sink their teeth into over the coming weeks and months.

That’s everything you need to know about changing your Call of Duty username – you’ll only get a new ticket every six months so choose your name wisely!

Image Credit: Activision

About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].