How to Change Your Facebook Page URL in 2015

How to Change Your Facebook Page URL / Username / Vanity URL

Wondering how to change your Facebook Page URL?

It’s pretty simple, though you may find at every turn, Facebook says you can’t.

I checked all of the Pages I admin, and the option to change the Page URL was readily available. Here’s how.

NOTE: Here are the instructions if you need to change your Facebook Page NAME, instead of URL.

What’s your Facebook Page URL?

Your Facebook Page URL is the part of your web address after the https://www.facebook.com/. So in the case of my Fan Page, we’re talking about the LouiseM.HowToGraphics. Facebook calls this your username. It’s also often referred to as your vanity URL.

What's my Facebook username?

Important Rules & Considerations for Your Facebook Page URL

Not surprisingly, Facebook has a host of rules about usernames.

  • You can’t claim a username someone else is already using.
  • Your username should be as close as possible to your true name or the name of the business or person your Page represents (ex: John.Smith, Facebook).
  • Choose a username you’ll be happy with for the long term. Usernames are not transferable and you can only change your username once.
  • Usernames can only contain alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (“.”).
  • Periods (“.”) and capitalization don’t count as a part of a username. For example, johnsmith55, John.Smith55 and john.smith.55 are all considered the same username.
  • Usernames must be at least 5 characters long and can’t contain generic terms.
  • Your username must adhere to Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. source

Regarding periods and capitalization, decide how you want it to look in the address bar, because users can type it in with or without periods and capitals. I did see one article claiming that periods between words makes your URL more SEO friendly, as Google likes delimiters between words. I decided to go with just one period, as I thought it was more user-friendly.

Cautions on Changing a Facebook Page URL That’s Already Set

Maybe you’ve decided your URL is too long, or you want to make it match your Page Name.

Changing your Page URL won’t change your Page name – the title that appears under your cover photo. However, be aware that once you’ve set a vanity URL, changing it will mean that any links to your Page will no longer work. If you don’t search out and change the old links, when clicked, they’ll lead to this cute message:

How to Change Your Facebook Page URL 404

Not so cute when it means people searching for you won’t find you! Links to the tab apps (which are numerical) still worked for me.

Also be aware that you have the option to change your Page URL only one time. So don’t make a change lightly – you’re going to have to live with this one, or start a new Fan Page.

How to Change a Facebook Page URL That’s Already Been Set

Log in as the personal profile that’s an Admin of the Page you wish to change.

Start the process from the About tab under your Cover Photo –> Page Info.

If you haven’t already changed your URL, you’ll see the Edit button when you hover the Facebook Web Address area.

where to change your Facebook page URL step 1

 

Clicking the Edit button will open a small window with a link to Change web address – if you’re eligible.

where to change your Facebook page URL step 2

Click it and, ensuring you’re on the correct page on the dropdown, type in your preferred username. Click Check Availability.

How to Change Your Facebook Page URL

If it’s available, and you’re SURE you want to make the ONE-TIME change, click Confirm.

Will You Change Your Facebook Page URL?

What do you think? Is it worth the hassle? I deliberated for quite some time before deciding it was a necessity for me. Let me know what you think – and feel free to leave your link if you decide to change your Facebook Page URL!

How to Change Your Facebook Page URL / Username / Vanity URL

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Comments

      • Nadeem says

        Hi Louise,

        I want to change the url but the problem is I am not able to get what I want.

        It says its not available. We represent the brand and we have to have the said url only but facebook is not allowing us to get it.

        Kindly Help!

        Nadeem Sayed

        • says

          If the URL has been used before, it can’t be used again. Also, some words aren’t allowed.

          If it’s your own registered trademark, you can try appealing to Facebook for copyright infringement.

          “Usernames may be unavailable for many reasons, even if it seems like they aren’t being used. For example, a username could be taken by a Page that isn’t published yet. Also, we prevent certain words from being included in usernames. Make sure the username you’re trying to claim follows our guidelines for custom usernames. If the username you want is already taken or not approved, you’ll need to pick a different one.”

  1. vinod says

    I created an account with facebook using my company name abccompany. so the url of the profile is facebook.com/abccompany. Now is it possible to create a new page having url facebook.com/abccompany. In short i no longer require the profile url and instead want my business page to have the url of my profile . So next time some one types facebook.com/abccompany he is directed to the businesspage and not profile

    • says

      Hi,
      Once a username/URL is taken, it can’t be moved to another page, even if the original page / profile is deleted or changes its URL.

      There might be a possibility of turning your profile into a business page, or merging the two. I have only heard about that and have NO idea on how that might work, but you could look into it.

      Cheers,
      Louise

  2. says

    This was extremely helpful. Now my page matches my website: http://www.herandherdogs.com and facebook.com/herandherdogs

    I’ve been wanting to make this change for AGES but kept putting it off. Previous research had me feeling a bit overwhelmed. I appreciate the tutorial.

    Thank you,
    Sadie

    • says

      No, there’s no way to change again. I’m in the same boat and wish I could. There’s a possibility of creating a new page and merging the two pages. You’d have to look up how that works, as I’m uncertain.

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