[Updated 2020] Facebook Tip: Organizing, Moving and Editing Your Photos And Albums

NOTE: This post has been fully updated recently. There were a lot of changes to the way Facebook allows for the moving of photos, so I updated all the steps and the screen captures. I hope they help! If you run into any issues or have tips, PLEASE leave them as comments as they help others who are struggling to reorganize their Facebook photos.



We all love to post photos on Facebook, right? The challenge is that while positing photos is easy to do from your phone or tablet, organizing them into albums within Facebook can be a real pain-in-the-you-know-what.

It seems that the Facebook User Experience Engineers have designed an organization system that seems logical to them, but in real life isn’t really intuitive to most of us.

A while back, I wrote a post about uploading and organizing your photos on Facebook. As Facebook made changes, I tried to keep it updated with the slight UI changes to the albums and photo organizers.

As I went to update for the umpteenth time…I realized that it would probably be better to just start a new post and give the most recent instructions without all the history.

Likely, I’ll have to update this one 15 times, too…but that’s the world of Facebook, right?

So if you’re just looking for tips on how to organize your photos, here are the most recent instructions.

Quick Note Before We Start: If you are trying to figure out how to move and organize photos in a Facebook GROUP, read this post instead.  

Creating a Facebook Album (also known as uploading a photo)

The first step in getting organized is making sure you have the right albums. Facebook doesn’t let you create albums on-the-fly while you’re organizing them, so the best thing to do is go through all your current folders and see if there are some logical groups.

Make a list. Yes…with a pencil and paper.

For me, the groups are basically family photos, pictures of good things to eat, critters who have visited my house, cute pet photos and cupcakes. Yes…I’m a bit of a cupcake fanatic so they get their own albums.

To create a new album just go into the Photos section of your Facebook profile and then click “Create Album”.

Create a new photo album in Facebook by going to your Photos sectiona and clicking Create AlbumCreate a new photo album in Facebook by going to your Photos sectiona and clicking Create Album

Facebook doesn’t provide an intuitive way to create an empty album (there is a way, but it ‘s strange), so it’s best to upload a photo into the new album. Don’t worry…you can delete it later if you don’t want to keep the photo in the album.

Add a new image to your new Facebook Adding a new photo to your Facebook album is pretty easy. 

Facebook does allow you to re-organize your photos and albums, it just takes some know-how. Click To Tweet

Once the photo is selected, give your album a new name and describe the types of photos that people can expect to see in the album when they browse it. If the album contains photos that were all taken in the same location (e.g. Hawaii or New York City) you can also add a location.

With respect to this album, these photos were all taken in Iceland, so I could add that geo-location to the album. If you’re interested in learning more about my visit to Iceland, you can read all about it via my blog series at FlatlandersIn.com

Add a name and description to your new Facebook albumAdd a new name and description to your new Facebook album and add any captions to your photos, if you’d like.

Just before you click the “Post Photos” button in the lower-right corner, be sure to set your privacy settings by clicking the gear icon and choose who can see the photos in the album. Remember, this privacy setting will be set for all the photos you are uploading.

Before creating the new album, set the appropriate permission levelsSet the appropriate level of permissions on your album. REMEMBER that these permissions will be applied to all photos in the album.

Once you click the “Post Photos” button, the new folder will be created and you’ll be able to move other photos into this album.

Making Your Photos On Facebook Private

I know it seems a bit repetitive and I covered a bit of it in the last section, but I have received so many questions about this that I feel like it’s worth breaking it out into its own section.

If you want to upload photos to Facebook and keep them completely private, meaning only you can see them, then it’s important that you set the privacy settings for that photo or album to “Only Me”.  By doing that, you are telling the Facebook application to never show that specific photo or album to anyone but you. 

Some of you might wonder why anyone would store completely private photos on Facebook, but there are actually some valid reasons like:

  • You use Facebook as a chronological journal of life events, but some of them are personal so you want to restrict their viewing
  • There might be some older photos that you added to Facebook in the past that you don’t want showing going forward
  • One person told me that they set some of their “wilder” photos to “Only Me” why they were searching for a new job. They felt this tamed down their Facebook profile a bit, limiting what their future employers might see. 

One thing that is important to note is that setting the privacy on a Facebook photo or album to “Only Me” isn’t truly a privacy protection. Because you are using the Facebook platform, you are granting Facebook the right to use your photos. 

From the Facebook terms of use:

“To provide our services, though, we need you to give us some legal permissions to use that content. Specifically, when you share, post, or upload content that is covered by intellectual property rights (like photos or videos) on or in connection with our products, you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, and worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content”

That means when you upload your photo, even with “Only Me” privacy set, Facebook could turn your photo into its next worldwide ad.

Just something to think about as you add new photos that you want to remain private to Facebook. 

Editing The Facebook Photo Album Name, Description, And The Photo Details

Just in case you made a mistake when editing your album name or details, there is a way to edit the album name and fix the mistake. You can even edit the pictures and their captions. To edit the album name, description, or the photo details inside an album:

Step 1 – From your Facebook profile, choose the “Photos” tab. This displays the listing of all the photos you have uploaded to Facebook.

Step 2 – From the photos page, click the Albums tab to show your photo albums.

Step 3 – Find the album that you would like to rename and click on the three dots in the lower-right corner of the album.

To rename a photo album or edit the description, first locate the album you want to editLocate the album that you want to change the name or description of and open the album menu.

Step 4 – From the menu that opens, click “Edit”. This takes you to the page where you can edit the name of the Facebook photo album, as well as the description. You can also edit the captions of any photo located within the Facebook photo album.

From the Facebook album edit page, you can change the name of a Facebook photo album, update the description or even edit the photo detailsFrom the album details page, you can edit the name of a Facebook album, update the album description, and even edit the photo captions.

Step 5 (REALLY IMPORTANT) – Be sure to click the “Save” button after you have made all your edits. This will save your album or photo changes.

Moving Photos Between Albums

Fairly recently, Facebook made a big improvement to their albums in the fact that they added the ability to move photos between albums. Previously, when you clicked on the edit pencil for the photo, the menu item did not include the ability to move a photo to another album, as shown in the image below.

After you click the Edit button, you can drag and drop the Facebook photos into any custom order you desirePreviously, Facebook did not give users the ability to move a photo from one album to another. 

Luckily, we now have an option to move photos!!!

As shown in the new image below, Facebook has added a menu item to “Move To Other Album”. 

You can now move Facebook photo from one album to anotherFacebook finally gave us an intuitive way to move a photo from one album to another.

To move a photo from one album to another, just click the “Move To Other Album” link in the dropdown menu. In the popup that opens, select the other album where you want the photo to be moved to. 

In the image below, my photo would be moved to the “Camelback Mountain” album. Once moved to that album, all the permissions for that album would be applied to the photo.

Choose the target album where you want to move your Facebook photoSelect the album where you want to move your Facebook photo to.

Once you move the photo, you will notice that it disappears from your new album, because Facebook moved it into the album that you selected.

The new Facebook album is empty because the photo has been moved to the target albumThe new album is empty because I moved the photo from the new album to the target destination.

Yeah…but can I move a Facebook photo into another album that already exists?

Certainly. If you already have a photo in an album that you want to move into another album, just do this:

1) First, decide on which album you want to move the existing photo from. You can see the full listing of your current albums by choosing the “Albums” section at the top of your photo gallery.

The albums section of your photos on FacebookThe albums section of you phot gallery will help you choose the album where the photo you want to move currently resides.

2) Next, click the album where the image currently resides. In my case, I am moving an image out of the “Camelback Mountain” album and back into the Iceland 2019 album.

3) 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”

Select the Facebook photo and choose to move it to another albumJust edit the photo and choose to move it to another album.


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

Move your photo to the new target album and you should be all set

Can I Rearrange The Order Of Photos In A Facebook Album?

This is always a popular question that I get, because people miss a step when they try to reorder or reorganize their Facebook photos inside an album. The trick is to be sure you click the edit button. 

If you want to change the order of the photos in your Facebook photo album, here’s what you do:

Step 1 – Locate the album that you want to edit and click the album to view it. 

Step 2 – Click the Edit button in the upper-right corner.

After you click the Edit button, you can drag and drop the Facebook photos into any custom order you desireIf you want to re-order the photos in one of your Facebook albums, be sure to click the Edit button.

Step 3 – In the edit view, you can now drag and drop the photos into any order you would like. 

Step 4 – Click the Save button to apply the changes. The photos should now be in the order you specified. 

Can I Choose Which Picture I Want To Be The Cover Photo For My Facebook Album?

You can….but once again it’s really important that you are in the edit view of the album. To change the picture that serves as the cover photo for your album, do this:

Step 1 – Locate the album that you want to edit and click the album to view it. 

Step 2 – Click the Edit button in the upper-right corner.

Step 3 – In the edit view, click the pencil icon to edit the specific photo that you want to become the cover photo for your album. 

Step 4 – From the dropdown menu, choose “Make Cover Photo”. 

Facebook allows you to choose which picture will serve as the cover photo for your album

Step 5 – Click the Save button to apply the changes to the album. The selected photo should now display as the cover photo. 

How Do I Delete Photos From A Facebook Album?

But what if a photo is just too embarrassing or isn’t something you want posted on Facebook anymore?

You can delete a photo by locating the photo, clicking the drop-down menu on the upper-right corner and selecting “Delete This Photo”.

Facebook will ask you to confirm, and then once you delete it…it’s gone from your albums. Keep in mind, however, that it may not be gone from Facebook forever, though.

Buckle up…here comes some legal-speak. But it’s important that you understand whether your Facebook photos are REALLY deleted from Facebook.

According to their terms of use the types of information Facebook collects from/about you is not limited to just your status updates, but also includes the photos  you upload:

Information we receive about you

We receive a number of different types of information about you, including:

Your information
Your information is the information that’s required when you sign up for the site, as well as the information you choose to share.

  • Registration information: When you sign up for Facebook, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender. In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.
  • Information you choose to share: Your information also includes the information you choose to share on Facebook, such as when you post a status update, upload a photo, or comment on a friend’s story.
Be aware that even if you remove a photo from Facebook, they might still have the right to use it. Click To Tweet

This might seem silly to mention, but you’ll understand where I’m going with this when you read what you agree to allow Facebook to do with that information once you upload it to the site. In the “How we use the information we receive:” section of their Terms of Use, Facebook states:

Granting us this permission not only allows us to provide Facebook as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways.

While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important to us, which is why we don’t share information we receive about you with others unless we have:

  • received your permission;
  • given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy; or
  • removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it.

So, while this sounds all well and good, what Facebook is saying is that once you upload a photo to Facebook, it is theirs to use as they please.

Why? Because they have already given you notice that they can use your photo because they have included notice about it in their terms of use. Circular and tricky, right? Right.

My point in telling you this is to remind you that just because you delete something from Facebook, doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. Who knows, that embarrassing photo of you at the office party might actually show up in Facebook’s marketing materials because you uploaded the photo and Facebook chose to include it under their “innovative features and services we develop in the future…” clause.

Just to set the expectation, understand that something uploaded to and then deleted from Facebook isn’t necessarily deleted forever.

Hopefully, that helps clear up the process of adding/editing/moving/deleting photos within your Facebook albums. If you see something that isn’t clear or have an additional tip to help others out, be sure to leave a comment!



UPDATE From A Reader Question

I recently received an email about this post asking about the privacy settings. The reader asked:

Once you make a Facebook photo or album private using the “Only Me” setting, is it possible to go back later and make the Facebook photos public again?

The answer is a definite Yes! At least until Facebook changes things again.

To make your Facebook photos public, just follow the instructions above to edit the album and then just set the privacy of the photo or the album to Public, Friends, or whatever custom privacy setting that would suit your needs. To learn a little more about Facebook privacy settings, this post might help

I hope that helps!



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  1. Thanks

  2. Can’t seem to edit my whole album for some reason…😩

  3. Hmm…for some reason it isn’t giving me that option to move photo to another album

  4. Jocelyn M Piechowiak says

    Thank You Soooo Much. I managed to move my mobile uploads to other albums.
    Your directions only need one small change…to click on whatever is underlined. In your case it was Timeline Photos, for me it was Mobile Uploads.

  5. Hello, thanks for making this page! I am trying to re-order a facebook photo album. I have tried the going into edit album and dragging the pictures to where I want them to be, but they do not move. Is this a new change in facebook, or is there something wrong with my laptop? I always add photos in random order and then tidy them up after, so it’s a bit of a nightmare that I can no longer do it!

    • Yes, please update your page. Since February 2020 I have been unable to move photos within an album or select the album cover. Your help would be great appreciated!

  6. Kristi Rogers says

    Maybe this was stated, but just in case…I wanted to sort some photos and I tried the instructions above but they would not move. What I discovered was I was in the “new” facebook version, when I went to the “old” version I could then move them around.

  7. Tanya Haydt says

    Please update as to most recent FB changes. Going into my Mobile Uploads album/Edit Album – the ability to move to another album is gone. Going into Mobile Uploads and then clicking the pencil (edit) button also does not give you an option to move albums. You can only delete, change alt text, edit location, download, make profile picture or make cover picture.

  8. Is it possible to arrange a video in an album? I don’t want to move it from one album to another. I was to move it from the end of the album to the middle of the album. Is this possible? It doesn’t show up under edit when you are arranging photos. Thanks!

  9. Move to another Album is not an option available now on facebook to move photos to move from one to another

  10. Hey…Thnx for the post. May I know how can I move photos between albums by using laptop? I was able to do it with the desktop computer. I also know that it cannot be done in mobile devices. But I don’t know what is the problem with the laptop! I am NOT finding any options on the picture which is supposed to be there in the right bottom corner. Can u help?

  11. Thank you for this post! While I have been aware of how to do all of these things for quite some time, MY trouble is I am doing it on a business page, and anytime I move one pic from an album to another, even if just the mobile uploads (which a wasteland of everything we have ever posted) to a much more organized sorted bunch of albums, it posts to our news feed “so and so added 10 new pics to the album spring and summer!”. I would love to sit down during all the closure nonsense and sort our business page pics nice and neat, but DONT want to spam all our 8,000 followers by it posting. After reading this, do you think it would work to essentially sort all the pics but make EVERY album “only me” privacy, and once we have them the way we want them, change the full privacy for every album back to public? Or will it spam our news feed again? Any insight you have to avoid this issue would be appreciated!

  12. Is there still a way to “change ordering” of the photos? I know that I can drag and drop, but is there a way to automatically sort them by date like there used to be? Thanks!

  13. msjeffress says

    I can move from one album to another. The problem is I can’t figure out how to move photos that were just added to a post on my timeline and are not part of an album. How can I take photos from old timeline posts and put them into an album?

    • 2nd that. I can move them from album to album but when I select ‘my photos’ I can’t see an option to move them onto an album…

  14. Christy Almeida says

    How can you move videos into albums?

  15. I was able to rearrange photos inside an album by switching back to the old Facebook look. Just edit an album and drag the photos. The new look doesn’t allow you to rearrange them. So if you’re still allowed to switch between the new and old looks this is a solution.

    • Sean R. Nicholson says

      Interesting, Janne! Thanks for sharing that. Hopefully, it helps folks who still have access to the old view. In the new view, you should be able to move and rearrange photos inside an album, just be sure you click the “Edit” button once you click on the album. The Edit button is what gives you the ability to drag and drop the images in the new order.

  16. I don’t have the option for ‘Move to Another Album’ when I click on ‘Options.’ Is there any other way to do this?

    • Sean R. Nicholson says

      It should be there, Gil. Make sure you are editing the album. Once you are in the view to edit the album, then you should see the “Move to another album” option for each photo.

      I hope this helps!


  17. Gordon Armstrong says

    I wish to sort my photos on face book. When i select a photo and click on edit i get the drop down menu minus “the move to another” Any suggestions are appreciated, Thank you.

  18. Hi there, does anyone know how to add a photo from an “Untitled Album” BACK to the Timelines album? It only gives me the option to “Create new album” when attempting to move it. Thanks!!

  19. I have the same issue. I can move photos one at a time but I want to reorganize large groups of photos from my timeline and mobile uploads into folders in bulk…NOT ONE AT A TIME. I can’t find an answer here as to how to do that.

  20. I cannot move a photo from Timeline or Mobile Uploads to another album. I have tried my phone (Android), Internet Explorer and Chrome. It does not work.

    Also, I cannot choose which photo I want featured for my album anymore 🙁

    • I can’t move photos from timeline or mobile to an album, either and am not finding that option for those photos. I can find the “move to other album” option for photos already in other albums, just not timeline or mobile uploads.

  21. Kevin McGowan says

    I upload albums of sporting events and they are in chronological order in the source folder on my computer. That is how I want them to appear in the Facebook album, but FB scrambles the order. Is there a filter that will again put them in chronological order?

  22. Trent D. Pendley says

    I’m having difficulty moving the order of photos within an album. the larger the album the more cumbersome. I have a My Family album with ancestral photos and I try to keep the famikes together or photos of the same person or couple. dragging the photo sometimes works but the further to the top of the album it usually bounces back to the bottom

  23. Bitter and Murky says

    How do I rearrange the order of the albums on the photos page in a group? How can you set the order of the albums and keep them that way, so they don’t move around every time you add a picture? Thanks.

  24. I Posted a soundcloud link to my wall but want to change the photo that is typically associated with our band with one more appropriate for the song. I have really been struggling with this. I have uploaded the photo to my album but how do you change the old photo in the posted link on the wall to a new one? Soundcloud makes associating photos with your uploads easy but facebook seems to be somewhere else on this. I thought that FB bot would see the associated photo on SC but that has yet to happen. How can this be achieved.

  25. I’m having problems with photo albums on a “page” that I own. A bunch of empty albums showed up that are called “Timeline Photos” and are all blank empty albums. I can’t delete them and I can’t add pictures to them. (I don’t even know where they came from!) There are 12 and my other albums line up underneath them, so unless you scroll down to the bottom of my page past all these empty timeline albums, you don’t know I have any other albums. I tried moving the albums around and putting these at the bottom, but every time I leave the page and return, they are back at the top! How do I either fill them or delete them?

  26. How do you move albums around in order by date?

  27. Lea Hutton Beasmore says

    Why is it you, have scattered albums. In other words, all my albums (all 756 of them) are not in date order anymore. What did you do to scatter them because I sure didn’t do anything. I uploaded to one album recently and yes, I expected it to move but not all 756 albums. It is a mess. Now I have 2012, before 2015, I have 2011 at the bottom along with other dates. It’s a mess and if you expect me to clean up what you all probably did forget it. But I may be so angry now, that I stop using Facebook entirely because I used it to organize albums and now that feature is busted.

  28. I used to have the option of moving a photo I uploaded via mobile phone to another album but I had to do it from my desktop computer. Now there is no “Mobile Uploads” album, only the “Timeline” album and whenever I select “Move To Another Album” that used to work perfectly, now the window with the drop down menu list of albums blows away. I’m thinking either a pop-up blocker, or else another Facebook Flaw after a recent maintenance downtime.


    Click “Photos”.

    Because there is now (11-24-19) not a “Timeline Photos” album, click “Your Photos”.

    Hover over the particular picture you want to move from your timeline, then click the underlined hyperlink “Timeline Photos” within that picture.

    Click “Edit” in the upper right.

    Find the particular picture, hover over it, and click the upside-down triangle in the picture’s upper right to “Select an option”.

    The drop-down menu gives you the option to “Move To Other Album”!

    Select the album you want to move the picture to, click “Move Photo”, then click “Save” in the upper right when you’re done!

    I’m so relieved!!!

  30. Kevin Rooney says

    Right now (Nov. 21, 2019) there is no “Move to Other Album” option in the drop menu when looking at a photo in an album. So frustrating. What the hell is FB thinking?

    You might want to update this post again.


      Click “Photos”.

      Because there is now (11-24-19) not a “Timeline Photos” album, click “Your Photos”.

      Hover over the particular picture you want to move from your timeline, then click the underlined hyperlink “Timeline Photos” within that picture.

      Click “Edit” in the upper right.

      Find the particular picture, hover over it, and click the upside-down triangle in the picture’s upper right to “Select an option”.

      The drop-down menu gives you the option to “Move To Other Album”!

      Select the album you want to move the picture to, then click save in the upper right when you’re done!

      I’m so relieved!!!

      • Gordon Armstrong says

        When i select a photo and click on edit i get the drop down menu minus “the move to another album” Any suggestions are appreciated, Thank you.

      • Lauren!!!! You are a magnificent Genius!!!! I have been struggling with this! I read this whole post and all of these comments and yours helped me figure this out!!! (I wanted to add other pictures that I had previously posted in my general uploads into a specific new album I created.). THANK YOU!!!

  31. Thanks for the clear post, but Facebook on neither Firefox nor Safari give me the option to move photos to a new album. They just give me the option to make it a featured or cover photo, or to delete it. Grr!

  32. This is great for photos! FB says we can move videos to albums as well, but I’m unable to find the “Options” on the bottom right as mentioned here: https://www.facebook.com/help/187697921280875 Neither solutions work for me, anyone else have any luck?

  33. I want to change album order according to the date I took them. I tried a link and it shuffled my albums. I want to order them. Please help.

    • Whakarongotai Hokowhitu says

      Yes I would like to reorder my albums too! There used to be a link but that only allows me to see the last two years of albums. Frustrating. Any help much appreciated

      • Lea Hutton Beasmore says

        I am angry right now. I just found out most all my albums 756 of them (are completely out of place by date. I have current albums that have floated to the bottom and mid stream albums of 2012. It is a complete and utter mess. I am so angry and so mad at whatever happened to the order they were in. I want this fixed. It is not my problem to fix it. The way you all have maneuvered in tearing down what I had built in my albums is totally heartbreaking. Fix it. Fix all my albums back in order.

        • I hope they have a future option of displaying a list of albums in date order or a filter for other orders. The best option is to have folders for albums like with YouTube videos which can then be arranged in several different ways. Facebook should make this a priority.

    • Whakarongotai Hokowhitu says

      Yes I would like to reorder my albums too! There used to be a link but that only allows me to see the last two years of albums. Frustrating. Any help much appreciated

  34. Great guide. Thanks a lot, Sean. It was really helpful and very easy to follow.

  35. Awesome post. Thanks for sharing

  36. Susan Ames Rivers says

    I normally use this link https://www.facebook.com/media/albums to move my albums around but now it only shows the first 28 albums…I have many many more than that and they used to be in chronological order but within the past few years they’ve all become out of order.

    • Hello Susan, when did you start seeing only 28 albums on the arrange page? And how many albums did you have at the time when it happened? I only started seeing this issue recently when I passed the 100 albums and am trying to figure out why. I created a new fb account and loaded 32 albums and did not encounter the same issue. Am wondering if it has to do with # of albums we have.

    • Hello Susan, I am recently seeing the same issue. All of a sudden, I can only see 28 albums on the album arranging page. In addition, whenever I uploaded a new album, the order of my albums got all messed up. I wonder if it has anything to do with the number of photos and albums (likely a lot) we have. I created a new account loading up 30+ albums but each album only has like 10 photos and everything is working perfectly fine.

    • Exactly my experience too and it’s MADDENING!

  37. Thanks for the clear explanation about photos and albums on Facebook. I have a variation of this problem:
    How can we move a “Post” (not a photo) from album to album?

  38. Rachael Louise Gerrard says

    Thanks Loads For The Info On How To Move A Photo To Another Album, Saved Me Days Of Trying To Figure It Out & Worry, FB Do Like To Hide Options, Like A Treasure Hunt Lol ???

  39. I don’t have the option to do anything described in this explanation – my timeline and mobile uploads no longer go into an album, there’s no option to move, nothing?! Is there a more recent article I should be reading??

    • This is the most up to date I have found, ugh. I’m having the same problem. So frustrating.

    • Anne Victory says

      Same here. Photo uploads just get dropped into a huge digital bucket and there no way to reorganize them. They appear to have nuked the mobile uploads album.

    • I’m wanting to move photos from “timeline photos” to an album, but can’t figure out how… this post isn’t helping with that…. :/

  40. nice sharing. informative one. a\thanks and keep it up.

  41. Thanks for sharing. It was helpful

  42. Mallory Valley says

    How to move post with multiple photos and comments from timeline to an album?
    I added a group of photos to my timeline within a single status/post, and it doesn’t appear to be possible to move the photos into an album without losing the actual post/comments/likes. This used to be possible, up until a recent update a couple months ago. Has this function been moved or is it not possible anymore? (I know how to move pictures into albums one-by-one… this is a different issue). And on my phone, I can see the timeline album and the mobile uploads album but I can’t see them on my computer. When I go under the “your photos” tab I can see all of my timeline pictures. I can move pictures to other albums if they were uploaded by themselves. But if I uploaded multiple pictures in the same post, I cannot move them to a new album. Is there a way to do this? I clicked on the option tab and edit tab and “move to other album” was not an option. Thanks!

  43. Nina K WICKETT says

    So glad to see others are having this issue too of not being able to move Mobile Uploads to an Album! I thought I just wasn’t understanding something!! I’ve been googling and wasting hours on this! No Move to Another Album choice on Mobile Uploads!

  44. Thanks Sean for the well-documented guide. It was very helpful

  45. Thank you so much! This was the only place where I found a solution that worked!

  46. Thank you! Yours is the only solution I could find to move photos from one album to another (Apr 2019).

  47. I just downloaded about 20 photos into an album and did “hide from timeline” because i wanted to organize them first and put descriptions. Now i’m trying to create a post with all of them but when i try to create a post it wants me to download new pics. How can i use the ones in my album?? It’s so frustrating!!!

  48. Looks like if multiple pictures were loaded at once, they won’t have the option of “move to another album” from the drop down menu
    Is there any solution ?

  49. At some point in 2018, I was able to move or “associate” a post (check-in, a set of pictures etc) to an existing album, you would just click edit post on timeline and there was a add to album option. I no longer see it arghh! Any idea how to perform this?

  50. February 2019 “Move to Another Album” option is gone… Now what?

  51. is it possible to lock photos in a specific order within a fb photo album?

    • I would like to be able to rearrange photos in the same album; however, I cannot get them to move from where they are.

  52. Neeraj Kale says

    How to upload 1000 photos at a time in the uploaded order without changing sequence ?
    Pl. Give tips to upload faster as well

  53. Thank you for your post. I couldn’t figure out how to move a photo from my Timeline to an Album! Putting it under “Edit Album” is just crazy.

  54. Zeeshan Ghani says

    There is an option of moving photos of Timeline to Album:

    Steps :
    1. go to PHOTOS
    2. go to YOUR PHOTOS
    3. there are TIMELINE photos already appearing under YOUR PHOTOS
    4. take your mouse over a photo of your timeline
    5. TIMELINE link will appear on that photo, Click it
    6. Timeline Photos will appear
    7. Click on EDIT option
    8. take mouse over a Photo
    9. DOWN ARROW option will appear
    10. Take mouse over DOWN ARROW option
    11. MOVE TO OTHER ALBUM option will appear

    so you can still move photos from timeline to an other album

    • Thank you!

    • Thank you!

    • Carol L Simmons says

      Will the link from my post to the photo be updated when I move a timeline photo to an album or will this mess up the original post?

    • How to move photo from Mobile Uploads Album (can only be seen in mobile phone)
      to other album ?

    • Zeeshan Ghani thank you!
      Moving Photos from the timeline is painful this way, but at least you can do it.

    • Anne Victory says

      Thank you so much!

    • no. you can’t move photos from “mobile upload (default album)” that uploaded with multiple photos to another album

    • Thank you!!!

    • Beth Goodnight says

      The solution that Zeeahan Ghani gives for moving photos from the timeline into an album does NOT ALWAYS work. I have 2 timeline photos taken just a few days apart from each other. One gives the move to another album option, and the other one does not have it available. It is not even just grayed out, the words for moving are simply NOT THERE. This is making me crazy how SOME timeline photos can be moved and others cannot. What is up with it? It almost seems like inanimate objects and some humans can be moved, but outdoor scenes cannot. If that is their logic, it is just plain STUPID!!! I have searched all over the internet for an answer, and I just keep getting people like Zeeahan Ghani listing the steps that are all over the internet
      (and likely from prior to 2019 when the issue first started for me) that are NOT always correct. Someone, PLEASE, find the correct answer that works all of the time. We need an expert here!

  55. Amusing post to get more organized on facebook. Thanks for the nice post. I am sharing!!

  56. This doesn’t work. My uploads from iphone are in a place formerly known as “mobile uploads”. Buts this is not available as an album. If I go under “My photos” and select one of these photos I’ve uploaded to my timeline, the “Move to another album” option is missing. However, if I do go to another photo that is in a bonafide other album, the “move to another album” option is there. Facebook is just completely out of control with its user-unfriendliness. Is think they are trying to get Google to take over the world. Is there any value left in Facebook? It is so NOT what we all want it to be, from only showing us CERTAIN friends’ posts but NEVER showing other friends’ posts, to not being able to move already uploaded pictures to albums. It’s just stupidly inane.

    • Let me clarify by saying that neither a Timeline album nor a Mobile Uploads album are any longer available under my photo albums. Both. Gone. Pfffft.

    • Same position – no longer able to access this way – no mobile uploads album.
      I used this facility in July for 26 posts over an earlier holiday to go to one album, but now, nothing!
      I’ve spent 3 hours googling around. I’ve deleted all the photos of my phone in anticipation of being able to consolidate. Arggh!!!

    • Same issue here. Frustrating.

    • Have you gotten an update on this issue yet? This is so frustrating.

  57. well explained, thank you for taking time to record and share!

  58. No more Move to another album option. No more drop down v either. Grrr.

  59. Thanks so much for this timely advice! I was ripping out my hair trying to figure out why I could move some photos from my timeline, but not others. By selecting the Timeline ALBUM edit option, I was able to move whatever photos I wanted, quickly and easily!

  60. Devona Maillard says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

  61. Justin A. Colemen says

    I moved a entire post from one album to another and now it won’t let me edit that post in the new album….Help anyone?

  62. KCCO_mama says

    So I just moved months worth of photos of my NEW BABY from ‘Mobile Uploads’ into a ‘Baby’ album and they are ALL out of order and have TODAY’s time stamp!!! WHY would they not keep their original date!??
    HOW can I know which pictures were taken first now!??? PLEEEEASSSEEE HELPPP!!

  63. I need to know how to move pictures from one Facebook to a new Facebook.

  64. Melissa Long Kitano says

    How do we organize the photo albums themselves? I used to have a link I could use for one of my facebook pages, but now instead of sending me to my page albums, it takes me to the albums on my personal page. Sigh.

  65. Why is Facebook pulling an image from my albums and posting it separately on Timeline? I don’t want this. I want to control my own Timeline. If I put an image in an album, that’s where I want it to be. The only options given for the extra individual image posted on Facebook (by Facebook) are to “hide from timeline” or “delete”. Both of these options also take the image out of the album. Facebook STOP doing this. Stop posting images on my timeline I don’t put there individually. And/or give me an option for removing the image you posted without also removing it from the album I so already carefully arranged.

  66. Christina Lock Black says

    I’m not seeing Facebook albums any more. Do you know if this is a planned change or a glitch?

  67. Timothy Allen says

    When I move a photo that was posted to a timeline status update to a new album, it disappears from the timeline (leaving just the text and comments etc). So I have to make sure I select the appropriate album at the moment I post, which is an annoyance on a mobile phone. I wish FB could fix this, and please let me know if you know another way to do this.

    • I agree. I’ve just noticed this deletion of photo or video from the original timeline post.
      This wasn’t the case previously, when the pictures or videos would be retained in the post, but the content moves to the “Album” of choice. Was this a new change? Or a recent bug?

  68. Hi thanks for helpful info.
    I want to order my folders of photographs. How can I do this? How can I move a folder so it is first in my list of folders of photographs, etc?

    • Shirley Blackstock Megason says

      Select the Albums page so you’re looking at all your albums. Hold your mouse on the album you want to move & drag it to the position you want it to be in & release your mouse.

      • Tonia Powell Baird says

        How can you organize the order of your albums within a group page? The albums are on multiple pages and I have not found a way to move them from one page another.

  69. I was able to move photos within an album (clumsy, but they still moved) through April 26 but not since then; why would FB delete that option?

  70. Any tips on moving old photos into a new album? I’m a page admin and want to “clean up” a bunch of old photos and put them into albums. It doesn’t look like I can do this but I’m thinking someone’s got to have come up with a work-around!

  71. On my iPad 3 how can I transfer Facebook Timeline “Photos of You” to an existing album?

  72. Can you please post instructions on creating an album without uploading a photo? It is the biggest source of my frustration with fb and I’ve complained about it for a long time. I’ve tried to figure it out and I have not been successful and I can’t find any up to date instructions on google. Bottom
    line: I should not have to upload a photo to create an album. Thank you.

    • Joel C Adelaide says


      Perhaps creating an album with a title text picture would be a good solution?

      Or upload one picture, but set the privacy to you only so it’s not visible to everyone else.


      Joel C

  73. I do not really want to create an album, I just wonder why when I put a photo from my timeline into “my photos” then delete it on timeline it removes it from my photos too. I see some people with multiple photos but no album. How is this done?

  74. it doesn’t give me
    3) Click the “Edit Album” link which will give you a tiled view of the photos in the selected album, giving you more control over the album and the ability to move photos.


  75. Tom my G Lawrence says

    I have a photo album on my desk top that I want to move to a new face book album. Do I have to move each photo, one at a time or is there a way to move the whole desk top album to FB ??

  76. I have a new problem. My mobile uploads no longer go to Mobile Uploads album. They go straight to Timeline Photos where I cannot move photos!

  77. Just want to say thanks! This helped a lot 🙂

  78. Stephanie says

    This doesn’t seem to work for Cover Photos or “Photos of Me”. Is there a way to move these photos into albums, too?

  79. Ana-Maria says

    Sean, can you please tell me if there’s a way to organize the photos within a single album? I have one album with photos of my experiences during the few years I lived in Europe. I would like for them to be organized by date (in chronological order). I cannot for the life of me see how to affect the order of the photos in this album. It’s total chaos. Help!

  80. Hi – please help. The photos on my timeline photo box are old photos that never move off my timeline. Any pics posted on my timeline dont show up in my photo box on timeline neither do they move into my photos at all. Help please… thanks… I see other people that have photos or images posted on their timeline immediately move into the photos box so the photos box is kept up to date. How do i achieve this have spent ages fiddling and cannot find a way………… would be sooooooo grateful if anyone could help with. this thank you Shirley

  81. You can’t reorder the photos in an album any more – ridiculous!

  82. This page was SUPER helpful in helping me organize my photos! Thanks!…. One question tho, when i go to my album “Cover Photos” (album containing banner photos on timeline) the option to “edit the album” does not exist. How do i move “Cover Photos” to another album? Is it possible?

  83. akshay inamdar says

    Hey Sean..
    Thank u so much for u r post…
    But m trying to move a photo from one album to another in Facebook app on my mobile..
    Its just nt working
    There’s no ,option such as edit.album on facebook app. Plz do reply about this what to do???
    Thank u…..

  84. Can I move photos from an album into my timeline album? It gives me the option to move my photos to every album except the timeline album

  85. This is a great post! Any tips on rearranging the order of photos within an album? I’ve found that the previous “click and drag” method doesn’t work anymore and in fact, FB has been randomizing the order of pics as I upload them (even if I upload in my desired order). Advice?

    • Yes, this worked for me, too. I always post a few from mobile at an event but want to make an album later with more fixed-up ones. You can use this same method after fb messes up your photo order. Make a new album (viewable to only you at first, if you like!), Move the photos into there in the order you WANT, then get rid of their original location. The tags and comments come with them. You and drag them around in that album before you save it.

    • Leslie Navinsky says

      I have spent hours and hours on our vacation pics trying to get the sort order right and I click save and and every time I move them the way they go and/or add more they move them around. I want to scream. Yes there are more then 200. Is that the problem? Please tell me so, I have serious health problems and need to know so I can get on with my life, this is insane! People talk about a done button but I have no done button.

  86. thank you for the instructions on how to move photos from album to album, i’d have never figured that out on my own!

  87. Still can’t seem to re-arrange the order of photos within an album. Used to be able to do it, but can’t figure out how to do it now. Is this possible?

  88. Phil Newton says

    Thanks for this Sean, but I’m having problems moving from my Timeline Photos Album (where FB puts your photos if you just upload to a post.)
    The option to move isn’t there – just to make cover, or delete.
    Any ideas?

  89. FYI – as far as moving photos goes, you cannot move photos that were added in a multiple photo upload, nor can you move the cover album.

    That would have been nice to know before I uploaded 90 pictures at once and then wanted to sort them afterwards… SIGH

  90. This was so helpful! Thank you so much! Do you know how to change the order of the photos in an album? I used to be able to do it with the old settings, but I can’t figure out how to do it now. I looked through your site, but I couldn’t find it. Thanks!

  91. Harold Gardner says

    Thanks! Zuck sure makes it tough to keep up. When I get frustrated with FB, I remind myself that it is free and also pretty cool.

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