Username allocation is on a first-come first-served basis. If a username that you want is already taken we suggest that you try using underscores or numbers to create a variation. Some members of our community use Unsplash to create private collections of photos, so while an account may seem dormant, it can be active. 

We reserve the right to reclaim an account’s username if:

  • An account has contributed 0 photos and is inactive* for 12 or more months
  • An account has contributed 1 or more photos and is inactive for 24 or more months.
  • An account is using a trademarked brand name as a username. 

Accounts that have had their username reclaimed will be given the same username followed by a random 3-digit number (e.g. “@nike” becomes “@nike354”).

Accounts that have had their username reclaimed will be notified via email and informed as to why their username was reclaimed: inactivity or trademarked brand username.  

For personal accounts, your username should reflect you and what you are known as. If you have a business account your username should reflect your company name.

*An inactive account is an account that has not been logged into.

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