How to change your name on Facebook

How to change your name on Facebook tutorial
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Recently wed? Recently divorced? Recently on the run from a dangerous cartel? We've all been there before. Whatever your reasons you have for changing your name on Facebook, we're here to help you figure out how.

There are a number of ways you can change your name on Facebook, including via the app or desktop site. However, we're going to focus on the fastest way of changing your name on Facebook with the least amount of navigation possible.

Let's get to it with our guide on how to change your name on Facebook.

1. Open the Accounts Center

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In your browser of choice, head to the Facebook Accounts Center by clicking HERE, or typing into your address bar and hitting enter.

Once there, log in to your Facebook account, and on the panel to the right, select your Facebook profile.

2. Choose what to edit

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In the pop-up window that appears, you'll have three options: "Name," "Username," and "Profile Picture."

Select "Name" 

3. Enter your new name

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In the next window, you'll be presented with three text boxes to choose your new first, middle, and last name.

Enter the name you want others to see you by, double-check for typos (as you wont be allowed to change your name for 60 days,) and click the "Review Change" button at the bottom of the pop-up.

4. Preview your new name

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The next screen will allow you to preview your name and decide if you'd like to be known by first name or surname first.

Once you've decided, click "Done" and you're all set!

Your name should now be updated (you may need to re-enter your password as confirmation), and the changes should be visible instantly! Remember, now you've changed your name, you'll be locked in to using this name for 60 days before you can change it again. So, make sure you're not doing something too hasty.

Rael Hornby
Content Editor

Rael Hornby, potentially influenced by far too many LucasArts titles at an early age, once thought he’d grow up to be a mighty pirate. However, after several interventions with close friends and family members, you’re now much more likely to see his name attached to the bylines of tech articles. While not maintaining a double life as an aspiring writer by day and indie game dev by night, you’ll find him sat in a corner somewhere muttering to himself about microtransactions or hunting down promising indie games on Twitter.