How to Change Your Facebook Page URL in 2014

How to Change Your Facebook Page URLNeed 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.

You may go directly to this link: http://www.facebook.com/username

Or access it from your Page’s Settings –> Page Info. If you haven’t already changed your username, you’ll see a link to do so.

How to Change Your Facebook Page URL from Page

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!

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Comments

  1. says

    I’ve been able to change my url but I can’t change my page name. That’s what I needed to change. I have more than 200 likes and can’t do it. Now I’m going to have to delete the page and then put it back up. FB said it’ll take 14 days to delete.

  2. says

    Still thinking about changing mine. I would like to but I might activate or deactivate something that isn’t supposed to be. Not good at these things.

  3. says

    Hi Louise:

    I’m having a problem with receiving the broken link message. I changed my vanity url and the name of the page without problems. However, when I go to search for my page in the bar at the top of the screen and I click on it when the page pops up, it directs me to the old url. I get the broken link message, but not from external links – I’m having this problem only with Facebook. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    Corinne

    • says

      Try clearing your cache or using a different browser. It’s working for me.

      If it persists and others have the same problem finding your page (ask a couple friends to try), then you should contact Facebook and have them look into it. But I’m hoping it’s just your cache!

      • says

        Hi, thanks so much for the reply, I have a similar issue- how do you clear you cache? The URL changed fine, but when I search my page from the top search bar in facebook it still brings me to the old link which is broken. THANK YOU!!!

        -Brad

  4. Chris says

    Should one try first to change the name or the url?
    I would say first try the name, if it works, than go with the url?

    • says

      Your suggestion would be the normal way to do it. I chose to change the URL first as I thought FB would be more likely to change my name to match my URL.

      But your guess is as good as mine ;-)

  5. Linea says

    Hi Louise,
    You say: choose Edit page and then Update info. Mine says: Update Public info…. ?

    And I do not have an existing url… How do I make a username for my businesspage?

    I get this info: To access this page, you’ll need to switch from using Facebook as your page to using Facebook as yourself.

    Appreciate your help :)
    Thanks a lot!
    /Linea
    Sweden

    • says

      Hi Linea,
      Yes, I see it’s been changed to say “Update Public Info.” Same thing, silly change ;-)

      If you haven’t yet set a username for your page, go to the URL in the paragraph ABOVE the “Important Rules” headline. You can set it there.

      And if you’d like more details, I wrote a post that will be published tomorrow: http://louisem.com/3474/facebook-page-url-vanity-url

      I was able to set the username signed in as myself or signed in as the Page, but you can switch via the gear icon at the far right of the top blue bar on Facebook, if needed.

      Good luck!

  6. Betty says

    I can’t change URL for eligible fan page, the confirmation window opens empty and clicking “Confirm” doesn’t do anything.

    Any advice on how to fix this?

    Thanks.

  7. says

    Dear Louise,

    Need your professional advice, I have changed the url/username of my facebook page and after that I no longer able to search my page in google now.

    Previously it worked…

    Kindly advise,
    Thanks!

    • says

      Sorry, I don’t have any other ideas for you. Try to find someone who specializes in this; if they can help you, there may be a fee.

      You could try socialidentities.com or just-ask-kim.com to see if they can help.

      • says

        Still not working, the Facebook Page Username Change isn’t working, if you have set your Facebook Page Username already, you can’t change it. If you found any trick to change it please let me know.
        Thanks.

        • says

          Not sure why it isn’t working for you. It works for me on a page with a set username. You should be able to change a set username one time. Perhaps it only works with US ISPs?

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