How to change your name on Facebook in 2021

How to change your name on Facebook on iPhone

There are various reasons to change your Facebook name. For example, you may want to add your spouse’s surname to your name after marriage, may have outgrown the name you used when creating your Facebook account, or have legally changed it.

Whatever your reason, let me show you how you can quickly change your name on Facebook through the mobile app and computer.

  1. How to change your name on Facebook for iPhone
  2. How to change your name on Facebook on Computer
  3. Understanding Facebook’s name change policy
  4. Alternative to changing your Facebook name

How to change your name on Facebook for iPhone

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap the hamburger icon (three lines) at the bottom right.
  2. Tap Settings & PrivacySettingsPersonal Information.
  3. Tap Name.

    In Facebook Settings and Privacy tap Settings, Personal Information and Name
  4. Now, enter your new name and tap Review Change.
  5. Double-check as you cannot change it again for the next 60 days. Also, choose how you want your name to appear.
  6. Finally, enter your Facebook password and tap Save Changes.

    Type your new name tap Review Change and then tap Save Changes

How to change your name on Facebook on Computer

  1. Visit Facebook.com and login if not already.
  2. Click the small dropdown arrow from the top right and select Settings & PrivacySettings.

    Click small dropdown arrow from top right and select Settings and Privacy
    From Facebook Settings and Privacy select Settings
  3. From the General tab, click Edit next to Name.

    Under General Click Edit next to Name
  4. Enter the new name and click Review Change.

    Type new name and click Review Change
  5. Choose how you would like your name to appear, enter your Facebook password, and click Save Changes.

    Check carefully and click Save Changes to get new Facebook name

Note: Using the above steps, you are changing your display name and not the username. Multiple people can have the same name, but the username is unique for every billion-plus Facebook user. You can, however, change it by following the above steps and clicking Edit next to Username.

How to change Facebook Username

Understanding Facebook’s name change policy

Facebook requires users to use their original name to make it a safer place and easier for friends and family to recognize and connect with you.

Moreover, scams, phishing, threats, abuses, etc., can be checked with real names. And when you use your real name, it becomes easy to recover your account if you lose access as Facebook accepts Government and non-Government IDs to verify you and get your account back.

Besides, if you wish to run Facebook ads related to social issues, elections, or politics, having the actual name is necessary.

These are the essential points you must keep in mind while setting or editing your name on Facebook.

  1. Your Facebook name cannot include the following:
    1. Symbols, numbers, unusual capitalization, repeating characters, or punctuation.
    2. Characters from multiple languages.
    3. Titles of any kind (e.g., professional, religious).
    4. Words or phrases instead of a name.
    5. Offensive or suggestive words of any kind.
  2. You must not try to impersonate anything or anyone via the new name.
  3. You might not be able to change your name if you already changed it in the last 60 days (or tried changing it too frequently).
  4. If Facebook previously asked you to confirm your name, but you didn’t, it might cause problems now (when you are trying to change your name.)
  5. The name change process can also fail if the set name does not match the proof you sent to Facebook (if it was asked).

Note: Facebook profiles are for individuals. If you have a business, organization, idea, etc., create a Facebook page for that.

Alternative to changing your Facebook name

If you just want people to recognize you on Facebook by your nickname or another name, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Facebook app and tap the three lines icon from the bottom right.
  2. Tap Settings & PrivacySettingsPersonal Information.
  3. Tap Name.
  4. Now, tap Add a nickname, a birth name…
  5. Choose Nickname, Maiden Name, Alternate Spelling, Married Name, Father’s Name, Birth Name, Former Name, Name with Title, etc.
  6. Type this name.
  7. Choose if you would like to show this name at the top of your Facebook profile.
  8. Finally, tap Save.

    How to add other name or nickname to Facebook Account

Note: Other names are always public and shown to all.

This is how you can change your name on Facebook using your iPhone or computer. The steps for Android are almost similar.

I hope this short guide helped you. If you still face problems, you can request Facebook for a name change using the form here.

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