How to Change Name in Facebook: Step-by-Step Guide to Update Name or Username in Facebook

There could be multiple reasons to change your name, here's how you can change your name on Facebook via mobile or browser.

Facebook allows you to change your name once in a period of 60 days. There are many reasons for a user to change their name. They might be taking their spouse’s name or they might have legally changed their name. A user might simply want to change their name for no particular reason.

If you are wishing to change your name on Facebook but don’t know how to change it, we have put out a detailed guide on how you can do so via your mobile or desktop. But before that, let’s check out a few sets of rules that you need to follow before changing your name on Facebook.

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What is Facebook’s Name Change Policy?

Facebook allows you to change your name but with a few restrictions. Facebook has a name change policy. If your account is eligible as per the policy, Facebook will allow you to change the name of your profile. Here are the conditions you need to know before changing the name on your Facebook profile.

  • Words or phrases that go against Facebook’s Community Standards (example: slurs, representing dangerous individuals).
  • Words or phrases that represent organisations instead of persons.
  • Symbols, numbers, unusual capitalisation, repeating characters, or punctuation.
  • Characters from multiple languages.
  • Titles of any kind (example: professional, religious).

Other than the above conditions, Facebook allows a user to change their names only once in a span of 60 days. And if you change your name too often, then it could be extended to 120 days. The company wants you to use your real name and not a fake one. Do note that you might end up getting banned if you use a fake name on Facebook.

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How to Change Name on Facebook

You can change your name on Facebook through any device whether it’s Android, iOS, or desktop. Facebook has a dedicated app for Android and iOS users. We suggest you download these apps from their respective app stores in order to change the name quickly. We will also be showing you how to change name on Facebook via desktop. 

On Mobile

  1. Download the Facebook app on your phone and launch it.
  2. Login to your account and tap on the hamburger menu on the bottom right.
  3. Scroll down and tap on ‘Settings & Privacy’. A drop down menu will appear, and you need to click on Settings.
  4. Now, go to the ‘Personal and account information’ option and tap on Name.
  5. Enter your new name and tap on Review Change. It will ask you to enter the password. Enter and tap on Save Changes.
  6. That’s it, your new name will be live on your Facebook profile after some time.

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On Browser

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/ and log in to your account.
  2. In the top right corner, click on the drop down menu that will be next to the notifications icon.
  3. Click on the ‘Settings & Privacy’ and then ‘Settings’.
  4. It will show your account information, click on the edit option adjacent to ‘Name”.
  5. Enter your new name and tap on Review Change, it will ask you to enter the password. Enter and tap on Save Changes.
  6. Your new name will be live on your Facebook profile after some time.

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How to Add a Nickname on Facebook

Do your friends call you by a nickname which you wish to add to your profile? You can do that as Facebook allows you to add a nickname. Your nickname will appear on your profile, in the chat thread or in one-on-one chats. Follow the steps below to add a nickname to your Facebook profile via desktop.

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/ and log in to your account.
  2. In the top right corner, click on your profile picture and go to the ‘About’ section.
  3. Click on ‘Details About You’ option and go to ‘Add a Nickname’ option.
  4. Now, select the Name type to nickname and enter your nickname.
  5. Click on ‘Show at top of profile’ if you want this name to appear alongside your Facebook name.
  6. Click on Save and your nickname will be live.

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