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How to Change Your Name on Facebook: The Complete Guide

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An easy-to-follow guide to editing your real name on Facebook

Did you recently change your first or last name want to update your Facebook profile? Whether you’re recently married, divorced, or just want to switch to your real name from a nickname, you can change your name on Facebook once every 60 days. This wikiHow article will show you how to change your name on Facebook using a computer, Android, iPhone, or iPad.

Things You Should Know

  • In the mobile app or browser, go to “Settings > Settings & privacy > Settings > Personal information” to change your name.
  • On a computer, click your profile icon and go to “Settings & privacy > Settings” to change your name.
  • Your updated name must meet Facebook’s naming policy.

Steps

Mobile and Lite App

  1. Open Facebook. It’s a dark-blue app with a white “f” on it. This will open your Facebook News Feed if you’re already logged into Facebook on your phone or tablet.
    • If you aren’t logged into Facebook, enter your email address (or phone number) and password to continue.
    • The steps for changing your name via a mobile browser are identical to using the mobile and lite app!
  2. Tap your profile picture. It’s in the top right corner of your screen on Android or in the lower right corner of the app on iOS. You’ll also see the three-line menu icon with your profile picture.
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  3. Tap . It’s at the bottom of the menu and tapping it will expand another menu.
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  4. Tap . It’s near the bottom of the page.
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  5. Tap . This is usually the first listing under the “Account” header. This might say “Personal and account information” instead.
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  6. Tap your name. You should see this near the top of the screen.
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  7. Edit your name. Tap the First Name, Middle Name, or Last Name field, type in your preferred name, and repeat for the other fields as necessary.
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    • The name you enter must meet Facebook’s community standards. You won’t be able to use symbols, unusual capitalization, titles of any kind, or offensive words in your new name.
    • Your name must match the name on your identification.[1] If Facebook ever needs to confirm your identity and you don’t have identification that matches your name, you may not be able to access your account.
  8. Tap . It’s a blue button at the bottom of the screen.
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  9. Select a display option. Facebook will display variations of your name at the top of the screen; tap an option to select it as your name’s appearance.
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  10. Enter your password, then tap . You’ll enter your password in the text field above the Save Changes button. Doing so will change your Facebook name.[2]
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Desktop Browser

  1. Go to Facebook’s website. Go to in your preferred browser. This will load your News Feed if you’re already logged into Facebook.
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    • If you aren’t already logged into Facebook, enter your email address (or phone number) and password before continuing.
  2. Click your profile picture. It’s in the top right corner of the page and will prompt a menu to drop down.
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  3. Click . This is next to a gear icon near the top of the menu.
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  4. Click . It’s next to a gear icon at the top of the menu.
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  5. Click your name. You can also click Edit to the right of your name, but clicking anywhere in the name box will allow you to edit it.
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  6. Edit your name. Replace the name(s) in the First, Middle, and/or Last fields with your preferred name(s).
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    • The name you enter must meet Facebook’s community standards. You won’t be able to use symbols, unusual capitalization, titles of any kind, or offensive words in your new name.
    • Your name must match the name on your identification.[3] If Facebook ever needs to confirm your identity and you don’t have identification that matches your name, you may not be able to access your account.
  7. Click . This blue button is below the name section. Clicking it brings up a pop-up menu.
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  8. Select a display option. Facebook will display variations of your name at the top of the page; click an option to select it as your name’s appearance.
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  9. Enter your password, then click . You’ll enter your password in the text field above the Save Changes button. Doing so will change your Facebook name.
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Tips

  • If you are unable to change your name, there could be a few reasons why: Does the name qualify under Facebook’s name policy? Have you changed your name in the last 60 days? Does your new name use symbols, numbers, unusual capitalization, repeating characters, or punctuation? Have you been asked to confirm your identity previously? Does your name match the name written on an ID card that Facebook has asked for? If you answered Yes to any of these questions, that’s the reason why you can’t change your name on Facebook.
  • You may have to refresh Facebook a few times before your name change sticks.
  • Most accounts on Facebook require two names on the account: a first and last name. You can, however, qualify for a one-name account if you live in countries like Indonesia that have different naming conventions.
  • Having trouble? Get in touch with Facebook to see if you can change your name! Fill out the contact form to request a name change.

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References

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