How To Change Your Name On Facebook

Did you know that you can change your name on Facebook? Whether you have just gotten married, no longer identify with your birth name, or just want to change the overly formal "Akash" to "Akii" on your profile, here is how to change the name you are using on Facebook.

What names are allowed on Facebook ?

Facebook is a community where everyone uses the name they go by in everyday life. This makes it so that you always know who you are connecting with.

  • Symbols, numbers, unusual capitalization, repeating characters or punctuation.
  • Characters from multiple languages.
  • Titles of any kind (example: professional, religious).
  • Words or phrases in place of a name.
  • Offensive or suggestive words of any kind.

If your name follows our standards and you are still having trouble changing it, find out why.

Other things to keep in mind

  • The name on your profile should be the name that your friends call you in everyday life. This name should also appear on an ID or document from our ID list.
  • Nicknames can be used as a first or middle name if they are a variation of your authentic name.
  • You can also list another name on your account.
  • Profiles are for individual use only. You can create a Page for a business, organization or idea.
  • Pretending to be anything or anyone is not allowed.

How often can you change a Facebook name ?

You can only change your name every 60 days. This is to stop people becoming too hard to find or keep track of. So, think carefully before you change your name. If you are not happy with it, you will be stuck with it for the next two months.

How To Change Your Name On Facebook

Step 1 :- Click on the dark downward facing triangle at the top right of the page.

How To Change Your Name On Facebook

Step 2 :- On the dropdown menu that appears, click "Settings."

How To Change Your Name On Facebook

Step 3 :- You should now be on the General Account Settings Page. Next to your name, click the word "Edit."

How To Change Your Name On Facebook

Step 4 :- In the boxes at the top of the page, type in the new name you wish to use.

How To Change Your Name On Facebook

Step 5 :- Click "Review Change."

How To Change Your Name On Facebook

Step 6 :- In the popup, check the new name to make sure you are satisfied, then type in your password and click "Save Changes."

How To Change Your Name On Facebook

You now have a brand-new name on Facebook with an otherwise unaffected account.

Why can not I change my name on Facebook ?

Facebook is a community where people use the name they go by in everyday life. Always knowing who you are connecting with helps keep you and the rest of our community safe from impersonation, scams and phishing.

You may be having trouble changing your name if:

  • Your name does not follow our name policy.
  • You changed your name in the last 60 days, or you tried to change it too frequently.
  • You were previously asked to confirm your name on Facebook.
  • Your name does not match the name that appears on an item from our ID list.

Thank you for reading this article. Do let me know for any queries in comment section below.

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