How to Change Your URL on Every Major Social Network

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When somebody asks you to "add them on Facebook," your first reaction might be to type their full name into Facebook's search field. But when 86 different profile matches for your friend's exact name show up, simply asking them what their profile URL is can save you the time and trouble of browsing through search results and squinting at every profile photo to see which one looks most like your friend.

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Creating Customized URLs on All Your Social Profiles

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Not all major social networks automatically create profile URLs out of your full name or username by default when you first sign up.

The Exceptions: Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest

Your Twitter URL will always be, your Instagram URL will always be, your Tumblr URL will always be, and your Pinterest URL will always be So if you change your username on any of these social networks, your URL will automatically change as well.

The Ones You Should Probably Change: Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn 

Quite surprisingly, some of the most popular social networks don't set your profile URL up for you by default using your full name or username. This is especilly true if you've had an existing account since the early days – like Facebook, which only started notifying users that they could change their profile URLs a few years ago.

You should take a look at the URLs of your Facebook profile, Facebook pages, Google+ profile, YouTube channel, and LinkedIn profile. Snapchat also just made it possible for users to share their usernames with new contacts via URL, so you should consider looking into that too.

Why You Should Streamline Your Social Profile URLs

So why is it even important to change your social profile URLs anyway? Does anyone else really care?

Whether they care or not is irrelevant. What really matters is how it helps make your profiles more discoverable. A couple benefits of changing your URL are:

  • Give new contacts an exact URL to connect with you. No more telling people to "look me up on Facebook" and force them to play a guessing game of which profile is yours. You can simply say, "my profile is," and they'll be able to find you on the first try.
  • Rank in the search engines for your name. When somebody searches for your full name or your business name in Google, your profile is more likely to come up as a top result if its URL also includes your full name or business name.

We'll show you the exact steps of how to change your profile URLs for all major social networks discussed above. Follow these slides to see how.

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How to Change Your Profile URL (Username) on Facebook

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Let's start with changing your Facebook profile URL.

Sign in to your account, click the small downward arrow icon in the top right corner of the menu and click Settings from the drop-down menu that appears. You can also visit and click Edit Username to change it.

Beside the Username option, click Edit. Enter the new username you want to use, which will be displayed in your URL as and then enter your password to confirm the change.

Unlike other social networks, many of which allow you to change your username whenever you want and as many times as you like, Facebook only allows you to do it once. So think carefully about what you want your username and URL to be because you won't be able to change it again.

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How to Change Your Page URL on Facebook

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Now let's take a look at how to change your URL for a public Facebook page.

Sign in to Facebook and look for the public page in your left sidebar under the Pages section. Note that to be able to change a page's URL, you have to be an administrator of that page first.

Click on your About tab in the menu beneath your header image. Look for the Facebook Web Address option and hover your cursor over it, which should trigger an Edit button to appear to the right of it.

Click Edit, type in the new username you want for your page, check to make sure it's available and confirm it. Once you confirm, your new page URL will be all set up.

Like Facebook profile usernames and URLs, you can only change your Facebook URL once. Again, make sure you're certain you really want the username you've chosen because it's not possible to change it later if you decide you don't like it.

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How to Change Your Profile URL on Google+

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Google+ recently went through a big platform overhaul, now sporting a nifty new Pinterest-like design and functionality with "collections" of links on your profile.

Sign in to your Google+ account and access your profile by clicking your profile photo in the top right corner of the menu and then clicking on the blue Google+ Profile link in the drop-down box.

In the lower left corner of your profile, you should see some very small text and click the link that says Back to classic G+. That should switch your view back to the old look of Google+, which will allow you to be able to change your profile URL.

Now you can go ahead and click on the About tab on your profile, located in the menu beneath your header image. Scroll down until you find the section labeled Links and click Edit at the bottom of that section.

A pop-up will appear over your profile and the first thing you should see there is a field where you can customize your Google+ URL. Type your new URL into the field, scroll down, and hit ​Save.

Your new Google+ profile URL will be where XXXXXX is the new name or phrase that you chose.

How to Change Your Page Business URL on Google+

If you run a business page on Google+, you can change its URL as well. To do this, sign in to Google My Business, and using the new Google+ design, click on the Menu tab in the top left corner of your screen to bring up a list of options so you can select the right page you want. (You can do this by clicking All brand pages and then clicking Manage page on the page you need to access.)

Click on the red Edit button in the top right corner of your page manager. At the time of writing, Google+ reverts back to the old layout for some reason when showing your page to you, so keep in mind that as you're reading this, these instructions could be outdated.

If you do see the old layout for your Google+ page, you'll be able to take a similar approach to change the URL as you did with doing it for your personal Google+ profile. Click the About tab found in the menu beneath your header image and look for the Get URL link under the Get your custom URL option.

If you don't see this anywhere on your About tab, then that means your page isn't eligible for selecting its URL just yet. Try customizing your profile with more photos or information, adding links to your collections and adding users to your Circles.

In time, your Google+ page will eventually be eligible for a URL change.

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How to Change Your Channel URL on YouTube

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Depending on when and how you set up your YouTube channel, you may already have a custom channel URL without knowing it yet.

Here's how to check: Just sign in to your YouTube account and access your advanced settings by clicking your profile photo in the top menu, clicking the gear icon in the drop-down box and then clicking on Advanced beneath your name and email on the next page.

If you already have a custom URL, which you may already have and possibly set up by accident when connecting your Google+ account, then it will show up there. It doesn't appear that you can change your URL if it's set up already.

If you don't have one, you'll be able to select a link to claim as your URL under Channel settings. YouTube will show you a list of URLs you've been approved for in the Get a custom URL box, which you can't change entirely, but you can add some extra letters or numbers to make it more unique.

Agree to the terms and click Change URL. Your new YouTube URL will be or even just where XXXXXX is the name or phrase you set up.

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How to Change Your Profile URL on LinkedIn

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Changing your LinkedIn URL is actually quite easy, and you're allowed to change your URL up to five times over a period of 180 days.

To change your LinkedIn profile URL, sign in to your account and go to your profile page. Beneath your profile photo, you should see the current link that leads to your profile. When you roll your cursor over this, a gear icon will appear beside it, when you see it, click on the gear icon.

You'll now be able to edit your profile URL in the right sidebar. Enter the URL you want and then click save.

Your new LinkedIn URL can be accessed by visiting where XXXXXX is the name or phrase that you chose.

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How to Share Your Snapchat Username URL with New Contacts

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Snapchat is one of the latest major social networks that has jumped on the custom URL bandwagon. While you can't exactly plug a URL into a web browser to see a user's profile, you can at least share a link through the app to make it easier for new contacts to add you.

Open up the Snapchat app on your mobile device and access the camera tab. Swipe down to pull down your Snapcode screen and tap Add Friends. On the following tab, tap the last option, Share Username.

Your device will pull up a selection of apps you can use to share your username, such as Twitter, Facebook Messenger, text message, email, and so on. When you select an app to send your username, Snapchat will automatically paste the link to your username in your message.

When new contacts see the link from the tweet you posted or the message you sent them, they'll be able to tap it from a mobile device and it will prompt their Snapchat app to open up a preview of your profile so that they can add you. Keep in mind that this all has to be done from a mobile device since Snapchat can't be used at all on the desktop web.

Your Snapchat URL will be where XXXXXX is your username.

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