Many people have been asking the question: ‘Where can I learn how to verify my Facebook account?’ The answer to this question is here! In this article, we will tell you how to get verified on Facebook and explore whether you can actually initiate the process yourself.
When it comes to getting verified on Facebook, there are three options. You can verify your account and get a blue checkmark, or you can verify a page and get a blue or grey checkmark. That is why we will tell you how to verify Facebook account and page separately so that you know what the difference is.
How to verify your Facebook account
Ok, we have some bad news for you. If you are reading this article, chances are, you will not be able to verify Facebook account. That is, unless you are a public figure. If you actually are, unfortunately, your status does not guarantee that you will be able to get that coveted blue checkmark.
In order to be eligible for account verification, you not only have to be someone important, but you also need to be generating public interest and have a completed account that complies with Facebook’s rules and regulations. By this, we mean that you need to have a proper profile picture, a cover photo, a name that is in accordance with Facebook guidelines, some content posted to your page and the ‘Follow’ function enabled.
However, even having all that does not guarantee you Facebook verification. While you could previously request a blue verification badge by providing the reason for that, as well as the photo of your government-issued ID, things have changed. You can no longer make a request, so all you can do now is hope that Facebook recognises you as the real deal.
That said, if you want people to believe that your Facebook page is actually yours, you can link it to other social media platforms or your official website. We know that this is not quite the same as having that blue checkmark, but that is all we (and Facebook) can offer you at the moment.
How to verify Facebook page and get blue checkmark
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Now, when it comes to pages, the situation is pretty much the same as with accounts. As long as the page belongs to an eligible media organisation, brand or anything of the sort, then there is a chance that Facebook might grant it the blue checkmark.
Nevertheless, requests for verification are just as unavailable for pages as they are for accounts. Before, the system worked in the same way as for the accounts, only instead of the ID, the person running the page needed to provide an official document with a watermark/seal of the organisation.
How to verify Facebook page and the get grey check mark
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You might be wondering: what the heck is a grey checkmark? Apparently, it is not that popular among page owners, as it is really hard to find a page that features a grey checkmark.
In theory, these grey checkmarks were meant for local organisations and businesses, but it seems like the practice has not really caught on. Technically, some pages are still able to get ‘grey’ verification for themselves to this day, but it is rather rare.
If you have a page, you can go to its settings and see for yourself if the option to get verified is there. In the ‘General’ tab, there should be an option that says ‘Page verification’. If you have it, you can verify your page and get a grey checkmark by providing the public phone number for your organization. You will get a call from Facebook and receive a 4-digit code.
Alternatively, you can choose the option that says ‘Verify this page with documents’. In this case, you will need to upload documents with your organization's address and name. Either way, after a few days, you should hear from Facebook and hopefully get that grey checkmark. However, while you wait for your response, grey checkmarks might disappear completely, as it often is with Facebook.
A word of warning, do not pay anyone who promises you a blue or grey checkmark. Facebook does not selling them, so do not believe any offers that claim otherwise. You should also remember that checkmarks could just as easily disappear as they appeared, so do not sweat too much about this bunch of pixels.
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