How to convert your Facebook Profile into a Facebook Page

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:

  1. Click on Account Settings (upper right corner).
  2. Click on “learn more” next to “Download Your Information.”
  3. Click on “Download.”
  4. 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!

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104 Responses to How to convert your Facebook Profile into a Facebook Page


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    Emily Garman
    December 26, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Nicole, did this resolve for you? Sometimes it can take an hour or so for it to complete; you may not see all your transferred friends/fans immediately.


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    Robin
    March 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I am the leader of a regional dog rescue group, and I used my email name for that group when I created my facebook account. At the time I did so, I did not realize that this was in violation of the terms of service for Facebook. [ one reason was I did not want all my public facebook dog rescue posting to be accessible to current and former patients and students.]
    Now, I cannot log in to my account, only see the screen that instructs me to convert to a page. Many people rely on me and my page and appeal to me for aid for dogs, and are not now able to communicate with me. I will comply with the terms by converting to a facebook page. However, I am unable to log in to access and store and disseminate information and assign others to admin my pages or groups. I can’t download my data files if i can’t log into the account. I have submitted a data request. If I am granted access to download or granted a datafile, will I be able to upload the data to the new page?


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    Robin
    March 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    Ok, I see from your response to earlier questions about the manual uploading of data. Thank you.
    I really hope I get a response quickly from my data request.
    Or do you know whether if I initiate the conversion process I will be granted the opportunity to download the data within that process? I get the impression it must be downloaded prior to converting.


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    Emily Garman
    March 31, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Robin–yes–you should not convert your profile until AFTER you have gotten your data downloaded. once you begin the conversion process it will no longer be available to you.

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