How To Change Your Facebook Fan Page Name [Updated For Large Pages!]

October 28, 2012 · 437 comments

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How To Change Your Facebook Fan Page Name [Updated For Large Pages!]

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Facebook Fan Page Name

Facebook Now Offers *Two* Ways To Change Your Business Page Name

Updated: 10/28/2012

What the Rules on Fan Page Name Changing Used To Be

Prior to the most recent update, the hard and fast rule by Facebook was that you absolutely could not change your Facebook Fan Page name or your Fan Page Vanity URL… EVER!

Change Your Facebook Fan PageAs you can see, the only solution for anything from a typo to a business change was the delete button. Suffice to say this didn’t make people terribly thrilled.

However, the precaution has been necessary as Facebook has needed to actively restrict someone from making a page in a generic name, farming a ton of fans, and then renaming the page (possibly after selling it)!

Can you imagine the nightmare if you people were suddenly able to easily generate and sell pages with 100,000 fans? It would be insanity (and fans of the page would likely be pretty pissy at Facebook for it).

How To Change Your Facebook Fan Page Name

Method 1: Do-It-Yourself!  Only Works For Pages Under 200 Fans

Find the particular page name in question and under it, select “Edit Page” to enter that particular page’s administrative dashboard.

FB Page Name Change Under 200 Fans

In the screen shot above, you see the new dashboard and the “Basic Information” tab presenting the “Name” field in an editable fashion.

This is how it will be displayed if your page meets the qualifications to have it’s name changed. If your page is not eligible, the Name field will not be available to you.

Now type the name in the way you would like it to be displayed and select “Save Changes” to change your Facebook Fan Page name!

Have just a few more than 200? Remove some fans and once you hit 199 the form USUALLY becomes editable again.

Method 2: Request A Change Form (Only permitted for fully TOS compliant names & pages, with business documentation and where no confusion of the fans is likely.)  

Facebook has recently re-introduced their name change request form for pages over 200 fans directly into the admin dashboard. 

This feature is currently only available to pages with a USA-based admin.  If you have an international page, I am able to assist with these as a consultant, but not for free. I can not guarantee the outcome of any request submitted, as that is at FBs discretion. 

Facebook Page Name Change Request Form

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This option is not available to “Public Figures” and certain other categories. You must first change your category and hit save before it will appear. I used “Brands & Products – Products & Services” on both of mine to trigger it.  (You can change your category back afterwards). 

Please listen carefully: If your page is not 100% TOS compliant including no unsanctioned contests…. this is VERY high risk. Consider carefully if you want a Facebook staff member having a good long look at your page.

Also, recall that Business pages are only for fully owned brands and it does your business identification paperwork (Taxes, Trademark, LLC, Corp, etc).  Websites and business cards are not a valid source of documentation. Recall that we are not authorized to have a page in any name that we do not fully, legally own.

I am seeing about a 50% decline rate for this request form at this time. This is actually reasonably high as it means about 50% of those that are requesting the change are getting approval.  Facebook is mostly declining TOS violations and pages that have changed industry/niche. (Page displayed in example was denied on “confusion” reasons.)

How To Change Your Facebook Fan Page URL To Match Your New Name

Instructions and restrictions for how to change your Facebook Fan Page Vanity URL are here. Keep in mind that it can not be changed repeatedly (beyond once). Fortunately, unlike name changes, it is not tied to category and there is no country restrictions.  

 

Summary

This is an excellent opportunity for those that need it to make a much needed Facebook page name change.

If you feel this post may benefit others, I’d sincerely appreciate you sharing it via social bookmarking, Google, Facebook, Twitter or your favorite social site!

~ Kim ~
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436 comments
Sue Bride
Sue Bride

I recently changed my Fanpage URL and Name with no problems. The URL change was immediate but it took about 2 weeks (as originally advised) for Facebook to approve my name change.

I think they probably prefer my new Page name which is now my name and nickname instead of "Making Money Methods" :-)

I didn't think about them looking closely at the page for possible breaches but thankfully they obviously didn't find any.

My next step is to try and create a page using my old url so that I can divert anyone to my new one via a sticky post.

Andrew Goodman
Andrew Goodman

Hello Kim,

I have a fan page with almost 1100 likes. I am trying to change my fan page from my LLC's name to my registered DBA (aka tradename) of Goodman, Realtors. I have filled out the all of the info and supplied documentation supporting my company. However, whenever I submit a message of "We could not process your request. Please try again later." comes up. What do I do? This has been happening for a few days now.

Bibi Bytes
Bibi Bytes

I have 12000+ members on my Page and would like to change the name of the Page - please assist

Maha
Maha

Hi there , i want to change my page name , I wonder if you can help me with this , I will add you so u can change it cause I am not living in the US

Brandon
Brandon

Hey Kim, I have endlessly searched for an answer to this question and no one has helped yet I'm hoping you might know. I recently upgraded my business to an LLC and all I wanna do is add LLC to the end of my Facebook fanpage business name. I see thousands of companies who've done that but now Facebook has changed the rules and will not allow certain characters or incomplete words in the title. There has to be some way around that. I provide documentation for it and it still says the name does not fit the rules

Chetan Gupta
Chetan Gupta

Hey KIM

Thanks for sharing this post. Can you please explain me that How to change the username of Facebook Fan Page after saving anyone??? :(

Rohan
Rohan

Hey am facing the same problem as everybody am not able to change my page name i really need your help. looking forward for ur help.

please become my admin and change the name of my page please.

Antony Allen
Antony Allen

Hi Kim,

Thanks for your article - so good people take time out to help others.

I'm still trying to figure out why there is no name field under the Edit Page "Basic information" page. When I click 'Edit Page' there is a drop down option 'Update Public Info' which then I then click on to navigate to the Basic Info Page but there is no name field under the username field as per screenshots I've seen on posts covering this.

Any ideas?

Pinlovely
Pinlovely

Hey Kim, always thankful for the great content you share! I have an international page and I wasn’t able to find the name change request form. i have changed the name of the page after reading your article.

thank you

Raaz
Raaz

I have done all of you said - and it worked - now , i want to change my fb page name again <<

Oscar
Oscar

Quite an interesting article. My fanpage is now over 2000 fans, so I can't change the Name no more. Anyway, thanks for the information.

Luke Thomas
Luke Thomas

Hey Kim, Thanks for the help with the FB Timline Cover info. I'm glad I did not have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what size is the timeline Cover. I shared this information with my friends on Facebook as well :-)

Ahmed Tariq
Ahmed Tariq

Hello . I would like to say that I have 2k likes in my page and its already with Brands & Products option and I can not see the request title word.

I can only change the username of facebook url.

Damilare Bakare
Damilare Bakare

thanks for this article, i have been looking for this for a very long time, thanks very much

David
David

Hi Kim 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 but there is no name change link next the name, only the question mark

Fadi Bshara
Fadi Bshara

Dear Kim,

I'm in big trouble and i need you help, my job depends on it!

today by mistake, I have changed the username URL by mistake from one name to another. I need to change it back to the original name but Facebook only allows you to change once.

I have a marketing campaign kick off next week and all my material, print, tv,..etc driving to the original facebook page link that I changed today.

Is there a way we can contact Facebook and make an exception? I can provide whatever documentation/proofs needed...

Can you help me please please please?

Dan'Yelle
Dan'Yelle

Hello there. I am trying to change my facebook fan page, I understand that you have to have under 200 likes. I am just over that number. The problem with the name, it seems like the url is so long and there is an apostrophe in my name that I want to take out so it's less confusing for people. One more question, every time I copy paste my URL, example a link from my website I'm designing, you click on it but it goes to my administrative page...any tips on how to change that?

Thank you kindly!

~Dan'Yelle McNeely

Francisco
Francisco

Hello there Kim, really useful article, thanks!

What I need to do is really really simple... My band's fanpage name is "The Coffeehouse" we're over 4.000 likes now, but due to some marketing issues, we've decided to change our name to simply "Coffeehouse", without the "The" (Just like "the facebook" did before becoming huge! ;)

Please tell me that there's something I can do! I only need to eliminate the "The" before "Coffeehouse", that's all!

Thanks!

Trish
Trish

Hi,

First of all thanks. Great article!

But it doesn't seem to work for me. I changed my address to a US address and changed the category from music into business. But I don't get the form. Does it take Facebook a while to "send" it?

thx

btw the page is www.facebook.com/mesh.official. We simply want to get rid of the (UK) in the name as it effects our appearance on Itunes, YouTube etc.

Chris
Chris

Kim, your instructions are helpful, but it appears that facebook has changed their mind again on this as the form appears to no longer be available to change names (with more than 200 likes). I can't find it anywhere and all of the Facebook help states that it can ONLY be done for less than 200 likes.

Do you know if this has in fact changed? My wife is changing her business name (to her actual name) and would like to migrate her existing page, but it doesn't appear that that is possible anymore.....drat....

Monica
Monica

Hi Kim, could you please send me your fees to help me trying to change the name of my fanpage? I´m from Guatemala, Central America, and my page has around 1,900 fans... Thanks a lot!!

Suzanna E. Nelson
Suzanna E. Nelson

Dear Kim,

I really hope you can help me. I have a big page on FB dedicated to human rights but because of the size of the page I am not able to change name. I don't care if someone at FB sees all the contents of the page because it is a public page. I just need to change the name. I can not find the form that was mentioned above. The alternative is to start a new page which will late me years to build to where it is. Can you please help me?

Thank you.

Suzanna

phillip herbig
phillip herbig

i need to change my page name but i can't how can i change it?

Bis
Bis

I tried to follow your tutorial on the "OVER 200" fan page name-change, unfortunately I don't see the "Request Change" link next to the name field.

This is for a US page, legit business, has changed name once before. That is all.

Any help you can provide would be appreciated, please message the admin or email me.

https://www.facebook.com/BisAndMarty

damian
damian

can you help me with my fan page name change, i'm willing to pay you for it. please email me if your interested.

Garen
Garen

Wohoo Kim,

Talk about the timing! I have had my business for 4+ years and while under 100 fans as I finally did the FB page for Dead Dog Design Inc (this week). I changed my fanpage to my company name instead the million random numbers after Dead Dog Design. If only there person that owned deaddogdesign dot com didn't want me to pay him/her 1000 for the domain name!

nick catricala
nick catricala

Hey Kim,

I went along with yoru instructions and did a name chage... but I must say... I just did it to see if it works.. because I have no need to change the name...

I need to do something else and when I am ready will love to connect with you so you can do it for me :-0

Thanks so much as ALWAYS for all your support and for all you share with us all.

nickc

Tama
Tama

Halo Mr Kim,

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Tama. I am currently run a page over 200 likes. I really need to change the name of my page but I face a significant difficulty since my page admin is not USA based.

I kindly ask for your help to change my page name because it really affect my family business, we really depend on this name. Please help us Mr. Kim.

Thank you so much for your kind attention.

Best Regards,

Tama

Jan
Jan

Dear Kim, could you please help us? I am trying to rename our page www.facebook.com/Lenkerhof. The old page's name is Lenkerhof alpine resort and the new one ist Lenkerhof gourmet spa resort. Unfortunately we have more than 1100 likes. Is there any possibility that you can help us changing the name. My mail adress: j.stiller@lenkerhof.ch... please, please, please...

Nwosu Desmond
Nwosu Desmond

This is very helpful tutorial and I think I should change my Facebook fan page too.. I will change it to a newer and unique one..Thanks for the tutorial, its quire resourcesful.

Jason
Jason

I need to change my facebook name from LJAY PRODUCTIONS to LJAY Music can you help? I am in Australia

Andy McKell
Andy McKell

I have the FB account Andy McKell (with a capital K) but FB will not allow me to set up a fan page with my name correctly spelled. It forces me to use lowercase k (Andy Mckell Author Page), as my name includes "non-standard capitalisation". My family, many Celtic families and various governments have lived with this cpaitalisation method for centuries...

The point is that my name is McKell not Mckell and there is no point in having a fan page with the name incorrectly spelled.

Is there any way around this?

Thanks for any help.

Rio
Rio

i tried but i can't fix that problem . my fb fan page have 300 likes bt i can change my face book fan page name face book telling me " This editing option is only available if fewer than 200 people like your page. More information can be found " this my new automobile site

Rio
Rio

i tried but i can't fix that problem . my fb fan page have 300 likes bt i can change my face book fan page name face book telling me " This editing option is only available if fewer than 200 people like your page. More information can be found " this my new automobile site kingautomobile.blogspot.com/ .

Mantas J.
Mantas J.

Hello, i just looked at your topic, and i want to ask, maybe you can help me to change my page name? And how much it could cost for me?

Best regards,

Mantas

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Unfortunately I don't have good news for you. It's very unlikely you'll get that approved. Most of the ones using it are using it from a time before several new restrictions went in place. The one in particular that is nailing you is that you can not have any word (even if it's an acronym) in all capital letters. Thus, LLC is not possible because it's three capitals. Yes, I'm aware that this is a highly stupid rule. If you can get to the email stage of the name change, you MIGHT be able to prove (if you have the proof) that your business license is ONLY valid with LLC attached "because" without the LLC there is a potential trademark issue. Sometimes getting FB a little fussy about avoiding trademark issues is useful but don't make the claim if it's false as they DO have lawyers on staff.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Yeah you can you just have to go the long way around.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Hey Fadi, unfortunately, you only get 1 token to "originally" set the vanity url and 1 token to change the vanity url. Once those are spent there is no way around it that is "friendly". The non user friendly answer is that you could create a new page, with the old URL, as soon as the old URL becomes available and you get 25 fans on it so you can get a URL... and then perform a merger of the 2 pages. That would wind up moving the fans from the current page to the new page. All existing CONTENT would be lost in the merger.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Changing your address does not make you eligible for USA only tools. If you are connecting to the website via an IP address that is non-USA based, and if you haven't been on a USA IP address for a while, you are not going to be able to get to those tools. Sorry :(

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Did you adjust for both the category restriction and the country restrictions I noted?

Kim

Ahmed Tariq
Ahmed Tariq

Thanks. Im so sorry for being such retarded with you with my questions. And, Im really wasting your time.

My apologize and keep going.

:)

Suzanna E. Nelson
Suzanna E. Nelson

Thank you so much, Kim. I am moving back to NYC soon. I will try to change the name then. Have a great weekend.

Suzanna

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