It’s been a month since Pokémon GO came out, and Niantic has been working on rolling out changes to the players. On release, trainers couldn’t alter their avatars and change their nicknames. However, Niantic made it possible for trainers to change their avatars, recently, and now, you can change your nickname, too.
Earlier, you would have to contact the customer support to request a change of username, and there was no guarantee that the change would be allowed. However, now an in-built system lets you change your username, albeit only once. (Quite like how Clash of Clans does.)
Here are the steps to change your username:
- Tap the Pokeball button at the bottom of the default screen
- Tap on the Settings gear button, at top left corner of the screen
- Scroll down till you find the ‘Change Nickname’ option, and tap it
- Tap Yes when the pop-up appears
- Type your new nickname. Choose wisely, you can do it only once.
- Tap Ok, then tap Yes a couple more times
- A confirmation pop-up will come up, saying “You are now known as (your new nickname)”. Tap Ok.
That’s about it. You can only do it once for now, so we suggest you choose your new username wisely. There is a possibility that you will be permanently stuck with it for the remainder of your time playing the game.
In the meantime, Niantic is working on the global roll-out of the game, while simultaneously trying to fix the broken features. The latest update also introduced a revamped Pokémon tracking system.
Have you changed your Pokémon GO nickname using the new system, yet? Let us know, in the comments below.
Source : CNET