change name on Messenger without Facebook

Both the Facebook app and Messenger on your mobile will have some features that are same but if you use messenger a lot than Facebook, a lot of settings can also be done directly from the Messenger app.

I use Messenger a lot, which is why I uninstalled Facebook from my mobile and the Messenger takes care of my settings that I need a very few. Also, by eliminating less usable apps, you can save a lot more space on your mobile where the Facebook app consumes huge data in the background still, you can stop this background process.

On my Messenger, I was looking for the option to change the name & username for my Facebook account and I looked into this if this could be possible. I found the option to change my username directly from the messenger and also the name through messenger.

To change the username or your messenger name just tap on your profile icon from the top section then tap on the edit option. This will pop up your 'Edit Name' option, just tap onto that to change the name. In order to change the username, you will the 'Username' option on your profile section, just edit and save.

If you're on messenger just edit the nickname for yourself and put any name you want to show to that person. That will affect only to the person instead of showing it to all.

Now, if you want you can change Messenger profile picture also such easily.

You can do a lot more things with the FB Messenger either you are on your Android or iOS. In this article, I will describe the step-by-step ways to change your name, username and set nicknames for your friends directly from the Messenger app.

How to Change Name on Messenger from Mobile?



Facebook actually allows its user to change name directly from the Facebook app or from the web version. 

When I am saying Name, this actually means the profile name of your Facebook account and in order to change this you should have the Facebook app on your device, but if you have the Messenger on your mobile you can do that also without Facebook.

Get onto the Messenger and to change your name directly from the Messenger App (it's possible by some simple steps) you have to follow these:

First of all, launch the Messenger app on your mobile device and log in with your credentials

Now, from the first tab, you have to tap on the profile icon which you will find on the top corner and just by tapping on to this you will be taken to the profile page on your messenger.

 On the profile page, you have to tap on the 'Edit' option that will find below your profile picture and once you tap on that option you will see the 'Edit name' option will pop up in front of you.

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You have to edit your new name that you want to set for your profile and tap on save.

This will save your name for your Facebook profile directly from the Messenger and that's all you have to do.

How to Change Username from Messenger App?

Facebook by default, identifies a user profile by unique code & that is automatically generated by the Facebook algorithm and you can change that if you want this to be unique for your profile.

The username on the URL actually displays a ts he username/*. The best part here, you can also update the username to a new one if you already set any previous one and you can do that directly from your Messenger if you are logged in. Just follow the simple steps to change the username on your Messenger:

At first, launch your messenger app and make sure you're logged in on messenger.

Next, hover to the top to get to the profile by tapping on the profile icon at the top section on your Messenger.

Once the profile opens up on Messenger, you will see an option in the list ‘Username’.

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Now, just directly tap on the username option you will see that existing username and you have to remove that at first and then add a new one. The new username will be shown if it is available you can save that new username by tapping onto the tick-icon that you'll see on the top right corner.


How to Set Nicknames to friends from Mobile? [Messenger]

If you want to set nicknames for your friends on the Messenger App then you can choose any nicknames and then set it for your certain friends from your chat list. If you are using Android or iOS in both devices system is possible and the process is a little different for both OS.

I will describe the different methods that you can apply to change the nickname for your friend directly from the chat on your Messenger app either you are on your Android or iOS system.

Set Nicknames to friends on iOS devices

On iOS devices either it is iPhone or iPad you can apply the process that I am going to share with you for both devices and the process is absolutely simple where you have to just take the profile on a next tab and then you can set the nickname for your friends.

The list of nicknames that you set for your friends display on your messenger. Follow the step-by-step guide to learn how you can do this on your iPhone or iPad:

To set the nickname from your iPhone just choose to whom you want to set for and then tap on his/her name to open his or her profile on the next tab.

Next, on the profile section of that friend, you will see an option ‘Nicknames>’ option. This option actually shows the nickname you have set to or you want to set for that friend. 

Once you tap on that option you will be asked to enter the nickname to set for that friend on a popup window.

Now, just enter the nickname you want to set for the friend and take on the Save button to make the changes.

Set Nicknames to friends on iPhone

That's all you have to do to set the nickname for your friends directly from your iPhone or iPad device.

How to Set Nicknames to friends on Android

If you are on your Android, then the process becomes very simple to change the nicknames of your friends directly from the Messenger. In case of Android devices, you can directly change the nickname from the live chat even you don't need to open the profile tab, or for a particular friend open chat, tap nicknames and set. Here is the step-by-step guide on how you can do this:

 While you are chatting with a person on Facebook either he is on your friend list or not, you can change or set a nickname for that friend by tapping on to the three-dots icon. If you want to to set that the nickname for a particular friend then firstly open his chat on Messenger.

 On the top right corner, you will see the icon ‘three-dots’, you have to tap on that three-dots icon.

By tapping on to that icon a list of features will pop up, where you have to select the option ‘Nicknames’. Just enter the nickname you wish to set for that friend and save the settings.

Set Nicknames to friends

This method is the actual way to set or change the nickname on directly from the Messenger app.

⦿ Why do I see a Faded name or Grey icon on Messenger?

If you are talking about the grey or the faded Facebook icon on a Facebook profile name that directly means that the person is not available for audio or video calls. Still, you can send him a message that he can read later.

Remember: The grey name does not mean that the person is not available on Facebook rather he may be available on the Facebook app or in a browser but not in the Messenger. This is why you are seeing this faded name or the grey Facebook icon onto the name.

⦿ Blue sign next to the Name on Messenger

The Facebook messenger actually displays all of the friends in a list and prioritizing by the online and offline people currently on your account. The Blue on Facebook messenger on friend’s name in the Messenger means you can make audio or video call directly through the Messenger App. This actually clarifies that the person is available online on Messenger and can receive both audio and video calls.

Now, if you’re talking about the Blue Dot next to the name on the messenger chat list that actually means the unread messages that you have received just now from a friend.

The Bottom Lines:

This guide clarifies that you can change the name, username for your profile and set the nicknames on your chat. rather it's a matter of update from the Facebook messenger, once get updated to the new version--the features will be updated and the existing ones may disappear or stay according to the Facebook decision.