Get Your Own Facebook Username

Personalize your Facebook URL so your friends can find you

Couple having fun using digital tablet

 FG Trade / Getty Images

Facebook encourages its users to personalize the addresses of their Facebook profiles with Facebook usernames. Facebook usernames make it much easier for someone to find you on Facebook. Instead of being just another number, your Facebook username creates a unique and recognizable identifier for you that your friends can easily type into their browsers' address bars.

Facebook has always wanted people to use their real names on their accounts so that their friends can find them and connect with them more easily. It used to be that in your profile's address, there was only a lengthy number that your friends had to type to get to your profile. Facebook users quickly realized that an account with a username was easier to remember and locate.

How to Personalize Your Facebook Username

If your Facebook username is current a string of numerals and special characters that no one could recognize, personalize it by changing your account's username to something recognizable, such as your name. Here's how:

  1. Open your Facebook account.

  2. Click the arrow at the top right corner of any Facebook page and select Settings in the drop-down menu.

  3. Click Username.

  4. Enter your new username and your current Facebook password.

  5. Click Save Changes.

Guidelines for New Usernames

Usernames must follow certain guidelines. Among them are:

  • The new username must be at least five characters long.
  • Special characters are not allowed in usernames. Any mixture of the letters a through z, the numerals zero through 9, and periods is acceptable. Uppercase and lowercase letters are acceptable, but they can't be used to differentiate two accounts in a URL. John.Smith and john.smith are considered the same username.
  • Facebook notes that your username should include your authentic name.
  • You are only allowed one username for your personal account.

If you have a relatively common name, your preferred username may not be available because someone else is using it. In that case, modify it, typically by appending a short number following your name, such as YourName09.

If you don't already have a Facebook account, use the signup screen and enter your information including your first and last name. Facebook will generate a personalized URL for you.

Examples of Facebook Usernames

  • The early Facebook format for a profile looks like this:
  • A new profile with a Facebook username looks like this:

Why Use a Facebook Username?

  • It's better to send a URL with a Facebook username in it. Send emails and text all your friends with your new Facebook URL.
  • Your Facebook URL is more likely to show up in search engines if it has a Facebook username in it (and if you allow it in your privacy settings).
  • The Facebook username gives you a personal space on the web where you can send your friends. From there you can text and make voice and video calls.

It is also possible to get a unique username for your Facebook business or interest Page.