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How to change your name on Facebook from iPhone (2024)

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 from iPhone.

How to change your name on Facebook using an iPhone

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap the hamburger icon (three lines) at the bottom right.
  2. Tap Settings & PrivacySettings.
  3. Now, under the Accounts Centre section, pick Personal details.
    Go to Settings & Privacy, Tap Settings, Personal details
  4. Go to Profiles → Select the profile for which you wish to change the name.
  5. Tap Name and enter a new name.

    Tap Profiles, Select desired profile, Name
  6. Tap Review Change.
  7. Double-check as you cannot change it again for the next 60 days. Also, choose how you want your name to appear.
  8. Choose desired name that you want to show on your Profile → Tap Save Changes.

    Enter new name, Tap Review change, Select desired name, Save Changes

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.

Add alternative names on Facebook using iPhone

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 & PrivacySettings
  3. Head to Account centre, and → Tap Personal details
  4. Tap NameManage other names under Other names section.
    This will redirect you to the other names tab in the browser.
  5. Now, choose Nickname, Maiden Name, Alternate Spelling, Married Name, Father’s Name, Birth Name, Former Name, Name with Title, etc.
  6. Type the name.
  7. Choose if you would like to show this name at the top of your Facebook profile.
  8. Finally, tap Save.
    Tap Manage other names, Enter new name, Tap Save

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

This is how you can change your name on Facebook using your iPhone. 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.

Have more questions? Put them in the comments section below.

  • Ankur

    I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.

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