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Changing your Facebook email address turns out to be not quite what most people expect. I'll walk you through the steps.

My email address has changed; how do I change my email address in Facebook?

Changing your Facebook email address is pretty easy, it's just ... different ... than most email and other services out there.

To truly change your email is three step process.

However, it's possible you may not need all three; Facebook allows you to add email addresses to your account without removing the old unless you want to.

Step 1: Add an Email Address

Login to your Facebook account, and click on Account, and then on Account Settings:

Account Settings on Facebook Account menu

Once in Account Settings, click on the change link next to Email:

Change link for Facebook Email

Enter a new email address in the New Contact Email: field:

New email address specified

Once you press Add New Email, Facebook will prompt you for your password as a security measure:

Facebook password confirmation when changing email

An email is then sent to both the old and the new address for verification, and the Email section of the settings page changes to:

Facebook's email status while waiting for email conversation

Check your email at the new address, and you should see a message similar to this:

Facebook confirmation email

Click on the link provided and you're almost done.

At this point, you can login using the new email address and your existing password. However, the old email address hasn't yet been removed, and will still get notifications.

That might be enough for you.

Steps 2 & 3: Remove the Old Address

Return to that email section, click on that change link again and you'll see something interesting:

Facebook showing all associated email addresses

All we've done so far is add an email address to the account. You now need to do two things, but only if you want to:

  • Step 2: Select your new email address as the "Contact Email", and click on Change Contact Email. This will cause all subsequent notification to go to your new email address.

  • Step 3: After you've changed the Contact Email, a "Remove" link will appear next to the old email address. Click that if you want that email address completely disassociated from your Facebook account.

Of course you can add yet another email address at this point also.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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4 Comments
WayneW
November 24, 2010 4:40 PM

I saw this on facebook and thought you were talking about the new facebook email.

Mih0
December 2, 2011 6:42 AM

So, I realize this is over a year old, is this no longer valid? I actually have no "add new email address" option anymore which is a problem since my *.edu address (required when I signed up) is now invalid

Connie
December 2, 2011 7:40 AM

@Mih0
Facebook seems to change a lot, but I am still finding the function in my account. It's under Account settings, and the link is called "Add another email."

I was required to enter my password, and verify the new email. I also went ahead and changed to an even stronger password, while I was at it.

JAM
February 2, 2012 6:31 AM

What if your primary email in facebook is no longer valid due to inactivity (Yahoo has a policy which de-activates your email account if it's not used for more than 6 months) How can you change your facebook email address if you can no longer verify it thru the de-activated Yahoo account?

Any ideas?

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