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

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Facebook LogoHow To Change Your
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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  1. says

    Hey Kim, you are really on top of this news. I’d love to take advantage of this feature for a page I’m doing at work but it’s so new I’m certain it doesn’t qualify. Thanks so much for sharing this and giving us all the scoop! You’re the best.

    • says

      Hey Ileane, I may have worded it poorly but the newer the page is the more flexibility it appears to have. Any page under 100 fans has access and new/young pages appear to sometimes change even with a few more fans than that. You should be able to do this! Let me know how it goes and give me a shout if you have questions girlfriend!
      Kimberly

    • says

      I’m doing a Facebook page for a company and got frustrated when I couldn’t change it. I wonder why it’s not changeable. I mean it is your page after all. Or do you two think it’s for security reasons. That’s why all the fuss?

      Imagine you have a page of a 100k and someone steals your page and changed the name. That would be devastating!

  2. says

    Hey Kim, thank you for bringing this up!
    I was waiting for this future a year ago :(, now I don’t need it because I already deleted my fan page and redone it. And since then I have 600% more fans.
    I would love the possibility to change my profile url, because I have my profile from a time I was playing online games a lot and now I don’t really like the username Silentstalker(imaginary, I don’t want to give my real username :P ), well I think your really do have to pay for the mistakes you did in your youth.

    • says

      Hey Alex, this made me grin because I was an avid City of Heroes/City of Villain’s gamer so I *totally* know where you’re coming from! I too had a page almost a year ago that I deleted and is now long past the point of being eligible. Thanks Alex!
      Kimberly

  3. says

    Great post. You are the only one I have heard talking about this. I have wanted to change the name of my page for some time, but didn’t want to start over. Thanks for the heads up. I just changed the name of my page.

  4. says

    Kimberly
    As always I appreciate your tutorial! The question is, should I change the name of my page? Right now it’s “lindagraceonline.com” I’m wondering if I should change it to Linda Grace Cox or Linda G. Cox~ what do you think?
    Linda

  5. says

    I don’t have to change Name, I guess it is fine for now. Later if I wished ever, I won’t be able because till then the number of fans will be more than 100. What an irony! But I guess the name for my page seommotips is fine.

    I was suprised to see my fan page started to appear like my profile page. I noticed ‘seommotips only’, ‘seommotips+others’ and ‘others only’ buttons at the top and I wonder where they’ve gone now and why? Any idea please?

  6. Mark Phelan says

    Hi Kim,

    The issue I have is fan pages based on sponsored names, so when the sponsors change you want to change the name of the fan site. for example a cycling team called Nike Garmin Professional Cycling Team, looses Nike but picks up Addidas, so the new name is Addidas Garmin Professional Cycling Team. With professional sport you see it all the time, Cycling Teams change names yearly if their sponsor changes. Why bother to use Facebook Fan pages if you are not able to change the name as sponsors change? Problem!

    Mark

  7. says

    Thanks so much for posting a link to your page from Mari’s facebook page. I’ve been trying to figure out why some of my pages have that box and other’s don’t.. Now I’m still frustrated I can’t change the names of my older more established pages but at least I know WHY!… lol thanks

  8. says

    I’ve been using facebook for a really long time. I’ve used it since the start, and I must admit that I’ve been insanely inspired by Mark Zuckenberg.

    Facebook grows each and every day. And I don’t think it will stop in the near future. Facebook, just like Google, keeps getting bigger and bigger. And as of now, I see no signs of the company dying. And if it does — it sure will be remembered.

    Anyways. I own a so-called facebook page which — without me wanting it to — became really, really big. I created the page just to try it out. It then automatically got published in my feed. Then my friends took a look at it.

    Then the power of social media took place, so to say. The page spread like the so-called swine flu. And as of today, I’ve got like, 200K people liking that page.

    Totally unexpected, but rather fun. However, I now want to change the name of the facebook page as I just named it in an unserious manner thinking it would not become as big as it became. What do I do?

    I’m not that technical, so to say. I personally believe that I know lots of WordPress-related stuff, but in comparison to others I most probably don’t.

    So help me out, would ya? :)

    /Jonas.

  9. Ralf Hollmann says

    Hi Kim – on the subject of name changes – our IT person recently updated our business FB page address and upon hitting ‘save’ the address (the name of a mall) became the new page name. Is this a glitch you have heard of? It would not have been possible to change our name as we are currently over 14,000 fans. Thanks for any insight.

    • says

      Hey Ralf, hmmm… well… that is a really fascinating “bug”. That would be a feature but it would also be exploitable for all the reasons Facebook has prevented it till now. It’s really cool it worked for you if it worked in your favor. I’m curious if it is changeable back for you or if it is now locked. I’d love some more information on your situation.
      Kim

  10. Saidur Mamun Khan says

    I think facebook should introduce the feature where we can change the page name even if we have thousands of fan. If we can change a website title, why can’t we change a fan page? Also, sometimes business organizations change their name due to legal issues, and then they need to create a whole new page to continue with the new name.. and that is ridiculous!

    • says

      Hey Abejith, I’m not sure we’ll ever see that. It would be much too easy to abuse fans that way. Set up an easy to like “I love brownies” page… run it to 100k fans and then change it to something really really bad… and it would look like all your fans liked that bad thing. Until there is a way to prevent that, we’re not going to see big page name changes unfortunately.
      Kim

      • says

        hey,you are right.!
        i never thought of it!
        looks like i have a tough time regaining my fans. :-/
        Do u know any ways to regain my old fans to new page easily rather than mailing them?

  11. says

    Hello Kim:

    I followed your directions for changing our Facebook fan page from ChattPlus to Chatt.Com. Looks like we are half way there!
    Now the fan page page displays Chatt.Com but when trying to access the page using Facebook.com/Chatt.Com visitors receive a “This content is currently unavailable” message.
    What do you think?
    Thanks
    Greg

    • says

      Greg the URL portion is known as a “vanity URL” and it does not change when the title of the page is changed. So the fact that you changed the page title from ChattPlus to ChattPlus.com does not give you that as a URL (It actually would never give you the .com as that would be an incorrect structure for a url to have 2 .coms like that). If you have already set a vanity URL for the page, it is not changeable, which is a constant thorn in the side of many page owners.
      Kim

      • says

        I appreciate your quick response and look forward to learning more from your newsletters! You really know your stuff and I’m way behind the learning curve on social media.
        Thank Again!
        Greg

  12. baotri says

    hi Kim, i tried to change the name of fanpage many times but still not working.
    I don’t know why?
    Any suggestions??
    Thanks & BR

  13. says

    I am a business owner and I have 1500 + fans on my fanpage. But I just found out that my trademark didn’t go through. So, It would be really nice if I could change the name and not loose all those fans and start over. I feel that facebook should have a department where you can show the prove of something like this and that they will lift it for you to change the a name. I understand there point, but they also need to look at the business side as well.

  14. says

    Hi, thanks for the instructions. I tried to change the name of my Fan Page. I could type in a new name on the “Edit Page” page, but the new name would not save. Any ideas of a way around this. It’s a fairly new page with on 5 fans.

  15. says

    All I want to do is capitalize a letter on my page name, I don’t even want to change it and it still won’t let me do that. When my wife created the page she forgot to capitalize the letter E in entertainment…..this is ridiculous that you can not do something as simple as this…..does anyone know if FB is doing anything about this problem?

  16. says

    Hey dear , i have more than 100+ fan in my facebook fan page
    its near about 6743 approx, how can i change the name of page.

    please help me

    with regards :
    vikas sharma

      • says

        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.

  17. says

    Hey Kim,
    Thank you for being such a fantastic resource. You are always on top of the changes. Love that! I have two questions:

    1. You mentioned TOS for fan pages (no modifiers, etc.) Do you happen to have the link to those?

    2. Are you able to access link to the form to request name change? I’m getting a blank page now when I click it:
    https://www.facebook.com/help/contact_us.php?id=262629790471076

    Thanks again. Please let me know how I can support you too.

  18. Joe says

    Hi Kim.

    I still can’t seem to access the Facebook business name change request form.
    Every link to the page comes up blank.

    Any idea why this could be? I live in the UK if that makes any difference?.

    Thanks for your help.

    Joe

  19. Joe says

    Just to add to previous post. When I follow instructions to change the name I still get the ‘its is not currently possible to edit the name of a page’ message shown at the top of this article

    Thanks.
    Joe.

  20. says

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for the info. I have a couple of questions:
    1) The “Request a change” form link is not working for me. I did go to Manage–>Edit page–>Basic Information–>Name: Request change. Is this the form you mentioned?
    2) I submitted my request and received an e-mail from info+b1dw7wy.aea42flege@support.facebook.com that said “We may be able to assist you with this request. In order to update your Page name, please make sure to provide documentation showing your new business name as well as its address. An example of this is a utility or phone bill.”

    Is this a legitimate Facebook support e-mail address? Am I supposed to submit documentation by return e-mail?

    Hope you can help! Thanks.

  21. says

    I think you are right Kim about FB being flooded with requests via that form link . It has been unavailable since 3rd April for me! Pity… that said not really sure why as it was all self implemented no real need for FB to have felt the strain! Hope it comes back :)

  22. says

    KIM! The link is not available! i’ve been dying for this to happen for about 2 years now. Please please please personally email when you know it’s back up! Thank you!

  23. Ramasamy Ilangovan says

    The facebook fan page of my blog has the name ‘Raising Sport’ now but I changed the name of the blog to ‘Raising Sports’ but I couldn’t change fan page name due to the reason that its possible only for pages with <100 likes. :-(

  24. says

    Now facebook has changed its name change policies fans page. If the first limit to 100 members now increased to 200 members. Let the best fans immediately change the name of your page before it goes beyond.

    • says

      Yes – when you visit your page, in the uppermost right hand corner there is a very small dropdown arrow. That will open a dropdown and the first set of options is the names of all your pages. They have a secondary scrollbar that is hidden until you hover over them if you have lots. Simply select your page name from there and it will put you into “using Facebook as Page(name)” mode.
      Kim

  25. tarun says

    thanks for help.. but change the Page name is only available to pages with less than 200 Likes…

  26. says

    KIM QUICK QUESTION , ive been following this post for the past month and a half….finally the request form is back up, so i hurried and jumped on this….

    i am a artist, so i switched my group to brand / product like you said too.

    My current facebook name is : Hard Target Official Facebook
    My desired facebook name is: Hard Target

    just dropping the “Official Facebook” so i went with “misspelled” for reason on changing…..they didnt ask for documentation, so i didnt give any.

    Can i change my page back to a Artist / Musician after the change of my name is made?

    • says

      Hey Ryan, your page was obviously created before they put in a filter preventing people from using the word “Facebook” in a page name, so I have no doubt they’ll approve this request.

      Yes, once the name change is done, then the category will go back just the way you changed it. That doesn’t get affected here. We’ve done this with clients so far successfully. I mean there is always the possibility of FB breaking something but so far this has worked well and I don’t anticipate you’ll have any issues. Hope that helps!
      Kim

      PS: Please keep me posted on the status of your request as I’m trying to keep track of approval/rejection rates :)

      • says

        first off, your fast reply, is just awesome, so thank you for that, and FOR SURE ill give you the status on my request, just for your help thus far…..

        THANX again, i had a friend make the page almost 2 years ago, and my personal page was titled Hard Target so he thought it would be a good idea to add the “OFFICIAL FB” but its cause my nothing but headache with ppl searching for me on facebook.

  27. Steve Vernon says

    As always, Kim, the fact that you keep up so extremely well with all this stuff and are willing to so generously with us mere mortals is greatly appreciated! :-) The timing on this particular post is perfect, as Theuns and I have decided to rename the game project we’ve been working on and revert to its originally conceived name — Bridge to Success. Our overall project has expanded far beyond just the game will remain under the same name as it is now, but the current name is focused on the game itself. We just have to decide which way to go on this, and do it quickly before we hit that 200 mark. Thanks for keeping us informed!

  28. says

    Thanks for this information, Kim. You are the go-t0 gal for all things social media. Hopefully I’m settled on my pages, but it’s good to know if I start another one. I have tried to change a name once, and couldn’t get it done.

    All the best,
    Leslie

  29. says

    I understand why FB would not be very happy to change a fan page name especially if there are a lot of fans. Changing your name is a big decision and can change a brand depending on how the biz owner words the new name.

    I had contemplated the fact that my fan page probably should be Blondish.net instead of Nile Flores, but I have made both on a level that are interchangeable without problem. Now, a couple years back…this probably would have definitely been something I would have changed… but it is no longer necessary.

    Thank you for explaining this process. :D

  30. says

    Kim, under EDIT PAGE > BASIC INFORMATION, there is no “Name” field below “Username”.

    My page is under 100 Likes. I should supposedly be able to change the name a second time?

    • says

      Hey Joao, without seeing a screenshot of what you’re seeing I can’t be sure. Please take a screenshot of what you are seeing and upload it and share the link with me directly to the image. I’m uncertain if you have something different going on or what.
      Kim

  31. says

    Hey Kim,
    watched and listened to you many times but did not know how to get here, leave a comment and let you know that I am learning so much from your informations… hope you continue and I can catch up with you to learn haha :-)
    thanks so much for all what you do

  32. says

    Thanks for the great post Kim! It irritates me that it’s so hard to change page names, and also that you can’t change the URL of a personal page more than once!

  33. says

    Hi Kim – When I try to change the name of my fan page (which has over 200 likes), all I see is the name of the page with a question mark to the right of it, which links to the Facebook help page. I don’t see the “Request Change” option.

    Is there another way to change the name of the page?

    Thanks!

  34. says

    Hello Kim…

    This has been an issue for a while hasn’t it and is similar with Google Places too. There seem to have been little thought given to changes in business names by either platform. Hopefully things are look up now with both of them. Thnaks Kim

  35. says

    I am so glad you have posted this process step by step. I have to work on it. Thanks so much for this great information and keeping us updated with the latest.

  36. says

    Hi Kim, I didn’t know that we can change the name of a fanpage and I couldn’t expect that you can ask facebook to do this change, thanks for sharing I always learn something new when I visit your blog….

  37. Kevin says

    hey kim,
    thanks for this post. i searched a long time ago to change a page name for my client. after this i find your post including the link to the online form to request a change of my page name. but nothing going on here…
    now i find your blog entry with this update. but after this i don’t find this option. i have changed the category as the same as yours but nothing appears. after this i googled and find another info about changing page name. it will be appear in the “helps” drop down menu on administration panel. also – nothing here :(
    do you know if this option is only available in the usa and other countries, but not in germany? :(
    sorry for some misspells or something like this ;)

    • says

      Kevin, it would appear that a handful of people are noting they too are not getting the option (even after setting the category correctly). Apparently there is some other factor that I’m not yet aware of – and it could be non-US countries. However, I’m seeing some english-speaking pages have the same issue, but I have not established everyone’s country of origin yet. I think we may also see that “Places pages” (those taggable as a location) may also not be getting this option. I am doing my best to sort this out (Facebook tells me nothing of course, and their help docs are all out of date), so I appreciate you letting me know about your page.
      Kim

  38. Jack Sander says

    Changing the name of the Facebook fan-page can have a great impact on our brand, but there are cases when a dramatic shift is needed. Thank you for clearing out the process in this step by step tutorial.

  39. says

    I forgot to add that I am looking forward to new guides like this about things that have a great impact on our work in the online environment.

  40. Adrian Lutz says

    Hey Kim
    First of all, great Blog, with even greater posts. I just read on this one, that since May 5th, I am, under some circumstances, allowed to change my Name of the Fanpage, even though I have over 200 Fans. I followed your instructions step-by-step, but actually do not get the “Request Change” – Button in my Options. I added a photo to make it more clear to you.
    I hope, you can help me. Thank You!
    http://imgur.com/JcuGB

    • says

      Andrian, unfortunately it’s looking like there is a number of circumstances where the desired behavior is just not happening. I’m monitoring screenshots and trying to sort out what the common denominator is in all of this. I had thought it might be an issue with pages that are actually “Places” style pages (and taggable as a place one can be at using location tagging)… but your page most likely is not, so I’m afraid I’m stumped.
      Kim

      • Adrian Lutz says

        Hey Kim – I just read, that it could be because of the the country of origin of my page?
        I live in Switzerland. Do you, by chance, know if this could be one of the problems?
        Adrian

  41. says

    this process step by step process has really helped, i think that changing your name is a big move and could affect your brand depending on how the biz owner words the new name.

  42. says

    Kim,

    Before I found this article I just created another Like Page. It only took me a matter of minutes and more friendly now from the other three.

    I love your easy to follow instructions and it look just like the screens now. Others have made attempts without getting all the steps included and it causes problems.

    I know there must be a cutoff on how many times during the year one can change the name of this page? I believe if not there should be.

    I took a good look at one of my main pages. I have so many with groups I created for coaching and other business related stuff. I love how they are all linked to my personal. account. I can sign in with either one and go to the other quickly.

    Kim, your great insight on this topic has saved me time in the future. I have next month a huge project I have been designing for eight months now and this is going to make it easy. I have one page that I can just change the picture and name.

    I like this information based on it is usable and will continue for a very long time or until policies change.

    • says

      Hey William, that’s a great question! For those capable of using the built in name change box (meaning they are under 200 fans) there does not appear to be any sort of limit. The box is either available (under 200) or not (over 200). However, for the manual system, where you have to file documentation, the change is once “ever”. Their blurb in the first email you get back (and the final email) both mention that this can neither be reversed or changed again. That is a great way to prevent abuse while still allowing a business one “get out of stuck” card to work with in the event of a legal business name change (or in a woman’s case, of marriage resulting in a name change). Hope that makes sense!
      Kim

  43. Kathryn says

    I have been looking for this information so I can already change the name of the fan page I made. Thank you very much for sharing this post. Is it also possible to change your name in facebook?

  44. says

    Great mark. I jazz heard talking around this. I someone craved to modify the name of my page for both example, but didn’t necessary to signaling over. Thanks for the heads up. I honorably varied the name of my page.

  45. Anne Shanelle says

    Thank you so much for sharing this info! I didn’t really know how to change a fan page name until I saw this post. Can you change your fan page name several times using this method?

    • says

      Anne, you can only change the name once ever if you use the manual request. It’s a final and permanent change. However, if you are under 200 fans, and able to use the automatic tool, I am relatively certain you can change it repeatedly until you exceed the fan number.
      Kim

  46. says

    Hi Kim,
    I first time visited your website and it has tons of useful information. At present, I am not going to change facebook fan page name but if I need to do so in future then your post will help me. You explained very clearly with the help of screen shots and that makes me so easy to understand .

  47. says

    Hi KIm,
    My Facebook fan page name is currently “raisedbythewolves.blogspot.com”
    I no longer use the Blogspot as I have purchased a domain and registered my Australian Business name. I was hoping to change it to Raised by the Wolves.

    Any tips before I submit request ?

    • says

      Sarah, you need to go through the request process. Your page name was not actually compliant to start with. Now that you have secured business documentation in the appropriate name and are bringing them to match, you most likely will have no trouble getting manual approval!
      Kim

  48. Jenny says

    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..

  49. Martin says

    Complicated how the facebook API.
    I have the box I like my site. For example on this page
    http://www.verfotosde.org/argentina/imagenes-de-Donado-4536.html
    it turns out that when I opened the page and did not know he was going, I got this title “Etiquetas para que funcione me gusta” do not know where it came.
    Now I want to change the title to Fotos del mundo and do not see how. I know from the 100 I like it is not possible and you have to open another page
    I tried to open another page and delete the current (in the instructions say it takes 14 days to remove it. But even though I put the id of the new page, still leaving the old page with the title wrong.
    ¿I can switch to the new page without deleting the old one? What code would you wear?
    I note that the page is related to the applications but do not know how it works.

  50. says

    This is great; few months ago I was helping a friend to create a Facebook Page and and few weeks later after it was up, she decided she wanted to change the name. Of course we did not do it, because we did not want to delete it and start all over. Now we know it can be done, for our future similar situations. Thanks Kim, you are the best.

  51. Jaye says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS INFORMATION!!!
    I was looking for this regularly and almost started over with a new page. What a lifesaver!

  52. Mark Robbins says

    I actually have no reasons to change my FB page name I could use some of these perhaps in the future. But to avoid such technicalities, make up your mind. Does thi really happen a lot anyway?

    Thanks for the info! – Mark

    • says

      Mark, the definition of “a lot” is kinda hazy. I think it happens enough to be justified. Every day, in the offline world, many businesses change their business name. Sometimes through being sold, sometimes through mergers, and sometimes just to stay relevant in the industry. It’s not something that “never happens” so there is a real case use for it even among stable, economically feasible businesses.
      Kim

  53. says

    Hi Kim, great idea to describe this for everyone who has a business page. My page name is in mine and my husband’s name, and I made a request to change it to my own name plus a couple of other words describing my niche. And, it was denied under the grounds of being “confusing” to people who liked the page.

    So, I’ve asked if I can change to “just my name”, will let you know how it goes, only asked today.

    Regards from Julieanne

    • says

      Hey Julieanne, keep me posted! However, descriptor words are a violation of the TOS naming policy so would not have been approved regardless. I’m curious to see if they will allow you to “split” from your husband LOL… my advise is to be incredibly gracious and understanding with the person that you replied too. That approach worked for me, by working from a standpoint of understanding them and just purley asking for their suggestion on what else I might do.

      • says

        It worked Kim! I looked at my Facebook page today (before checking my email from Facebook support) and my Facebook page name is now “Julieanne van Zyl”. I didn’t send in a driver’s license or anything, just a nice request. Now, to update for my new niche!

    • says

      Hey Julieanne, keep me posted! However, descriptor words are a violation of the TOS naming policy so would not have been approved regardless. I’m curious to see if they will allow you to “split” from your husband LOL… my advise is to be incredibly gracious and understanding with the person that you replied too. That approach worked for me, by working from a standpoint of understanding them and just purely asking for their suggestion on what else I might do.

    • says

      Thanks Derek, glad it helped you out. I try to keep this post updated as Facebook changes (which is sometimes an insane task!) Have a great day and good luck on your renaming!
      Kim

    • says

      Basti, use the second option, listed above, for large pages (those that are over 200 fans). I do know that some international pages do not yet have this option but they likely all will in the near future.
      Kim

  54. Robert says

    That’s a fine tutorial. The screenshot leaves no room for error. Facebook isn’t set out very well, in my opinion, so something like this helps a good deal.

  55. says

    The name change is a real nightmare for several people I’ve spoken with recently.

    I didn’t really know the best approach they ought to take, so this has been really helpful, Kim.

    I know that most of the folks I’ve worked with are certainly not about to request the change. TOS has been an issue for more than a few of them, even without inviting the Big Bro Board of Supervisors.

    So, nice to DIY, but the vast majority of the people I’ve been working with certainly are overlimit on the DIY restrictions. So, I guess they’ll be staying put. Thanks for clarifying the 2 options.

  56. says

    Hi Kim, for some reason, when I follow the directions for the do-it-yourself method, the change just does not go through. Is it a Facebook glitch of some sort? And if so, why do I not see anyone else talking about this? My page only has 25 fans, so it should be changeable and only using the 1st method.

    Basically, what happens when I change the name of the page and hit “Submit” is this: http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/2051/facebookscreenshot.jpg

    I have posted about this in the Facebook help forum, with no responses. Thanks for your help!

  57. says

    The vanity URL is a pretty big deal to me. From different business re-works we’ve done for our businesses, I don’t think we’d consider changing our name if the URL wouldn’t change too. I guess it probably makes sense from FB’s perspective, but from a business owner’s perspective, that can be kind of annoying.

  58. says

    This will surely help a lot of people creating Facebook page! Thread with caution for your fan page might be blocked of TOS problems!

  59. Divas Chitkara says

    A big thanks to you. I was searching exactly for this. I have an FB page with 556 likes and wanted to change its name. Looks like I can do it now.

  60. Michael says

    I probably already know the answer to this, but wanted to verify it before going ahead with a name change. I admin a fan page for a local actor’s character who just recently appeared in an original show. When we created the fan page, we created it for the show itself (ex: “FirstName LastName in ShowName”), but now we’re thinking we want to change the page’s name to just the character (ex: “The Official FirstName LastName Fan Page”) as a catch-all for any and all future projects.

    I assume I can use the automatic method as we’re currently under 200 likes, but my question is this: We do NOT have a vanity URL, so does the URL of the page change with the name change… and if so, what happens to all the links we’ve posted previously under the old name – do they become dead links?

    Thanks!
    Michael

  61. says

    Hi Kim,
    I read first post on this topic and I think, many of us found it useful. Sometimes we need to change our facebook fan page name and your post is an excellent guide for this. After reading your post, it looks so simple to change the FB fan page name. Thanks for sharing your information with us.

  62. Alecia says

    im slightly confused,,

    I’m An associate producer for an independent film, and we had a temporary name.
    Now that we’re ready to change it, we have over 200 fans.

    “Please listen carefully: If your page is not 100% TOS compliant including no modifiers, descriptive words, etc in the existing page name and 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.”

    by high risk, do you mean if they see we’ve changed our category to brands and products, but we’re not, they will delete our page? also, could we change our name if i got people to unlike, then like again after i’ve changed it?

    please get back to me, we’re in a bit of a pickle.

  63. says

    I was searching the way for changing my Facebook fan page name and i came to know that now it is impossible as my fans has already crossed over 200. Any thanks for this good and helpful post.

  64. says

    Your support is always welcome Kim… I wish I could follow it up as easy as you share it… but some how my I am a little tech shy :-) and need more help…

    Anyway… will keep reading and do what I can… soon will be able to follow through all your supporting insights.

    Thanks so much for your endless giving.
    nick

  65. Born27 says

    Great post Kim! providing us this useful information on how to change our Facebook fan page name is really a big help. I will surely follow all the advice that you’ve shared with us here. Thanks!

  66. Shahar says

    Hi Kim,
    Thanks for the info. It’s a great find, been trying to find a solution for a long time. We have a typo on the page name of one of the pages I admin. It’s a pretty famous band in the country I live in. I tried the method you suggested, however, changing the categories as you suggested didn’t bring on the option of “request change”. Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance!

    • says

      Shahar, many other commentors here in the comment area are indicating that some international pages are having issues. I would hang tight and assume you will have this feature soon. I apologize that I was not aware of this being an issue originally.
      Kim

  67. Derin says

    Hii..
    for chang after 200 likes, i did all step, but it is do not give me request change? please help me i do what?

    • says

      Derin, many other commentors, if you’re read the other comments, have noted that the feature seems to be missing on international non-USA pages. I would assume you will have access to this feature soon. Sorry I don’t have any further info.
      Kim

  68. says

    Wow! That’s exactly what I was looking for! I had been searching for a tutorial to set up my facebook for pages for a while, when I came to your blog. Thanks for the useful information!

  69. says

    Thank you Kim for this amazing explanation.

    I tried using this on one of my business pages, using option 2. But despite that I changed the category to product and services like you instructed, there was no option to submit a name change contact form.

    Its an international page in arabic. I wonder if thats the reason. Do you have any info regarding this?

    • says

      Ahmed, many other commentors here in the comment area are indicating that some international pages are having issues. I would hang tight and assume you will have this feature soon. I apologize that I was not aware of this being an issue originally.
      Kim

  70. Michael says

    (note: for some reason, my post from 5/27 is just sitting there with a line that says “Your comment is awaiting moderation”, but comments posted after me are getting posted and responded to, so I wonder if there’s a glitch somewhere? In any event, I’m reposting:)

    I probably already know the answer to this, but wanted to verify it before going ahead with a name change. I admin a fan page for a local actor’s character who just recently appeared in an original show. When we created the fan page, we created it for the show itself (ex: “FirstName LastName in ShowName”), but now we’re thinking we want to change the page’s name to just the character (ex: “The Official FirstName LastName Fan Page”) as a catch-all for any and all future projects.
    I assume I can use the automatic method as we’re currently under 200 likes, but my question is this: We do NOT have a vanity URL, so does the URL of the page change with the name change… and if so, what happens to all the links we’ve posted previously under the old name – do they become dead links?

    Thanks!
    Michael

    • says

      Hey Michael, I don’t have a perfectly foolproof answer for you. You are assuming correctly. However, if you set the vanity URL first… then change the page name… the old URL may become locked to the vanity URL keeping it working. Its very likely however that the old links will break but I would certainly try to do it in this directly (setting vanity before changing the URL) to see if it will cause it to stick. I don’t know what it will but would be worth the shot. Hope that helps.
      Kim

      • Michael says

        Hi Kim – I did as you suggested and it worked. I created the vanity URL first and none of the links broke – they all redirected to the same page. Huzzah!

        New problem however: when I try now to change the name of the actual page, I keep getting an error saying “Our automated system will not allow that name.” The page only has 107 fans, so I can’t understand why it won’t change. Have you run into or heard about this issue? Many thanks again!

        Michael

  71. says

    Kim, you share a very informative post here. I was looking for something like this. This post really helpful for me. Now it is easy to change Facebook fan page name.

  72. says

    Thank you Kim for this providing us this great information. It was really very helpful. I do use facebook and this information would help us in changing the facebook fan age name. I must say that I really find this post quite interesting and informative at the same time. Thanks for the share!!

  73. says

    That’s an interesting though and would be quite a business opportunity, selling fan pages once they’ve accumulated enough Likes. I know there are people that sell “Tweets” and base the price on how many followers they have, but I guess a fan page is entirely different.

  74. says

    Whew! Glad to hear. I need to change the name of my page, and didn’t realize I’d have to submit a form (it has >350 or so followers). Has anyone been shot down for a change request? I assume it’s just to verify compliance, etc. and I’m probably being paranoid in wondering. Thanks again!

  75. says

    Aw, I can’t tell you how excited I was to read this post. I started my business in 2008 with a facebook page and about 2 years later, someone started a business with an almost identical name in the same product category. I had never trademarked my name as I thought (like in US) as I was first to use, I would have some protection. The laws are very different here in France. I ended up changing my name because clients were confused (visiting the other store with sub-standard products, thinking it was mine ) I started a new page about 4 months ago and have not even managed to break the 700 fans # (despite having close to 4000 on the old one). :( I have been waiting FOREVER to have the option to change my name. Just checked and cannot submit a name change. Guess this is like the other international users. Fingers crossed facebook will roll this feature out internationally soon!

  76. says

    I was just having this problem and did a search and found your page. I figured changing something like your name would be easier; I’m sure glad I found your article to make the transition.

  77. says

    I have shared your information and has been extremely helpful to some of my business partners. As you have mentioned several times FB keeps changing and we just have to keep up to date with it. In order to take advantage of it, training is essential. Thanks because your blog is always informational and practical just like this one.

  78. Ashleen Moreen says

    Great tips ahead. I had the same issue also on how to change a facebook fan page, I was not able to change my name in my fan page before and it is quite annoying for me. Thanks for sharing on how to change it!

  79. says

    I am beyond excited to have found this article! When I first opened my Facebook Page, I addressed it LoriTheAuthor (www.facebook.com/LoriTheAuthor), but I named it Momnesia (the title of my most recent novel).

    My plan had been to change the page name for each new novel, and use LoriTheAuthor in-between. (Because at the time, the “change the name” link was still “live.”) You can imagine how horrified I was when I exceeded 200 likes and found that I could never change it!

    I submitted my request for a change and haven’t heard back yet, but I am so grateful to you for posting this information. Thank you!

  80. nick says

    Hey Kim, as ususl you have so much information that I need time to digest.. (ok, is not the amount of info, it me who is just learning all this..:-)

    Love to thank you so much for all what you share here… I have learned so much already… but look forward for ore..

    Thanks again

  81. says

    Hey kim thanks for the update , but i guess its useless because i am looking to actually change my Facebook page name , not the url , i made a fan page 2years back and totally named it keyword filled rather than my business name .

    Now i have 4000 fans in it , but i wonder if some of them know my website or not. I have added a url to help them out.

  82. says

    Kim, You always deliver. I marvel at how you keep us informed of all the changes in Facebook. You must have an inside line to the top! This is so valuable as things change in our business quite often and so does our focus at times. So naturally we may want to make some changes to our FB like/fan page.
    Thanks a bunch! You are much appreciated for you hard work.
    Lynn

  83. says

    Facebook still has a long way to go for me before it becomes something I will be using for my business every day but it is slowly improving. If it continues to listen to certain types of feedback and change accordingly, we may be onto a winner. If only their advertising was cheaper. : (

  84. says

    Kim: I’m so very thrilled to let you know that thanks to this article, I was able to apply for a one time change and get my page name changed so it’s correct. Thanks so much for this great info! –Lori (www.facebook.com/LoriTheAuthor)

  85. says

    Wow, as I have under 200 fans on my fb fan page I didn’t know you couldn’t change the name anytime you want. It does make sense though, I just didn’t know. Thanks for sharing the info.

  86. says

    Hey Kim,
    I know you may not read this comment.. so many to read and so much to do.. but if you happen to come here.. know that I really appreciate your doing…. your training is a little advanced for me… but after listening a few times I get it… I already made some changes, thanks to your suggestions.

    Hope soon I can grasp what you teach much faster ::-)

  87. says

    it’s not working for me…
    even changed my category like you suggested.
    but there’s no ‘request change’-button.
    what am i doing wrong? different countries – different rules?
    please give feedback, thanks!

  88. chie says

    Hey Kim, was there an FB update after your update? I tried to do what you said but I really can’t change anymore. Got over 5k fans :(

    • says

      Hey Chie, if you have read through the comments on this post you might notice that many international page owners are having trouble as well. It appears that this option is not yet available to all outside of the US. I would assume it is coming soon.
      Kim

  89. says

    Hi Kim Its always good to have available resources rather if we need to use them now or not. What might not be for you now might be good for someone else later. Thanks for keeping us inform.

  90. says

    Kimberly,

    Very useful article. I am truly amazed that you can learn and know so much about Social Media, such as Facebook, but remain a leader in WordPress website and blog development, as well.

    I love all your blog posts and this one gets pasted directly onto my FB business page right after I hit the Submit button!

    ~ Jupiter Jim

  91. says

    This is super information Kim! Before this was instilled, I had numerous questions and concerns over typos and other issues related to a business name. It is nice to see that FB is finally doing something proactive for the business person.

  92. says

    Thanks for showing how to change and update fan page in facebook. I really need that kind of productive tips but don’t understand why facebook need 200 fans. Thank you very much as now I can change the name or change my fan page. Can you please tell more on this topic in near future?

  93. Anna says

    Hey..Kim
    I really need this tips for my fan page.Thanks for share this information with us.This is super information.

  94. says

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks very much for taking the time to write this guide, the options within my Face book account don’t seem quite so daunting now :)

  95. says

    Hey Kim, you are out of this world… your trainings, hints, explanations and your actions are amazingly great… I am learning a lot form you… to bad I cannot follow you as closely since I am a little behind with new tech stuff… but with your help, I tend to get the info much faster… thanksso much once again.

  96. says

    Yes these steps are absolutely correct. Facebook is one of the best social media site mostly known for connecting different people. Thanks for uploading these steps. Really a great help for all the new facebook users. Great job done!!

  97. Allison says

    This is great information; I wasn’t even aware that you can now change your fan page name. I’ve had to start from scratch so many times, which gets pretty annoying after a while. I’ll definitely keep this in mind if I want to make future changes.

  98. says

    Kim, as ususl I must THANK YOU for all the effort and info you provide… BUT as before.. I know that I am way behind from putting all your training to work.. BUT I love it.. love to get back here when I need to remeber how to do something and well, sometime it works and sometime it does not.. but over all your help have been crucial in my learning…
    Thanks so much once again..

  99. Garry says

    I just set up a page last week and after 25 “likes” was able to get my vanity or personalized URL. For the first time, the information is telling me I can change this . . . once!

    I’ve checked a few other of my pages and they all now allow me to change the URL once. Surprise to me . . . but it also mean that a small bit of your info above is incorrect.

    Thanks for the great post.

  100. says

    Kimmm! YOU are seriously the biggest help to me! I’m supper glad that you provide this information! This has helped me tremendously! it has really been really amazing!

    • says

      Ken, the instructions are above. If your page does not get a “request name change” link after you adjust the category, then it may not yet be eligible. As other commentors here have said (and you’ve hopefully read), not all internationally owned pages yet have access to that feature. Either it’s there or it’s not, not much I can do if it’s not, unfortunately.
      Kim

  101. says

    Facebook is a grand way to connect with people every where… so far I used only to make freinds and comment here and there… Reading your post Kim, I noticed I am not using FB near to what the possibilities are… Look forward to understand more… especially with yoru support and make things happen a lot more beneficial for my self and others who I may be in touch.

    Thanks so much for all your teaching and sharing… and especially for your caring to support others.
    look forward to interact a lot more an dmore often Kim…

    all the best.
    nick

  102. says

    Hi Kim,

    First of all: love your blog. Just discoverd it!

    I wanted to change the name of the page of the school were I work for as we are changing our name. We have more than 200 fans so I tried option 2. Unfortunatly when I follow the steps, I didn’t get the requestform. Any suggestions?

    keep up this really good work. thanks!

    • says

      Trish, unfortunately we do not yet have a work around when that is the case. It seems that the option has not yet been made available to many international pages and I wonder if you might be in that situation. We’re hoping they will continue to roll out this feature to everyone soon.
      Kim

  103. says

    Too many people are unaware of the fact that the Facebook fan page names can be changed, to a certain extent. Many times, people start a page in hurry choosing a wrong or unsuitable name. This creates difficulty or confusion for people who are searching for a specific brand name.

  104. says

    Hey Kim,
    I come back to your post again… it is so helpoful… it is amazing (but I still have a challenge to understand the whole thing, but I am working on haha :-)

    Thanks so much for all your effort to teach people in genereal… but especially low learners as me haha :-)
    Wish you all the best
    nick

  105. Redwan says

    hey , i was wondering if i could change my Page name after it reaches 1600+ likes
    }PLEASE SUGGEST WHAT SHOULD I DO{

    facebook/SuperstarArt.D

  106. says

    Hi! We have over 200 likes on our facebook page, but that tips about over 200 likes doesn’t seem to work in Sweden. The only option is to delete it and redoit.

    Do you know if you tell your fans to unlike us, so we get down below 200 likes, that you can change your name like the below 200 likes tips?

    • says

      Mattias, that’s a great question, and in fact, that does work. If you are “close” to the 200 mark, then removing inactives and asking others if you can remove them temporarily is a great solution to getting a work around. Hope this helps!
      Kim

  107. Cronus says

    Hi Kim, i’d read your tutorial on this and i followed.
    However, I do not get the blue color “Request Change” link beside my fanpage name.
    Do you think this method has been disabled by Facebook? or do you have any update about it?

    • says

      Other commentors above have indicated that the feature is likely not appearing for international (non-USA) based pages. Hopefully you will get this feature soon but I honestly have not seen anything indicating yes or no on that from the corporate offices.
      Kim

  108. says

    Hello, i have a page which have more than 1000 likers, i have do the same that U said, but i coundnt chage the name of my fan page…please help meT_T

  109. says

    Thanks for the screen shot showing how to change your facebook fan page name. Visual explanations make it so much easier and quicker!:)

  110. says

    oh thanks for this, you`re the first person I`ve found to explain how to do this,I have wanted to change the name of my page for some time without having to start over.

  111. says

    Hello, I’m French and I have a solution :
    Like us I don’t have the option “Request change” but i hide my ip with a American Ip and after some try i’m succeed :D
    Sorry for my english !!!

    • says

      Ruddy!!! You are BRILLIANT! I had not considered that it might be IP address related!!! I had assumed it was locked to the account owner credentials but if it’s IP address related that’s awesome. You rock! <3
      Kim

      • says

        Ohh ! I’m honored by your compliment ;)
        I hope this solution help many people.
        I send my request at Facebook and this is their answer :
        “Hi,

        We may be able to assist you with this request. In order to update your Page name, please make sure to provide the following information:

        If you selected, “My business name has changed,” and you have not already done so, please reply to this email with attached documentation showing your new business name as well as its address. An example of this is a utility or phone bill.

        If you selected, “My Page name is misspelled,” sit tight and we will get to your request as soon as possible.

        Please note these changes may take up to 3 days to process. Additionally, please note we are not supporting username changes at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

        Thanks,

        The Facebook Team”
        Sorry still for my english :/

  112. Gary Dapogi says

    Hey kim,

    This is very useful tips that I can used. You know, I am new to SEO and had read some article that tells facebook fan page/page can drive traffic to your site.

    And so I created a new account and created a new fan page for the yet to launch website. Then, I’ve read another article saying that, using your keyword or domain name as the vanity name url for facebook page, is good for SEO purposes. But after I’ve read that article I’ve already created my fan page url name.

    Well, thanks to this post, I may now change my Facebook Fan Page Name. Thanks for this great tip, keep sharing.

  113. says

    Thanks for the post. When I first opened my company we were strictly a auto detailing company so our name reflected that. Over time I have found that there is money in the mobile car wash world and have since changed the name to reflect that but until now had no way of adding the “& Wash” to my business name on facebook.

    Thanks.

  114. says

    Hey Kim, I may already made a comment here… but the more I read it and the more I get closer to make it happen (I still did not get it completely since the fun page name is not changed haha :-)

    The good part is that in the process I learn how to do a few other things… and hope that soon will be able to clear all the other pages I createc along the way BELIEVING That I was changing the name haha :-0

    I’ll keep you posted of when I will succeed Kim, buy I like to thank you again for making things as simple as you did (if I cannot do it, is not because of yoru teachings, but because I just do not know how to follow orders haha :-) Soon I will get it.

    Thanks so much Kim for all you are doing for FB and for soon tobe named different (TSA)

  115. says

    Thanks Kim for the great info. If I need to change my Facebook Fan page I will know how to do it . Never know when somebody may ask me this. Now I can send this to this post.

  116. says

    Thanks Kim for the valuable info. Right now, my fanpage is in initial stage, so it looks like can’t seems to name a custom name for it. I should be very careful what to name to it, so that I don’t need to change it later.

  117. says

    Hi Kim,

    I hope you can help me with this query…I want to change a username for my FB Page. The name is available, however everytime I clicked on “confirm” it gives me this message: “There was an unexpected error. Please try again later.”
    Are you able to tell me why?
    Thank you

  118. says

    Hello Kim it is very informative tutorial on Facebook. I really appreciate your knowledge and you have really delivered in user friendly environment.

  119. natalie says

    Facebook allows you to create community pages for companies or topics that other users can join in with, contribute to, and support. The Web address for these pages is generated by the Facebook system and is often long and complex. Once the page has 25 or more fans, you can apply for a unique user name for that page. By applying this user name to your Facebook page, its Web address is significantly simplified, making it much easier to communicate to new visitors.

  120. says

    Kim,
    I desperately need your help! Here is my background: I have a FB personal page AND a fan page. But I believe when I created them, I accidentally crisscrossed my username…therefore, my personal page has a url which includes my fan page name (Jujubeader) and my Jujubeader page has a url with Jujubeader PLUS the long 15-digit number. THIS is where I have my problem. I want to include my fan page url on my business cards, but cannot with that crazy # at the end. So my question is: IF I change my fan page name to JujubeaderFB, am I rectifying my problem?? AND, do I lose my 275 likes?? I gather from your article that changing the fan page name DOES NOT change the url?? PLEASE, if you can help me…I will be utterly GRATEFUL forever!! Thank you in advance.

  121. Mason Ma says

    Hi kim,

    My page is http://www.facebook.com./rednoonhk,
    I named it “Red Noon” before.
    However, our band’s name is “RedNoon”
    I want to change it right now.
    But i can’t find the name change request link near the name option.
    I have fans over 3000, i don’t want to start the new page over again.
    Can you please help?

    Mason

    • says

      Several other commentors have suggested that because they are not based in the USA that they needed to use a USA based proxy to hide their IP address. This feature has not yet been released internationally so the proxy workaround is really the only way (and not everyone has had luck with it).
      Kim

  122. Darshan says

    First of all, why you may need to change your facebook page name when it is going well, and getting many new likes every day? Okay, once you decided that you will change it, you can use this post to do it. Thanks kim!

  123. Hillary says

    I created a page, then I made someone, one of the fans admin, and guess what, this person bans me from my own page, and then takes over as the admin, and I lose all control of the page, Is that really yfair?
    What can I do to regain my page back, is it possible?

  124. Hillary says

    I created a page, then I made someone, one of the fans admin, and guess what, this person bans me from my own page, and then takes over as the admin, and I lose all control of the page, Is that really fair?
    What can I do to regain my page back, is it possible?

    • says

      This was formerly a “intentional feature” but I thought had been patched/solved by a more recent code change. Assuming you actually created the page, the “page creator” flag should have protected you. (There was a time though that it did not exist). There is no easy way to get it back. I’d start by filing a bug report on the feature that is obviously broke, by using the REPORT tab (not on the wall) at http://facebook.com/knownissues
      Kim

  125. Laura Ben-David says

    Hi there,
    I have a number of pages I manage, some with rather unfortunate monikers that they’ve been stuck with. I’ve tried the method above, even switching the category, and do not get any name-change-request option. Is there anything else? The pages are company names with some extra modifiers and adjectives – entirely bulky and unnecessary. Ideas???
    Thanks,
    Laura

    • says

      More important than unnecessary, those modifiers violate the Page Name TOS which is actually a real problem. If you’re not USA based, I’d suggest trying the USA proxy trick that some other commentors have had success with. It seems it’s matching IP addresses to determine where a person is at. It wants a USA address and it won’t work on the first try. Several others have had success doing this. I don’t really have any advice if you’re actually in the States already though.
      Kim

  126. Shiva says

    I actually did not know that the page name change was limited to pages having only 200 fans. Will keep this in mind when making pages next time. Thanks for adding a second option too though that option seems very much difficult and only for proper businesses. None the less pretty useful

  127. says

    Its greate explanation about how to change facebook fan page Name ! People surely can change their facebook fan page name via your this easy explanation but I am looking to know one more this ! I have a question to know I have been a user of facebook since two years & I don’t wanna people tag me unwanted pics on my profile even I have blocked tagging option in my profile but even people tag me unwanted pics without my wish ! Could you tell me how can I stop this tagging pic ?

  128. Azam says

    A good tutorial on Facebook Fan Page but you have stopped posting quality contents related to social network. I think my learning has stopped to some extent.

    • says

      Hey Azam, I’m wondering if you suspect that I’ve stopped blogging because I have this post stickied! There’s plenty of fresh content, just go to the home page and scroll down a bit. You’ll see the dates on stuff.
      Kim

  129. says

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for sharing the information and viable screenshots – makes it a lot easier for following the steps if you are not Facebook Savvy; As it is important to know the technical details on the networks you are present and engaging / marketing on.

  130. Bob Bobson says

    I followed this advice and was able to get my business name changed. I didn’t have any bills in my business’s name as all bills are made out directly to me. However, I have a checking account named ‘Bob Bobson trading as… (insert business name)”, so I sent a photo of a page from the checkbook. I also sent a utility bill with my own name and address. I gave Facebook a detailed and honest reason why I wanted to change the name. I also explained how not changing it would confuse my visitors and fans. The change went through in a couple of days.

    • says

      Yay, thanks Bob! I appreciate you sharing the situation you faced and how you went about it. Like you, I found that gentle persistence and truth-telling was the answer to getting approved. Thanks for coming back and letting others know of your success. Wish you all the best with your page!
      Kim

  131. says

    I must say this is a hell of a information. I am sure those of us who are having facebook fan pages know how critical it may get if we have to change the name of our fan page. You saved us a lot of pain. But still one should carefully think and analyse all the options before naming their fan pages so that they don’t change the name later.

  132. says

    Good advice here but I have found from experience that you have to be careful of the fan-page name though, you wouldn’t think so but it can affect the visitors you get so take time choosing the right one eh!

  133. says

    my page is a fan page of my website i want to change the name of it and i have more then 200 likes so problem is this that i am notable change the name of the because option as like you have shown an eaxmple…
    so what should i do to change the name

  134. says

    What if i don’t have a complaint about brand names being used etc and i want to chane a page name i have entered with a typo, how does one would go about that?

  135. vksaw says

    Thanks for sharing tips to change facebook fan page.It is very helpful for me.Thanks once again for sharing image.I am finding last 10 days to change FB page.Great info.

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  136. says

    Kim, thanks for this post. I’ve been going mad trying to request a page name change for the longest time, but your article is the only one I’ve seen that mentions this option is not available on certain categories. Changed the page category and the option finally appeared! Now let’s see if the request is approved…

  137. Lindsey says

    Hi I am seeing recent posts of people who were able to change their page name but when I follow the instructions there isn’t a link to fill out a request form. I have my settings already as being located in the USA. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to get to this form and submit it or another way to contact FB. It is really important that I am able to change my business name without deleting my page and starting over.

  138. Betsy says

    Hi Kim, I work for an ad agency and represent a client who is the CVB of a city. They currently have their Facebook page set up as the destination city itself. There is apparently a new policy that will force pages named after a location /city to change their name to something more specific like (this is not my actual client) Las Vegas CVB instead of just Las Vegas NV. But they have far more likes than 200. Do you have any idea if this policy will change since they are going to be forcing so many pages to change names? Or will they require all these hoops for thousands of location FB pages?

    Thanks!

    • says

      Hey Betsy, I’m not actually familiar with the abbreviation CVB so maybe you could fill me in. Rather than forcing most pages to re-name, Facebook is actually auto-converting most of them from business pages over to community pages. They are kinda similar but a community page will be taken over by FB if it goes viral and is a bad idea for a real business. The TOS requires that page names be a legally held brand if they are not our legally given names. Anything else gets converted to a community page. So what happens here is that, if a business is (wrongly) using the map-location name, they need to change that, preemptively to a name that is compliant with the TOS (which includes no modifiers/keywords that are not part of the business name). Hope that helps,
      Kim

  139. says

    Hello Kim I tried what you said by changing my pages name from Vegito to Vegito Jr and it worked very well. I can’t thanks you enough for your help with this!

  140. says

    This is what I’m looking for. Last time I removed some likes forcibly to rename a page and from now onwards, I’ll use this method. Thanks Kim for this awesome info.

  141. faith says

    Hi Kim, I tried changing the category for my page as what you described, but the option to request did not appear. Any idea how to proceed? Thanks.

    • says

      Faith, many people who are international and not from the USA are finding that this feature is currently USA only. Some are getting around that by logging in and trying a couple times while using a USA IP addressed proxy server.
      Kim

  142. says

    Hey Kim, thanks for showing us the How To’s regarding The Facebook Fan Page name change. I just want to ask one question, i.e. If we make a request for the FB name change , how much would it take for the response from FB guys? Thanks

  143. says

    With fan pages is there fully a way to transfer my photography fan page to a new facebook profile i created if i plan on deleting the current/old profile to start off fresh i really dont wanna go thru the hole process of getting likes and all of that again because ive really worked hard on my fan page as far as getting exposure and everything sigh. stressed out . I need a way to transfer administrator ownership of my fan page so if i delete my current profile which it was created on i wont loose no data. Id really would hate to have to start over again !!!

  144. says

    Hi Kim! First of all, many thanks for all your great job, I’ve been following you since you started here and you always “fixed” my poor marketing/web knowledge but this is the only problem I really can’t solve: I live in Italy and I tried all your methods to change my facebook fan page name (including the USA proxy server one), but none of them worked :( I have almost 3000 fans and I already changed the page name last year because the old one was already taken from another store. Now, I really NEED to change it again because we changed our store’s name (we sell shoes online) and we changed also our website’s name! It’s really important to me because we use massively Fb ads to convey traffic to our website and we invest really lot of money in that! I’ve been sending lots of mails to Fb support but they never reply :( Kim, you’re my last chance before I give up and start a new fan page, losing all my caring fans :( Thank you in advance,

    Carlotta

  145. Brandon Rumsey says

    Hello! Do you know how long after a page is deleted that the name for that page is released to the public? There was a duplicated page for my organization created under the name that I actually need to use. The administrator for that page has deleted it, but I am still unable to rename my page.

    Any help is appreciated!

    • says

      Brandon, formerly, the names were released within three days. Now Facebook states that they have a policy of NOT releasing the names. Usually they are still eventually released but when it happens it is often WEEKS later. And there are some names that seem as though they may never be released back. I’m not sure what is causing them to play like this except to combat squatters. Seems like overkill to me.
      Kim

  146. lucobest says

    hi . . kim i changed my category
    but i have missing request change name button .. can’t see no more (?)
    how can i do that ?

    • says

      Most likely, as other commentors have noted above, you’re not within the USA. This feature isn’t yet available globally but many people have successfully used it anyways by utilizing an USA based proxy connection.
      Kim

  147. rakesh says

    hey KIM
    i hv less then 200 fan but m unable to change my page name when i try to change the name it shows that our automated system does not allow the name ;plz help

  148. Carlotta says

    Hi Kim! First of all, many thanks for all your great job, I’ve been following you since you started here and you always “fixed” my poor marketing/web knowledge but this is the only problem I really can’t solve: I live in Italy and I tried all your methods to change my facebook fan page name (including the USA proxy server one), but none of them worked I have almost 3000 fans and I already changed the page name last year because the old one was already taken from another store. Now, I really NEED to change it again because we changed our store’s name (we sell shoes online) and we changed also our website’s name! It’s really important to me because we use massively Fb ads to convey traffic to our website and we invest really lot of money in that! I’ve been sending lots of mails to Fb support but they never reply Kim, you’re my last chance before I give up and start a new fan page, losing all my caring fans Thank you in advance,
    Carlotta

  149. Munich says

    Hi Kim
    Thanks for your great information.I have no idea of the “documentation that clearly shows the name and address of your business. An example of acceptable documentation is a utility or phone bill”.Is there any sample to show?Thanks.

  150. Krisztina Frits says

    Hi Kim,

    I did what you suggested above for the name changing process, but it doesn work. I put the category as you mention, but there is no request change sign next to the name. So what shall i do?
    Maybe its because my facebook page in hungary?
    Thank you for your answer.

    • says

      Krisztina, you’ve correctly deduced the problem. The rename form is not yet available globally. However, most international users are succeeding in accessing it by logging in and trying (several times) through an American based proxy address. Once Facebook “sees” your profile connecting from American IPs, then suddenly, American tools become available. It’s not 100% fool proof but most people are getting this work around to work.
      Hope that helps,
      Kim

  151. Paul says

    Hi Kim,

    I am able to use ‘Method 2: Request A Change Form’ to get to the ‘I need to change my page name’ page. However, after I fill out the form and upload a pic, it seems the Send button doesn’t work properly. When I press the button it goes inactive for a second and then reactivates, leaving the form still filled in with all the info I provided. I do NOT get a ‘Form completed correctly’ pop up. Any advice?

    Thanks!

    • says

      Hey Paul, don’t you just hate bugs like that? I’d upload your image/document to a website of some sort. If it’s a pdf/etc put it on your own webhost, if it’s just a picture upload it to any image hosting site and then paste the publicly visible link into the form you are submitting. I tend to do that anyways as I rarely trust upload tools on others sites.
      Kim

    • says

      Sam, the feature is currently only USA enabled but yes, masking your IP would be the solution. This would be done using a proxy server. It’s been a long time since I needed to configure a remote proxy so I don’t have that answer for you.
      Kim

  152. Hugo says

    Dear Kim,
    Many thanks for all your answers here to the community.
    I’ve found your site when searching for a way to change my page name which has 5000 likes.
    Apparently I can’t since I have that question mark instead a chance to submit a request. I’ve tried to login with a USA proxy but there’s no use. I’m from Portugal. Is there anything more that I can do? Many thanks and best regards!

    • says

      Hugo, so far, using a USA proxy has been the only work-around for individuals that are not from countries that this tool is available to yet. I will note that most of the folks that have accomplished it by proxy (quite a few) have had to connect to the proxy over and over over a span of time (and not at all via their home IP) so that Facebook sees that the user account is now associated (over time) with a US proxy. A single (or even twice) attempt is unlikely to work as the servers don’t make that adjustment to just one or two connections.
      Kim

      • Hugo says

        Dear Kim,
        Thank you for your quick answer!
        Do you now how much time are we talking about?
        Should I use always the same proxy and the same PC or not?

        Many thanks once more. I’ll keep you updated.

        • says

          Any USA addressing block or proxy should be enough, same proxy shouldn’t be required as long as you don’t log in from your local IP address between attempts. The PC shouldn’t matter either as long as it’s behind proxy (Facebook can’t ID the PC per-se, not in this way). People have simply said “quite a few times” but no one has implied it took them a week of ongoing use of the proxy.
          Kim

          • Hugo says

            Ok Kim many thanks for your answer once more.
            In the categories… I have local businesses – Professional Services. Is this ok or should I change?

            Hugo

          • says

            Local Business would be in the general section of addressed pages. Which means, I honestly simply don’t know. There’s tons and tons of categories and all I know is that not all of them have this available to them. Thats why I mentioned flipping categories temporarily.
            Kim

          • Hugo says

            I’ve changed mine to match your category in the example.
            Also removed my physical address.
            No results until now :(

  153. Hugo says

    Just one question: Can anyone living is the USA please confirm that at this exact time, the form’s still available? Many thanks.

    • Hugo says

      Same problem here, Héctor.
      That’s why I’ve asked if anyone here living in the USA could confirm us if the form is still available or not…
      I’m trying since Sunday and no results until now :(

      • says

        It sucks that there isn’t any form like it available worldwide. For now we chose to unpublish the page since there is no point having it with a wrong name :(

        • Hugo says

          The only thing i wish to know is if the form is indeed still available for US residents, or else we would be here using proxies for nothing. Please advice us if you have any news. I’ll do the same :(

          • says

            Will do! Also I would like to know what kind of proxy it should be (or better, which tool is being used for this purpose). Perhaps there’s one that works better than others.

  154. says

    Hi Kim,
    i am on the quest of change my page name (has 1300 likes).
    Since I have that question mark instead a chance to submit a request – (same as Hugo above) – i will document the amount of times i used the USA proxy, and tell you if and when it works..
    thanks for all the info (i guess you should enter the Proxy part into the Blog since there are a bunch of people from outside the US with the same problam and it is a shame it is only on the comments below)

    • Hugo says

      Hi Dan,

      I think this form actually is more a myth than anyting else. I’ve been trying since Sunday and no results until now. I’m using an elite proxy from california.

      • says

        Dan & Hugo…

        I’d personally be interested in knowing if a USA based consultant could manage this for you. If either (or both) of you are interested in exploring this, let me know. Normally I would charge for such a thing, but as I’m personally trying to sort out ways around this for people, I’d cover this on the house if you trust me enough to give me enough credentials to the page to do that. Be in touch.
        Kim

        • Hugo says

          Hi Kim,

          No problem for me…
          You need to be friend of us in facebook so we can give you facebook rights to our pages. Please add me as friend.

        • says

          Wow that was fast! thanks a bunch Kim!

          Hugo.. it works! Kim just sent me the print-screen with the elusive button :)
          i wish fb would not lock this option for Non-Americans..

          • Hugo says

            Yes Dan, you’re right!
            Kim solved the problem in a couple of seconds! Is indeed true that this is not a myth and that the button exists and IS STILL AVAILABLE!!

            Kim, I don’t know how to thank you… If you need anything please ask. Example: Stock Images for you business :)

          • says

            I wouldn’t expect you to take on the two images I need at the moment. The most important one is a useful and matching image to go on the home page of the site. I have a holder image (which belongs to a different version of this theme) in the spot but you will notice instantly that the rectangular image does not belong there. I just have nothing good to put there at the moment. The other image I need is a new cover image for my FB page which I change semi-regularly. I’m not a visual artist, at all, and so these are things that are not easy for me, LOL
            Kim

          • Hugo says

            Ok I’ll start working on it.
            Please send me some examples or themes of images you would like to see. Use the message system in facebook if you prefer :)

    • says

      Kim solved the problem! :)
      Kim submitted the documents (some of our Property tax and invoice copies) for us (since we don’t live in the U.S.) and well… it took a while till facebook to actually changed the name, but it did!
      (Kim sent the docs on October 14th, and the name was changed on October 23rd).
      THANK YOU KIM :))

  155. Alexis Aubry says

    Hi Kim,

    I am following your advice and trying to change my page name as I originally had included my company name when I set up the page, and now want to change it to be JUST my name so that I can brand myself rather than my company. I work as an IC. I first requested a change for a misspelling (had a friend in my company) just request this and have it approved…I was denied. Had another friend submit other and include a copy of her 1099 explaining that she did not want her company name in her title any longer as she was branding herself…she was approved within a day….I submitted something similar and was also denied a second time. Same reason both times. Any idea on why I am being denied and they are not when we are requesting the same thing?

    Thanks
    Alexis

    Answer from fb: Unfortunately, we cannot approve this Page name change. We have determined the name change you requested may be misleading for the people who like the Page.

    For example, the following types of changes are not permitted:
    – removing or changing dates (Facebook Hackathon 2012 to Facebook Hackathon)
    – changing from a personal name to personal name + activity or business name (John Smith to John Smith Photography or Candid Shots)

    Please review our complete Page Terms and submit a new name change request. You can do so from the “Edit Page” section of your Page.
    https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php

  156. says

    Hello Kim, I am disappointed about changing my Brand Fan Page name. I am unable to find the \”Request Change\” button. What can I do now?I have a page with my Brand name \”TimeRev Corporation\”. But I wanna make it only \”TimeRev\”. Please suggest me how can I do this?And I have also a Facebook account with about 4000 fan, is it possible to convert it to business page with \”TimeRev\” page name?And one more thing, I have heard about facebook is providing the opportunity of converting Fan Page to Profile subscriber. Let me kn0w about it :) – Thanx in advance.

  157. says

    hi Kim,

    I was recently able to change the vanity URL of my FB page and I have over 1000 fans. The only warning message was that I could only change this once. My previous URL had the word “fan” in it from the Fan pages days and so I wanted to change it to better reflect my business, me and no longer have “fan” in the URL. The only hassle I have experienced is all the links on the internet to my old URL and having to go and change them and every day I find a new one that needs updating.

    I am a public figure on FB too so I am not sure why I was able to change mine but I am very grateful I could. It has made a difference to my business and enables me to better reflect my brand today and in the future.

    Thanks
    Clare

  158. Alexis Aubry says

    Hi Kim,

    I am following your advice and trying to change my page name as I originally had included my company name when I set up the page, and now want to change it to be JUST my name so that I can brand myself rather than my company. I work as an IC. I first requested a change for a misspelling (had a friend in my company) just request this and have it approved…I was denied. Had another friend submit other and include a copy of her 1099 explaining that she did not want her company name in her title any longer as she was branding herself…she was approved within a day….I submitted something similar and was also denied a second time. Same reason both times. Any idea on why I am being denied and they are not when we are requesting the same thing?

    Thanks
    Alexis

    Answer from fb: Unfortunately, we cannot approve this Page name change. We have determined the name change you requested may be misleading for the people who like the Page.

    For example, the following types of changes are not permitted:
    – removing or changing dates (Facebook Hackathon 2012 to Facebook Hackathon)
    – changing from a personal name to personal name + activity or business name (John Smith to John Smith Photography or Candid Shots)

    Please review our complete Page Terms and submit a new name change request. You can do so from the “Edit Page” section of your Page.
    https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php

    • says

      Sometimes that happens when our names were not originally in the branding before and there IS the possibility of some confusion. Your goal should be to prove that your fans won’t be even 10% confused. It also seems likely that you’re dealing with a staff member that is more picky than the prior staff member was. Pay attention, as I said though, to proving that there will be no fan confusion. That’s what FB is trying to protect against,
      Kim

    • says

      Alexis, I really don’t know. Sometimes the Facebook moderators that get put on task are just particularly cranky. The most likely reason is that she wrote something that was both KIND and also made it clear there would be no fan confusion, which solves their largest concern.
      Kim

  159. says

    Thanks Kim, my fan page was under 100 so I was able to change my name. If my memory serves me right there was a message that I would only be able to change it once. Thanks again for keeping is informed.

  160. says

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    Ilеаnе ѕmіth ѕhаrеd thіѕ оn hеr Fасеbооk раgе. І’vе bееn wаntіng tо dо thіѕ аnd hаd nоt gоt аrоund tо іt. Thаnkѕ ѕо muсh fоr mаkіng іt ѕо еаѕу!

  161. hans says

    Hi i change the page link but it will not let me change the page name because i have over 200 likes is any way of doing this please .

  162. says

    Hi i change my facebook page link but now it will not let me change the page name on my wall because i have over 200 friends is anyway you could help me to do so please .

  163. says

    Hi Kim

    So yes I have the problem that my page “SFX Weekender” needs to be changed to “Sci-Fi Weekender”, but all of the admin are europe based. Sooooo, how much would your consultant fee be to help me out?

  164. Charles says

    Hi Kim,

    Could you contact me by e-mail, I have an international fan page and I would like to change my fan page name :)

    Best regards.

  165. says

    Hi Kim! I have a greek acount with a facebook page from Greece which i’d like to slight change its name.. Any suggestions? i can give you admin privilleges to help me.. Telle me if we could do sthg.. Thanks!

    • says

      Giorgos, I charge $75 to submit your documentation on your behalf and to follow up with Facebook regarding it. This assumes you have any documentation you need already gathered up and have wrote what you which to send/explain to them. If you’re interested, use the contact form so we can talk privately. Best of luck!
      Kim

  166. says

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for the post. I’m not seeing the option to request the name change on my page. Instead it just has a [?] which clicks through to say “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

    Any idea if there is another solution? Our company has just gone through a brand transformation.

    Thanks in advance for your help and all the best,
    Lizzie

    • says

      Lizzie, look back up in the post and look at the other option for large pages. Yes, if your page is over 200 fans, it’s a much more complicated process. Use the details above.
      Kim

    • says

      Hey Lizzie, as I mentioned above, there are options for large pages using a special request form. You’ll need to use that form if you have over 200 fans. Direct editing is not available to large pages.
      Kim

  167. says

    Hey Kim,

    Thanks a lot for the info!

    So my situation is this: I am the admin of a Page that has over 1k fans… The brand owners need to change the name, and since we’re in South America filling the form is not much of an option.

    If one is able to change the name when the Page has less than 200 fans… Would getting rid of all the extra fans so that I reach 199 make it work? I know it sounds illogical to do such a thing, but the brand owners are totally willing to do this. I just need to know it would actually be possible before losing all these fans for nothing.

    I appreciate any help you can give!

    • says

      Yes, you can either hire a USA based admin such as myself or you can delete (remove) fans until you hit 199. I’ve done that before on pages I’ve controlled and it works predictably (although disclaimer is that, as you know, Facebook breaks stuff regularly too LOL)
      Kim

  168. Livier says

    I have a musician fan page with just the name, without the last name, everytime i want to convert my profile to a fan page without the last name, appers a sign saying “Our automated system has detected that the name Livier is not same or similar to your profile name Livier Te. Please keep it same or similar and retry.”

    How can i fix this?

    thanks in advance

    • says

      You are trying to use the “Typo” option to change the name rather than submitting full documentation. Use the “Other” option and submit your business documentation and a full request as suggested above.
      Kim

  169. says

    Hi Kim,

    I have a facebook page & I want to change user name of my facebook page & I have added category as “other”. As you have share “Request change” option in this article, I don’t look this same option in my facebook page basic setting. :( what I can do for it I have to change my facebook page user name.

    • says

      As mentioned above, the link to the request form will not display if the category is not correct and if the page Admin is not in the USA. You may need help from a USA based admin to get it done.
      Kim

  170. says

    Hi Kim. Looked into this, and cant find the button that says “request page change” on the account.

    Please let me know what I can do. Feel free to email me back.

    • says

      Hey Kevin, keep in mind the two disclaimers above. (1) The link is currently only available to USA based admins and (2) the link is only available to certain page categories and you may need to temporarily shift your category first to locate it.
      Kim

  171. says

    Kim,

    So happy to discover this post of yours through a Google search on changing page names on Facebook. Facebook constantly is changing as far as rules, restrictions, and options, and it’s great to have such clearly outlined instruction outside of the limited and sometimes confusing user support within Facebook. Terrific stuff; glad to have you serving it up to hungry learners on the net!
    Ann

  172. Lauren says

    Is it no longer possible to do this? I’m rebranding, and I need to change my page’s name, but the method you’ve provided doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Thoughts?

    • says

      Method exists and works just fine. We just did one for a client yesterday. Either, per the disclaimers above, you’re using the wrong category or your an international (non-USA) member and thus it’s not available to you directly,
      Kim

  173. says

    Hello,
    Thank you for the information , i really need to change the username of the page , but it is over than 2,700 i will try to send quest of change of my page name , hope it will works , thank you for the kind information.

  174. says

    I merged a profile into a page because it was hitting 5000. That gave me two professional pages though. Because one is under my nickname, Patty Hickman, and the other is slightly different and my formal name, Patricia Hickman, I’m unable to merge the two. I’ve considered requesting the Patty Hickman name be changed to Patricia Hickman only for the purpose of merging the two pages. But I am not certain that is even a viable solution. When I click on resources, no merge tab appears on either page anyway. Is there a solution for combining these two pages? Are you aware of any upcoming changes in FB that would help people managing professional pages?

    • says

      The solution is that you have to have the exact same names on both pages you want to merge. That why you should have adjusted that before you converted it. Now your only pathway to merge them is to apply for a name change on the one and hope it is granted. It’s a viable solution *IF* you can get them to approve the name change. The merge option will not show up until the pages match.
      Kim

  175. says

    Hi, I have a question if I may. I have created 2 FB pages. The first shows the correct address in the address bar field i.e facebook.com/(namehere) the other for some reason (I messed up I know) shows facebook.com/(lots of number,name…etc) can this be changed somehow.

    Thanks Regards,

    George

  176. says

    Hello Kim,

    I submitted my county documentation DBA letter over two weeks ago, and still no change or acknowledgment. When I uploaded the file it stated received but I haven’t heard anything since. I’m not sure at all how long I should wait, but do you know were I can call or reach out to someone regarding this matter?

    • says

      If you’ve heard absolutely nothing, I’d do it again if you are past 14 days. You should have heard a decline if that was the verdict *IF* the form was received. Sometimes, as I’m sure you know, Facebooks servers are flakey and not everything we send them gets received.
      Kim

  177. says

    Thanks for the great information! I submitted my request (with documentation) today, 11/28/12. I will post back with any trouble I encounter along the way or (hopefully) my next post will say that the name change went through. Hoping I don’t have to start a whole new page just because my business name changed!

  178. Samad says

    Hey kim! This is my link!
    Facebook.com/kyascene

    I have nearly 20k likes, named ‘KyaScene’ which eventually spelled wrong. I tried your method but facebook admin denied my request. I reaaly want to change as was misspelled! Let me know.

    • says

      Generally once a denial has happened that’s the end of the game if you weren’t able to talk your away around it. Those rulings are classed as final and this is why one has to be very very careful in how they present their case the first time.
      Kim

  179. ermm says

    Kim, can you help me as well.. I want to change my business facebook page name.. is’t if I make you as an admin you can help me to change it???

    • says

      Ermm, there is a $75 fee for my assistance, but yes I can help you get through the form process if you have all of your documentation together. I cant not guarantee what Facebook will decided on your case but I can work as an intermediary use. Use the contact form above if you want to reach me directly,
      Kim

  180. says

    Hi Kim,

    I am rebranding from Jonathan Durling Photography to Durling Photography. I have over 700 likes, so I tried finding the request link, but it seems to no longer be available or at least not at the same location described in the article. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Be sure you read the notes about category restrictions and restrictions on international pages. That should sort you out. Either you haven’t adjusted the category or you are not an American based page admin.
      Kim

  181. AmyE says

    I finally found a category that would let me “request change” for our page name. But when I filled out the form, I got an error saying the new name did not meet Facebook naming guidelines. The odd thing is that I was simply trying to drop one word from our name. So the error seems out of place. Any idea how to get beyond that?

  182. says

    Hey Kim!

    When I first created my Facebook page, it was named Family of Festivals. I later changed it to Family Of Festivals. I never should have changed it in the first place, but I’d like it to be Family of Festivals again. I tried submitting the form, but it gave me no completion of form notice. I’m familiar to bugs with Facebook, and it seems this is a common one. Can you help me get around this and actually get my problem addressed? Thanks in advance!

    -Hunter

  183. says

    Hi Kim,
    thanks for the article
    Ive tried many times to fix my name on my FB page (from samRB to Sam RB) using the process outlined above. At one stage i got an email response, that asked for further info. I sent this and then received an email that said the email i had contacted was no longer used. So another dead end :-/
    Any suggestions are hugely appreciated, as you can imagine samRB causes all sorts of problems every time theres promotional material/articles etc written and people make assumptions and dont run it by me
    thanks
    Sam RB

  184. Tom Huggett says

    A band I manage changed their name and I had to get the facebook fanpage name changed and Kim got the job done, no problems and didn’t take too long at all!

  185. says

    Hey Kim,

    Been having a similar problem to those listed above – in that I can’t get my page name to change (we are +200 fans).

    I am a UK-based admin, and had no idea there was any issue with only US-admins being able to process this change; on my account, the button to request name change appears, and I get the page up allowing me to enter new page name, reason for change and upload of business document.

    I have completed this process several times, and upon submission each time am told ‘Facebook will be in touch shortly’ – however, have not heard anything back as yet after a couple of months and 4-5 name change requests.

    Any advice on this issue would be greatly appreciated – is it still a non-US admin issue I’m encountering?

    The page in question is – current name of UK Hair & Holistics Synergy Spa.

    We wish to change the page name to UK Hair & Beauty Grantham, as with the vanity URL, as that is the name of the business as of 2011.

    Thanks in advance for your time,
    Ben

  186. says

    Hello. Thank you for sharing this great information. I have a blog and social media campaign that is 18 months old based around adaptive sports and recreation for individuals with disabilities that I am turning into a website.
    Facebook has said that they might be able to help but they have requested additional “official” documentation for for my fan page name change but I don’t have any. It was a free blogger site and all social media is free too. I am currently in the three day waiting period for Facebook to change my page.

    Do you know of other companies/organizations who are working at a grass roots level with no official business papers who have been successful in changing their fan page? Thanks.

  187. Rod Sarria says

    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. Now I know that this feature is currently only available to pages with a USA-based admin.

    How can you assit me to change it? I’d much appreciate your help!

  188. Mantas J. says

    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

  189. says

    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/ .

  190. says

    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

  191. says

    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.

  192. says

    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.

  193. Tama says

    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

  194. says

    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

  195. says

    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!

  196. Bis says

    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

  197. Suzanna E. Nelson says

    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

  198. Monica says

    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!!

  199. Chris says

    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….

  200. says

    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 http://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.

    • says

      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

  201. says

    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!

  202. says

    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

  203. Fadi Bshara says

    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?

    • says

      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

  204. says

    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

  205. Ahmed Tariq says

    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.

  206. says

    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 :-)

  207. says

    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.

  208. Raaz says

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

  209. says

    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

  210. says

    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?

  211. says

    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.

  212. Brandon says

    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

    • says

      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

  213. says

    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

  214. says

    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.

  215. says

    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.

  216. Jedininja117 says

    Hi

    I have a page that has a little over 600 likes. I do not get a request option to change the name and I’ve never once changed the name nor has there ever been another admin on my page. Is there any way I could change the name of my page?

  217. mm2177 says

    Hi, I am trying to change the name of the FB page of my restaurant, it’s actually only a modification of the name… but I cannot see the request option, I am desperate, please any help?!

  218. MonicaRyl says

    Hi Kim,

    Our restaurant venue facebook page has over 5000 likes. We had a fire and are changing to a new name. Is there any way to keep our old account photo albums, content etc, but just keep them private or hidden upon changing the name of our page? Please let me know of any solutions. Thank you.

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