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How to change your name on Zoom on PC and Phone

It’s easy to imagine why you may want to change your name on Zoom, especially for a fun meeting where you are playing a game or challenge with your friends. In those cases, you may as well call yourself Goku and have some fun, including overriding the 40-min limit for free users. Revealing try identities can often be a problem if you meeting your Internet friends who don’t know you anyway, but wait, they could still see you.

How to change your name while in a Meeting

Here’s how to change your name when you are already in a Zoom meeting.

On PC

Step 1: When in a meeting, click on ‘Participants’ at the bottom of your screen in the calling bar.

Step 2: Hover the mouse pointer above your name until you see the option to select ‘More’.

Step 3: Once you see it, click on it and select Rename.

Step 4: Enter your desired name in the text field and click on ‘Ok’ to confirm your selection.

On Phone

Step 1: During the meeting, tap on ‘Participants’ to bring up the list of participants in your meeting.

Step 2: Now find and select your name from the list and tap on it.

Step 3: Select ‘Rename’ and enter your desired new name in the text fields to change your name.

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How to change a participant’s name in a meeting

Note: Only hosts can do this from their end, meeting participants have no control over this change from their end. If you want to change a participant’s name, you will need to contact your host and put in a request with them.

On PC

Step 1: Click on ‘Participants’ at the bottom of your screen and hover over the name of the participant that you want to change the name for.

Step 2: Click on ‘More’ and select ‘Rename’.

Step 3: Enter the desired new name in the text field and click on ‘Ok’ when you are done.

Alternate method on PC

Step 1: Find the concerned participant in the video feed for your meeting and right-click on their name.

Step 2: Select ‘Rename’ and enter the desired new name in the text fields that appear.

Step 3: Click on ‘Ok’ to save your changes.

On Phone

Step 1: Tap on ‘Participants’ during a meeting to view the names of all the participants.

Step 2: Find the concerned participant in the list, tap on it and then select ‘Rename’.

Step 3: Enter the desired new name in the text fields to change the participant name.

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How to change the name in Profile

Zoom is one of the biggest remote collaborations in today’s day and age due to the increasing number of people that have started working from home due to the recent nationwide lockdowns around the world.

The service offers a comprehensive free plan that gives you unmatched features including the likes of virtual backgrounds, HD video, and audio, up to 100 participants in a single meeting and way more.

If you have been using Zoom for a while and are looking for a way to change your username on the app, then we have the perfect solution for you. Follow our simple step by step guide that will help you get started in no time.

On PC

Step 1: If you are using the Zoom desktop client, then launch the app and click on your profile icon and select ‘My Profile’. It will take you to your profile pageHowever, if you are using the Zoom web client to access your account, then follow this link to reach your profile page.

Step 2: Click ‘Edit’ to the right of your profile picture.

Step 3: Now type your desired name in the text fields titled ‘First Name’ and ‘Last Name’ and click on ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of your screen once you are done.

On Phone

Step 1: Open your Zoom app and click on Settings in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Step 2: Tap on your ‘Profile’ at the top of your sidebar and then select ‘Display Name’.

Step 3: Once selected, enter your desired new name in the two text fields that appear and tap on ‘Ok’ to finalize your name change.


We hope this guide easily helped you change your name in Zoom no matter which device you were using. If you faced any issues, feel free to share your queries with us in the comments section below.

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How to rename before joining Zoom meeting

If you’re about to join a meeting but you want to change the way your name is displayed, you can rename yourself by signing out of your Zoom account and then joining the meeting with a new name. You can do this when joining meetings on your PC (through the web or when using the desktop client) or on your phone.

On the Web

Step 1: Sign out of your Zoom account by clicking your profile picture from the top right corner and selecting the ‘Sign Out’ option.

Step 2: After you’re signed out of your account, click on the ‘Join a meeting’ at the top.

Step 3: On the next page, enter the meeting ID or Personal link name and then click on the Join button.

Step 4: If you wish to join the meeting from your web browser, click on the ‘Join from your browser’ link at the bottom.

Step 5: In the next screen, you can enter the name you want to use for the meeting under ‘Your Name’ and then click on Join.

That’s it! You will now have a new name inside the meeting.

On PC

Step 1: On the Zoom desktop client on your PC, click on the profile picture at the top right corner and then select ‘Sign Out’.

Step 2: When you’re logged out of your account, click on the ‘Join a Meeting’ button.

Step 3: In the next screen, Enter the meeting ID that was shared with you and the name you want to assign yourself during the meeting session. After you have entered these details, click on the ‘Join’ button.

You will be asked to enter the meeting password, if any, and after that the meeting screen will show your name as the one you assigned for yourself before joining.

On Phone

Step 1: On the Zoom app on your phone, tap on the Settings tab at the bottom, and then select the account name at the top.

Step 2: Inside the ‘My Profiles’ screen, scroll down, tap on the ‘Sign Out’ button at the bottom and confirm by tapping ‘Yes’ in the dialog that follows.

Step 3: After you’re logged out of your account, tap on the ‘Join a Meeting’ button.

Step 4: Enter the Meeting ID and the name you want to assign yourself for the meeting. After entering these details, tap on the ‘Join Meeting’ button.

Step 5: You will be asked to enter the meeting password. Enter the password and tap on OK.

Step 6: Choose if you want to join with the video turned ON or OFF.

After that, the meeting screen will show your name as the one you assigned for yourself before joining.

How to change your Personal Link on Zoom

Zoom lets you host a personal URL that can be linked to your personal meeting room. The company itself says that Personal Link can be considered as an alias of your personal meeting URL and its highlight feature is that you can customize it in such a way that it matches your name.

The Personal Link that you create should be between 5 and 40 characters and can be separated and made unique to you using periods as well as links. In order to customize your personal link on Zoom, you will be required to be subscribed to a Zoom Business or Education Plan.

To rename your Personal Link on Zoom, you will need to head over to the Zoom Profile page on the web and inside this page, click on the ‘Customize’ button adjacent to the ‘Personal Link’ section. Inside the text box that appears, you can add your desired personal link using letters, numbers, and periods.

The personal link can contain at least 5 and up to 40 characters and you can personalize it the way you want and even give it your name. Once you have made the necessary changes, click on the ‘Save Changes’ button below to apply the new Personal Link for your Zoom meetings.

How to change your organization’s caller ID name

If you’re a host of an organization, then you have the ability to change the caller ID name of your company in such a way that all outbound calls from your organization show the same caller ID for each of your users.

To change the caller ID name for your entire organization, go to your account’s Zoom Account Settings and click on the ‘Change’ button adjacent to the current caller ID name. In the box that appears, you can enter a new caller ID name of up to 15 characters.

This name can include only uppercase letters and spaces in between and you won’t be able to add any special characters. After you have entered the desired caller ID name, click on the ‘Save’ button to apply the changes.

How to rename a panelist in a Zoom webinar

Unlike meetings, Webinars on Zoom host two kinds of participants – panelists and attendees. As a host, you can control what your panelists can do inside the webinar session like promote/demote them, mute/unmute, turn OFF video, and also rename them as you like.

To rename a panelist inside a Zoom webinar, start a webinar, and click on the ‘Participants’ tab from the webinar controls at the bottom. When you do this, a Participants panel will appear on the right side of your screen. Inside this screen,  click on the ‘Panelists’ tab at the top where you will be able to see all the panelists present on the webinar.

In order to change the name of a panelist from this list, you will need to hover over the panelist’s name and click on the ‘More’ button. When a list of options pops up, click on the ‘Rename’ and change the panelist’s name to a desired one. This name will be displayed not just for you but for all the other participants present in the webinar.

How to rename an attendee in Zoom webinar

While you can change the names of your webinar panelists on Zoom, the same kind of controls are not present for your webinar attendees. Hosts can only be able to chat with attendees, remove them from chat, or designate them as panelists. This is because attendees are view-only participants and can only interact with the host and other panelists using the chat or Q&A section.

The only way you can change the name of an attendee is to promote them to panelists and then renaming them by following the guide above. To promote an attendee, you will need to click on the ‘Participants’ tab from the webinar controls and go to the ‘Attendees’ tab at the top.

Here, hover over the name of the attendee and click on the ‘More’ button when it appears. Select the ‘Promote to panelist’ option from the drop-down menu and the user will now appear inside the ‘Panelists’ tab on the Participants panel.

You can then rename them by going to More > Rename from your list of webinar panelists.

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