One of the awesome things about Discord is that you're not just crammed into one small group of friends. You can join many different servers for all sorts of different purposes, like raid groups, class discussions, communities, secret societies, the choice is yours. We've implemented the ability to change your username for each server you're a part of!
There are two parts to nicknames to explore:
- Setting up your own nickname
- Server management of user's nicknames
Part one: Setting up your own Nickname
You can change your username and what's seen by everyone else in the user list for every server you're a part of. Just click the server settings menu bar:
And click the "Change Nickname" selection.
Enter your new nickname here, and click Save. You can do this for each server you're a part of!
If you're a fan of slash commands, typing '/nick' then entering your nickname will have the same effect!
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the server owner has denied your role the "change nickname" permission, then neither of these methods will work. The "Change Nickname" selection in the menu won't appear, and Clyde will have a sad message for you:
Keep in mind that even if you're going incognito with another nickname, anyone can still click on your user profile and see your true name.
Part two: Server Management
There are two permissions dedicated to nickname usage:
Change Nickname: Enabling this permission will allow users to change their nickname in your server.
Manage Nicknames: Enabling this permission will allow users to access the "members" server setting, but only that one! This will let you change other members' nicknames within that server. As with every other permission, the server owner has this permission intrinsically.
To change usernames, access the members tab in server settings:
You'll see the "nickname" box come up as you hover over a user's row. Everyone in the server will see their newly updated nickname, so remember: with great nicknaming comes great responsibility. Er.. That's how that went, right?..
More fun stuff:
The good news about nicknames is that normal Discord features that require you to know someone's username will still apply as normal. you can use either name to @mention them:
Even though the nickname doesn't have the letters "crank" in it, Discord still knows to reference their original username.
This also applies to searching for users in the Server Settings > Members tab:
And that wraps it up. Don't forget that you can adjust your nickname per server, and any server that allows you or your role the Manage Nicknames role will let you change other user's nicknames as well.