Each player must enter a unique nickname the first time they use Pokémon Go. You will choose one when you first make your avatar, but there’s more options to it than just what you first pick. When you make that new profile, let’s say it has been some time since you did that. Maybe you don’t like your name anymore. Maybe you want to change it. A recent update has finally made it possible.
The update to the mobile app added the ability to rename Trainers, as well as monsters. The process is simple, you just need to know how to do it. Once you learn it, it will be a pretty quick process. Keep reading to figure out how to change your name in Pokemon Go.
How To Change Your Name in Pokémon Go
When the game first launched, you had to directly contact Niantic support if you wanted to change your trainer name, that’s no longer the case. Now, the app has direct support for renaming Trainers. This will automatically update your Trainer ID for your friends as well, so don’t worry about losing contact.
You can only use this feature once. Yes, really. You can only change your nickname once per account. With that in mind, here’s what to do. Just start by tapping the PokéBall symbol on the game screen to open the main menu. Then you need to tap the Gear icon to bring up the Settings menu. There will be an option to Change Nickname on that menu.
And that’s not all. Just like in the mainline games, you can rename your Pokémon with nicknames in this mobile title as well.
The other thing to remember is that all names are limited to between 4 and 15 characters in length. This applies for Pokémon names as well. Yes, you can even give nicknames. That makes it much easier to distinguish the massive roster you’re going to have, as well as find your favorites. The restrictions will apply to any monsters imported via Home as well. Pokémon transferred from previous generations may violate these restrictions and their names will not be changed at the time of transfer.