[Answered] Moving Facebook Photos In A Group Into Different Albums

Can you move or arrange Facebook photos and albums that are part of a group?

One of the most common questions that I get via direct message, comments, or tweets is related to a post a published a while back about moving and organizing Facebook photos into different albums.

The steps detailed in that post are specifically focused on individual accounts and the photos posted to your personal timeline.

In that previous post, I showed users that you can move a photo to another album by editing the album and then clicking the menu item for the individual photo that they want to move, as seen in the image below

You can move a photo from one folder to another on Facebook by editing the album and then using the menu for each individual photo

While a lot of folks found those steps to be very valuable, a LOT more surfaced the question asking how to do the exact same thing for a Facebook group.

In fact, just this morning, I received a tweet from @complexrainbo asking about this very specific issue:

As you’ll see, in the Twitter conversation, though, there is no solution to this one at this time.

Facebook just hasn’t extended this feature to Groups at this time. Personal accounts and Facebook Pages are able to move photos between albums, they just haven’t extended that feature over to groups.

So…the answer to the question of “how do I move a photo from one album to another in a Facebook group” is….you don’t. The only real way to do it is to:

  1. Download the photo to your local desktop by clicking into the album where the photo currently resides and clicking the “Download” from the hover menu, as shown below.
    You can download a photo from your Facebook group to your local desktop
  2. Then, you can re-upload the photo to a new album by entering the destination album and choosing “Add Photos/Videos” link at the top of the album.
    You can upload a photo to a new Facebook group photo album

Before you say it…I know. THIS SUCKS! For those of us that have been managing Facebook groups for a long time, it just isn’t reasonable to spend hours and hours downloading and re-uploading, not to mention the fact that every time you re-upload a photo to your timeline, it will reset the data to the new upload date, essentially destroying your ability to review the activities of your group in chronological order.

So there you have it.

I’m sorry that this answer isn’t an actual solution.

It’s just asked a LOT, so I thought I would provide a quick post giving the details for those who are searching Google for an actual answer, but can’t find one.

In case you’re curious as to whether Facebook knows this is a feature request…they are. You can see the posts and related posts here:

https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10200902487392656

but Facebook never really answers and they close the posts for comments pretty frequently.

Have you discovered a way to move photos between albums in a Facebook group?

I’d love to be proven wrong…so be sure to share it in a comment. If I can find  a way to move them, or Facebook update the functionality, I’ll update the post, so check back.

Cheers!

–Sean

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Comments And Reactions

  1. Fiona Wallace says:

    How do I create new albums in a group in order to organise photos that have already been uploaded?

    • Fiona Wallace says:

      Just to clarify: I am referring to a Facebook group.

    • Sean R. Nicholson says:

      Hi Fiona,

      To create a brand new photo album, login to Facebook and navigate to your group. In the toolbar right below your group cover photo, you should see a menu item that says “More”. Hover over it and you’ll see “Create Photo Album”. Click that and it will step you through the process of creating a brand new album.

      Hope that helps!

      –Sean

  2. BARB SHORT says:

    Hi there I am so confused can you help,i run auction albums on facebook for animal rescue and in the past it has never been a problem to move the pics around on the album,but this time everytime I set it how I want to and click off the album, when I add or return to it the pics have moved all over the place and the album runs bottom to top (upside down ?????

    • Sean R. Nicholson says:

      Hi Barb,

      Is your auction album part of a Facebook group or is part of a Facebook page? Let me know and I’ll try to do some testing and help out 🙂

      –Sean


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