How to Merge Facebook Pages: A Step-by-Step Process
Some brands still have their Facebook presence in the form of a profile rather than a page. Not having a page severely limits the use and interactions you’re able to have on Facebook. It limits the apps you can use, the analytics you can receive, and how you can interact with fans, not to mention there’s a “Like” cap at 5,000 (though the recent addition of subscription options helps). This means you are not only limiting how you can use your page, but also the size of the audience you can reach.
Merging pages can be somewhat of a hassle, though, and even a bit tricky. If you need to merge your Facebook pages, or even convert them, our tips below should help make your transition a bit easier.
Merging Facebook Pages
There are a few ways to merge Facebook pages. For one reason or another, some options may not work or may not be available. If that is the case, move on to the next option. But in all cases, you must be sure that you are an admin of the page, with selected admin privileges (meaning you have administrative rights to manage and edit the page).
- First, make sure you are an admin of all pages. This includes your main page and any pages you would like to merge.
- Next, confirm your pages are both actual pages, and not profiles or groups. You cannot merge a profile. If you need to convert your profile into a page, check out the section below.
- To help the process, make sure your page names (the page name is different than the username or vanity URL) and addresses are identical for both pages. You can do this by going to Edit Page > Update Info > Basic Information (if you have a page with 200 or more Likes, you will not be able to edit the name of the page).
- Option 1: Go to your Facebook page and select Edit Page > Resources. Under Develop Your Page you may see a Merge Duplication Pages option. If so, click the link to begin the process. In most instances, you must be logged in with your personal account (that is connected to your other pages) for this option to appear.
- Option 2: If the above step doesn’t work, you can request to merge pages (up to 5) with this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/?id=238908726149664. You should do this while logged in as the admin to the page you wish to keep.
- Option 3: If none of the above options work for you, you can report the old page as a duplicate and indicate the “real” page. However, you cannot currently do this as an admin (since you are an admin for both pages), and thus you will have to do this from another account. To do this, go to the duplicate page (the page you no longer want) and click the button that looks like a gear next to the Like or Message button. When you click it, there will be an option to report the page. Check off that it’s a duplicate page and copy and paste the URL of the main page you want to keep. Then submit. Another page will pop up confirming you are reporting the page as a duplicate. Check this off.
How to Convert a Facebook Profile into a Page
You can begin the process of converting a profile into a page here. More information on the process can be found here: Converting Your Personal Account to a Facebook Page. (Be sure to read this first for a full understanding of the process.)
Claiming a Facebook Place
On occasion, you may find there is already a location within Facebook for your location/page. When this happens, you can claim the location. You can find out how to claim locations here: Claiming Places.
Do you have any other tips to offer? Let us know in the comments.