How to change Minecraft username for Java & Bedrock editions

Aakrit Sharma
Change profile name option in Minecraft

Your username is your identity in Minecraft, but there may be times when you want to change or update it. Here’s a guide on how to change your Minecraft username in the Java and Bedrock editions of the game.

Many players love to run the same username or gamertag for years, as it gives them a sense of identity and is easy to remember. However, some players like to switch usernames once in a while, just to keep their experience fresh. It is safe to assume that the Minecraft community contains both these factions.

Minecraft allows players to build astonishing structures on their own as well as team up with their friends through various servers. In these servers, players are known by their usernames, which can often be great conversation starters. This is why many players keep their usernames for years, sometimes never changing them at all.

Jungle in Minecraft

How to change your Minecraft username in Bedrock edition

Minecraft Bedrock edition is available on a variety of platforms like Xbox, Nintendo Switch, mobile, and PlayStation. Follow these steps to change your username according to your platform:

Xbox and Windows with a Microsoft account

Your Minecraft username on Xbox is your Microsoft account’s gamer tag. Here’s how to change it:

  1. Visit Xbox’s official website and sign in with your Xbox/Microsoft account.
  2. Select your profile and choose Customize.
  3. Click on the pencil icon.
  4. Type your new username and confirm if it’s available.
The option to change a player's Bedrock username.

Changing your Xbox gamer tag is free for the first time but it can cost up to $10 after that.


Your PlayStation network name is your Minecraft username on PlayStation. Here’s how to change it:

  1. Visit Sony’s official PSN sign-in page and sign in with your account.
  2. Select PSN profile.
  3. Find your Online ID and click on Edit.
  4. Enter the new username and confirm the change.

You can also do this on a PS4 console by going to Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Profile > Online ID.

For a PS5 console, go to Settings > Users and Account > Account > Profile > Online ID.

Changing your PSN username is free once but Sony charges you for it thereafter.


Android and iOS players can change their Minecraft Pocket Edition username by following these steps:

  1. Go to Minecraft’s in-game settings
  2. In General, search for Profile and change your name from the top right corner.
The option to change one's gamertag.

Nintendo Switch

Your Minecraft username on the Nintendo Switch is your console’s profile name. Follow these steps to change it:

  1. Tap on your current profile icon from the top left corner of the Nintendo Switch home screen.
  2. Select Profile and your current username will be displayed on the right.
  3. Tap on the username to change it.

How to change your Minecraft username in Java edition

The Minecraft Java edition is only available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Follow these steps to change your username:

  1. Visit Minecraft’s official website and log in with your Microsoft account.
  2. Head to the My Games section and choose Profile name from the drop-down menu under Minecraft: Java Edition.
  3. Type a new username and then choose Change Profile Name.
Changing a Java Edition username.
Linking your Mojang and Minecraft accounts can help in changing usernames swiftly.

You can change your Minecraft username for free through this method once every 30 days.

Since Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang and Minecraft, the developers of the sandbox game are actively encouraging users to migrate their Mojang accounts to Microsoft accounts. This won’t change how they play the game but is a way to ensure better security through double-factor authentication.

As a result, having a Microsoft account is the most convenient way to perform tasks such as changing your Minecraft username.

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About The Author

Aakrit is a games writer with over 2000 published articles for EssentiallySports, Sportskeeda, FortniteINTEL, and CharlieINTEL. Currently, he writes guides on Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon games, Genshin Impact, and Brawlhalla. Aakrit loves playing shooter games and in his free time, you can find him queued up in Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Halo Infinite. You can contact Aakrit at [email protected].