I have a popular group page on Facebook that I manage and as it’s become more busy, the original name doesn’t really describe it any more. Is there any way to change my Facebook group name or am I stuck?
Facebook is actually becoming more flexible as time passes, rather surprisingly. I think the only thing you definitely can’t change, the only thing that’s just locked into place once you choose it, is a shortened URL shortcut. So when I picked the shortened URL for the Ask Dave Taylor fan page — fb.com/askdavetaylor — it was basically carved into stone.
Fortunately the group name isn’t in that small category of permanent names, and it’s not entirely obvious how to change it, but it can be done.
That’s why you’re here, right?!
To start, go to your group page on Facebook but don’t click on “Edit Settings” because it ain’t what you want. Instead look down the right side of the page. About a third of the way down you’ll see these options:
Click on “Edit Group” and you’ll see a ton of different options that you can modify, most importantly the group name:
Let’s zoom in a bit on that so you can see what it looks like:
To change your Facebook group name, simply click in the text box that has the current name and use DELETE, arrows and similar to change the name to one that’s more appropriate. For this demonstration, I changed the group name from “Front Range Blogger Meetup: The Facebook Group” to just “Front Range Blogger Meetup”.
When you’ve set it properly, click on “Save” at the bottom of the window and…
Done. Not too hard once you know where to click.
Confusingly, though, the page that includes the notification of the change being accepted still has the old name displayed:
No worries. That’s just a caching problem: click on “Back to Group” and we see the proper name:
Now we’re done and it’s confirmed.
I should mention that everyone in the group will see an update notification that the name has been changed, but I can’t imagine that’s an issue:
Good luck with your own Facebook group name change!