[ANSWERED] Organizing Photos In The New Facebook Timeline

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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.

Editing a photo within the new Facebook timeline allows you to adjust the description, who was with you when you took and the place where it was taken. You can't change what album it resides inEditing a photo within the new Facebook timeline allows you to adjust the description, who was with you when you took and the place where it was taken.

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:

Clicking the Albums link will take you to a view of all the folders you have created for your Facebook photos

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”

You can move an image to another album with this new dropdown menuYou can move an image to another album with this new dropdown menu.

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

Select your new target album, where you want the photo locatedSelect your new target album, where you want the photo located

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!



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  1. I think I have figured it out everyone.. switch back to classic facebook and you can move them to any album and put them in the order you want! Worked for me

  2. Patti Blackwell says

    After editibg an album of 200 pictures and clicking save I then added another picture and the 200 pictures scattered in a different order. HELP.

  3. Kelly Anderson says

    Thank you for your help. The only problem I’m now facing is it gives me a create album button but the toggle doesn’t drop down the albums I have in place.

  4. I can’t even load photos to an album at the moment. It stalls on the “upload” part. I can add pictures to my wall just fine via my status bar, but not the other way round. Very frustrating.

  5. Angel Mendoza says

    Can I add time line posts to a facebook album? My friend has an iphone and she can do this… I have an android. Does this matter? Please Help


  7. Melanie Merritt says

    I have always chosen the album I want my new pictures to be loaded to, but lately they go not only to the designated album, but also appear in “Uploads” on the screen that offers “photos of you,” “uploads,” and “albums.” Any way to make that not happen? Thanks.

  8. Malcolm Wilton-Jones says

    Classic facebook is no longer an option and the new version still does not sort in chronological order, it only puts them in alphabetical order.

  9. i noticed that the old my photos have the ‘move to other album’ option without editing. the one I uploaded a few days back, I need to go to edit album. the ones I just uploaded don’t have the option either way. maybe I have to wait a few days for the option to appear.

  10. Diane Duke says

    Facebook has created 163 Mobile Uploads folders in my photo albums section of my FB page. They are all empty. How on earth can I get rid of all of these?! Please help!!!

  11. HIii . it seems like I can move photos around my albums EXCEPT moving photos form my timeline album to another album. Anyone else have this problem? I want to move my photos out of the timeline album. Thank you 🙂

  12. James Colter says

    It seems the ONLY option in albums is to download. Cannot edit timeline album.

  13. Dorita Agius says

    Hey thanks for this but the “edit” option doesn’t appear for the Timeline & Mobile folders. Please help

  14. Dorita Agius says

    same here 🙁

  15. FB doesnt have an ‘edit album’ button for certain folders so you cant mov the photo. It is impossible. I even have uploaded 3 pictures at the same time, 2 of them come in “timeline”folder, the 3rd in “uploads from my phone” folder.

    I hate FB, they make everything difficult to do things your own way! I only use it because of contact with my oversea family.

  16. Jordan styles says

    Has there ever been a solution? It’s March of 2021, and I still can’t seem to move photos. I uploaded some photos at the pumpkin patch last October I just want to sort into albums for my designated children and because I didn’t upload them individually I can’t separate them? Has anyone found a loop hole yet?

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