An update for Pokémon GO was released on August 8th, 2016, allowing users to change their trainer name once. I'm considering doing this, but my first account I have since abandoned has the name I'd prefer to use. If I change the trainer name of that abandoned account to something different, could my current account use the abandoned account's previous name?

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Yes, if you have changed your name someone else can take it.

  • Can you add where this information is from?
    – mafu
    Aug 10, 2016 at 9:34
  • @mafu Can't find the source, just common sense and a lot of people saying the same thing.
    – Riley
    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:22
  • It's not common sense. It is not uncommon that it is not possible to create accounts with names that were previously used.
    – mafu
    Aug 11, 2016 at 13:43

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