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I would like to re-name my Hotmail account, can I?

One of the drawbacks of a huge email provider such as Hotmail is that by the time you get there, it seems like all the good names are taken. After choosing a name, often a poor substitute for what we'd really like, wouldn't it be nice to be able to just rename the account when we get a better idea?

Sadly, it's not to be...

I know of no way to rename a Hotmail account. Or a Yahoo account. Or an account with any of the free email services. In fact, it's fairly common that even paid services cannot be renamed.

"I know of no way to rename a Hotmail account."

The only real alternative I know of is to create a new account, with the new name you want (assuming that's available, of course), and begin using that instead of the old.

Update: - I've added a new article that explores this topic in more depth: How do I change my Hotmail name or address?

Article C2346 - May 8, 2005 « »

Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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May 25, 2005 4:06 PM

I think there is a way maybe if you try hard enough you'll get it!!!

Joyce Huss
June 3, 2005 5:35 AM

Sending e-mail was denied. Why?

June 6, 2005 10:27 AM

What site do I go to to rename my hotmail account?

June 6, 2005 10:30 AM

Please read the article you just commented on.

June 29, 2005 5:57 AM

hey i am jayd and i want to know how i can change my msn name without going onto msn messanger can u plz help me?

July 8, 2005 9:56 PM


July 9, 2005 8:29 AM

Go to, and on the screen where it asks for your account name and password, click the "Sign Up" button and follow the instructions.

July 28, 2005 6:32 AM

i want to change my username in hotmail can u help me?

August 3, 2005 10:04 AM

i have read the article and would like to change my email address?

August 8, 2005 2:06 AM

I want to create new hotmail address, So what can i do?

August 8, 2005 5:37 PM

can i rename my account name?
no u cant u must register another 1

th sedghi
August 16, 2005 9:15 PM

I want rename my first name

August 16, 2005 9:19 PM

can I rename my firstname?

Lisa Naidoo
August 17, 2005 3:54 AM

Could you please change Veronica Naidoo to Lisa Naidoo

Lisa Naidoo
August 17, 2005 3:55 AM

Can I rename my hotmail account

Lisa Naidoo
August 17, 2005 3:58 AM

Can i rename my hotmail account? i want to change username Veronica Naidoo to Lisa Naidoo

August 29, 2005 11:08 AM

change my hotmail address

September 6, 2005 7:11 AM

please recover my password and reply me on

September 7, 2005 1:24 PM


September 7, 2005 1:25 PM

Simply sign out from hotmail, and then go to and follow the instructions for creating a new account.

September 11, 2005 7:54 AM

How can I change my msn hotmail email adress

September 11, 2005 9:23 AM

You cannot change it. You can only create a new account with a new name and start using that.

September 18, 2005 1:39 PM

i deleted my hotmail account but it still comes on in my messenger as a sign in user

hassan ali khan
September 18, 2005 2:01 PM

search my address

September 20, 2005 4:55 AM

how can I change my hotmail password

September 20, 2005 1:04 PM

That's this article:

Devry Lasi
October 10, 2005 4:50 AM

Dear Mr. Leo,

My name's Devry. I have an account at Hotmail.msn with name of e-mail address is then after I thinking about that I want to change my name of hotmail's e-mail address. How can I change my hotmail's e-mail address name? I hope you can help me.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,
Devry EL.

October 10, 2005 7:40 AM

i want to rename my e-mail account for some reasons existing

October 10, 2005 9:32 AM

Please have a look at the article you just commented on. It answers your question.

October 10, 2005 10:19 AM

I just want to change it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 10, 2005 10:25 AM

You can't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please read the article.

October 12, 2005 1:53 PM

I want to change my MSN hotmail e-mail how do i do that?

Hamza Azhar
October 14, 2005 11:06 PM

Hi man, I have a hotmail account. But the only problem is that i dont know my account name. Please help me.

October 16, 2005 3:59 AM

Hi I am Holly I would like to change my e-mail address from: to:
How do I do it as I dont understand!
Please contact me back
Thank you

October 16, 2005 11:28 AM

I'm closing comments on this article because the comments are simply repeats of the very question that the article clearly answers.

I know of no way to rename a Hotmail account. If you want a new Hotmail name, you must open a new Hotmail account.

March 12, 2010 10:05 AM

Can Changing my name on the account be done? I am not refering to the email address name I am reffering to the nme I used to set up the account?

December 2, 2010 9:49 AM

Hi im Ilmeet and i want to change my email address ....can you please find a way and tell me asap! Thanks.....

carole brown
January 14, 2011 1:20 PM

In desperation, due to hundreds of bogus emails being sent from my account, I set up a free acct. My question now is, how do I transfer all my account info such as contact lists, folders, etc to this new email account?

Hotmail does not make this easy, and in some cases it may not be possible. Start with this article: How do I transfer my MSN Hotmail inbox from one account to another?

February 21, 2011 7:34 AM

Hi I'm Adni i would like to change my email address from (email address removed) but every time i try to change it.. it says "Your Windows Live ID can't be changed at this time"

Please contact me back

Mark J
February 21, 2011 9:28 AM

This article clearly explains what to do. You can't change it but you can open a new account and stop
using the old one.

May 29, 2011 4:18 AM

Hi Leo

It is possible to rename a Hotmail address. See the following link. This must be a new feature since the article was written.

That doesn't appear for all accounts that I can tell, but it's very cool if they plan to roll out to everyone.

February 20, 2012 2:26 AM

I am trying to sign up an account name {email removed} as I have recently got married.

My current address is (email removed}, I recently tried to add the first one as an alias though realised I will not be able to log on as this and want to seperate them. I then deleted it.
Now it is saying it is being used for a hotmail account (not that it is unavailable) I am thinking that this is because I tried an succeeded to use this as an alias.

When do you think this address will become available again? I have waited over a week.

I hope you can help?
Thanks Monique

My understanding is that once Hotmail thinks an email address is being used it takes several months of inactivity for it to be returned to the available pool.

February 20, 2012 7:55 AM

It will probably be a long time. If Hotmail thinks you created an account, it's not going to relinquish it until it thinks you have deleted it. If you want that address you might do better to try to recover it. Here's a great article from Leo on that:
What are my lost hotmail recovery options

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