Steam is an incredible platform for gamers to house their PC games, especially if that’s your primary gaming rig. There’s deals for the hottest games frequently enough that you might put your wallet in a coma (don’t you date hide your face, Summer Sales). On top of it being a great platform for PC gaming, it also acts as a social platform. In fact, Steam has much of what gaming needs: a platform to buy, to socialize and to house your games in one neat area.
On Steam, like many online platforms, give you the option to create a username, something that others will see you as and as a level of security by hiding your real name. However, there can be some confusion as to what can be changed and what cannot. There’s a difference between an account name, your SteamID and your player name or your “username.” Two of the three cannot be changed, but one of them can: your player name or username.
Your account name is, of course, the account you type into log in and should never be given to anyone, nor should it be the same as your player name. A SteamID is a unique set of characters that can identify your Steam account, and no matter how many times you change your player name, it will also stay static and true. Think of it as knowing the person behind the mask. Since player names can be changed constantly, a SteamID can ensure someone isn’t posing as someone else. Your player name, on the other hand, is how everyone sees you. In real life you may be John Doe, but on Steam, you’re known as “Xx_NoobDestroyer_xX.”
Maybe it’s time you change that, yes?
Changing Your Steam Name
Changing your Steam name is a fairly simple process and once you know how, you can change it as many times as you want. After all, you don’t have to stick with the juvenile name you chose the first time; change it as often as you change your clothes.
Here’s how you change it:
1. First, locate and launch the Steam client and log in with your Steam account, if you aren’t already logged in.
2. In the top right corner of the client, you’ll see your player name, a small arrow and the current amount in your Steam wallet. Click the arrow to open a drop down menu. In the menu, choose View my profile.
3. On your profile page, click on Edit Profile located in the upper right portion of the page.
4. Now, at the top of the page, you’ll see “Profile Name.” By erasing what’s currently there, you can type in a new player name, profile name or username, whichever you want to address it as. This profile name is what people will see you as.
5. When you’re finished, scroll to the bottom of the page in order to save your changes. Click Save Changes. Your new profile name will immediately go into effect.
Locating Your SteamID
1. In the top left corner of the Steam client, you’ll see a few tabs. Click on View, which will open a drop down menu full of options and settings to choose from. You want to click on Settings, located at the very bottom of the drop down menu.
2. Now, clicking Settings should have opened the Settings window. You’ll see a column of different options on the left hand side of the window. Click on Interface. Under the Interface settings, leave a checkmark next to the box for “Display Steam URL address bar when available” if it isn’t already enabled.
3. Next you need to click on your username tab at the top.
4. Since you enabled the display of the URL address bar, you’ll see it near the top. Within the URL, you’ll see a set of numbers or, alternatively, a name and if that’s the case then you’re looking at a custom URL (the screenshot has been blocked due to privacy).
There’s a number of websites you can visit that can convert a custom Steam URL into a user’s SteamID. The applications for such are minimal.
As you can see, finding your profile name and changing it is easy and pretty useful. However, if you were hoping to change your account name, well, you’ll be very disappointed. No one has to look at your account name but you, as it should be.