If you have a new name or nickname in mind that you want to add to your Facebook profile, you’ll be able to change it within the app or on a desktop.

We’ll explain all that you might need to know about changing your name on Facebook, along with some rules that may apply.

 

How to Change Name on Facebook

If you have your phone out with Facebook open, changing your name is pretty simple. You’ll need to take a few steps before getting to the screen that allows you to move along with the process. Here’s how to get started:

  • Open the Facebook app. 
  • Tap on the three horizontal line menu bar in the bottom right-hand corner. 
  • Tap on the Settings icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 
  • Under Account, tap on “Personal and account information.”
  • Click on “Name.”
  • Enter the new name you want to be displayed on your account.

Facebook Settings

Facebook Name

Facebook Name Change

Facebook wants to alert users that if you change your name on Facebook, you won’t be able to change it again for 60 days. You also won’t be able to add any unusual capitalization, punctuation, random words, or characters. 

Keep this in mind before entering your new name!

 

How to Change Name on Facebook on Desktop

If you would rather change your name using a desktop, then you’re in luck! Facebook offers users the option to change their name using a website browser also. Here’s how to get started:

  • Open facebook.com in your browser. 
  • Log in to your account. 
  • Click on your profile icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 
  • Click “Settings & privacy,” then “Settings” from the drop-down menu. 
  • Under General, click on the blue “Edit” button next to “Name.”

Facebook Settings

Facebook Settings

Facebook Account Settings

Again, Facebook wants to alert users that if you change your name on Facebook, you won’t be able to change it again for 60 days. You also won’t be able to add any unusual capitalization, punctuation, random words, or characters. 

Keep this in mind before entering your new name!

 

What is the policy for name changing on Facebook?

Facebook wants to alert users that if you change your name on Facebook, you won’t be able to change it again for 60 days. You also won’t be able to add any unusual capitalization, punctuation, random words, or characters. 

 

What happens after changing your Facebook name?

After entering your new name on Facebook, it will automatically appear on your profile. Nothing else other than your new name will be affected. 

You will also notice that your name in Facebook Messenger will also update to your latest change. 

In regards to your friends being notified after changing your name – no worries, because they won’t be! The only way that your friends can find out you change your name is if you appear on their timeline and they notice, or if, of course, you let them know. 

 

Conclusion 

It’s easy to want to immediately change your name on Facebook once you find out about it, but not being able to change it for 60 days after might be something you want to keep in mind before going through with the process.

Before impulsively making a decision about what you want your new name on Facebook to be displayed as, take into consideration a few things. Is it something people will be able to easily search you by? Is it something totally bizarre that you might not want people to see? Will people be able to recognize it’s you by the new name you provide when you show up on their timeline?

After taking into account some of these things, make your decision about whether or not you want to bring change to your Facebook profile. 

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