Change Username in the nextcloud admin panel

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Nextcloud version (eg, 20.0.5): 20.0.9
Operating system and version (eg, Ubuntu 20.04): Linux 5.4.0-72-generic #80-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 12 17:35:00 UTC 2021 x86_64
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The issue you are facing:

Hello, i have a nexcloud server running for years now. I am trans and i want to change my username. It is the one used for login and in the linux desktop app (idk, why it is not using the display name). I do not want to see my deadname anymore on all of this. How can i change my username (the name used for login and so on)?

Is this the first time you’ve seen this error? (Y/N):


Steps to replicate it:

  1. have a name
  2. be trans and chose a new name
  3. trying to change the usernamename in nextcloud

It’s impossible to change the login name by design, only the displayed “long name” can be changed in the personal settings. If you want to change the login name, you need to create a new account, transfer all data to this account as it is described in the administrator guide and delete the old account afterwards.