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How To: Hide Last Name on Facebook [2015 Working Trick]

I recently posted how to hide last name on Facebook and have single name to show on profile. The trick was patched soon by Facebook. Now, you can again have single name and  hide last name on Facebook profile. Let me teach you the how to do them. If you have already learnt about the old trick, then, you may need to do an additional step to hide your last name. Indonesians are officially allowed to have single name on Facebook as most of the people on Indonesia have only one name. They seem to have last name. May be, the reason should be like that and that’s why Facebook allows to have them only the single name.

If you are from other country, you may not be able to hide your last name but it is now possible by VPN (Virtual Private Network) services. Before you step into the procedure, always remember that Facebook’s name change policy is somewhat strict as compared to other social networking sites. Make sure that you have more chances to change your name. Remember that you are performing this trick unofficially and Facebook can harm or change your name at anytime without any notification.

Also, remember that this trick doesn’t really ‘hides’ your last name. This tutorial will teach you how to have only the first name on Facebook. You don’t really provide your last name to ‘hide’.

Adverse effect of this trick:

When you have a single name on Facebook using this trick, you will face some problems while using Facebook applications or while signing up on third-party websites using Facebook. Suppose, the site you are signing up requires both first name and last name, then Facebook will provide the same first name as your last name. For example, if you have succeeded in having a “Michael” as your Facebook name, then while signing up such websites, you may get “Michael Michael” as your name on that website. This might look weird.

Update: Caution: Most of the users report that using single name on account makes Facebook to ask for confirmation of the name which could be by-passed only if you upload a government issued ID. This happens after few days of successful deployment of this trick. However, some of the users are still not facing any such issues. If you are more concerned about your Facebook account, it is better not to perform this trick.


To perform this trick, may need to access proxy websites. You can also use VPN software to the trick but I will teach you with VPN sites.

Let me dive into the steps.

Step #1: Log in to your Facebook account and reach Account Settings.


Step #2: Change the Language to Bahasa Indonesia.

Step #3: Now, you need to show Facebook that you are from Indonesia so that Facebook will believe as though you are an Indonesian. this will allow you to have single name on Facebook. To do this, land on the following link:


Copy the Proxy address and Port. Mostly, depend on recent proxies which has high speed and lifetime. Some of the proxy may not work but most proxies will work.

Step #4: Now, press Winkey + R to open Run window. Type inetcpl.cpl and hit Enter.

Step #5: In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box, click on Connections tab. Click on the LAN settings button.

Step #6: Check or tick the Use Proxy Server for your LAN option. Paste the  Proxy address and Port which you got from the above link (Step #3).

Hide last name on Facebook

Note that you don’t refer to the proxy address in the above screenshot. Always depend on a fresh and new (Step #3).

Step #7: Click on the OK button. Now, try to change your name on your Facebook account as you do normally. Leave the Last Name empty. Enter your password and save settings.

Hide Last Name on Facebook Single Name

 And, voila, Facebook has accepted your name change now.

After changing your name, please see that you revert the settings that you have made. That is, remove the proxy from LAN settings and change your Facebook language.

If you have any queries, write below in comments. We feel happy to solve your problem.

On some people’s request, we have made a video on this. Please follow this video if you feel uncomfortable in this article.

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  • Rooz says:

    If I change the language back to English after this trick, would the last name still be hidden?

  • darth vader says:

    nott working..

  • Iwan says:

    Term “Basha Indonesia” isn’t corect. It is Bahasa Indonesia, that’s what you got in Facebook languange list. Btw, i’m Indonesian. :)

  • Raj says:

    Nice post..how do i view facebook profile of a person using facebook pictures filename ( 12345_123456789012345_1234567890_n.jpg ) and If the picture is a private photo of that person :) .

    • Arjun says:

      Raj, we have a post to view private profile pictures on Facebook. Read them.

      • Raj says:

        tht link not of much help yaar…tried it..getting service unavailable msg….. I have the image name of a facebook pic which is private..how do i find out the user name of tht person..

      • Raj says:

        Service Unavailable – DNS failure
        The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later.

        Reference #11.6cbf3b17.1364409703.72fd98b1

        thts te error msg dude

  • Parigyan says:

    I am not a LAN user. So will it apply to me ?

  • Jhona says:

    Not Working !

  • jason says:

    hey dude Im having trouble at step 7..I cant change my name because I cant read the language. but dont worry about that because I can figure it out..Im thinking, how can I change my ADRESS and PORT back to DEFAULT?

    • Arjun says:

      Jason, No worries. Again follow the Step #4 and Step #5. You can see the same dialog box like the above one. Just uncheck the option, Use Proxy Server for your LAN. Your internet connection will behave normal.

  • jason says:

    my internet speed is really slow. Im lagging so much when Im playing my (EA) game..I need to change it back..asap

  • jason says:

    ohh thank god you reply! Idk what else to do…haha..thank you so much.

  • jason says:

    hey arjun do you know how to make facebook name using only symbols?

    • Arjun says:

      You can have accent characters in your name. Facebook will accept it. Your name Jason can be written as Jásõñ. Facebook will accept this and not other stylish fonts.

  • liliana says:

    How can i do this trick if i already reached the name limit, please help

  • Blaze says:

    Not working 12/04/2013 .
    I’ve tryed like 20 Proxies.. but no one worked.
    Damn :(

    • Arjun says:

      Did you try changing the language? Because, earlier the earlier trick which we posted didn’t say about changing the language but it worked for few days. Later, Facebook patched the trick. But now, the same trick is working now just by changing the language and proxy.

  • Earl Francis says:

    Do you have a tutorial on how to remove the Change Name Limit? It only shows 3 of the names that were used before, and now I can’t change it :(

  • Nurjel says:

    nice . it works !

  • IamRobin says:

    thanks arjun,
    but unfortunately this trick not work for me i tried it many times.

  • vsjegadeesh says:

    dude account is locked for changing the language from english to indonesia. how to retrieve it ??? :)

  • shahil says:

    it shows that Anda harus memberikan nama belakang.

  • Deboli says:

    works lyk ‘this’ ! superb bro ! thanxx a lotttt !

  • Ares says:

    I’ve tried everything and it’s not working

  • Dzman says:

    Works for me !! thank you bro !

  • suresh says:

    really works for me cyptlife rocks!!!

  • Bogdan says:

    works perfect!

  • Jess says:

    Do you know how to do it on a mac?

    • Arjun says:

      You change proxy settings in Mac too.

      • Open up Firefox.
      • Choose Preferences from Firefox’s drop down list.
      • Choose Advanced and then select Network tab.
      • Hit the Settings button.
      • Select the Manual Proxy Configuration.
      • Enter the HTTP Proxy and Port got from the URL (proxynova)
      • Click OK and you’re done!
  • John says:

    Hi arjun it doesnt work.. can you please change it for me? ill give you my account and password if its okay with you..

  • Jacob says:

    I need help can I do this on mobile facebook?

    • Arjun says:

      As you are changing proxy, I don’t guess you can do that in a mobile phone. But still, try some apps on your smartphones that lets you to change proxy. After changing the proxy and language, it should work in mobile too.

  • manish says:


  • Anjaan says:

    Hiding last name didnt work on my fb profile. can u help me

  • Anjaan says:

    Hiding last name didn’t work on my fb profile. It is giving msg ….Anda tidak dapat memperbarui nama Anda saat ini karena Anda telah menggantinya terlalu sering. Pelajari selengkapnya.(You can not update your name at this time because you have to replace it too often. Learn more.) Can u please help me

  • Suman says:

    How to hide our name on facebook comment..!

    • Arjun says:

      That’s really a good question. You are thinking out of the box! 😀 Well, I appreciate that but let us look even for that in future. This is going to be a challenging task really.

  • Kristine says:

    What if you reached your limit from changing your name will it still do it?

    • Arjun says:

      Hey Kristine, We can show up an ID card to Facebook and we can request for name change but you can’t have a single name during that request. It is mandatory to provide both First Name and Last Name.

  • ankush says:

    trick 100 % working I used this trick …………………………………………..COOL

    • Arjun says:

      Ankush, congrats! Stay cool with friends by showing off your profile with friends. let them wonder about your name on Facebook profile.

  • Karishmar says:

    Wow this sucks, I can’t change it because I’ve already reached my name changing limit :/

  • Dude Its Worked 2 Days Before I Changed My Profile Names…But Today It sucks…Gimme Some Idea Buddy 😉

  • Gina says:

    I am on a mac, and on google chrome. I cannot do step four or any of them past 4! how do i do it?

    • Arjun says:

      Hello Gina, you can do this in Firefox of your Mac.

      After the Step #3, follow the steps below.

      Open up Firefox.
      Choose Preferences from Firefox’s drop down list.
      Choose Advanced and then select Network tab.
      Hit the Settings button.
      Select the Manual Proxy Configuration.
      Enter the HTTP Proxy and Port got from the URL (proxynova)
      Click OK and you’re done!

  • kaxaberi says:

    really great, thanks man

  • Iamrob says:

    Can I do this with mobile? Please answer me. Which mobile app should i use for changing it. My mobile Nokia Lumia 520

  • Willian says:

    VPN’s are open doors for hacking!

  • daisy chan says:

    it says ; please fill in ur last name :( i changed language and proxy though… help

  • ch says:

    every time i set windows up with the proxy, facebook won’t load? all other webpages will load, but it’s like facebook is blocking me out. as soon as i turn off the proxy it lets me back in. i’ve used over 50 proxies from many different sites. how do i work around this? i live in australia. thanks.

    • Arjun says:

      Facebook loads dull when you use proxies. To avoid such situations, land on Account Settings page with your default proxy and then try out Indonesian Proxy to change your name. After changing your name, you may revert back your proxy settings.

  • harold says:

    thank you so much it works :)

  • Eliza says:

    Can this work for Mac users? Thank you.

  • Sanjay Adatiya says:

    it doesnt work… :(

  • tenko says:

    this doesnt wrok. i tried about 15 servers from that list, and i see the “please fill in the surname” without fail. the ip changes, as whatismyip.com indicates, and it still doesn’t work. i’ll try on windows next time.

    • Arjun says:

      Did you change the language to Bahasa Indonesia? Change to it and try those proxy servers, it works.

      A Tip: Before changing the proxy address and post, land on your Account Settings page. Then change your proxy address and post. Finally, your name.

      • tenko says:

        hey hey!
        yes, of course i changed the language :) to indonesian,, yup…
        dont tell me it works when it doesnt, i tried ~15 times exactly according to your instruction on a mac and it didnt work, i suspected it had something to do with the fact i was trying to do it on a mac, and i was right – i just did it with no trouble at all on my windows laptop.
        so fyi, it works only on windows. not really surprising though.
        i’ve a mac retina with mountain lion and i use chrome on it, and my pc is a win 7 run sony vaio.
        cheers and thanks!

  • Ahmed says:

    Thanks a lot dude, still works. Just add to change proxy when account page is up, but before changing language/name – use proxy then :)

  • shinobu says:

    Working like a charm, thanks mate!

  • Pravka says:

    not working.. :/

  • Belde says:

    that was really helpful

  • Gio says:

    It works for me, What suppose to mean the problem guys? :O, oh yeah cool post Arjun :-bd keep It up, If I have any problem related in the future regarding to this kind of glitch-ish facebook thing-y :)) I’ll send you messages right up :)) 😀

  • sounak says:

    worked for me bro… :)

  • Mahesh says:

    Works great…… thanks a lot dude……….. :)

  • Moses says:

    Works 100%! Kudos 😀

  • Marie says:

    I hate the fact that facebook doesn’t really respect individual’s decision of showing their last name! Granted, I understand that there may be phony people, but at least let us do initials T^T

    But thank you so much! If you find anything confusing, just watch the youtube video!!

  • MK says:

    Where can I find that Winkey + R? :(

    • Arjun says:

      If you are using Windows machine, then your keyboard should contain a Windows logo key. Press the Windows Logo key and at the same time, press R.

  • Vins says:

    As you mentioned in the side effects of getting two first names in some fb apps , can we come over this by giving single letter as second name ? Is it possible to give second name as a single letter ?

  • yves says:

    Does it only work for firefox? I have chrome

  • NoName says:

    Won’t work for me. I get the message “anda harus memberikan nama lengkap anda” which translates to “you must provide your full name”

  • NoName says:

    Update to mention that I got it working. I ended up with a Romanian proxy server that worked. The mysteries of the internet, I guess. Thanks

  • Manish says:

    Dear Arjun,
    maine try kiya to last name delete hota hai bt ye error msg aa raha hai

    Kami mengharuskan semua orang agar menggunakan nama asli mereka di Facebook. Pelajari Selengkapnya.
    (We require everyone to use their real names on Facebook. Learn More.)
    plz help

  • Arun R says:

    My name in face book is Arun Kumar R, is it possible to change my name to Arun R.

  • Grace says:

    works great Arjun! thanks a bunch! 😀

  • Nattu says:

    not working


  • Working great, Thanks arjun…

  • Arun says:

    Guys its working……. i have failed first time but later i have tried other ips…. its working…….thanks for the nice post………… Arjun…….

  • kurt says:

    I’ve tried on mac and pc as you said it and it doesn’t work. i’ve tried with lot of proxy

    • kurt says:

      well i tried on PC with your method and it works now. before i didn’t use “Winkey + R to open Run window. Type inetcpl.cpl and hit Enter.”

  • Prateek says:

    Hey bro actually when I change the proxy and port address my internet stop working any help or other way to do it :(

    • Arjun says:

      Hi Prateek,

      Indonesian proxies would be slow when you try to access them from your location. Just try more Indonesian proxies.

      Tip: Change your language without proxy. Stay on your Account Settings page and then change the proxy so that after changing the proxy you may just need to change your name. When everything is successful, you can switch back to previous proxy or remove the proxy. Then finally, you can change the page.

  • Afu says:

    Done in 2 minutes :) thanks buddy

  • Remiel says:

    Worked on a mac.
    Did it as suggested above… But instead of changing the HTTP Proxy Configuration, I changed the SSL proxy configuration. So, in recap:
    Open up Firefox.
    Choose Preferences from Firefox’s drop down list.
    Choose Advanced and then select Network tab.
    Hit the Settings button.
    Select the Manual Proxy Configuration.
    Enter the SSL Proxy and Port got from the URL (proxynova)
    Click OK and you’re done!

    Thank you!

  • Justin says:

    STILL WORKS. Thank you and it worked.. just hope facebook does not ban me.

  • mike says:

    thank you arjun. still works as of 10th of February 2014.
    your link to the site of proxy-servers was dead at this moment, but i tried ‘hidemyass’ and it worked like a charm.

  • Rajat says:

    how can i do it by mobile?

  • Pranav THAKUR says:

    Thankz Dude……………….

  • China says:

    Facebook’s policy is cockdirt. They never put a public number on how many names changes you could have. Last time I checked, about 3 month’s ago – Facebook said I had one more name change so really think on it. Now they say I have none without me changing anything.

  • kumi says:

    Why does it not work for me… I’ve followed all the steps but fb says I still can’t change my name.

  • mehrab mahmud says:

    its not working.. ma both name is showing in facebook. but i want only single name

  • Varun yadav says:

    Bhai, pls meri id ka single name kardo.. Plz plz do tht for ur little bro

  • Rahat says:

    Hey I tried but.. the name is comin ‘Rahat Rahat’ on fb chat list huh why so …???

    • Arjun says:

      That’s the disadvantage of this trick. It appears “Rahat Rahat” on Mobile site and Facebook apps but looks “Rahat” on desktop site.

  • Saheer says:

    Why this proxy not working

  • Kẏra says:

    I think facebook has blocked the proxy because when I turn it on and go back to facebook, it says access denied

  • Anish says:

    Thank You So Much………!!!!!!
    It Works Fine…..!!!!

  • Akshay says:

    Is it important that Change language from English(US) to Bahasa Indonesia ?

  • sameera says:

    I did everything…. But after i chose the language Basha indonesia and click on “NAMA” And then i cant click on “sSunting” when i click on that nothing happens, like the click just dosent work

  • Akhil says:

    Hey @Arjun, that worked like charm!! 😀 Thanks a lot for explaining stuff in such a simple way…Looking forward for many more..Thank you again :)

    ~ Akhil.K

  • sarathy says:

    it doesn’t work, it shows like need to enter last name

  • Mari says:

    Looks like FB patched it. It is requesting a last name now.

  • Michael says:

    Looks like facebook patched it. Ive followed all the instructions but nothing worked. lol. Had to use Google Translator quite a few times. But yeah, its not working.

  • Toni says:

    the problem is when paste the proxy and port, facebook is not accesible anymore so cant change the name.

  • G.M.C. says:

    worked like a champ! thanks mate!

  • Arslan says:

    Thaaaaaanks buddy …. its 100% working 😀 …

  • anonym says:

    Wow it’s working!!! You are the master, thank you!!! :-)

  • indra says:

    thnk u so much ma brotha Arjun :), it is working
    yours is veryvery helpfull, i’ve been looking for this trick so long and failed result :(
    i’ll say, thnk u one more time.

  • Mirzana Mujanovic says:

    One of the steps isn’t working for me. I’m up at the “Connections” part in the process, and although I ticked the box, the boxes for the proxy and port are grey and aren’t letting me type in them. Help?

  • aslan says:

    it doesnt working for me

  • vinamra says:

    its done check it now ..

  • Prince says:

    Works great! Thanks, matey!

  • katerina says:

    great, it works:) thanks

  • jide0n says:

    its working

  • Shorif says:

    Great brother, it’s working…..

  • Zena says:

    When I try this trick and I already have a single name, will it be able to change it again and to put my second name back without waiting for change name period?

  • Mawie says:

    It Work Man ! i try it many time . Finally ! 😀 Thank again .

  • Thomas says:

    Thanks man, really worked, had to try like 4 different proxys, but the last one finally worked. Great 😀

  • Giri says:

    Hey hi !! This is Great, it works :) My question is how to go back to my original proxy, is it safe to use some random proxy ?? i forgot to note my original one !!

  • Jimmy Dev says:

    It WORKED! Now my account last name is removed.

  • shashank says:

    yipieeeeeee…… thank you sir…it works on me. :)
    THANK YOU arjun sir

  • kim says:

    not working…still says last name required

  • kim says:

    all proxy super slow…finally get in, language shows as indonesian, but still requires last name

  • Lontra says:

    Not working in new facebook… tips?

  • Michael says:

    I did it a year ago. Did it for a friend last week, still working as of October 2014.

  • mounika sri satya says:

    its not working…even after changing all the settings..it is asking me to enter the last name… please help me :(

  • Joey says:

    Is this tutorial still valid now in 2014? Would Facebook ask you to enter your password after editing your name?

  • victor says:

    ITS WORKING! but i am lying that im in indonesia differently. with a chrome addon called Stealthy 😉

  • esa says:

    working good, use proxy port 8080 and do what this page says :) firefox you can get addons where its easy to change proxy.

  • sumia says:

    hii… http://www.proxynova.com/proxy-server-list/country-id/ this link not working in my contry ….. i m live in k.s.a saudia arbia …………..?

  • Pesticide. says:

    working. im not even joking. thanks!

  • John says:

    Hello, this trick works and I could remove the last name yesterday but today when I logged in to shitbook it forced me to update my name, so I had to write a last name too, but I did not write my real last name I wrote a fake name which got accepted but maybe they will ask me to change again in the future.

    I hate facebook and didn’t want this shit but I have to chat with some girl that only has facebook so my only option was to create a facebook account. They can go to hell with their trying to force people to use their real identity. This is internet, everybody has the right to be anonymous, but facebook is trying to prevent that.

  • Peky says:

    It is working. 26/11/2014

  • Hasna says:

    Woot Woot It worked. Now am just Hasna Yay :) Thanks Arjun

  • fkhell says:

    It really works Thanks Arjun .. im from ph

  • Achmad Fazri says:

    Hmm i’m from indonesia… TQ

  • M says:

    Wooo! So happy this worked, thank you!:)

  • parvesh says:

    i dont hide my last name me check all proxie but it does not work

  • Jason says:

    I have to enter my full name into facebook now or else I’m locked out, I presume Facebook are knuckling down on people with non-authenticated names. Is there any way to bypass this and still keep one name?

  • Its awesome tricks. Thanks for sharing

  • Amit says:

    not working here,
    dose it work through wifi ???

  • Nikki says:

    Thank you so much!!!! It worked brilliantly and I was even able to use my very cool African alphabet nickname!!!! :D:D:D:D:D

  • Anonymous says:

    Worked perfect without proxy! I travelled to Jakarta!

  • Ajmal says:

    Working fine bro … from saudi arabia.. at 1-19-15

  • Ajmal says:

    Use this proxy and port 8080 . It worked fine for me. proxy was superfast..

    Special thanks Arjun bro

  • achraf says:

    thank you !!

  • Roberto says:

    Works, but in a phone is full name…

  • Nekotamo says:

    Thank you very much, works!

  • John says:

    Confirming that this method still works as of this comment. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • shagufta says:

    there is no option like

    display as:
    alternative name:
    save changes 😮

  • Gintaras says:

    working thanks mate

  • Vinayak says:

    Great Tips. Its Work For Me (y) Thanks Arjun Heartily.

  • Prakhar Singh says:

    It doesn’t work for me, whenever I leave the last name empty it shows error and sometimes Firefox does not connect only after changing proxies

  • Donald says:

    yes work thanks! But can I change back to English language?

  • Prakhar Singh says:

    Does it work from Android mobiles?

  • Le Shrude says:

    Didnt work for me.
    I used HOLA as a VPN for indonesia.
    Changed my location as per the article.
    But When i tried to save it , i got a red error message which I assume is telling me i need to put in a last name. ( i cant read Indonesian :) )

    Any advice?

  • Joro says:

    It works! I had to find a working proxy, but I did it. Thanks!

  • Guru says:

    Works like a charm!! Thanks a lot :)

  • Sim Pal says:

    Worked for me. Thanks

  • mukul says:

    Hey.. I liked your trick.. But o don’t hsve any dongle or high speed internet on my pc.. All i have is my android phone can use it by my android phone xperia sp

  • Chris says:

    Very helpful indeed – many thanks.

  • grace says:

    it dont work. it always appear to be blank

  • Foo12 says:

    Does not work here :(

  • Foo12 says:

    It was a proxy issue, it still works!

  • Yuudachi says:

    All of it manages to work except for the part where i need to confirm it by inputting my password. after i tried inputting my password nothing happens. Even if i click it several times it just loads and stops loading. Assuming fb fixed this? if not. i hope you can help.

  • Amp says:

    It works all the way up to verify and enter password; then when I click save changes,,, it appears to be saving,, but it stays there and it doesn’t save the changes.

  • Amp says:

    After getting frustrated; I press the “Save Changes” multiple times and it worked. I guess it was the high latency of going thru the proxy. SOLVED

  • It’s wonderful that you are getting ideas from this post as well as from our argument made here.

  • Salazryl says:

    Working fine for me! Thanks Cryptlife!

  • dx1sy says:

    awesome! tnx <3

  • Benna says:

    I have problem performing the change in my Microsoft Windows phone browsers. Whats the remedy here @Cryptlife…. thanks in advance.

  • Benna says:

    As in, there is no proxy settings in my browsers…

  • edwin mathafeni says:

    Someone help, I want to make single name but it refuses.

  • Corey says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I followed this about 8 months ago and it worked flawlessly.

    I’m facing a different issue, where FB is demanding an I.D. of some sort asking me to prove who I am.

    It’s a neat trick, but it has the potential for you to get locked from your account if someone reports it.

    I didn’t see this anywhere in your tutorial and it’s worth mentioning.

  • Pramodh says:

    Hii Arjun can u pls change my name here into stylish font that which Facebook must accept..Waiting for your reply !

    • Arjun says:

      Hi Pramodh, you can use your mobile phone while changing name. Use different accents with your keyboard while changing the name.

      Note: Facebook is more concerned about the names these days. People who have single name is now detected by Facebook and they ask for ID proof to verify the name.

  • Oni says:

    Worked perfectly! Quality/simple tutorial dude, cheers!

  • shafeeq says:

    it’s not working.pls help ;(

  • navesh says:

    please help facebook has almost been updated! nowadays it is not the same fb.. please give me an alternate way to change the name plzzz…

  • Kat says:

    The proxy list website is not working. The list is empty and it tells me to come back later, regardless of which country I choose. What can I do?

  • Thanks for providing this article. Very useful trick I have also tried this and it is working fine for me. :)

  • Misha says:

    Refreshed all the browser settings about 10 times a-a-and… it works! Thank you so much!