How to Change Your Last Name on Email and Social Media

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by Emily Platt

Tying the knot comes with a lot of exciting changes, including, for many, a new surname. Can't wait to share your married moniker with the world? Get instant gratification online. Below, we've explained how to update your name on four popular email and social media platforms from your computer. (Please note that the steps may vary slightly across different devices, app versions and so on.) In fact, we've got instructions for display name and username changes—for the latter, we recommend claiming your handle(s) ASAP before someone else does.

As you'll soon see, changing your last name online is surprisingly easy. What's harder is changing your last name legally. Our best tip? Work with HitchSwitch, a service that fills out the paperwork for you—and trust us, there's a lot of it. Depending on your package, you may even get your own Name Change Concierge, who can guide you through the process. (Bonus: Name Change Concierges have various instruction sheets on hand for clients—they even have them for email and social media name changes.)

How to Change Your Name on Facebook

Whether you want to change what name appears on your Facebook profile or you're hoping to change the username in the URL that leads to it, here's what to do.

To change your Facebook display name: 

  1. Go to "settings."
  2. Click "edit" beside "name."
  3. Make your changes in the "first," "middle" and "last" fields.
  4. Click "review change."
  5. Review your changes in the "preview your new name" window. Under "choose how your name will appear on your profile," select from the available options.
  6. Enter your password in the "password" field.
  7. Click "save changes."

To change your Facebook username: 

  1. Go to "settings."
  2. Click "edit" beside "username."
  3. Enter your new username in the "username" field.
  4. Click "save changes."

To add another name to your Facebook profile:

  1. Go to your "about" section.
  2. Click "details about you."
  3. Click "add a nickname, a birth name…" under "other names."
  4. Choose a label for the name from the "name type" dropdown menu. (Options include "maiden name," "married name" and "former name" among others.)
  5. Enter the name in the "name" field.
  6. Check "show at top of profile" if desired.
  7. Click "save changes."

How to Change Your Gmail Name

When it comes to your Gmail, you have two main options: Keep the email address but change the name associated with it, or create a new email address and connect it to your old one.

To change your Google Account name:

  1. Go to "Google account."
  2. Click "personal info."
  3. Click "name."
  4. Click the edit button.
  5. Make your changes in the "first name" and "last name" fields in the "change name" window.
  6. Click "done."

To link your new Gmail account to an old email address:

  1. Go to "settings."
  2. Click "accounts and import."
  3. Click "add a mail account."
  4. Complete/check all required/desired fields in the "add a mail account window."
  5. Click "add account."

How to Change Your Twitter Name

Change your Twitter display name and username (handle) in just a few simple steps. Note that as with all email addresses/usernames, it may take multiple tries before you find a new one that's available.

To change your Twitter display name:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Click "edit profile."
  3. Change your name in the field above your Twitter username.

To change your Twitter username:

  1. Go to "settings and privacy."
  2. Click "account."
  3. Change your handle in the "username" field.
  4. Click "save changes."

How to Change Your Instagram Name

Instagram lets you change your name and handle in one fell swoop—score.

To change your Instagram display name and username:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Click "edit profile."
  3. Edit the "name" and/or "username" fields.
  4. Click "submit."

How to Change Your Name on Other Email and Social Media Platforms

Don't see the platform you’re looking for here? Follow these general tips. Remember, services like HitchSwitch can also help you out.

Email

Normally, you have two options: change your email name (the display name associated with your account) or change your email address (which is sometimes your username). You can usually tackle the former by navigating your service provider's settings. For the latter, you'll likely have to create a new email then forward your old email to it. Go to help pages or customer service representatives with questions.

Social Media

Again, you typically have two options. The first is to change your display name. The second is to change your username/handle. Play with each account's settings. If you can't figure them out, check the platform's FAQ page or reach out to its customer service team.

Final Tips

Don't forget the following final steps, especially if you're changing an email address, username or handle:

  • Write down your updated information somewhere just in case—you don't want to get locked out of an account because you can't remember your new login.
  • While changing Instagram and Twitter handles shouldn't affect things like your followers or posts, it can affect smaller profile details, like what you're tagged in. On Twitter, for example, @s to your old username won't transfer to your new username. In turn, you may want to create a new account to claim your previous handle. That way, you'll still have access to old tags, plus you can post a message there linking to your new handle.
  • If you're a verified user on a social media platform, consider reaching out to its support team to make sure changes won't impact your status.
  • Publicize your new information so people search for the right account when they're trying to find you online.

Now that you've shared your new last name with your contacts, friends and followers, it's time to make sure everyone else knows it—from your doctors to government officials. Trust us, you don't want to leave anybody out. (Lost mail and invalid documents? No thanks.)

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