How to Change Your Facebook Page Name

How to Change Your Facebook Page NameWant to change your Facebook Page name?

The good news is you can – maybe.

“Maybe” is better than a few months ago, when the answer was never, no way, not for any reason.

Now it’s quite easy to change your Fan Page name if you have fewer than 200 Fans.

Greater than 200 Fans and it gets a bit tricky… but a reader with 12,000 Fans used my instructions and did it, so maybe you can too![pinit]

NOTE: When I speak of Page name, I mean the Title of your Page, as shown below your Cover Photo. This will NOT change your Facebook Page URL (web address). Check here for how to change your Facebook Page URL and important cautions about doing so.

Changing your Page name is a BIG deal – it must be done right – you can never change it again. Please read this entire page carefully!

Change Your Facebook Page Name with Fewer Than 200 Fans

How to Change Your Facebook Page Name 1Logged in as an Admin of the Page you wish to change, in the top Admin panel, choose Edit Page… Update Info.

Scroll down to the fourth section where it says Name: You should see an editable text box.

Fill in the name you’re SURE you want (WARNING! Cannot be undone or changed more than this ONE time!)

How to Change Your Facebook Page Name 2

How to Change Your Facebook Page Name 3Check your spelling one more time! Then scroll to the bottom and click Save Changes. That’s it!

Change Your Facebook Page Name with Greater Than 200 Fans

Facebook says:

You can’t currently change the name of a Page with 200 or more likes. source

But this worked for me!

Follow steps 1 and 2 above, except when you come to Name: you’ll see UNeditable text, and next to it, a blue link: Request Change.

How to Change Your Facebook Page Name 4

If you’ve already changed your Page name once, you won’t see the link. Once is the limit. If you haven’t, but you still don’t see it, try changing your Page category to Brands & Products or Companies & Organizations, and click Save Changes. The Request Change link should magically appear!

Now click Request Change and fill out the form (sample below).

How to Change Your Facebook Page Name: Form

Note that you have a choice of reasons for the Page Name change request.

If you select that your business name has changed, you will almost certainly be required to provide documentation. Logos, business cards, and websites are not acceptable.

You can choose “Other” and explain in the text area.

My first choice was to change my Page name to match my website: How-To Social Media Graphics, and explain in “Other” that my business had evolved. I decided that had a high risk of being rejected.

I chose to request a very similar name to my then-current Louise Myers Graphic Design: Louise Myers How-To Graphics. I then selected “My Page name is misspelled” as the best option. (Don’t even ask how long I deliberated over this!)

Before submitting your Page name change request be 100% certain of 2 things:

  • This is the Page name you want for the life of your Page. At this time, just ONE change is allowable.
  • Your Fan page is 100% compliant with Facebook Terms of Service – including the new text restriction for Cover Photos, and the very strict contest rules. Your Page could be shut down once it’s scrutinized by Facebook. Click with caution!

Upload any pertinent documentation, and click Send.

Wait to Hear from Facebook on Your Page Name Change Request

You should get an auto-reply quickly. I can’t say how long it will take for Facebook to review your request and respond – the auto-reply says up to 3 days. For me it only took one day plus a half hour.  And it was approved!

What about you? Will you change your Page name? Let me know how it works for you. And share your link in the comments once you change your Facebook Page name!

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Comments

  1. A says

    Doesn’t seem to work for me – 1400 likes, changed from “writer” to several other categories, but the link doesn’t appear.

    • says

      Here are 2 things to try:
      • Change the main category to Brand and Products (you can change it back later)
      • Clear your cookies or try a different browser

      Th 2nd method worked for a Page in Australia with 12K Fans. I’ve read this only works in the US but that doesn’t seem to hold true. FB changes all the time though!

      Good luck!

      • A says

        I tried ~20 different categories, new browser, delete the page (you get a fifteen day waiting period but no option to change anything), … – sadly none of that worked.

        Maybe FB by now just cut all the remaining loose threads…

        If you have any more ideas – I’m listening ;) Either way, thanks for the help!

        • says

          I’m sorry it didn’t work for you! I still have the option on one of my pages with over 200 fans, where I’ve never changed the name before. I don’t think there’s any hope if you’ve done it once – if I come up with any more ideas I’ll let you know!

  2. David says

    Hi Louise I am trying to submit a name change request for my bands facebook page. The current name is the band name followed by fan page and I want to have fan page removed from the name. We are based in the US and all of the page admins are based in the US. I change the category to get the name change request link to appear. On the form it asks to submit documentation ie. something with an address. I tried attaching a word document saying that we are a band and that we don’t have an address but when i hit submit it says that they don’t accept files of this type. We get an electric bill where we practice but it’s not in any of our names. What documentation would you suggest I send?

    • says

      Hey David, any type of bill would only be helpful if it shows the name that you want on the fan page. Since you’re not really changing the page name, just asking to have the words “fan page” removed, I don’t think you need any documentation. I’m not a “page name change” expert, but I didn’t provide any, and you’re requesting even less of a change that I was.

      Good luck!

      • David says

        Thanks for the reply. How were you able to submit the form without documentation? It wont let me submit without documentation

        • says

          Perhaps this is a new requirement. They say they accept .jpg, .pdf and .doc – so unless your Word file is a .docx, I don’t know why it wouldn’t go thru. As far as requiring something with an address, I don’t know why they’d need that except for a “local business” category. You could contact FB support. This seems like a no-brainer change, but I wouldn’t want you to do anything that ruins your one and only chance.

  3. Liz says

    Hi Louise,
    The request name change link was showing up for me last time I checked on April 18th. I was just waiting to finalize some other branding changes before I submitted the form. Now, the request change link is gone! It looks like Facebook may have changed this policy in the last two weeks…any ideas?
    Thanks.

    • says

      That’s so annoying, isn’t it?

      If you’ve already tried changing your page category, I think you’re left with 2 options:
      • Contact Facebook support and hope for the best.
      • Check back regularly and see if the link appears again.

      I’m so sorry about that, Liz!

  4. Shani says

    Hi Louise,
    I am a musician and have been trying to change my stage name from my first and last name to just my first name. I go by just Shani, but obviously when I first opened my page a while back, I just inputed my name normally and didn’t think about it. Anyway, I had the same kind of doubts about submitting a document with an address as David did, but I see that maybe just a request to take out my last name would be sufficient. Do you think this would be categorized as “I would like to use a stage name or alternate name”, or “My Page name is misspelled”…or something else?

    Thanks for the help!

    • says

      I’m not a name change expert, I can just tell you my opinion…

      Is “stage name” an option for a musician page? Then that seems like the right choice.

      Good luck!

  5. says

    hi louise – thanks for this helpful post. facebook doesn’t like to make it easy for you does it!!

    I submitted my name change request with success but i did seem to receive an auto reply. To which email should it send to? The general email for the page, the email attached to my profile which i was logged onto facebook with or another?

    and – does that auto reply have any link or action that i need to take such as ‘click this link to verify blah blah..?

    thanks in advance
    Chad

    • says

      Hey Chad!
      I honestly don’t remember what’s on the auto reply. I don’t believe it required verification.

      And I have both emails set the same, so I’m not sure which FB would choose if they’re different. Hope you’ve heard from them by now. It’s always possible they don’t even auto-reply any more!

      Facebook loves to keep us on our toes…

  6. Blueshadow says

    I tried to submit the request form, but I didn’t get any auto reply email, Facebook said need to response to the email in order to proceed the request…In your case, do you need to reply them?

    • says

      Hey Blue,
      I did not have to respond to the auto reply. I know that Facebook changes things all the time though.

      If you’ve checked thru your spam folders and can’t find their email, you might want to contact Facebook support.

  7. Emily says

    I have sent in a request twice now to try and change the name of my page and I always get an auto reply saying they are unable to change the name of my page.

    The word Absurd is in my Page Name and I accidentally spelt it Absured. It is literally one letter I want removed and it keeps getting rejected.

    If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it.

    I have already change my URL to the correct spelling. I have checked off the right reason for the name change, which is a misspelled word. Still I get automatically rejected.

    • says

      I’m sorry to hear that Emily – I’m sure it’s frustrating.

      If you haven’t yet changed your page name (which would account for an automatic rejection) then try another time or two – it may be a glitch. Or, it could be a new rule, I don’t know. FB changes all the time!

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