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Updated Social Tip: Organizing Photos In The New Facebook Timeline

UPDATE: Normally, when Facebook updates the photos/album user experience, I just update this post. However, recent changes have been pretty big, so I went ahead and wrote a new post with updated instructions, which you can find here.



With the rollout of the new Facebook timeline to most users, there has been a lot of confusion about how you used to do things in Facebook and how you do them now. For me, one of the most confusing has been the organization of photos.

Because I upload a lot of photos to Facebook from my phone, every photo lands in my “Mobile Uploads” folder (also known as an album) by default. In the past, I would go into Facebook and edit the photo and choose which folder I want the photo to live in going forward.

With the new Facebook timeline, there has been a LOT of confusion, with some people arguing that you can’t re-organize photos at all with Timeline. The good news is that is false. You can still organize your photos, it’s just a little different.

If you have tried to move photos around to a different folder, you have likely noticed that there is no way to do this by editing the photo. As seen in the image below, you can edit all kinds of image attributes like description, location, and who was with you when the photo was taken. Dropping down the little gear icon in the upper-right corner will even allow you to rotate the photo or set it as your profile photo. What it doesn’t allow you to do, however, is move it to a new folder.

So, once you have edited the photo, how do you move it to a specific folder? You actually do that by editing the folder information. So, to move the photo of my angry bird I do the following:

1) First, decide on which album you want to move the existing photo out from. You can see the full listing of your current albums by clicking the “Albums” link next to your name (see image).

2) Next, click the album where the image currently resides. In my case, I am moving an image out of the “Mobile Uploads” album and into a new one I have created.

3) Click the “Edit Album” link which will change the view of the album, giving you more control over the album and the ability to move photos.

4) Find the photo you want to move and locate the  small drop-down image in the upper-right corner. Click that and choose “Move To Another Album”

5) Select the new album and then click “Move Photo” and you should be all set!

Clear as mud? It’s a little awkward, but Facebook is still working out all the kinks of timeline and all the changes it brings. Hopefully, they will realize that this is a user-experience nightmare and will adjust the process to make it easier. In the meantime, I hope this tips helps you better organize your Facebook photos.

Know of a better/faster way or is this not working for you? Feel free to leave a comment!




Sean R. Nicholson :Social Media Strategist, Tech Geek, Attorney, coffee addict. I connect people, enhance the workplace, & drive business. I blog at and I tweet at @socmedsean. You can also find me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

View Comments (99)

  • Similarly to Cara April 9, 2012 at 9:54 am I would like to simply sort the order of photos WITHIN an album so that is I have time lapse or event photos I can arrange them as they happened!

    I followed your suggestions for moving photos to albums but it will not allow simply moving it to another location within the album! I believe you used to be able to do this.

  • i moved to an album, but i lost all my checkins.. how can i get back my checkins on my timeline.

    PS: thank you for your post.

    • I have the same problem... I moved some my pictures from Mobile almum to new album and all likes and comments were gone.. want to return it. Is there some chance?

  • Hi Sean I've taken a lot of photos, none are in order.I am a person who is not cell phone savey. I have never owned a cell phone before or know how to even set up an album. I have several pictures of my family.how can I arrange this photos into albums and go back and put names on these photos?

  • We used to have the option of choosing a photo order: newest to oldest or oldest to newest, but it appears to be gone now. Some of my albums put new photos at the bottom, so that one has to scroll through tons of photos to see what's new. It is all very frustrating.

  • The solution outlined no longer works...there is no way to get the drop down menu anymore...have tried from the app and from the desktop view

  • Is there a way to move photos from the timeline to an album without deleting the photo from the original post? Thing is we often post photos with our posts. We don't want one gigantic album of timeline photos, we'd like to keep them organized in albums, but seems like Facebook forces you to either leave them in the timeline OR delete them from the original post? Any help on this?

  • I have a problem related to photo sequencing. When I view my new submitted photos under the ALBUM heading, they are in the order in which I submitted the photos. However when I view the photos under the PHOTOS heading the photos appear in exactly reverse order. Does anyone know how to have the PHOTO listing and the ALBUM listing keep the same listing order?

  • My problem is when I published photo on my Facebook timeline from my photo gallery file published photo become gigantic no matter on size..