How to set a custom Facebook page URL with fewer than 25 fans

Feb. 21, 2012 | by jelly

One common gripe over Facebook page creation is that, as a page administrator, you aren’t able to set a unique URL for a page until it has at least 25 fans.

In September 2011 there was a loophole which allowed page admins to set a username for pages with fewer than 25 fans, but this soon closed up.

However, whilst setting up a page for a client yesterday, I discovered that there is indeed currently a way to set a unique username/URL for a Facebook page with less than 25 fans. It’s a little lengthy but ultimately does work.

However, it’s worth noting that this will only work for brand new pages – you can’t use this loophole to set a unique username for a page you’ve already created. You will also have to follow the entire process again for each individual page/username you want to set.

Expect this loophole to close quickly; here’s how to take advantage of it:

1. Go to Facebook.com and make sure you are logged out. Beneath the sign up form, click on the ‘Create a Page for a celebrity, band or business.’ link

2. Choose whichever category is most appropriate for the page you want to create and continue

3. Even if you already have a Facebook account, select the ‘I do not have a Facebook account’ option

4. Sign up using an email address that is not associated with any Facebook account; you could create one just for this purpose. Follow the Facebook account creation and confirmation steps

5. Set up your profile (you can come back to this later)

6. Click on ‘Edit page’ and then navigate to the ‘Basic Information’ tab on the left

7. Click on the ‘Create a username for this page?’ link

8. This brings up a notice asking you to verify your account before you can create a username. Follow the verification steps

9. Once Facebook confirms that the code is correct, the page doesn’t seem to auto-redirect anywhere. Don’t click continue again, but instead click on the Facebook logo in the top left to go back to your page’s home page feed. Click ‘Edit page’ to bring up the admin section again, and click on the ‘Basic Information’ tab

10. Click on ‘Create a username for this page?’ again and choose a username that is available

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11. Success! Your username has been set. You are the proud owner of a page with 0 fans and a unique URL. If you wish, to make life easier for future management of the page, log out and log in to your usual Facebook account. Like the page from your usual account, then log back in to the page account, go into the page’s admin settings and set your main account as a page admin. You can now run the page from your usual Facebook account, using your unique URL to attract fans.

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Did it work for you? What do you think of the 25 fan limit?

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    Comments (13)

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    • Leonardo

      @rosey nosey - thanks, worked like a charm for me... super easy, went down the 'create a dummy account' route. :-)Oct 3, 2014 04:12 pm

    • leah

      phil's steps worked without having to do #7. i still had to verify using a cell number but i was able to change the name without having to unfriend. cheers!Feb 14, 2014 12:52 am

    • KG

      For some reason I was able to do this perfectly with two pages but am unable to with a third. It was set up this morning and I have tried with two secondary accounts. Any suggestions?Oct 30, 2013 08:37 pm

    • Julia

      The tip to add an Admin and try to set the username using the new admin account worked! =DSep 4, 2013 06:57 pm

    • Phil

      mm, doesn't work anymore :-)
      easy comes, easy goes..

      but feel free to try, it worked 2 times..Sep 4, 2013 03:13 pm

    • Phil

      @rosey nosy: found it! the problem is you forgot to mention that you can only make someone admin when he's your FRIEND, LIKING ain't gonna cut it nowadays.
      So to complete your steps:

      #1. login to your REAL personal fb account. and create a page. (I created a Organization XYZ-LOVE which required the 25 FANS before you can create a vanity URL.)

      #2. once you create the page logout

      #3. you need to login a friends account or create another dummy personal FB account. once you login with your friend or dummy account. Go to your REAL FANPAGE XYZ-LOVE that you created and like the page with your dummy account or friends account. THEN LOGOUT

      (now you LIKE the page)

      #4. Log back in with your REAL FB personal account and you will see that one personal liked your page (the dummy account or friends account).
      NEXT you have to invite this dummy account to become your "FRIEND" (just liking the page does not work!)

      #5. Log out and log in with your friends account or dummy account again and ACCEPT the friend invite of your real account.

      (now you're friends!)

      #6. Log into your real account again a now you can make your "dummy friend" ADMIN manager.

      (if you log into your dummy account again at this time, you still won't be able to change your URL/vanity name, but here's the solution...)

      #7. Log into your REAL account and UNFRIEND your dummy friend again.

      #8. At last you log into your DUMMY account again and now you can change the URL/vanity name successfully (because your still Admin manager but aren't FRIENDS anymore with the real account and THAT's what makes the difference!)

      you will have to verify with a cell phone before being allowed (makes sure it's a real cell phone number which is in your proximity because FB will send you a confirm code as text.
      Fill in the confirm code and change the VANITY NAME. (you probably have to refresh after filling in the code.)

      Ps: a lot of logging in and out of your accounts is inevitable :-)

      PSep 4, 2013 02:44 pm

    • Phil

      @rosey nosy: doesn't work (anymore). I followed your exact steps and it still gives the notice that you must have 25 likes first.

      too bad, Facebook should just eliminate this 25 like obligation! :-)Sep 4, 2013 02:21 pm

    • rosey nosy

      @Will O'Hara YEP just did it worked like a charm i did just what you said and if anyone gets confused here it is again in super basic steps.

      #1. login to your REAL personal fb account. and create a page. (I created a Organization XYZ-LOVE which required the 25 FANS before you can create a vanity URL.)

      #2. once you create the page logout

      #3. you need to login a friends account or create another dummy personal FB account. once you login with your friend or dummy account. Go to your REAL FANPAGE XYZ-LOVE that you created and like the page with your dummy account or friends account. THEN LOGOUT

      #4. Log back in with your REAL FB personal account and you will see that one personal liked your page (the dummy account or friends account). GO make that dummy account or friends account an ADMIN. THEN LOGOUT

      #5. Log in with your friends account or dummy account and go manage the FB PAGE since you are now an ADMIN and set the USERNAME/VANITY name. you will prob have to verify with a cell phone before being allowed but who cares. Its better then waiting to get 25 likes. once you create the url/vanity name you can logout and remove the ADMIN manager ( dummy account)

      Thanks Will O'HaraAug 2, 2013 12:06 am

    • Javier

      Awesome!!!!Apr 16, 2013 07:51 pm

    • Aron

      this is a genius trick - thank you!Feb 23, 2013 05:33 pm

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    • JoAnne

      Thanks for that great info. Do you have any tricks to change a user name that has already been changed once? I was working with a client account and accidently changed my own user name!Mar 14, 2012 01:45 am

    • Will O'Hara

      Hi Jelly,

      Seems that you can still claim a username if you create a page using an existing account.

      Create a new page as normal using your 'main' account. Then logout and login as another user (maybe a personal account), like the new page.

      Logout and log back in with the 'main' account you created the page with to make the other account an admin. Log back in with your other account (personal) and you can set a username :) Just done it using exactly this process.

      Thanks, WillMar 9, 2012 06:47 pm

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