How to Change Name on Facebook in 4 Steps, with Photos

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How to Change Name on Facebook in 4 Steps, with Photos

Key Points

  • Facebook allows users to change their first or last name, but it must be a real name and not a username or handle.
  • Changing your name on Facebook can lead to security issues and may require identity verification.
  • To change your name on Facebook, you must go through the Meta Accounts Center, either on the website or mobile app.
  • The process to change your name on Facebook is different on the website and mobile app, but both require multiple steps.

Is it time to revamp your Facebook image? Perhaps you just got married or prefer to be called something other than the name you used when opening your account. No worries. Facebook lets us change our name, and we’ll show you how to do it!

Unlike Twitter and Instagram, most people use their first and last names on Facebook. Whereas other social media promotes usernames and handles, Facebook doesn’t. So, for reference, we aren’t choosing a Facebook username per se. To be clear, we’re updating your first or last name in this tutorial.

What Happens When You Change Your Name on Facebook?

Changing your Facebook name is a simple process, but the rules are a tad overwhelming. Before we start our simple tutorial, we’ll cover some must-have information about the policies and procedures.

Choosing Your New Name

First, and as mentioned above, you aren’t choosing a Facebook username. The site is designed for us to use our real first and last names. If you were planning on going by “CoolKid777,” you’ll soon find out that won’t work.

Moreover, don’t try to use “Cool Kid,” either. Your Facebook name must match your state-issued ID. However, there are exceptions for nicknames. For example, if your name is Robert, you can change your name to Rob. You can also use your middle name.

Name Changes and Facebook Security Rules

Furthermore, changing your name on Facebook can also lead to issues with your account. Meta tracks account changes to prevent security breaches. Be prepared to verify your identity or complete an authentication process to complete the steps below.

If Facebook tags your account after a name change, you may have to undergo a lengthy verification process to keep your profile active. You may be in hot water if you can’t pass this process.

Note: You can view Facebook’s rules for name changes here.

The Name Change Process

Unfortunately, Meta doesn’t make it easy to change your name. Whereas most logical users would assume you can change your name in the Edit Profile section, Facebook’s developers didn’t set it up that way.

Instead, you must make name changes in the Meta Accounts Center. That’s right, you have to go through an entirely different process. Fortunately, you can access the Meta Account Center on a web browser or in the mobile app.

The following sections will show you how to do it both ways. Scroll to the one that meets your needs and perform the steps. Of course, we should also mention that the website is faster. So, that’s the better route if you’re in a hurry and have a computer handy.

How to Change Your Name on Facebook: Website

We’ll start our tutorials by teaching you how to change your Facebook name on the Meta Account Center website. Open a web browser and go to this website. Then, log into your account and follow these steps:

Note: We aren’t going to the Facebook website. Instead, we’re going directly to the Meta Account Center. If you want to go to the Facebook website to access the Meta Account Center, click your Profile icon and Settings & Privacy. Then, click Settings and Personal Details in the menu to the left.

Step 1: Click Profiles

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The Profiles option is in the menu to the left.

The Meta Account Center brings you directly to the page where you can see all your Meta account profiles. Ensure that Profiles is highlighted on the left side. Click the option if it isn’t already selected.

Step 2: Click Your Facebook Profile

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Your Meta profiles appear in the menu on the right.

This page shows you a list of your Facebook and Instagram profiles. Select your Facebook profile, which is typically at the top.

Step 3: Click Name

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The Name option appears at the top of the window.

A new pop-up window appears. Click Name to keep moving forward.

Step 4: Change Your Name

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The Name Change page has options for first, middle, and last.

Finally, update your name. Then, click Review Changes at the bottom of the window and complete the on-screen process.

How to Change Your Name on Facebook: Mobile App

Our mobile app users likely prefer making changes directly in the app. Although this process takes more steps than the website method above, it’s still relatively simple. Launch the Facebook app and follow these steps:

Step 1: Tap the Profile Icon or Menu Icon

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The Facebook menu is the profile picture in the bottom right on iPhones

iOS users must tap the Profile icon in the bottom right corner. Android users can tap the three-line menu icon in the top right corner.

Step 2: Tap Settings & Privacy

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The Settings & Privacy option appears below the Shortcuts.

You may need to scroll down the page to see the Settings & Privacy option. Tap the option when you see it.

Step 3: Tap Settings

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The Settings option appears under Settings & Privacy on the mobile app.

The menu will expand, and you can tap Settings.

Step 4: Tap Personal Details

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The Personal Details option appears at the top of the screen.

A new page opens, and you can see the Meta Accounts Center section at the top. Tap Personal Details to keep moving forward.

Step 5: Tap Profiles

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The Profiles option appears at the top of the window.

The Meta Account Center will open in the Facebook app. Tap Profiles at the top of the page.

Step 6: Tap Your Facebook Profile

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Your Facebook profile appears in this list.

Select your Facebook profile from the list.

Step 7: Tap Name

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The Name option appears at the top of the list.

Select Name at the top of the list.

Step 8: Change Your Facebook Name

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The Name Change page has options for first, middle, and last.

Finally, type your new name and select Review change at the bottom of the page. Then, complete the process on the following pages.

New Facebook, New You

Meta is a great concept. All of your accounts are owned by one company and are linked. Unfortunately, the company has also made simple tasks much more challenging. Something seemingly innocent, such as changing your name, can lead to policy infringements and lengthy verification reviews.

However, things become much simpler if you understand the policies and process. If you love Facebook and want to revamp your image, the information above will help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Facebook making me use my real name?

One of Facebook’s reasons for requiring the names we go by every day is because it makes it easier for our friends to find us. Also, it ensures you know who you’re connecting with on the site.

How often can I change my name on Facebook?

You can only change your name once every sixty days. Make sure you’ll be happy with the changes for two months before finalizing the process.

Can people still find me with my old name after I change it?

No. The name on your account is the one everyone must search for and will see related to your profile.

Can I use symbols in my Facebook name?

No. You can only use letters in your name. Facebook doesn’t let us put symbols or numbers in our names.

Can I use other names on my Facebook profile?

Yes. You must use your real name on your Facebook profile, but you can add a nickname on the Details About You page.

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