How Do I Change My Name on Facebook?

Changing your name on Facebook can be a great way to establish boundaries between the different parts of your life. It also makes it easier for friends and family to find you, helps protect your privacy and allows you to show support for causes and organizations.

Are you thinking of changing your name on Facebook? You're not alone. In fact, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, about one-third of Facebook users have changed their names at some point. So if you're considering it, you're in good company. But before you make any decisions, you should know a few things.

How To Change Your Name on Facebook

Changing your name on Facebook is pretty straightforward. Here's how to do it:

  1. Click on the down arrow in the top right corner of Facebook and select Settings.

  2. Select General from the menu on the left.

  3. In the Name section, click Edit next to your current name.

  4. Enter your new name and click Save Changes.

Note that you can only change your name once every 60 days. And if you're changing your name because you've got married or divorced, you'll need to provide proof of your change of name to get it updated on Facebook. Contact support when you need help with the name-changing process.

What Happens When you Change Your Name on Facebook

Once you've changed your name on Facebook, there are a few things that will happen:

  • Your old name will be listed as your last name in the About section of your profile.

  • Your friends will be able to find you by your old name in Facebook search results, and they may still have you as a friend on their friend's list with your old name.

  • Your profile photo and other photos with your old name will be updated automatically.

  • Any posts you've made using your old name will still be visible on your timeline, and you'll continue to be tagged in them.

  • If you're part of any group, your old name will remain listed as your group name.

  • Any pages you've liked with your old name will still appear in your Likes section.

If you've changed your name on Facebook to match your legal name, you'll need to provide proof to Facebook before they update your profile. Reach out to customer support after experiencing a problem.

What to Do If You Change Your Mind After Changing your Name on Facebook

If you decide you don't want to change your name, you can always change it back after all. Here's how:

  1. Click on the down arrow in the top right corner of Facebook and select Settings.

  2. Select General from the menu on the left.

  3. In the Name section, click Edit next to your current name.

  4. Enter your old name and click Save Changes.

Your old name will be listed as your last name in the About section of your profile, and your friends can find you by your old name in Facebook search results. Your profile photo and any other photos with your old name will be updated automatically, and any posts you've made using your old name will still be visible on your timeline.

If you're part of any group, your old name will remain listed as your group name, and any pages you've liked with your old name will still show up in your Likes section. Contact customer support for assistance.

The Benefits of Changing Your Name on Facebook

If you're thinking of changing your name on Facebook, there are a few benefits to consider:

  • Help keep your personal and professional life separate.

  • Make it easier for people to find you online.

  • Help protects your privacy.

  • It can be a way to change your name after getting married or divorced officially.

  • It can be a way to show your support for a cause or organization.

  • A way to celebrate a special occasion.

  • It can help you feel more connected to your online community.

  • It can be a way to show your personality and unique sense

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