How To Change The Name Of My Facebook Page Regardless Of How Many People Like My Page

Have you ever wanted to change the name of your page in the past but you can’t because you have more than 100 people that Like your page? Or wanted to change the vanity URL (username) of your Page but couldn’t? Well this is no longer the case and you can now do both – Yippee!

NOTE: This post was updated 26 June 2013 with updated links for contacting Facebook.

How To Change The Name Of My Facebook Page

Facebook  provides an on-line form to complete called I Need To Change The Name Of My Page.  This form doesn’t appear to be visible on all Pages, but give it a try and if you don’t have access, try one of the other suggestions below.

To access this form you need to do the following (logged in as yourself, not your Page):

  • Go to the Page that you wish to change the name of (you must be an administrator of this Page);
  • Click on “Update Info” at the top of the Admin Panel to go to the “Basic Information” for your Page;
  • You will see the heading “Name” with the current name of your Page indicated, alongside a hyperlink “Request Change”;
  • Click on “Request Change” and complete the following form:
How do I change my page name on Facebook, Impactiv8, Facebook Business Success course online,

It is as simple as providing the details of:

  • Current Page name
  • Desired Page name
  • Why you want to change your Page name
  • Documentation that clearly shows the name and address of your business (e.g. utility or phone bill) to prove your authenticity.

You need to ensure your Page name complies with Facebook’s Page Name Policies. The relevant policies are:

Page names and Facebook Web Addresses must accurately reflect Page content. Facebook may remove administrative rights or require you to change the Page name and Facebook Web Address for any Page that fails to meet this requirement.

Page names must:

  • Not consist solely of generic terms (e.g., “beer” or “pizza”);
  • Use proper, grammatically correct capitalization and may not include all capitals, except for acronyms;
  • Not include character symbols, such as excessive punctuation and trademark designations; and
  • Not include superfluous descriptions or unnecessary qualifiers.

NOTE: All this only changes the Page name and not the URL (web address). You should try to keep your Page name and Page URL the same as possible and as close to your business name as possible.

Changing Your Facebook Page Vanity URL (web

address)

It used to be that once you claimed a Facebook URL it was not possible to change it, but this has recently changed also. Facebook now gives you one chance to change the URL for your Facebook Page.

To change your URL you need to do the following (logged in as yourself, not your Page):

  • Tips on how to change your facebook Page nameGo to the Page that you wish to change the name of (you must be an administrator of this Page);
  • Click on “Update Info” at the top of the Admin Panel to go to the “Basic Information” for your Page;
  • You will see the heading “Username” with a statement like “You can now direct people to www.facebook.com/Impactiv8” (obviously it will have your username there and not Impactiv8’s:
  • Click on the hyperlink “Change Username” that appears under your Page’s username and complete the following form:
User Name details for Facebook Pages, Impactiv8, FB Business Success,
  • Enter a new username and click “Check Availability”;
  • If the username you want is available, click “Confirm” to save it

Please note that you can only change your Page’s username once, so think about this carefully.  Try to select a username that is as close to your business name as possible and preferably the same as your Page name.

You should use your Page’s username wherever you are promoting your Page off-line. To make it more visually appealing and easy to remember, write in Title Case if you have multiple words in your business name and don’t use any hyphens or other characters as spacers, as people are less likely to remember to use those characters. The great news is that when entering a URL, it is not case sensitive, so people will still find your Page if they enter it all in lowercase but you have included capitals. The capitals are purely for vanity purposes and to increase the chances of people remembering your Page’s vanity URL.

Just remember to go and update all links and off-line promotion that references the old URL once you make this change to ensure that people can continue to find your easily on Facebook.

I Can’t Change My Facebook Page Name

If you don’t have access to the “I Need To Change The Name Of My Page” on-line form on your Page, then I would submit a request to change the name via one of the two following methods:

Report An Issue With Facebook Pages

This Facebook form enables you to tell Facebook about an issue you’re experiencing with your Facebook Page.

Facebook are not very responsive at the best of times, with no indication given as to if an when they will ever get back to you. I suggest you follow up in a week’s time, referencing your first contact if you haven’t heard anything by then. I have written a post on How Do I Contact Facebook When Something Isn’t Working On My Business Page? that provides more information on contacting Facebook when you are experiencing issues with your Facebook Page.

Say You Can No Longer Advertise

If you are using Facebook Ads, then the second place I recommend trying to get your name changed is via the Facebook Ads Team. The Ads Team seem to be more responsive than general help and if you  tell them that you are not prepared to spend anymore money on Facebook Ads until your Facebook Page name is changed as you don’t want to promote under a name that no longer reflects your business, then you might have a greater level of success.

How to change your Facebook Page Name There are quite a few options within the questionnaire you need to complete, but most options allow you to put in an “other” option. By all means, this is not a guaranteed method of getting your Facebook Page name changed, but worthy of investigating if you aren’t having any luck via any other channels.

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If you have been wanting to change your Page name but didn’t know how, then follow the above instructions and let me know how you get on in the comments below.

About Loren Bartley

Loren Bartley is as a social media strategist, educator, coach, public speaker, blogger, early adopter, self-confessed lover of all things geek-eske, and mother of three.

As the founder of Impactiv8, Loren helps businesses grow using the power of social media and lifecycle marketing automation.

Loren has created three online training programs: Social Media Success, FB Business Success and Linked Business Success and she also offers bespoke social media presentations, workshops, one-on-one coaching and social media implementation services.

Loren is also the producer and co-host of the highly successful #BusinessAddicts The Podcast, which she hosts in conjunction with Fiona Redding from The Happiness Hunter.

Comments

  1. Hello
    This is what I need to do! I need to change my business name and I have more than 100 likes. However the link you provided goes to a page that states “this content is currently unavailable”. Please advise?!!

    • loren_bartley says:

      Jaye – Thanks so much for letting me know of the broken link. I have updated the instructions to explain how this can be done from your Page. I hope this helps and let me know how you get on. Loren

  2. Hi Loren,
    That option doesn’t appear under my drop down menu. Any other ideas. I’m keen to change my page due to a business name change. Any help would be great!
    Cheers,
    Andy

    • loren_bartley says:

      Andy – I have double checked a few of the pages that I administer and I can access the name change option on all of the pages, so not too sure what the issue is. Just a couple of things to check – make sure you are logged in as yourself, go to your Page, click on the “admin panel” button on the top right of the page to bring up the admin panel functions, click on the help button that is at the top of the admin panel (not in the blue strip at the top), it is then the last option in the drop down list. Sorry if that sounds like I am repeating myself, but just wanted to explain it in another way incase my previous instructions weren’t as clear as they could’ve been. There used to be a direct link to a name change request form on Facebook, but this has been removed, so I can’t point you in that direction either anymore unfortunately. Not sure if this is because they were inundated with requests or what. Loren

      • Andy Stanhope says:

        Thanks for the quick reply!
        I’ve tried all of that, still no good… Maybe it’s because I’m in Australia? I will try changing my page settings and see if that helps… The last option on my drop down help menu when I try is ‘Send Feedback’.
        I hope I can change it… really don’t want to start from scracth… 🙁
        Thanks again,
        Andy

      • Andy Stanhope says:

        I may be onto something… I should have more of an idea soon (apparently it takes 3 days to change)…
        http://www.facebook.com/zeebzmusic

    • i want to change my facebook page name

  3. Yes it has vanished.

  4. Thanks for the article. I have the same problem as Andy – the last option in the drop-down menu is “Send Feedback”. Any updates on what can be done?

    • loren_bartley says:

      Dani

      If you look at page 5 of this Facebook Pages Guide, the function should be there on your page. http://ads.ak.facebook.com/ads/FacebookAds/Pages_Product_Guide_022712.pdf

      I still have access to that function on all of the pages that I manage. Having said that, it is not uncommon for some people to have access to some features that others don’t as they roll out changes overtime. I can only suggest that you contact Facebook directly and see if you can get a response from them as to why you don’t have access to that particular feature. Use the “send feedback” feature under “help” on your Page admin. They give you the ability to send a screen shot of your issue. Sorry that I don’t have the magic answer for you.

      Loren

  5. I am getting an error while entering my Desired name for the page. Any clues?

    • loren_bartley says:

      Anita – I would need more information to be able to help you with this. Where are you trying to enter your name? And what is the error message? Loren

  6. Loren,

    I am using the form under the help menu. Our page currently is INSEARCH UTS and we want to change it to correct UTS INSEARCH as this is the correct registered name.
    The message is Unknown Error – page name not does not meet Facebook page guidelines. I have a feeling it does not let the use of capital letters.

  7. Hallo to “down under” from the land without kangaroos 😉

    I’m just researching the “name changing”-posibillities and dropped by your post … actually it says in the admin.panel:

    Changing your Page’s name
    This editing option is only available if fewer than 200 people like your page. More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=271607792873806

    Hm … “You can’t currently change the name of a Page with 200 or more likes.” is the conlcusion in the “Help Center”.

    • loren_bartley says:

      Martin – Sometimes what Facebook Help says and what you can actually do are two different things, especially around the times when changes have just been made or are being rolled out. It can take some time before those changes are reflected in the Help Centre. I have tried to change a Page name with more than 200 Likes using the instructions in this post and it has worked for me. Having said that, I know of others that have followed a previous version of these instructions (which worked for me back then), but it wouldn’t work for them at the time. Sometimes this has to do with what region they are in and whether or not Facebook has rolled out the changes in the region you are in or not. Loren

  8. Gideon Bensen says:

    Hi,
    Im having difficulty requesting the name change. Is this still an option for bands to do, with more than 100+ followers?

    Thanks,
    Gideon

    • loren_bartley says:

      Gideon

      I know it is still available on the Pages I manage (that have 100+ Likes), but I have some clients with similar numbers of Page Likes that don’t have the option (no idea why that is). However, I should mention that it is a one time change, so if you have changed it previously, you won’t be able to again. If this is not the case for you, then I suggest you contact Facebook for assistance. Here is the link to do so: http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=220217228006012

      Sorry I can’t give you any greater insight into this.

      Loren

  9. Hey Loren!

    My page doesn’t appear this option, it’s in Portuguese, a big language over there.
    We tried to change the category, but no luck.

    Any advices?

    .

  10. Robyn Collins says:

    Hello 🙂

    In regard to name changing, silly me used an apostrophe in “Remember’s”, the site took off and four weeks thereabouts later it sits on over 12,000 likes. I am being so hassled and abused in messages over the correct grammar and so on. Yet the bulk of the people on site are loving the page. I do not want to start over unless really truly necessary. I have tried all the options bar the category change. I’m rather worried about doing that incase I mess up. All I am wishing to do is lose the apostrophe. It will make a huge impact, as each day I feel its dragging me down with the negativity. My question is how on earth do you contact Facebook to plead my case 🙂 Many thanks…. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Who-Remembers-This/205100196286454

    • loren_bartley says:

      Robyn

      Try this link: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact/164405897002583

      Let me know how you get on with it. I hope you manage to make the change as I can imagine that would be very frustrating!

      Loren

      • Robyn Collins says:

        Thank you Loren, and also for being so fast. I have felt like I was going round in circles, wish I had found you first to ask. I have sent off the submission, eeeek…. here’s hoping and I will certainly let you know. 🙂

        Cheers, Robyn

      • Hi loren. I have a normal page which I post fun things. But My page’s name and the stuff I do on it, don’t go together. I always wanted to change the name of it but I had no idea how to do it. I finally came up to this site that telling I can change my page’s name. What I got confused is, how can I upload documents that proving the address of my business. I actually don’t have any business on my page. I just created it randomly. so how am I supposed to show/upload documents of the address of my business? Please help I really want to change my page’s name. and please let me know if a normal fan pages’ names can be changed.
        yours sincerely
        Leo

        • Leo – If you do not have access to changing your Page name, then you might have to change the category to a “business” category in order to be able to change it. However, you are correct that you might struggle to make the change as you cannot prove it via business documentations because it is not a business. Perhaps upload a document with an explanation as to why you want to make the change, noting that the content of the Page does not match the name and advise that you feel the Page name is deceiving and that you are doing this to protect your fans.

          If this doesn’t work, then I have written a blog post on contacting Facebook when something doesn’t work on your Page as it is meant to. I have included the link below. I will warn you that their response time is not great and you may have to contact them a few times if you don’t get the result you are after on first attempt. Let me know how you get on. http://impactiv8.com.au/how-do-i-contact-facebook-when-something-isnt-working-on-my-business-page

  11. Thank for the help Loren, i am glad to find your website.

  12. pranav says:

    Hi can someone help …

    i am facing the same problem in india..

    if one can like my page and i can make them an admin and then we could change the name as the request change button doesnt seem to appear on my update info page thanks

  13. my FB page is named /mybusiness but the page still opens as my private name, i have a places page but havent figured out how to change the name to a full business page??

  14. Riham says:

    I can’t do this ,Please help me i want to change my name page,,

  15. Riham says:

    hey, i want to ask you. it’s true i can change ma name page with full of fans or not ,this is my page http://www.facebook.com/RoroMax.Design ,, please help me, if you can…

    • It seems that some businesses are able to do this and some aren’t. Unfortunately I cannot explain the reason why this is not available uniformly.

  16. Hi Loren,

    I can’t do it but just wondering if the button ‘request change’ still appears for you? Thanks.

    Emma.

    • Emma – The request change button still appears on my Page, but I can’t confirm whether or not it works, as I am not willing to try and lose my Page name. 🙂 From the feedback I have been receiving, it seems pretty hit and miss between who has access to this feature and who doesn’t though. Loren

  17. Awesome post Loren.
    You just rock.
    I was searching for this information, and then i found your article.
    Great info but i am still unable to change my page url.
    I need more fans as fb says.
    Help me out by liking my pahe that is:
    facebook.com/technolgyblog

    thanks in advance,

  18. Andy Teh says:

    Hi Loren,

    I tried to change my Page name but the ‘Request Change’ button doesn’t exist there.
    It just a (?) question mark logo stating :

    “Changing your Page’s name
    This editing option is only available if fewer than 200 people like your page”

    Means there is no way for me to change it now?
    Please advise.
    Thanks

  19. Mark Gibbons says:

    Just applied – I’m in Australia too.

    Read: At first I was unable to, I was being told that since I had 200 or more ‘likes’ I was unable to apply, and the FIX was quite simple indeed. In the same section [Basic Information] you’ll need to change the category of your page. It’s that simple.

    Simply select ‘Companies & Organisations’ and sub-select ‘Company’ – Suddenly the ‘Request to change name’ hyperlink will appear.

    I hope this helps.

  20. taimoor says:

    this option not available

  21. Great I will be cracking on with this and a host of other things I need to do with facebook.

  22. Sunidhi says:

    What if there isn’t a REQUEST CHANGE button?

    • It could be because your Page isn’t set up with the appropriate category. It has to be a business category to have access. Otherwise you might want to contact Facebook directly – the link is in the comments above.

  23. ok i cant seem to get the request form even when i change it to companys and organisations, by the way im dealing with a page that has 1650 likes….i can however change the url? this is what u can only change once right? so this would be half the battle won haha ….. i need to solve this problem !!!

  24. IF you have over 100 likes you cannot change page name which is sos so stupid FAcebook!!! If I could drop my likes I would and change name to a url that is my new brand, this is so annoying.

  25. Maureen says:

    Do you know how long the process takes? I have a page with +3,000 likes and am planning to request a name change. We want to sync it with the relaunch of our rebranding so I’m trying to see how long from the time I make the request to the time the name change takes effect.

    Thank you!

    • The timeframe seems to vary and I know a lot of companies that have gone back and forth several times prior to gaining approval. Some with no success at all. I suggest you get together all the documentation you can to support the name change and do it a good few weeks in advance of your name change launch, requesting VERY CLEARLY the date that you wish for it to take effect. I can’t imagine that you will be the first business keen to change the date on a specific date to coincide with a name change launch. Good luck with it. I would love it if you could visit back here and share you experiences so others can learn from your experience. ~ Loren

  26. Do you know if an apostrophe on a FB page name effects (limits) visibility??? I’m trying to launch a new business and the name is possessive (ie: “Lisa’s”) … people are having trouble finding me and posts are not getting seen. Thinking I might need to get rid of the apostrophe??? Thanks for any insight!

    • I would suggest dropping the apostrophe in your Page name as you can’t have it in a Page URL anyway and that way the Page name and Page URL can be consistent. This will mean you only have to tell them the one name and they can find you whether they are searching for your page or typing in the URL, as they will both be the same.

  27. Some1 says:

    Hi,
    I see that a lot of people are also having this issue with changing the page’s name after 200 likes;
    I have sent Facebook feedback telling them that it is sometimes necessary to do so (change the name) and that there was a lack of disclosure from them, meaning that when I first changed my page’s name I had less than 200 likes, and since I was able to change the name without any disclosure from Facebook that I wouldn’t be able to do it again later on I thought I could change it again at anytime if necessary, and now it is necessary and I can’t;

    I’m thinking of filing a complaint through BBB towards Facebook for lack of disclosure of an important issue regarding corporation pages names like I just explained (including bands and artists since they are a sort of corporation);

    Would anyone be interested in joining?
    We are the ones who have the companies, we should be able to decide if we need to change the name or not PERIOD.

    • Some1 says:

      I’d like to add that I sent feedback 2 times regarding the name issue and lack of disclosure but they never got back to me which is unacceptable for a multi-billion profit company like Facebook, let’s not forget that WE make and keep them alive, we deserve better treatment and respect.

  28. Jennifer says:

    Loren,
    My partner and I are dissolving our partnership and I would like to keep all of our contacts on our FB page. I was wondering if I change the name do I have to explain to everyone what is going on first and then change it? Or is it better to just explain and ask them to like my new page? I hate to lose the continuity of having everyone. Or is there a way that FB says this page is now blah blah and you are liking it because it was blah. Help???

    Jennifer

    • Jennifer ~ I would definitely explain to your community before you make any changes. However, you should check that you can actually change the name before you let people know as it seems to be a bit hit and miss as to who can make the change. Alternatively if you can’t change the Page name, then it may be worth trying to get them to convert to the new Page manually and then later advertising to those that are yet to Like your Page enticing them to do so. ~ Loren

  29. Vincent says:

    I have the same problem and am supremely frustrated at the lack of disclosure by from Facebook a out this cap on name changes after 200 Likes. I manage pages for a number of recurring yearly events and we have had the year in the page name each year, but now I cannot change the name of our bigger events any more! What is more, none of the contact form links now work, and there is no option above as described anywhere. Facebook help centre says that they will provide a contact form if their help centre doesn’t help but there is no contact form to be found anywhere even after submitting feedback that the page is not helpful!!

  30. Is there any way to change the username twice of a username? I had a fan-page of which I changed the username mistakenly. Now, I am unable to change the username. Please Help!

    • Unfortunately Facebook only allows the change to be made once. You can try to contact them (link provided above and argue your case, but I don’t like your chances from what others are saying. ~ Loren

  31. Hello,
    I created my page about 3-4 years ago and it is basically related to photography. I don’t even want to change the wording, just want to decrease the amount of stars and full stops. I don’t know what to do. SOMEONE HELP?!
    http://www.facebook.com/El.Arte.By.Reemz
    Do visit btw!

  32. Good info but i couldn’t find any “Request Change” there

  33. Micyla says:

    I am trying to change the name of my band profile, not my personal FB acct. I am having a lot of difficulty doing so, any ideas?

    • Micyla – Unfortunately I don’t have any further advice at this stage other than what is included in the blog post and the comments of others that have been experiencing difficulty also. ~ Loren

  34. I’ve read so many comments on this matter that I couldn’t be more
    perplexed.

  35. i couldn’t find the “Request Change” – I merge 2 pages an now a have a Name that i can’t use for my company.. Can you Help me Loren?

  36. Hi,
    I requested the change of my page name simply because I wanted to add “& Accessories” on the end of my page name, how do I know when this is complete or if my request has been accepted? I submitted the request yesterday and haven’t received an email at all. I have 433 likes atm.

    • Facebook doesn’t give any indication as to how long their response time is. Quite often you just get no response. I usually suggest to wait a week and then submit your request again (noting the first request again) if you haven’t heard by then.

      • What kind of proof do you have to give? Reason I am asking is that our company represents a franchise so the company name doesn’t match the franchise name obviously and the page name that i need represent to country franchise. Our utility bill would have the country name.

  37. Branka says:

    Hi,

    I was wandering, if I change the name of my fb page, do the tags, that were made before ( photos or links of other people to my page) stay connected to my page, even though the name is changed?
    Thanks

  38. jemm2000 says:

    There is absolutely no way available to change or correct your FB business page name as of this time. If Facebook wants businesses to use their service, they must make changes to their current policy on names. Improper capitalization?! Really?! My company name is ProStar Meetings. However, on my FB business page it reads Prostar Meetings. In this age of BlackBerry, iPad, and eBooks, you would think this wouldn’t be an issue. Facebook is basically preventing me from maintaing brand integrity. It’s frustrating and maddening.

  39. Hi Loren,

    Is there any way i can change the name of this page? As i have more than 200 likes.

  40. I need to change my FB name and FB url and have been referred by someone to this article you wrote in 2012.

    I know things change alot in FB and was wandering if you have an updated article on this topic that I can follow, or do the same instructions all still apply?

    • Heidi

      The info in the article (and all the links to change your details) are still valid as far as I am aware. Although this is an old article, I do update it regularly as I get in new information regarding changes to the process.

      I have had some people follow this process recently and gain success. As long as you can show evidence as to why you need to change your name you are usually OK. The process does take a bit of time for Facebook to make the change though.

      Please do let me know how you got on, especially if you can’t manage it as I would like to update these instructions if I am getting reports that they no longer work.

      Loren

  41. Loren, should I attempt to change my FB username before I attempt to change my FB url? Does it matter which order you do this in? If one is allowed, is there a chance that the other one won’t be allowed?

    Thanks
    Heidi

    • Heidi, you actually can’t change your Facebook URL, just your Page name (which is the name displayed on the Cover Image of your Page). If you want a new URL, unfortunately the only thing you can do is to start a new Page. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. 🙁 ~ Loren

  42. Hello Loren,

    My name is Omar and I live in Australia I currently have a page with 10’000 likes and my band name has changed and I’d like to change the name on my Facebook music page too. Unfortunately Facebook requires me to send a name request form and I have done so… But I get a response back saying my request is unable to be processed. According to Facebook name changing policies, I should be allowed to change my page name once. However, I dont understand why this has occurred. I have read the comments on this page from everyone and I tried out your secret page report menu but that want worked either because apparently they dont get back to everybody and they haven’t got back to me. Please help me! Thank you!
    Kind Regards,
    Omar

    • Omar

      It could be because the evidence you supplied was not compliant with what they require. I would try again and send as much evidence as you can possibly provide.

      Loren

  43. Thanks , I’ve just been searching for information about this subject for ages and yours
    is the greatest I’ve came upon till now. However, what concerning the bottom line?
    Are you certain in regards to the source?

  44. Now If you know how to change page name- here is my trick how to change second time page name

    http://www.slideshare.net/JacekJanicki1/how-to-change-second-time-pages-name-on-facebook-54830632

  45. Thank you, Loren, glad that I got a valid link from your article, Now, I could address my issue to FB phew. I was looking all over the internet, was exhausted, but I feel good after sending the report to them at least, lets see if they address the issue i.e. Nevertheless, thanks for your article, it was useful .

    My issue is, since I converted my Personal account into an FB page, the page took my name/identity… although I want a different name for my page, that’s why I am building a page obviously 😉 I did the conversion only because I didn’t want to start with ‘0’ likes on my page and I have more than 500 likes (so which means facebook won’t let me change the page name at my discretion). When I tried to change the page name, they didn’t approve, all my instagram, twitter and website (not launched yet) have the same name registered. I have sent an appeal 2 days back, but I found that my appeal read – case as ‘closed’, How can the case be closed before they review or respond to my appeal ? Dont know, anyway got a bit frustrated so sent an appeal of the same thing again. And then I found your site…

    Jili

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