How to Change the Instagram Name Before 14 Days?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Change the Instagram Name Before 14 Days?

Did someone prank you to change your names twice on Instagram, and now you’re stuck with a silly-sounding name?

Don’t worry. We have you covered! If you didn’t know, Instagram only allows two name changes within 14 days. After the second change, you’ll need to wait 14 days before you can change the name again.

Fortunately, I have several ways to avoid that:

  1. Delete the name entirely, leave it blank, and wait for 14 days to pass/use the “Bio” field for your name
  2. Deactivate your account for 24 hours and reactivate it
  3. Act suspiciously so Instagram thinks your account is in danger and needs of a security update
  4. Contact Instagram and ask them to let you change your name

Let’s not waste any more time and get down to business. Keep reading to see how you can change your Instagram name before 14 days!

Delete Your Name and Leave it Blank / Use the “Bio” Field for Your Name

The simplest way to change your name before 14 days is to delete it if you don’t have time for other methods or if they don’t work.

This way, you won’t be stuck with a silly-sounding name for the duration of those 14 days. Your name will appear blank, but it’s better than the alternative!

Follow the steps below to delete your name on Instagram:

1. Tap on your profile picture

Tap on your profile picture
Tap on your profile picture

So, the first thing you must do is open Instagram and tap on your profile picture. That’s how you get to your profile page, where you’ll delete your name.

2. Select “Edit profile

Select "Edit profile"
Select “Edit profile

Once you get to your Instagram profile, look for the “Edit profile” button under your profile picture. Tap on it to open your Instagram settings.

3. Tap on the “Name” field

Tap on the "Name" field
Tap on the “Name” field

Once you open the “Edit profile” window, you’ll see all your profile fields lined out for you. The “Name” field is the first setting you can edit, so tap on it.

4. Delete your name and save the changes

Delete your name and save the changes
Delete your name and save the changes

After you get to the “Name” page, where you can edit your display name on Instagram, delete everything from that field.

This means that there won’t be any name appearing on your Instagram profile. Save the changes by tapping on the checkmark icon in the top right corner!

5. Tap on the checkmark icon

Tap on the checkmark icon
Tap on the checkmark icon

Next, you need to save the changes once again by tapping on the checkmark icon in the top right corner.

6. Check out your profile

Check out your profile
Check out your profile

After you do all this, take a look at your profile. The name won’t appear anymore, so you’re safe from public ridicule.

Wait for 14 days, and then enter a name of your choice.

Here’s a secret cheat code if you still want a display name until the 14 days pass – enter your name in the “Bio” field if you’re not using it for anything else.

This way, you’ll have a display name on Instagram without actually using the “Name” field in your profile. Win-win situation!

Deactivate Your Account for 24 Hours

If you’re not content with leaving your “Name” field blank on Instagram, you can try deactivating your account for 24 hours.

After reactivating it, try changing your name and see if it works. It worked for many users so it might work for you too.

Here’s how to deactivate your Instagram account:

1. Open Instagram Web

Open Instagram Web
Open Instagram Web

The first step is opening the Instagram website, not the app. You can’t deactivate your account on the Instagram app because there’s no such option.

So open the Instagram website and continue!

2. Enter your credentials to log in

Enter your credentials to log in
Enter your credentials to log in

Next, you need to log in to your Instagram account because the website doesn’t recognize your credentials from the Instagram app.

3. Tap on your profile picture

Tap on your profile picture
Tap on your profile picture

After you log into your Instagram account, tap on your profile picture in the bottom right corner. This will take you to your profile, where you can deactivate your account.

4. Select “Edit profile

Select "Edit profile"
Select “Edit profile

Once you open your profile page, tap on the “Edit profile” button under your username. This will open up new settings for your profile page.

5. Tap on “Temporarily deactivate my account

Tap on "Temporarily deactivate my account"
Tap on “Temporarily deactivate my account

After you get to the “Edit profile” window, you’ll see multiple fields where you can edit your profile information, such as name, username, email, phone number, and more.

Scroll down to the bottom and see the “Temporarily deactivate my account” option. Tap on it and continue with the last step!

6. Confirm the account deactivation

Confirm the account deactivation
Confirm the account deactivation

You’ll need to state your reason for deactivating your Instagram account and enter your password on this page. Then, you should confirm by selecting “Temporarily Deactivate Account” at the bottom of the page.

Once you do this, your account will be indefinitely deactivated. I recommend waiting for at least 24 hours, reactivating it, and then changing your name.

Act Suspiciously so Instagram Thinks Your Account Is in Danger

Another way of “forcing” Instagram to let you change your name is to act suspiciously. What I mean by this is making it appear like someone is trying to access your account unsuccessfully.

You’ll need a VPN to do this, though. ProtonVPN has a free plan, so you won’t need to pay to use it.

Here’s how to do this:

  • Log out of your account on Instagram
  • Install a VPN on your device (computer or phone) and connect to a random server
  • Clear the Instagram cache from your phone settings
  • Try to log into your account but intentionally fail by entering the wrong password. Do this several times
  • Close Instagram
  • Go to the Instagram web (VPN still active) and log in successfully to your account.

You should receive an email from Instagram notifying you about a suspicious sign-in on your Instagram account, asking you to review your credentials and update the security.

This should let you change the password and name of your Instagram account, but if this doesn’t work, see the final solution!

Contact Instagram and Ask Them to Help You

The final solution is to contact Instagram and ask them to change your name or cancel the restrictions on your account so that you can change it yourself.

Tell them a friend has tricked you into changing your name twice and that you didn’t know you wouldn’t be allowed to change it for 14 days.

Many users managed to change their names after contacting Instagram. You can do this at “[email protected]” or by using one of the forms on the Help Center.

It doesn’t matter what form you’re using because you’ll ask for something completely different, and there is no form for your request.

However, a word of warning – don’t expect a quick answer. Their support centers are busy days, and your request may not be a priority to them.

Conclusion

To summarize, there are four ways you can change your Instagram name before 14 daysȘ

  • Delete the name entirely, leave it blank, and wait for 14 days to pass/use the “Bio” field for your name
  • Deactivate your account for 24 hours and reactivate it
  • Act suspiciously so Instagram thinks your account is in danger and needs of a security update
  • Contact Instagram and ask them to let you change your name

You can leave the field blank if you don’t mind not having a name for 14 days. It’s the fastest solution you have, and it’s foolproof.

However, if that doesn’t suit you, try the other solutions until you find something that works. They’re not guaranteed to work, though, so see what works!

If you have questions about Instagram, comment below and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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