How To Change a Group Name On Facebook

Facebook has many different features to help like-minded people connect and interact more easily. The most useful of these features are Facebook groups and the name of the group can go a long way in deciding if people join or not.

In this article, we’re going to look at how to change a group name on Facebook, as well as some important factors to consider before making the change.

Let’s get started.

When does it make sense to change a Facebook group name?

Facebook groups can cover a variety of different topics and can be made for various reasons.

Some groups are about support, others are for inspiration, some can be for finding work, while others are just there for humor.

Groups can even be made by brands for users to share their experiences.

Oftentimes it makes the most sense to change the name of a Facebook group when the audience of the group (its members) has had a shift in interest.

This could be when a group about a specific product has received an update, i.e. when a new drone is introduced and the group for the DJI Mavic Air 2 is changed to the DJI Mavic Air 3 (or Air 2 / 3).

Another example could be when the member’s discussions are mainly on a specific topic and you want to change the group to be more niche specific to reflect that.

I.e. A marketing group that only talks about small business marketing, by including “small business” in the name, you will attract more like-minded individuals.

Another time when it can make sense to change a group name is if you want to make the Facebook group more (or less) brandable.

This could be for a group that’s associated with your Facebook Business Page, or if you’re separating it from your business page.

Who can change the name of a Facebook group?

The name of a Facebook group can only be changed by a group admin.

If you have the authority to make a name change, but you’re not the group admin, you will need to ask one of the group admins to make the change on your behalf.

Or request that they add you as a group admin.

How to change a group name on Facebook via desktop

Once you’ve made the decision of changing your Facebook group name, the process is quite quick.

This is how to change a group name on Facebook from a PC or Mac device:

Open Facebook.com and log into your account.

From the menu on the left, select “Groups” (or select “See more” if you can’t see groups).

Facebook groups

Under “Groups you manage”, select the desired group.

Facebook groups example

In the menu on left, under “Admin tools”, scroll down and click on “Settings”.

Facebook group settings

In the “Set up group” section, select the pencil icon to the right of “Name and description”.

How to change a group name on Facebook on desktop

In the “Name” field, enter the new group name and then click “Save”.

Add a new group name and save

How to change a group name on Facebook mobile

If you want to change the name of a Facebook group from a mobile device, the process is quite similar.

Follow these steps to change a group name on Facebook mobile:

Open the Facebook app and log into your account.

Click on the hamburger menu (three lines) in the top right corner.

Hamburger menu on Facebook mobile

Select “Groups” (or click “See more” if you cannot see the groups option).

Facebook groups on mobile

From the options at the top, select “Your groups”.

Open your groups from the Facebook app

Under the “Groups you manage” section, select the desired Facebook group.

Select your Facebook group

In the top right corner, select the shield and star icon.

Select the group settings

Scroll to the “Settings” section and select “Group settings”.

Open group settings

Under “Basic group info” select “Name and description”.

How to change a group name on Facebook mobile

In the “Group name” field, enter the new name and then click “Save” in the top right.

Enter the new group name and save

Why can’t I change the name of a Facebook group?

If you can’t change the name of a Facebook group, make sure that the group name has not been changed in the previous 28 day period. Group names can only be changed once every 28 days to prevent abuse.

Another reason why you can’t change the group name could be because you are not a group admin. Make sure you have the necessary rights, otherwise ask an admin to make the change for you.

Final thoughts about changing Facebook group names

Changing a group name can be an easy way to realign the members of your group with the focus of what your group is about. Instead of making a new group and having to grow it from scratch.

Hopefully, this article has helped guide you on the exact steps to take to change your Facebook group name. And potentially helped troubleshoot some problems if you happen to have run into them.

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