You’ve chosen the wrong name when creating your Cash App account; I get it, it happens to every one of us. Just like every mistake, you’ll naturally want to attempt fixing it by changing the name, but can you even change your name on Cash App.
It turns out there are three different names you can tie to your Cash App account: your display name, your username, and your legal name. Since these three are different naming concepts, there are differences as to whether you can change them or not.
In this article, you’ll learn how to change your name on Cash App. But first, I’ll show you the differences between a display name, a legal name, and a username on Cash App, before showing you if you can change them and how you can go about that.
What Is Your Display Name on Cash App?
The display name refers to the name that Cash App shows on your account when you’re logged in. It appears on bank statements when you send and receive money from people and it’s what other Cash App users see about your account.
Since the display name is your legal name by default, you can change it to something more obscure if you want to stay anonymous on the app. You can always change your display name whenever you want since it only works as an identifier for you within Cash App.
Also, your display name doesn’t have to match your legal name or your $Cashtag. Both the $Cashtag and the legal name have different uses, and they can exist without having any similarity to what you choose to identify yourself with on the platform.
What Is Your Legal Name on Cash App
Apart from the display name, there’s another naming concept on Cash App known as your legal name. As the name insinuates, your legal name is the name you use on your legal documents, which must match what’s on your bank accounts, social security number, and other government documents.
While your display name and your $Cashtag are always public on Cash App, your legal name isn’t. However, the legal name resides in their database for almost forever since they need it for IRS disclosures and similar activity on your account.
Since your legal name must tally with the names on your government documents, you cannot simply change it on a whim. Unless you’ve changed the name associated with your social security number, it’s technically impossible to change your legal name.
Also, there’s no specific option that lets you change your legal name on Cash App. If you happen to change your name in the real world, you may have to contact Cash App support to ensure that you update it correctly.
What Is Your Username on Cash App?
If you can recall, there are three kinds of names on the Cash App: your legal name, your display name, and the $Cashtag. The $Cashtag is what’s otherwise referred to as your username, and is the identifier that other Cash App users use to send you money.
The process of creating a $Cashtag is one of the foremost procedures you need to carry out when creating a Cash App account. Your $Cashtag is the modifier that helps to complete your unique $Cashtag URL that friends and family can use to send money to your account.
Your $Cashtag works just like a Twitter username, albeit with some differences in the naming conventions. You cannot add a space between the name, and it must consist of less than 20 characters containing not less than one letter.
Unlike the display name, you can’t change the username anytime you want. Cash App gives you only two opportunities to change your $Cashtag, and when you burn these two, you may have to stick to whatever you have forever.
How to Change Your Username on Cash App
When trying to change your name on Cash App, chances are high that you’re referring to your $Cashtag. It’s the name that people interact with the most, and you’re likely to get remarks based on how the name sounds. If the name is pretty infamous, you may be looking for a way to change it.
Fortunately, Cash App lets you change your $Cashtag, but only twice. When you change it to a new one, the previous $Cashtag becomes unavailable to everyone else, but you can switch back to it anytime. With that said, here’s how to change your $Cashtag on Cash App.
- Login to Cash App and head over to the profile tab.
- Tap Personal from the options and select the $Cashtag field when it appears.
- You’ll have an option to choose a new $Cashtag; choose something nice and unique and tap on the Set button to verify your changes.
When changing your $Cashtag, ensure you don’t change it to something very personal since it’s openly accessible to everyone who uses Cash App.
How to Change Your Display Name on Cash App
The steps for changing your display name on Cash App are very similar to the steps required to change your username. Unlike your $Cashtag, however, there’s no hard limit as to how many times you can change your display name; as long as it’s something that Cash App allows, you’re good.
You can change your display name on Cash App by heading over to the profile tab after logging into your Cash App account. From there, you can select the personal option and then tap on your name below your profile picture.
Doing that should bring up a field where you can edit your display name on Cash App. Enter anything you wish to use as your name and confirm it to change your display name on Cash App.
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