Facebook will now allow you to change your “profile” into a page!
As you may know, Facebook “profiles” are for individual people. “Pages” are for businesses and organizations.
Having a profile for anything other than an individual person is a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. If you don’t convert your profile to a Page, you risk permanently losing access to the profile and all of your content. This means they can delete your profile, at any time, without warning, for being in violation–even if you aren’t doing anything “wrong.” It happened to a rescue in Oklahoma just last month.
But NOW, if you accidentally set up your Facebook presence as a “profile,” you can switch it over easily, AND all your “friends” will automatically become “fans”!! Pretty exciting.
So, here is what you need to know, because (as with all things Facebook) it’s definitely possible to mess this up!
What will transfer over?
Right now, ALL your friends will become fans, and it will keep your same profile picture. That’s IT. So if you have notes, photos, videos, etc. it will NOT copy those over–UNLESS you do a couple extra steps, which I’m going to outline for you below.
Is it permanent? Can you switch back?
Yes, it’s permanent. No, you can’t switch back.
So how do you do it?
If you have extra content on your profile, like notes and other photos (besides your profile photo), you can easily download this to your computer, and then re-upload it once you convert your profile to a page. So you have to save this information first. If you just recently created your profile, you don’t need to worry about this.
To do this, Watch the video below or follow these steps:
- Click on Account Settings (upper right corner).
- Click on “learn more” next to “Download Your Information.”
- Click on “Download.”
- They will send you an email with a link to download the file when it’s ready.
DO NOT start converting your profile to a page until you’ve downloaded that file!!
So, if you’re ready to convert your profile to a page, click here to start. (the link will open in a new window so you can still see the instructions here)
Are you not sure what kind of page you need to create? Watch this video to understand what kind of Facebook page is right for you.
BE SURE you are logged in to the account that you want to convert! If you maintain your own personal account, plus one for your shelter, be sure you’re logged into the right account, because there’s no going back.
This account you’re logged into will become a Facebook “Business Account,” and will be the admin for the new page that it’s creating. So now you an add other people as admins to your page. It’s really important to have other people as admins on your page, age least one other person, just in case something happens to you. So make sure you set up some other admins on the page!
If you’re having trouble, comment below or on my Facebook page, and I’ll be glad to help!