How to Combine or Merge 2 Facebook Pages

Please note: this page’s information is outdated because Facebook changes all the time! Visit the 2012 post to see the most recent information for combining Facebook pages!

 

GREAT news for so many of you who have multiple Facebook pages for your organizations–you can now merge the two (or three or four) pages!!

So many of us have had different people working on our social media for our organizations, and we have different pages, groups, profiles, etc. created. Now we know we need to have just ONE page for our organization, and here’s how to get there!

Keep in mind, this is for merging two PAGES. If you have a profile or a group, these instructions aren’t for you. There is currently no way–that I know of–to convert a group into a page, but you CAN now convert your Facebook profile into a page!

How to do it

This is a two-step, very simple process, but it will take a couple of business days. BIG thanks to Beth Kanter for sharing this information that she got from her insider contact at Facebook! (It helps to have friends in the right places)!

The first thing you have to do is get your page–the one you want to KEEP–”authenticated” by Facebook. Basically what this means is that Facebook needs to determine that all these pages belong to you and that they belong to your organization. So this is where you put the name and URL of the page you want to merge “into.” The page you want to keep. The other pages, the ones that you want to merge into this page, you’ll enter those pages in step 2.

So to get your page authenticated, go to this page and copy and paste the URL of your page into the form. They say that it will take up to 2 business days to get authenticated. (UPDATE August 2011: This is now taking up to a month; they are REALLY backed up!)

Now, just in case you don’t know how to find your page’s URL (I never want to make assumptions here!) that’s what starts with http://www…..in your address bar at the top of your browser, and looks something like this:

After you’ve received the email from Facebook that your page has been authenticated, you can do step 2!

Go to this page and enter the URL and name of your MAIN page, the authenticated one–the one you want to be your one page when this is all said and done.

Then you enter all the URLs of the pages you want to merge into that page. (these are called your “inauthentic” pages). If you have more than five inauthentic Pages that you would like to merge into your Page, just refresh the form after submitting it. You can then submit an additional request.

What happens now? Facebook will merge your pages! The fans of all the pages will now become fans of the main page. (in the case that someone was a fan of both pages, well, they’ll just remain a fan of the remaining page).

Will the content transfer over?

NO. This is VERY important to note. If you have pictures, videos, or any other content on your pages to be merged, be sure to copy and save it BEFORE you do this. Once the pages are merged, you will no longer be able to access your “inauthentic” pages anymore, and that content will be gone forever. ONLY fans will be merged.

Hopefully, this will help clean up and streamline your organization’s Facebook presence! Be sure also on your remaining “authentic” page that you have at LEAST two admins, just in case something happens; it’s never good to be the ONLY person in charge of your page.

Good luck and please post here if you have any other questions or problems!

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143 Responses to How to Combine or Merge 2 Facebook Pages


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    Tim L
    November 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Emily,

    Here’s my story: I created a Profile about 3 years ago for my business (against the rules I know) and I collected over 4,500 friends. About a year ago I create a Fan Page for my business and have 1250 likes on it now. I then converted my original profile page into a fan page, but the names are slightly different (one has the city in the name). I claimed my place page, and merged it already into my FAN page with 1250 likes and it has the check ins etc now.

    What I would like to do is merge my 4500 fan page into my 1250 Fan Page that now has the Place Page merged into it (with the check ins) The only problem is that the names are different and it FB must not recognize the pages as being the same. Is there a work around since I can not change the name (over 100 likes).

    Please help!


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    Salem A
    November 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Hello,

    I’m admin on two facebook pages of a political figure, i need to transfer the members from the old page to the new one. But in both pages resource’s option i can’t seem to find the merge duplicates choice and actually no option anywhere to even report it.

    The problem with the first page is that the title is wrong and is permanent and its the page with most likes, when i started the new page i have a big problem that over 4000 people visit the page and go through stuff but only 200 likes. is it possible to restrict the privacy of the page (not personal account)

    I tried iframes but found it pointless since sharing the content of the new page on the old one directly transfers them to the photos or wall, also the wall and photos tab cant be hidden.


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    Prince Habana
    November 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Well thanks …. Guess M gonna have to wait until they allow it.


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    Emily Garman
    November 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Hi Salem,

    You have 2 options with a Facebook page regarding who can view it: you can let EVERYONE see it, or you can make it visible to admins ONLY. So there is no in between. If you want to make it visible to admins only, then go into your settings panel for the page and check that box. Then nobody will be able to see it unless they are an admin on that page.

    You won’t have the merge duplicate pages button because the pages don’t have the same name. Unless it’s really EXACTLY the same, it won’t let you merge them, unfortunately.

    It’s OK if people aren’t “liking” your page, but they are reading/sharing/commenting on your content. Social media is about more than getting “likes,” it’s about engagement. So if people are engaging with your content, that is GOOD! You want people to share and talk about your posts–that is much better than getting a bunch of “likes” but not really having people interact with your page.

    And now that people do not HAVE to “like” your page in order to comment/post, etc. it makes “likes” even less important. So jut keep that in mind.

    If you really want to get rid of the content on your old page, the best thing to do would be to just delete the page, after you’ve encouraged everyone to become a fan of the new page. You’ll lose some people, sure–but that’s normal. You’ll get a lot more people, and they will be much less confused, when you only have one page to concentrate on.


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    Emily Garman
    November 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi Tim,

    Unfortunately…it is just impossible to merge two pages with different names. They will not do it. I’m sorry! Facebook is just not allowing this at this time.


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    Catherine
    November 17, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    If I merge one page into my authenticated page I know that I will lose the content on the unauthenticated page BUT will all my content on my main page remain? I am very nervous of merging and want to be absolutely positive that my main page will stay as-is, and just bring in the check-ins and likes from the other page.


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    Emily Garman
    November 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Yes Catherine, you are right–all the content on the page you are merging INTO will remain the same. nothing will change there. But the page you are merging into that page, the content there will disappear–you’ll just keep checkins and fans.


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    Matthew Stibbard
    November 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Hey i was wondering if someone could help me out. I had a fan page with http://www.facebook.com/movieexperts and a places page so people could check in and I wanted to merge them. My places page didn’t have a claimed name it was just numbers. When I merge them I lost the http://www.facebook.com/movieexperts and when i try to claim it, Facebook told me it was already taken but when I but it in my browser search box its just goes to Facebook home page. does anyone know how I can get it back cause it looks a lot more professional.
    Thanks


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    Rachel
    November 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    The page I created for a business is actually a ‘place’ how can I make it a page?


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    Emily Garman
    November 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    So you already merged the pages–so now you have one page that people can check into. But you want to get your URL back. This is kind of a weird thing and people have had different experiences. In some cases, your domain name may become available after a few days. (as long as you have more than 25 fans on your page). But in some cases, the URL never becomes available; it’s like it’s tied up in Facebook purgatory. So my advice would be to wait a few days and see what happens! Good luck….


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    Emily Garman
    November 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    A ‘place’ and a ‘page’ are actually the same thing; a place IS a page. But you can have different kinds of pages. so if you don’t want people to be able to check in at your location, like if you don’t have a physical location/store, then you can go into your page settings and change the “type” of page it is. There is a drop down menu and you just choose something besides “place.”


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    shaden
    December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    hello,
    why would some pages have the “merge duplicate pages” and some not? and what are the pages that have it? i have 2 pages that i wanted to merge and i did the URL thing 4 months ago and never heard anything back from FB. now i am trying to do the new thing but i couldnt find the “merge duplicate pages” button on any of them.

    Thank you


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    Emily Garman
    December 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi Shaden,

    Only “place pages” (ones you set up with an address and a map, like a local business) can be merged with “pages.” What happens is, say you have a restaurant. You have a Facebook page, and you have fans. But when people come eat at your restaurant, they “check in” on Facebook, and they actually “create” a new place page, just by checking in. So now you have your regular FB page, but also this little weird “place page” floating around. So you can merge that “place page” into your real page, so that there’s only one representation for your restaurant on Facebook, and your regular page has a map, address, etc. and people can check in there too. So only place pages can be merged now, it seems. if you don’t see the option on your page under settings, then it’s not available. Your best bet would be to delete one page and just keep the other.


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    Ignatious
    December 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Hey now we can merge any page with any name? right? with the resources option on edit page?


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    Prince Habana
    December 17, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Thank you guys for getting us updated, I was able to merge all my pages to one, And Now M looking for more likes, I have already reached 12K thank u so much, Hope this will be as helpful as it has been to me…………………………

    Thank you


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    randa A
    December 20, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    thank you for your help
    but i tried it says that my page must be an authentic page
    how can i make it an authentic page??


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    Emily Garman
    December 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Please read through the comments–the authentication form is no longer supported. You need to click on “merge duplicate pages” in your page settings. if you do not have this option, then your pages are not eligible to be merged.


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    Emily Garman
    December 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Generally not–if you have pages with different names, it will not let you merge them. But if the option is showing up for you, then I say go for it!


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    Sky BoY
    January 6, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Hi Dear Emily Garman
    Thanks For This Post
    I Have One Question Dear
    I Read Your Post 3 Days a Go
    i Converted My Profile To My Compani Page And Filling This Text

    https://www.jotform.com/form/10891559154

    You Say 2 Days Later Facebook Replies My Mail And Confrim My Page Then I Can Merge Other Page To My Orginal Page

    But I Now Received Any Mail From Facebook :(
    I Wanna Merge MY Pages But I Cant :(

    Plz Help Me Admin ..
    Tnx Emily .. Ur The Best


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    Doug
    January 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Problem is it will only merge the smaller into the larger(more fans). We set up as a “friends” page then when we got to 3000 friends set up a fan page. Once we got to 5000 we couldn’t have any more friends. So we used the profile to page option – with a few minor problems-, so now we have 2 fan/biz pages. the smaller has 11oo fans and the new one has 5500 fans. We want to keep the smaller one and merge the bigger into it for 2 reasons. ONE the name- we’ve put the FB name on most of our merchandise and don’t want to lose it. TWO the smaller one has pics, posts, etc.. already on it where the new 5500 has nothing(which was also frustrating that you lose everything when you use the “Profile to Page” option.) Why can’t you just group the customers together and move just them into the new page, so you can keep everybody else, photos, conversations….. ARG… SO frustrated and have no one to call for help…Doug W


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    Emily Garman
    January 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Please read through the comments–the authentication form is no longer supported. You need to click on “merge duplicate pages” in your page settings. if you do not have this option, then your pages are not eligible to be merged.


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    Emily Garman
    January 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Hi Doug–yes, it is VERY frustrating. I have another issue that I am desperately needing to contact Facebook about. They clearly do NOT want to be reached! There’s pretty much nothing you can do if you don’t have the “merge duplicate pages” option in your page resource tab. It doesn’t have anything to do with the size of your page or the number of fans. It has to do with the names of the pages, really, and the type of page (whether it’s a “place” page). It sounds like your best option at this point is to choose which page to keep, and then on the OTHER page, ask those fans to become fans of the keeper page. Ask several times, and then just go ahead and delete the page. You’ll lose some fans, but chances are that all the ones that are really interested and devoted to your page will come over, and you’ll get more fans in the long run, when you can concentrate on one page!


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    The Sniper
    January 17, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Hello Guys !!
    Many of u r asking for how to merge 2 pages or more, infact facebook before a month has allowed all FB Page Admins to merge their pages regardless to names or number of fans. unfortunattly the facebook disallowed this option after 2 days so now u cannot merge pages with diffirent names. but still can merge two duplicated pages (same name, same font) which means everything should be same, exp: if u have a page that u want to merge with another names should be same 100% & font style as well…. they may let people merge diffirent pages in the future..I was very lucky because I had 7 pages with total of fans about 130 000
    so merged them into 2 pages and now am getting more fans …. and unfortunattly still have about 30 000 fans in other 3 pages and waiting for facebook IF they will be generous with us once again and put that option of merging diffirent pages with diffirent names…. I have I only one question to ask is how can I get my pages authenticated even if i dont have website ? note that my pages are only comuunity for fan not for business and i don represent any company Im a person ^_^ thanks


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    Don
    January 19, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    Emily – what do you think – I merged my small place page into my fan page, and now it’s a fan page with place, or a place page I guess…but I still have my profile at over a 1,000 friends, with my fan page at 500….

    Anyways – if i change my profile into a place page with the same exact name…can I merge it with my other existing place page? Basically can two place pages being merged together, or will I be stuck with just two pages – also, there’s no way to have the smaller page be the main page at all?


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    Eli B.
    January 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Emily, it’s amazing to see how multi-billion-dollar Facebook farms out their customer service to generous, gracious souls like yourself… and so frustrating to see how often they are willing to change up their offerings and obfuscate what’s possible and what’s not. Thanks for your generosity and thoughtful, time-intensive answers. Maybe you should post a tip jar ; )

    I was wondering if you’ve heard from anyone trying the second step of the two-step process of merging “inauthentic” pages into a page they admin, without taking the first step of authenticating (since that is no longer working). It always struck me as odd that you’d fill out some third-party form (jotform.com) for that to happen. And the Facebook form “I am the Authentic Representative of These Pages. I Wish to Request a Page Merge” is still live: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=page_migrations_external

    If this worked, it would solve the problem of being able to choose WHICH PAGE people wanted to keep, and which they wanted to merge into it and discard.

    The other solution would be if they provided a Download Your Data option for Pages.

    It’s simply mind-boggling how poorly they have handled all this, and I can’t begin to imagine how frustrating it is for someone like you who has created thoughtful, thorough videos to keep seeing things change.

    Thanks for all you’re doing. Facebook doesn’t deserve your help, but we end-users are lost without it. What a world!


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    Emily Garman
    February 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Hi Don–

    You can do this. You’d need to convert your profile into a page, and THEN merge your two pages, if it will let you do this. Whether it will allow you to do this, I can’t tell you–you’ll just have to wait and see if you have the “merge duplicate pages” option under your resources tab. If your pages don’t have the same name, it COULD work. You’ll just have to see!


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    Emily Garman
    February 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Thanks for your kind words, Eli! It makes me feel really good to know I’m helping people. I have found that as a result of posting advice for people, I’ve gotten to go speak at conferences and consult with nonprofits on how they can use social media to raise money…and this is what I love to do more than anything else! So I think providing free advice has generated some good karma for me, and I love it!

    Thank YOU for providing that link to Facebook to request a page merge; I did not know about that, and I’ll pass it along to my readers! :)


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    Laurie G.
    February 7, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Emily, my situation is a little different. I am the owner of my business but my business partner manages our Facebook page. I wanted to also be an authenticated user and so I clicked the tab “is this your business” I went through all the steps and it approved me. However, it removed my partner as the administrator and when I log into Facebook and go to our page it wants to me to change the profile picture (step one), get fans (step 2) and then step 3 is basic info. I am scared that if I go through all these steps all of our content and fans will be lost. I now know how to add an administrator. I am just afraid to go any further. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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    Emily Garman
    February 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi Laurie,

    You didn’t need to go through that process to be an admin on your page. What you did, when you clicked on the “is this your business?” Link is you were basically saying, “this is MY business, and someone else has set up this page without my consent.” Since that is not the case–your partner set up the page–you should have just had her add you as an admin on the page. It’s odd that it’s asking you to basically start over and recreate the page. It should just allow you to “assume” administration of the page…but do you have any other options now? Does your page still look like it should, from a public view? If that’s the case, then I would ignore its requests to upload a profile pic and all that, and just leave it as it is. You should re-add your partner as an admin of the page (you should always have at least 2 page admins for safety’s sake). After a while it will stop asking you to complete those three steps (I think there may be a button where you can “dismiss” those options as well). So if your page looks like you want it to look, I would leave well enough alone; just keep managing as usual. Good luck!


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    Eli B.
    February 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Emily,

    Just to clarify — that’s the same link that you put out there as step 2 of the authentication ‘merge duplicate pages’ method above… I just didn’t know if it works without being able to do step 1.

    Now on to the 2012 post!


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    NGL
    February 13, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Emily,

    Is it possible to merge (combine) an existing profile into and existing page? I don’t want a new page bc I already have one going successfully for my business. I just want to get rid of my profile as it was accidentally set up for the business first.


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    Emily Garman
    February 13, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    What you need to do is convert your Facebook profile to a page (learn how by clicking here) and THEN merge your two pages. That should do it!


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    NGL
    February 13, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Thank you Emily for such a quick response!
    One more question now :)

    My profile name is completely different from my page name (simply bc fb wouldn’t let me name it with my business name bc it knew better — though I didn’t. So i created pseudo name in order to get the profile in the first place bc at the time that is all i knew).

    So I am thinking once my profile becomes a new page it will still have the ‘pseudo name’. Will it still let me merge the two fan pages if they have different names?


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    mandy
    February 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    I am 5page admin, i just want to merge 2facebook pages, but I really cannot find “merge duplicate pages” plz help~~~~~


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    Emily Garman
    February 22, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Mandy,

    If you don’t have the “merge duplicate pages” option, then you can’t do it that way–you need to check out this post here with another way to merge your pages.


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    Emily Garman
    February 22, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Hi there,

    Read this post with information about how to Authenticate your page with Facebook so you can merge your pages. It should work–if not, let me know and I’ll keep looking for other solutions!


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    Raj
    February 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Emily

    Well if i authenticate a page will it merge a page with different name..

    For eg : In the past i had apage named Being Salman khan but now i want to merge my Being Salman Khan page to my website page BeingSalmanKhan.net

    will it merge if i authenticate my beingsalmankhan.net page?


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    Emily Garman
    February 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Hi Raj,

    It might…or it might not. You’ll just have to try it and see. there doesn’t seem to be any real rule. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t!


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    Deanzellman
    August 21, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    at some point facebook asked if I wanted to make a url from my facebook business page.
    since doing this now I have 2 facebook pages.
    will merging my two facebook u r l’s make a difference?


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    Emily Garman
    August 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Yes–only one URL will remain if you merge your pages. So be sure that the page you are keeping is the page with the URL you want to keep!


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    Cameron Jay
    January 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    What if u are trying to merge a Facebook personal account which do not have have fans but friends? Do the friends becoming FANS? If so that’s fab…!!!

    So all we need to do is back up the pics & video’s from the account & automatically the name, the browser link & the friends change to fans.

    Is there anything else to be wary of? X


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    Emily Garman
    January 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Cameron, yes, that’s sort of what happens. You first have to convert your personal accounts into pages. You can learn how to convert a facebook profile into a page here. Then you would merge your two pages. But if you just have one personal profile that you want to become a page, then you just need to convert the profile into a page and you’ll be all set. the friends do change to fans.
    Good luck!


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    Trackzio
    August 8, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Hi All,

    I tried to merge 3 different facebook pages of Trackzio (https://www.facebook.com/Trackzio ) and it worked perfectly well.

    All you need to do is off your proxy settings and then try to merge the pages.

    Note: The name of all the pages should be same.

    Thanks.

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