How to change Facebook name

How to change Facebook name

Facebook is among the leading and rapidly growing social platforms with several active users logging in every day. Among the users, there are hundreds of groups and pages created on a daily basis. These groups and pages range from comedy-related to business-related, political discussions to dating tips, women issues to parenting solutions among others. A human being tends to seek friendship through socializing in various aspects. Facebook tends to operate like pen pal friendships, with a technological aspect. You can speak to people from miles away, some of whom you have never met.

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At the beginning you may have opened an account with a different name, probably an alias, and you would like to change it to your real name for networking purposes. Joining the groups or forming your own groups may require authenticity of the group creator in case of a business. This article will help you change from the alias to another one or your real name.

How to change your Facebook name

Below is the procedure of how to edit name on Facebook. The same procedure is applicable while changing your Facebook name on your desktop computer or your laptop.

1. Login to Facebook

Do this by clicking on your Facebook app if you have already installed it or visit www.Facebook.com, then log in into your account using the details you had registered with.

A Facebook menu will appear bearing this on the top;

  • A search box.
  • Your current user name and profile photo.
  • Home.
  • A friend request icon.
  • A notification icon.
  • A quick help icon.
  • A drop down arrow icon in the far left.

2. Click or tap on the drop down icon

These options will appear;

  • New groups.
  • Advertising on Facebook.
  • Activity log.
  • News feed preferences.
  • Settings.
  • Log out.

3. Click or tap on settings

A general accounts settings form will appear bearing;

  • Your name.
  • Your username.
  • Contacts.
  • Ad account contact.
  • Identity confirmation (All these are active for editing in normal circumstances)

4. To edit your name,click or tap on ‘edit’ option after your name

Three name boxes will appear bearing your first name, middle name and your last name

  • To change one of your Facebook name, select on it.
  • To change your overall name, click or tap on change other names,

5. Click or tap on the review changes option

A preview of your name menu will appear (with three options) requesting you to choose how your name will appear on your profile. Click on your preferred appearance.

Note: If you are not contented with your actions, you can cancel the process at this stage by tapping on the cancel button.
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6. Enter your password as requested

You may be prompted to input your password for security reasons. Input your current passwrod and save.

7. Click on ‘save changes’

Even at the final stage, you can cancel your operation if you are not contented.

How to change your Facebook name on your iPhone or an Android phone

If you prefer using your phone to change your name, here are the steps to follow;

1. Tap on the Facebook app icon

This will open the app to enable you to view your activity such as your messages, friend requests and notifications.

2. Login into the app

Enter your email address or phone number and password (in case you were not logged in) to continue.

3. Open the menu to direct you to the settings page

Tap on the menu icon (three short, parallel and horizontal lines) located at the bottom right corner of your screen for an iPhone or at the top right corner of the screen for an Android phone.

4. Scroll down and tap on the settings option

This will take you to the settings page where you can view a lot of things you can change such as your name, your security information and many more.

5. Tap on the account settings then general settings

Your previous action will lead you to your general account settings page.

A general accounts settings form will appear bearing;

  • Your name.
  • Your username.
  • Contacts.
  • Ad account.
  • Identity confirmation (All these are active for editing in normal circumstances).

7. To edit your name, click or tap on ‘edit’ option after your name

Three name boxes will appear bearing your first name, middle name and your last name. In case you are interested on editing name on Facebook, tap on the specific name and enter your preferred one. To change your overall name, tap on change other names.

8. Tap on the review changes option

A preview your name menu will appear (with three options) requesting you to choose how your name will appear on your profile. Tap on your preferred appearance

9. You will then enter your password as requested

Finally, you will tap on save changes if you are happy with your new name. You can still cancel the operation if you are not contented with the outcome.

Note: You will only be able to change your Facebook name if you own a Facebook account

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Reasons for changing the username

There are specific reasons why someone would like to use a different name in a broad social interaction site like Facebook. Some may lean towards professional reasons while others may just be personal reasons. Here are some of them outlined;

1. For disguise

It is very obvious that you will accept friend requests from friends, relatives and sometimes from strangers. Some of them will go to an extent of following your Facebook activities. You will find it embarrassing to join a funny page or group for instance; sexy girls or a dating group while your uncle is watching. In that particular case, you will need to change your name gradually then may be block them without them realizing it.

2. Employment purposes

Some companies are now recruiting via Facebook. Imagine a person by the name ‘Beautiful Seductive Nancy’ applying for a manager position in a high profile company. How does name sound? If not pleasing, you will need to edit or change it for consideration.

3. Relationship purposes

Some spouses may order you to include their name to your Facebook name as you to change your relationship status to scare away the strangers who may intrude your inbox demanding for intimate relationships. Some of your friends with a similar agenda will also realize the seriousness of your relationship.

4. For other personal interests

Facebook being a social network, you will have more fun if you join several groups and pages. However, you need to change your name or edit it for the quick approval by the group administrators.

Facebook will allow you change your name once per 60 days. However, if you update name on Facebook like twice, they will extend the changing duration to after 120 days. You should be cautious while changing your name frequently since they may inactivate or remove your ability to change your account name. Finally, do not worry about how to change nickname on Facebook since the above procedure is applicable. You only need to choose a correct procedure on how to change Facebook name.

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