[ANSWERED] 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.

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. David Sim Hun Vun says

    i dont think so it is apply to facebook group
    if to move photo from timeline to album under facebook group, what is the solution?

  2. Once you move a photo that was in a post, it removes it from the post 🙁

  3. I think i figured it out.
    1. Go the posts where you uploaded the photo, and click on the photo. In the upper left hand screen of the photo it will say “Photos from “Your Name” Posts in Mobile Photos”
    2. Click on the Mobile Photos Link. It will open the “Your Photos” section in a folder called “Mobile Photos”
    3. Once there click EDIT.
    4. Now on every photo is a drop down with the option to move photo to new folder

    Hope this helps

    • As of 6/11/19, there is no longer an option that says move to new folder. Your instructions did, however, help me find my mobile album.

      • Yes – Soc Media Sean’s advice seems to no longer work, nor does it really address what I’m trying to do: I’m going nuts trying to add photos to an existing album but place them further back in the sequence, but they just get added to the tail end. (If only I wasn’t OCD about this stuff!)

      • Gilberto Guerrero Juárez says

        It does work, but do it from a computer, then look for the pic in your timeline and click on it. It will be stored by default in an album called “mobile uploads” or someting like that. It appears as a link, then you can see that album. If you go directly into “Albums” it won’t appear. Then, once there, follow the instructions and that’s it. The downside of this is that if yoy had your pics attached to a comment, your images won’t move along with them but, I guess it’s something. Try it.

  4. Vincent Joseph says

    Sean – please read & understand the question – it’s a simple question – There is no Timeline album!!! Photos on the Timeline do not have the option anywhere to move them into an album. Why not? If there is a way, then let us know exactly how to do it! Again….moving a photo that says ‘Timeline Photos’ on them DOES NOT have an option to move them into an album. Why does Facebook make everything so difficult??

  5. Shannon Roman says

    The issue I’m having seems to be a nuanced variation to what you have explained. When you post from Instagram in the singular form, you can select those photos individually and rearrange through one of two methods into your Facebook albums. However, if I happen to use the multiple photo posting feature on Instagram, posting 2+ photos in one IG post; I cannot find any way to organize these into specific Facebook albums, even if I wanted to take the entire group of photos and move them. They do not appear when I click to Edit the Instagram album, either.

  6. Vanessa Ruditys-Brody says

    I was able to move the photos from my timeline to my specified album. However, after doing that, my post, which contained the photos no longer have the photos associated to them. How do I move the photos while still keeping the integrity of my original post?

  7. I don’t see an EDIT ALBUM option! Ugh!

  8. But own do you do this in groups? Related an album – when I add a pic it just shows a general post that a pic was added to the album. The pic I added to the album doesn’t show up on the group wall. If I add the same pic on its own you can see it on the wall, it shows up in photos, but then you can’t move it to the album!! Is there a work around??

  9. So my issue is that I cannot move photos labeled as “timeline” photos to an album and there is no longer a default “album” titled “timeline photos” So all of the solutions that say go to the “album” don’t work and if I go to the image directly the option just isn’t there. Any ideas?

  10. Hi there.

    Thank you so much for all the info. Maybe I’m missing something here. When I click on “photos”, I have 3 option tabs “Photos of You”, “Your Photos” & “Albums”

    I want to move photos from “Your photos” to specific albums. This doesn’t give me any options but when I go into “Photos of You” or “Albums” the options are there. Normally all photos uploaded automatically appears in a “Timeline” or “Mobile Uploads” album but no longer there.

    So am I right in saying you can’t move photos in the “Your Photos” page, you can’t assign them to another album?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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

  13. 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?

    • I’m wondering that too! As well as how can I rearrange the order And make them stay that way! I can click on and relocate a photo and click save when I’m in edit album. But, when I go back to it, it’s still in the original order it was before I relocated a photo!

      • Phyllis Cartwright says

        This is exactly the problem I have. When I arrange the photos in the order I want, Facebook rearranges them! How do we get around this?

  14. superseiyan says

    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?

  15. Jenny Jaeaud says

    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

  16. Rachelle McCoy says

    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.

  17. Susanna kidd says

    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?

  18. How we get back timeline likes when move the other album

    • 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?

  19. Jossie coetzee says

    I,don’t have a computer,and also very old phone,i need someone to get into my photo album on facebook and rearrange it ,i don’t worry the person can gave all the album’s names,i do not care

  20. 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.

  21. The Phoenix says

    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.

    • You can click on and drag them to a new order when in edit album. I just can’t get them to stay in the new order! I click “save” but when I go back, it’s in the same order it was before I moved it!

  22. I uploaded a photo to my first timeline life event but I did it at a later time (2 weeks later) after I added the life event. The photo did not show up in my newsfeed. I’m not sure if it is because I did it after the fact or if it is because it never shows up anyway. How do you fix this?

  23. Sean, I’m the creator or “owner” of a FB group, where members of the group can post pictures of the group subject. Now, there are a bunch of individual photo’s that I’d like to start placing in new albums, so the individual photo’s are better organized. Do you know any way to take the individual photo’s not currently in any album of a group, and move them into new albums??

  24. what about the photos in a “GROUP”? Can I move the photos from the GROUP’s timelime to an newly created album?

  25. It is easy to move images from one album to another. But when I want to get rid of an empty album, often there are comments pertaining to the whole album and they can’t be moved. I wish there was a way to preserve these comments and then delete the empty album.

  26. There seems to be a problem when trying to move photos that don’t appear in any album. For example, if someone uploads a bunch of photos all at once to a timeline, they do not appear in any album. I can’t see how to get them into an album, since the only place I can find the menu with the move option is within an album.

  27. terri swier says

    This suggestion works well with one exception. Moving photo’s to a new folder now places them at the top of your timeline as if you’ve just reposted them. My timeline is now completely out of order. Anybody know how to tell it to sort by the original upload date?

  28. But it seems like you can’t do that with Timeline photos and Cover photos.

  29. What I am seeing is that photos that were loaded as a group into the timeline and not an album will not move. The ones loaded one at a time into timeline will move. Also I can not move anything back to the timeline once it is moved off of timeline. This also applies to mobile uploads as well.

  30. If somebody can help me: since 1 month, I can’t move the photos in my albums; they are blocked. The albums can be moved, but not the photos; I don’t understand why appeared this problem ?

    • i spend hours trying to move from mobile upload to photos, not working. but i discovered that if you are in the mobile album, go tag yrslf and will appear on yr photo album, you cannot delete in mobile upload album otherwise it will disappeared from yr main photo album. funny…. means its a shortcut then. hmmmm…..

  31. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Been driving me crazy & now it’s corrected! Thank you!

  32. I’m having the same problem as Ria:
    When moving an image into a new album the drop down menu that is presented does not show all my albums. Does anyone know why this could be happening?


  33. I had posted a photo and comment as a status. This then had lots of lovely comments made but somehow I accidentally hid it from timeline. I now want to return it to my timeline, but all I’ve managed to do is to share the photo with my timeline and all the comments and likes (although still showing on the photo in my album) are not showing on my timeline photo…is there a way to correct this?

  34. Im not sure if this is mac-specific, but you can’t move a photo to another album/folder if it has been commented on or liked. If the photo was commented/liked and you click the drop down, the “move” option does not show. I also hate that you can’t create a new album unless you add photos from your desktop. In many cases, the photo that is in my ‘mobile uploads’ requires a new album. Can’t be done. I won’t even go into all the things we lost with the latest iOS facebook app. Getting tired of Facebook.

  35. Thank you!!!!
    I wish I had found your post sooner!
    …would have saved me a lot of frustration.

  36. I am having the SAME trouble. When I click photo on the main timeline screen I have 3 options. Photos of you – Photos – Albums. Under the photos tab I see EVERY photo ever uploaded. I don’t want them even viewed as some were in albums marked “only me”. The only options I have is to “edit” or “remove”. Can someone PLEASE help????

  37. I did this but the only options are Make Album Cover or Remove this Photo …..

    I can send a screen shot….

    I’m trying to move from Mobile uploads.

  38. Cheers for posting, mate!

  39. I am having difficulties with re-showing albums in Timeline. I have hidden a photo album with 100+ pictures from Timeline months ago. I now may want to re-show it on Timeline. However, I have to show all 100+ pictures individually on Timeline rather than one single album. I have tried the audience selector and the activity log, they don’t work. Does anyone know how to re-show a previously hidden photo album ? Thank you.

  40. I’ve been trying to re-order photos in an album because they were initially uploaded in the wrong order. I move the first photo to the end and when I start to move the next photo, the first one I moved pops back in it’s original position. Is there an easy way to arrange photos in an album?

  41. Juz observed that Move to other albums option was removed from my mobile uploads album.. Was there another change in facebook again ?

    • I’ve noticed this too…am searching all over the net and can’t find a workaround! I have a bunch of vacation photos I uploaded on my phone, but I want to put them into a separate album. 🙁

  42. When moving an image into a new album the drop down menu that is presented does not show all my albums. Does anyone know why this could be happening?


  43. Thank you SO much for this! I’ve been looking all over for how to merge albums in the new Timeline. Props to you!!!

  44. This doesn’t work for photos uploaded in bulk to Mobile Uploads using Facebook’s new Camera iPhone app. It still works for an individual photo uploaded using the app but for some reason, not when you’ve uploaded a number of photos at a time.

  45. Or you can use a photo that’s already cropped.

    If you need creative images for your facebook cover, you can find on Timelineimages.com more than 30.000 images. They are already cropped, they’re fantastic and most important, they’re free (for now)!

  46. Any idea on a way to move several pictures at once? For example, combining albums? I want to minimize the number of albums that I have however moving one photo at a time is pretty time consuming and a pain! 🙂 Help!?!?

    • I’ve been trying to do this as well, but have not been able to do so.
      If someone could help us, that would be very great.
      It seems like Facebook didn’t look through this PoV.

  47. Jeremy Andrews says

    The problem I’ve encountered is that if I add a photo to a life event on the timeline, it becomes a sort of an orphan, which is pretty annoying. I’ve managed to get them at least to appear in my photos by tagging myself, but I can’t move it into an album. Even if when choosing the photo for a life event I use “Choose from photos…” it seems to create a copy of the picture that doesn’t share the same likes and comments as the original one in my album.

    I really hope Facebook fixes this, because often I want people to get to the whole album by click on the photo related to that life event. For example, if I make a life event for a trip I took, I want someone to see the rest of my photos from that trip. For now the only way of doing this is by adding a link to the album to the life event description.

    Has anybody found a solution to this? Am I missing something?

    • Months later and there still does not seem to be a fix for this. Photos uploaded to an event aren’t able to be moved to an album, and Timeline doesn’t even show the photos themselves, even if you’re the one who uploaded them. Tagging yourself is a small solution, but has anyone come up with a way to take the photos from and event and attach them to an album?

  48. Baja By Bus (@BajaByBus) says

    Sound advice, will recommend on FB!

  49. this didnt help

    • Sean R. Nicholson says

      Hi Uytu,

      Be sure you are clicking the Edit Album link to get into edit mode. That seems to be the step that is tripping people up. I broke it out into its own step so this step doesn’t get skipped.

      Hope this helps!


      • I am going crazy. I have over 200 albums on Facebook and now I can’t organize them. I move them around and after spending hours organizing them, I go back in and they are all scrambeled again. Please, do you know how I can do this? I have four years of work on there, and now it’s a mess. I am so sad. Thank you for any help you can give me. Delia

  50. I am not much of a fan of the new timeline hence my profile is still on the “classical setup”. Anyhow, I heard some of my friends ranting about this one so I think this could really help. Thanks!

  51. Thanks! Have a great day my friend. 🙂

  52. One thing with the change, is it no longer allows you to sort the photo order of all the pictures at one, which I find irksome. I wish they would at least then allow us to label sub-solders in each album so that things can be looked at in some semblance of order.

  53. Lori Ruff, The LinkedIn Diva says

    Thanks Sean! I was trying to figure this out… you made it “clearer than mud!”

  54. Catherine White says

    I like the new photo viewer, but as a photographer, I’m unhappy that images can now be downloaded on full resolution. My own images have now been reduced to the lowest possible resolution.

  55. bob warren says

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  56. Thanks, I don’t know when this article was written, but when I follow the directions and access Edit Album this way, the Edit Album window shown above does not open. Instead I get large “thumbnails” of each image. I discovered there is a faint symbol at the upper right corner, if you click on it, it gives a drop-down menu where you can choose to move the photo,

    • Sean R. Nicholson says

      Thanks, Diana! Looks like Facebook made some recent updates to the process. I have updated the instructions and screen shots to show the new process.



  57. Yep! Facebook must have seen this…because they fucked with it AGAIN. Now the “Edit Album” just takes where you cannot select ‘edit photos’

    Must have been to easy and understandable…so it had to go….

    • Sean R. Nicholson says

      At least it looks like they made it a little easier, Russ. I updated the instructions. I think Facebook must have been concerned that someone figured out their “secret formula” for moving photos 😉



  58. Melissa, I´ve also tried for hours now and I just realised how to do it! Choose “edit album” and just move the mouse over the image you want to move, as if you were to tag the photo. You will then be able to open an options-bar to the right of the photo and there you can choose “move to another album”. Hope it helps!

    • Sean R. Nicholson says

      Thanks, Christine! I updated the instructions to take Facebook’s most recent changes into account.



  59. How can you do this with the new timeline? I have looked and looked.

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