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3 Easiest Ways To Change or Reset WordPress Username

Have you ever tried to change your WordPress username? If yes, then you are aware that WordPress doesn’t allow you to do it.

So, you may be looking for a way to change the WordPress username or trying to resetting it, but no luck.

Hey guys, In this tutorial, We will show you how to change or reset WordPress username with 3 easy to follow methods.

Here they are.

  • Method 1: Change the WordPress username by using the plugin.
  • Method 2: Change username by database manager like HeidiSQL or PhpMyAdmin etc.
  • Method 3: Creating a new high privileges user.

How To Change WordPress Username by Using Plugin?

If you are a novice WordPress user or you don’t know the technical ways of WordPress, then this method is good for you.

So, lets see how this method will help us.

Installing Username Editor plugin

If you are looking for a plugin that will fill your need for an hour, this plugin is right. Due to its enormous and helpful features, it is easy to change the WordPress username this way.

So, log in to your WordPress website dashboard and install a new plugin. Type “Username Editor” and install it.

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Upon activation, a new menu will be created on the left side or WordPress dashboard navigation.

Step 1: Enabling the Username editing feature.

Once you have successfully activated the plugin, visit this plugins settings page. Inside the settings panel, enable the feature by clicking the checkbox and save settings.

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Also, enable the role “Administrator.” So only administrators will be able to change usernames.

If you want to let other users change username you can do so here.

Step 2: Visit Profile section

Once the settings are saved, visit the profile section, and this field will be added to your profile section.

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Inside it enter the new username and save it.

Done. You have successfully changed WordPress username.

How To Change username by database managers like HeidiSQL or PhpMyAdmin?

Do you know, you can change the WordPress usernames easily through the database manager. Here we will use HeidiSQL. So let’s start the work.

The first thing to open your database manager, in my case, is Heidi SQL. But don’t worry, the procedure is the same for other database managers also.

Upon successful login, inside your database, open wp_users table.

Note: The prefix may vary from user to user. So in my case, I used the default wp prefix.

Inside the table, you will find the list of all users who are currently registered with your site.

Click on the username column of the user you wish to change username of.

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Enter the new username and you are done.

How To Creating a New High Privileges User?

The easiest and safe way to change the username in WordPress is to create a new high privileged user.

This is a pretty safe way for beginners to change the WordPress username without breaking anything on the website. So let’s start.

On left side of WordPress navigation, hover over Users and click Add new.

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Enter the required details, and if you wish, you can add details to the user. And you are done.


So, you know all the ways of changing the WordPress username. I tried my best to cover everything regarding changing the WordPress username in 3 easiest and safest ways. Now it is your turn. What do you think about the ways I shared. Do comment if you are facing any technical issues. You can drop a message also in the comments.

Raashid Din Dar

Raashid Din Dar is a web developer and designer. He specialises in WordPress Theme and Plugin development. Also, Web Designing is what he loves.He loves to read books and play with friends.

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