You’ve probably seen people on Facebook who only have one name attached to their profile. You probably thought it’s cool to have that – but if you tried to remove your last name on Facebook, you surely saw that it’s impossible. Well, it’s not really impossible, but you have to work a bit to make Facebook hide your last name from your public profile. And I am here to share with you a complete, step by step tutorial on how to make Facebook show only your first name! And trust me, it won’t be too difficult!
Facebook is created as a real social network for real people and they require a first and last name no matter what. Of course, you can completely make them all up, but even so, you won’t be able to make Facebook show only your first name. However, there is a loophole that allows you to. So let’s find out how to make Facebook hide your last name!
There is (at least) one country in this world where using your last name is not mandatory. People in Indonesia don’t really use their last name and Facebook knows about that and respects that. This is the loophole that we can exploit, but it will require a bit of work on your side.
In order to make Facebook hide your last name and only show your first name everywhere, you will have to trick the platform that you are living in Indonesia. You can’t just change your country because the social network has filters in place for your location. So unless you plan to really visit Indonesia, you will have to use a VPN.
A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that tricks Facebook in our case to believe that we’re actually logging into the platform from a different country. You can install such a VPN by adding this free Google Chrome extension to the Chrome browser. (If you don’t use Chrome, you will have to download it for free first). Don’t worry – you can uninstall it afterwards if you don’t want to use it, but you will need it to make this work.
After installing the Geoproxy extension in Chrome, log in to your Facebook account. Go to your settings, click the Language button and set your language to “Bahasa Indonesia” (don’t navigate away from this page afterwards!):
Now, in the upper right corner, hit the Geoproxy button and select Indonesia, then hit search. Select any IP on the list:
Now go back to your Facebook page and click the option in the upper left corner (it reads “Umum” which is your account setting). Now click the edit link “Sunting” near your name and only write your first name / erase your last name:
Click the blue button, which means “Apply” and you will be prompted to enter your password. Write it, then click the button again.
Finally, you will want to get back to the English language (or whatever language you were using). Simply hit the “Bahasa” link on the left side and set your language back to what it was:
This is it! You have now changed your Facebook profile and it will only show your first name! Don’t forget to also deactivate the proxy or uninstall the Geoproxy extension altogether!
Please note that there is a limit on how many times you are allowed to change your name on Facebook, so make sure you don’t overdo it because eventually you might end up not being able to change your name!