How to Change Your Name on Facebook.
Meta Platforms owns Facebook, an American online social media and social networking website. It was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, together with other Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, and takes its name from the face book directories that are commonly provided to American university students. Initially, membership was restricted to Harvard students, but it has subsequently expanded to include students from other North American colleges and, since 2006, everyone over the age of 13. Facebook had 2.8 billion monthly active users as of 2020, placing it seventh in worldwide internet usage. It was the most popular smartphone app in the decade of 2010.
You can change your name on Facebook in less a minute, but there are a few caveats to be aware of. Although Facebook forbids the use of pseudonyms, it does permit the use of common nicknames, such as Bill in place of William.
Changing your Facebook name has no effect on the rest of your account, nor does it delete any tags that were assigned to your former name.
There are a variety of reasons to modify your Facebook account’s name.
Perhaps you’re adopting your new spouse’s surname and want your profile to reflect this. Perhaps you’ve outgrown your childhood nickname — Billy, for example — and wish to go by William. Or maybe you just want to shake things up a little.
It’s up to you why you want to alter your Facebook name, but here’s how to accomplish it.
How to change your name on Facebook
Make sure you’re logged in to Facebook by going to the website.
1. Go to the top right of the page and click the downward-facing arrow.
2. Select “Settings & privacy,” then “Settings” from the dropdown menu that displays.
3. You should now be on the Account Settings page for your account. Select “Edit” from the drop-down menu next to your name.
4. Type the new name you want to use in the boxes at the top of the page.
5. Select “Review Change” from the drop-down menu.
6. In the pop-up window, double-check the new name, then type in your password and click “Save Changes.”
You now have a new name on Facebook, but your account is otherwise unchanged.
What to know about changing your name on Facebook
You can change your name as much as you want on several social media platforms. Facebook, on the other hand, only allows for one name change every 60 days. If you change your name too frequently, it can take up to 120 days.
In addition, unlike other social media networks, Facebook requires you to use your real name. They permit common derivative names such as Bob for Robert, Liz for Elizabeth, and Larry for Lawrence, but not pseudonyms or nonsense names.
You risk being banned from Facebook if you use a phony name. The company’s own stated policy on the subject is as follows: “Facebook is a social media platform where everyone uses their own name. As a result, you’ll always know who you’re speaking with.”
The good news is that as long as your name change adheres to Facebook’s regulations, it will not affect your account negatively. Your friends will still be able to interact with you in the same ways they always have, with no need for new connections, and any photos or posts that had your old name tagged will now have your new name.
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