Facebook page ownership can now be changed

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One of the biggest complaints owners of Facebook Pages have had is that once a page is created, it was owned by that person forever. It caused quite a dilemma for a company that wanted to set up a fan page because it meant it might be owned by a person who would eventually leave the company. That’s changed.

Now, any administrator of a page can remove any other administrator. It means ownership can be transferred from one person to another – something many companies have wanted for quite some time. That in itself is a double edged sword, but there’s another bit of power that comes along with this change that even more troubling. Any admin can now delete a page.

What this means, is that before making someone an admin of your page, you need to make darn sure that person is trustworthy. You certainly don’t want to misjudge someone and end up with them hijacking your page!

I think Facebook is on the right track, but rather than giving all admins the same rights, I’d like to see a two-tier setup, with owners and admins. The owners would be the only ones with the rights to delete a page, but they could promote someone else as an owner as well. Then, if the original owner chooses to, she would be able to relinquish ownership to another owner. Yahoo Groups has this feature, and it makes more sense than the way Facebook has things set up at the moment. Hopefully this is just an interim change though, and they’ll be fine tuning it soon.

The bottom line is that if you work for a company and set up a Fan Page for them, you can later hand over that page to someone else if necessary. This is a huge upgrade!

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140 Comments

  1. Brian Pakett

    Good Morning,

    I had a Facebook Account for many years until I cancelled/closed/deleted my personal account in 2016. I had my business page associated with this account and now would like to re-use and have access to my business account (@Pakettlaw), which I see is still open, running and viewable. I may have interest, if I can get access to this account, to purchasing adds through Facebook business, etc.

    Is there anyway to gain back access to this account? My wife has her own page still and business page. Is there anyway she can gain admin access to my business account? I have debated even hiring people who claim they can get it back for, of course, a nominal fee. I really don’t want to have to set up a brand new account, especially with this account viewable up and running.

    Please help!

    Thank you!

    Reply
  2. Sayan Mandal

    Someone hacked account and listed themselves as Page Owner. How can we remove?
    A Guy msg me on my fb page , asked me want to run business with me , then he invited me to his business manager account by email , I have accepeted that invitation and added my facebook page there , somehow he removed me as admin from my page , and now he is being shown as Owner of the Page , How do i remove that business manager account as Page Owner/ ?.

    Reply
    • Therese

      The person who has ownership now would have to reinstate you as the owner. If he won’t, I’d contact Facebook. Keep in mind that Facebook is extremely glitchy for a lot of people so it may take a while for them to respond.

      Reply
  3. Emma

    Hi there,

    I wondered if you may be able to help or point me in the right direction please? I have just taken over a company and inherited the existing Facebook page. I have added myself and my husband as admin and removed the previous owner however despite her removal she still has full admin access. We are baffled. Despite numerous messages to Facebook they never seem to respond, all I can do is ‘provide feedback’ to them which does not ever give me a reply.

    Reply
    • Therese

      Do you know if she has access through Business Manager?

      Reply
  4. Heba

    I hired someone from Argentina to manage my Facebook page, he asked me to be admin not moderator, today I found he changed himself to be page owner with the name of his company, how can I remove this, I feel unsafe, what shall I do?

    Reply
    • Therese

      If you’re still an admin, you can remove the other person.

      Reply
  5. Manish Kumar

    Please suggest me how to increse followers on facebook page…

    Reply
  6. anne

    “We’ll take a look at the documents you submitted and get back to you. If we need more help with confirming your name, we’ll contact you for additional documentation”

    Hi Therese, its been two weeks since this happened. I’m so mad because its actually distracting my business. If this happened, is it possible for me to have my account back? They sent this to my owner account of my business Facebook page.

    Reply
    • Therese

      It can take Facebook a while to get back to you. You might try contacting them again.

      Reply
  7. Zoe Gyi

    Hi I have only one admin account on my facebook page. and two editor accounts. My admin account has wrongly disabled by facebook, I think. Because I have made no violations. And then my pages are still running with only editors. How can I reclaim my pages? Since I wanna add another admin account.

    Reply
    • Therese

      Did FB delete your personal account, or did they temporarily disable it? If you still have access to it at all, you should be able to contact them. There’s no guarantee they will respond, but it’s likely they will. If you don’t have access, I would have one of the editors contact them and give them your account name and email address. Since they’re not admins, they may or may not get anywhere, but it’s at least worth a try. Let me know if either of those options work.

      Reply
  8. Kathy Vanderhoff

    Hi,
    I am an office admin at a church. I am new to the office and an admin on the face book page. I recently discovered another page for this church that no one is maintaining and no one knows who started it. The Pastor would like this other page deleted. Is this possible and how do I go about it?

    Reply
    • Rhonda Pamperin

      Is there an answer to this question? I am helping a local business that has the same issue. They don’t know who created their FB page and can’t get access to it.

      Reply
  9. Maja

    My FB page was hacked I don’t know how. Through the place that appered to the photos that I shared from my page in my group I found the new admin. It took me time but I found his contact I informed him a would go to court if he does not return the page back to me. He did so. Now I can not change the page name. Please tell me why. I have invested so much in my business page. Thank you

    Reply
    • Therese

      You should be able to change the name of the page, but I believe you can only change the URL once.

      Reply
  10. Ramona

    Dear Therese,

    I have a huge problem. I have to manage a webshop’s facebook marketing. They already made me admin, but can not “setup” ads, power editor or fb business, because non of the 4 admin saw the page account number, nobody can give that to me. The page is active, but they did not used ads before. One of the admins is a deactivated user, and because it was years ago, we don’t know anything about him. How can we solve this problem?

    BR

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  11. Tenzing

    Thank you Therese, my facebook was created of a former employee’s email who left us. After an article on facebook help pages and your blog i quickly kept myself as the sole admin removing the ex-employees. However, Can that former employee use his email log in to do a hostile take over of mt facebook page ?

    Reply
    • Therese

      No. If you are the only admin, you are the only person who can manage the page.

      I highly suggest you add someone else as an admin in case you lose access to your account. That way you’ll still have an active admin.

      Reply
  12. Lee Ford

    Hi, I deactivated my FB account, but before I did I added my daughter as the admin for my shop and retail page. I have subsequently opened a new account and have asked my daughter to add me as the admin to the shop page, she has tried a number of times but hasn’t been successful, each time she can’t find my new FB account.
    I puzzled to why see cant see my new account.

    Reply
    • Therese

      Hi Lee, have you liked the page with your new account? If not, you might try that. If that doesn’t work, have her add you using the email you used to setup your new profile.

      Reply
  13. Dijana

    Hi, i had profile with the same name of the page so FB disabled my profile and now I can enter in my page to set up new admin. I wrote message explaining the problem but the only said they will review the problem. Is there a way to add new admin to the page if you can’t enter the page?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Therese

      You mean you cannot set up a new admin? In order to make someone else an admin, you need to be one. There’s no way around that, so it sounds like you may have to wait for Facebook to get back to you.

      Reply
  14. Randy G.

    Hello, I would like to know if there is a way for the creator of an FB page could recover a page that mysteriously switched ownership.

    I used my personal FB account to create this page for a NY association where I was one of the board members. For quite a while, I acted as the admin of this page, which I ran professionally and populated with official photos from the association.

    However, last year I became the victim of a hate crime. I was hospitalized for a long period of time. It took a long while for me to recover. Today I am picking up the pieces and seeing where my life left off. That’s when I discovered that I suddenly was no longer the admin of the FB page which I created. There was no other admin for the page when I first created it. I was the only one.

    Which leads me to my original problem: (1) How is it possible for people who were not designated as admin suddenly take over an FB page? What is the process of doing this? (2) More importantly, since I was the original creator of this FB page, what steps can I do to find out the identities of the new admins? In addition, how do I take back control/ownership of this Page?

    Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated. This is a great site and I have learned a lot from your expertise.

    Best,
    Randy

    Reply
    • Therese

      Did you have the page setup so that you could only access it through your personal profile? If so, someone may have hacked into your profile, removed you as admin, and set themselves as admin. And, unless the admins show who they are in the about section, there’s really no way to tell who they are. Unfortunately once a page has been hijacked, it can be difficult to get it back. If you have an email account that matches name of the page and the website listed on the page (if there is one), you can write to Facebook to prove to them you’re the rightful owner. Regardless I’d write to Facebook and see if they will help. Based on what you’re telling me they are the only ones who have the means to get the page back in your hands. Here’s the contact section for this type of thing: https://www.facebook.com/help/181495968648557/

      Reply
  15. Mavi Avila

    Hello!!! I’ve few questions:

    So far I have 4 pages; two an active pages created just in memory of an artist who passed away, the second is just general artists. I do not to own those two pages, and I want to give the ownership to a friend that is personal friend of the family of my idol. I want to keep just my password and personal information, since I need it for a new page that I just want to publish it in January 2015.

    Regarding the third page I did not use it so, became inactive, I could not access to rename it, so I want to delete it permanently. But my new page, is going to be unique just to talk about artist, culinary, histories and good page. I need my personal information for the new unpublished page. Therefore, I want to give the ownership to my friend to the first old pages. Question: If I change the administrator name directly using his name, can he just take possession of the page, and change even the password etc. I do not want to release my password, I need it for my new unpublished page.

    May I have the instructions to proceed? my friend sent me his e-mail address in order to change as well the e-mail address. Please I need to do this before the end of this month of December 2014. Thank you

    Mavi.

    Reply
    • Therese

      Hi Mavi,

      I’m assuming you login to your personal profile then access the pages. Correct? If so, it’s pretty easy to turn the page over to someone else. First, have your friend like the pages.Then go to each page individually and make him an admin. He can then remove you as an admin if you’d like, and he will be the owner of the page. To make someone an admin go to your page, click settings/page roles. You’ll want to make him an admin. Admins have the highest level of rights and can delete other admins as well as make other changes to the page.

      Reply
  16. Kat

    so my Q is if you have a business that wants to sell up, how do they transfer the whole fan page to the new owner without deleting the page if it is attached to the original owners personal page and email??

    Reply
    • Therese

      Make the new owner an admin with manager rights. At that point, the other person will be able to login to their personal profile and admin the page. If the new admin removes you as admin, or demotes you, the page will still be accessible by the new admin.

      Reply
  17. Alan Collinson

    Drago Drums Facebook page. This page was set up by a partner in the company who has since left. We now find that he set up the site as an extension to his own personal Facebook page. How do we claim ownership of our site if he wont co-operate.

    Reply
    • Therese

      You’ll need to file a complaint with Facebook. You can do that on this page: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact/?id=360358877344441 Be sure to use your dragondrumc.co.uk email address. That way FB can see that the page is associated with your website. Good luck!

      Reply
  18. Jaymie Shook

    Any ideas on removing myself from being the content creator of a page? I have emailed and messaged the admin, but he hasn’t responded. I’m sick of seeing notifications for a page I no longer work on!

    Reply
  19. Amoc Kibe

    Sory i was a manager of my page later a add a 1 manager thereafter he make me as a content creator so wat can i do? I want to return in my position As a manager coz i’m da page creator and owner

    Help me plz

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    • Kim

      That is the same thing that happened to me. Shouldn’t the created have some sort of “ownership” to the page even if we add other admins or “managers” onto the page. We can feel that we won’t be delete off the page or get changed to a content creator. Facebook needs to change this.

      Reply
      • Therese

        It seems to make sense that it would be that way, but it’s not. I don’t know why Facebook doesn’t have some sort of feature that gives one person ownership no matter what. I’ve heard of way too many people who trusted someone enough to make them manager, and then had the page hijacked.

  20. hassaan

    hi,
    i was admin of an organization,
    some one hacked one of our id and then removed all our admin privilege
    hacker hadn’t post or delete any thing on page
    so how could we able to get admin privilege
    regards
    hassaan
    +923343029951

    Reply
  21. Serena

    Im trying to login to my active facebook. How can I access it with my facebook email address. I dont want to start a new page.

    Reply
  22. Gina

    Hello Therese. This is my issue.
    I am new in Facebook and instead of creating 2 pages (with the specific URLs that i require) within the same account, i created 2 different accounts with 1 page each (with the required URL for each page). The question is this:
    Is there a way to transfer the page of account 2 as a page in account 1 without loosing the page’s URL?
    Thank you

    Reply
  23. farah

    hey!

    i would like to appreciate you for such an informative stuff.
    i have one query which you might have a solution for…transferring admin roles or removing one admin is all clear enough but how to change the owner of a page (page creator)?
    what if i want to remove a person who has created my page? will i be able to take over all his rights if i remove him as the manager.
    looking towards your guidance.

    Reply
    • Therese

      Anyone who is a Manager has full rights on the page, including the ability to remove other managers. So, if you’re a manager you will can remove him and still be able to manage all aspects of the page.

      Reply
      • fernleebaby

        My question is exactly the same farah’s on 2 December 2012 at 11:51pm. My rescue page was created under the personal page of someone no longer associated with the rescue. I have removed that person as admin. Now I want to move the page to my own personal page ASAP. Can you tell me specifically how to do that? It’s still not quite clear. I have full access to the creator’s personal page but only for a short time longer. Thank you.

  24. Suzanne

    My husband created a business fb page, and went to make someone else an admin. When he typed in the name of the person that he wanted to make admin, the picture remained blank (possibly because they were not fb friends yet), and he clicked on ok, and entered in password. Now he seems to have removed his own admin access because he doesn’t have the option to edit the page. But he still receives email notifications etc. He did not try to unadmin himself. He checked with the person that he was trying to make admin, and she never received anything, and now he cannot see any of the page settings to see is the admin.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks!!

    Reply
    • Therese

      That’s very strange. If you just did that within the past day or two, I would give it another day or two before you panic. I’ve heard of some other really odd glitches lately so hopefully that’s all this is.

      Reply
      • suzanne

        It happened on thursday. Glad to hear that it’s not us! Lol. I message all the other people on fb with the same name to see if they received any notifcations, luckily it’s a unique name. But so far nothing yet.

  25. Lindon Davies

    Hi Therese

    Thanks for the reply, I have had to instruct solicitors against him now for non payment of the business, but so frustrating that Facebook will not see that I created the page and only gave him admin rights. To this day I dont know how he has managed to remove me completely from the page

    Reply
  26. Linda

    Hi, If there are 3 managers of a facebook site and we would like to change 2 person to a lower level, Content creator, would they get an e-mail notification about the change? Thanks a lot!

    Reply
    • Therese

      Hi Linda, I’m not sure actually. I haven’t experimented with that scenario. I’m guessing you don’t want the person to know, correct? If that’s the case, and you need to try it with someone let me know if you’d like me to be your guinea pig.

      Reply
    • Lindon Davies

      Hi
      Unfortunately, the gentleman as taken all rights away from our orginal page and we cannot even access it. I have tried to take this up with facebook, because the company who have gained control of our page have now changed the company name slightly (from Chrome UK to Chrome North West) and promoting all of our old products to our old customers. Facebook dont want to know.

      Reply
      • Therese

        It sounds like you’ve got a pretty tough situation. Depending on how much you want to pursue it, it might be time to talk to an attorney.

  27. Lindon davies

    Hi, I set up a business page on Facebook in July 2011. In April 2012, I thought we had sold the business, so I made the new owner an Admin. Unfortunately, the new owner is denying buying the business and in July this year they change the company name on the page and continue to market their products to all of our customers. We are dealing with solicitors, but I just wondered if there is something we can do. I have tried contacting facebook but never get a reply.

    Regards

    Lindon Davies

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  28. Nick

    The peson who set up our business Facebook page has left and I assume the page is linked to her account. I am the buisness owner so there is there anyway to get Facebook to move it accross to me?

    Reply
    • Therese

      You’ll need to have that former employee give you admin rights. If she won’t do so you can file a copyright infringement violation. Don’t expect instant results though, it may take a while for Facebook to get back to you. Here’s where you would do that: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact/?id=208282075858952

      If you do get the page back, and if you set someone else up to help manage the page for you, don’t make them an “Manager.” Managers are the owners of the page and cannot be removed by lower level admins.

      Good luck!

      Reply
  29. J

    Hello.

    Is it possible for me to gain ownership/access to a page that is under my name but made by another person? It was a ‘fan’ page that became stagnant and I would want to keep that page active but I do not have admin rights to it.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Therese

      The person who currently owns it will need to give you admin rights.

      Reply
  30. Fashionista

    Now I cant add other people as admins on my page, but before i used to. How can i add them?

    Reply
  31. Faye

    DELETE THE PAGE??
    I don’t know how that happened, but I got 2 pages on Facebook. I’m only using one, on which I recently aded some photos.
    Can the first old page can be delited?

    Regards

    Reply
    • Therese

      Yes, you can delete a page. Go do your page, click on the Edit Page/Manage Permissions (at the top of your admin panel). At the bottom of the page you’ll see a link to delete the page. Click on it to delete the page.

      Reply
  32. Tina

    Hi
    Very helpful. Just one Q. Can we transfer the page even if it has more than 25 Fans and I claim its URL?

    Reply
  33. Billy

    Hi Therese!

    Great post, and some awesome answers that I have been looking for. I have 2 questions…

    1. Can any admin DELETE THE PAGE??

    2. And could another admin restore that page after it’s been deleted??

    Thanks…

    Reply
    • Therese

      Hi Billy,

      Facebook recently changed the admin features, and now there are 5 levels of admins. Manager admins are the only ones who can delete or restore a page now. Under the old way, all admins had the same rights, which meant that any admin could delete a page. Take a look at my latest post for more info on the new admin features. https://socialmediahound.com/2012/06/01/facebook-announces-five-levels-of-page-admins/

      If you have a page with multiple admins, be sure to go in and select which level of rights you want them to have. The default is manager.

      Reply
  34. Anthony D

    Please help! Great post. So, someone create a FB page for a FB page I manage. They made me an admin but in order for me to add other admins, I need the password created with the account. The password is the personal password of the person who created the FB page and they wont hand over (understandable). How do I get past this? The person who created the page, would like to be removed as an admin too. I want to be the sole admin for now and remove the past owner. How do I accomplish this? Please help!

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    • Therese

      Unless Facebook is rolling out some new changes, any admin is able to delete another admin. To try this out, I had someone set up a page and make me admin. I was able to remove her as admin with no problems. You’re an admin of the page, right? If so, when it asks for a password to remove the other admin, enter the password for your personal profile. That should work.

      Reply
      • Anthony D

        THANK YOU!!

  35. Anonymous

    Hi Therese, I was actually talking about THE ACCOUNT ITSELF and not a Facebook page?

    Reply
  36. Anonymous

    Is a Facebook account transferable too? Like can I bequeath/transfer it to someone? Thanks

    Reply
    • Therese

      To transfer your page to someone else, add them as an admin, then remove yourself as admin. I suppose you could bequeath it in a will, but you’d have to make sure they have access to the page. Setting someone as admin would be the way to do it.

      Reply
  37. Prasanna

    Hi ,

    I created a business page with my personal account . now i want to transfer that business page to another account of my partner . how do i do it . kindly help me .

    Reply
    • Therese

      Set your business partner as an admin, then he/she can remove you as admin.

      Reply
  38. Ted

    I created a fan page for my business using my personal FB profile. I have added several apps (twitter, networked blogs, a fan gate, links to reports, etc.). Each of these has asked for permission to access my FB account, so they all use permissions linked to my personal profile.

    I would like to switch page ownership over to a more professional personal profile. I understand how to switch admins; the question is whether all my apps will be disabled in the process.

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  39. Jette

    How do you get admin-rights over a Facebookpage – which “has been created by Facebook – because people pointes it out as their workingplace?

    It has Likes – so I do not want to loose them and create a new one. It it possible to be the admin over this.

    Reply
  40. Manu Janssens

    I created a page for my band. I was the only admin. After awhile, I allowed the singer to be an admin and she did alright for several months. Recently, the band decided she wasn’t working out and had to let her go. In spite, she removed me as an admin to the page I created. Convincing her to reverse her angry action is not possible. We are concerned that because she is mentally unstable, she will spout off damaging publicity for us as a result of her termination from the band. How do I go about regaining control of MY band page?? I would delete my personal account if necessary. Help.

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  41. Therese Silvent

    The configuration I have is: Personal Account and also a Business Account with one fan page that has been created under the Business Account. Wondering if this is the optimal approach or if the Fan Page should have been created under the Personal Account?

    Reply
    • Therese

      I’m not sure what you mean. Do you have a personal account set up on a profile, along with a business page attached to it? If so, and if you don’t have another “person” set as an admin, that may pose a problem. If your business profile is deleted you will have no way to get into the business page. It’s always important to have at least one personal (personal profile) set as an admin to a page. More than one admin is preferable in case one of the admins’ page can’t be accessed for some reason.

      Reply
  42. Therese

    I would definitely not use a personal profile for a business. The Facebook TOS states that profiles are for people and pages are for businesses. I’ve heard from too many people who have had their profiles (set up for a biz) deleted. It’s not worth the risk. Having said that, it’s perfectly fine to have a business page, but to also use your personal profile (in your name) to connect with clients.

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  43. Therese Silvent

    Is there an advantage in having a Fan Page for one’s business associated with a Personal Account rather than a Business Account (cannot invite your friends to join directly)? I have a client with 10 likes for a Fan Page associated with a business account and wonder if there is an advantage in “moving” this page to her personal account? I have already made her admin on the Fan Page (personal account). Should I simply delete the business account as you describe rather than deleting/recreating the page? Or should I do nothing at all and let the Fan Page live with the business account? Thank you!

    Reply
  44. keicei

    yes

    Reply
    • Therese

      You will need to be an admin to do this:

      Go to the page in question
      Click Edit Page (upper right)
      Click Manage Admins (on the left)
      You’ll see a list of admins. Find the one you want to remove and click Remove.

      Keep in mind it’s a good idea to have at least 2 admins on a page. That way if one person gets loses access to their account, for whatever reason, someone can still manage the page.

      Reply
  45. keicei

    how to remove or canceled a facebook ownership?? pls some body helf me ;(

    Reply
    • Therese

      I’m not sure exactly what you mean. Can you be more specific? Are you wanting to revoke admin privileges from someone?

      Reply
  46. Mack

    Hi i can’t post or change pictures in facebook page, could some pls let me know whats the issue is and how can i resolve this ?

    Reply
  47. Supersis

    I create a page for our church I thought but now it is under places with no way to edit. Can you give me any help on how to delete and start over if I can not see an edit button? When you search it now show 2 under Places (one I can still edit) and one under Pages (Company) but this one has no information associated with it. Looks like this one is a community page. HELP!!!!

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  48. Anjaana Ladka

    Hello sir, I need ur help….. I made a page with the name ** teri yaad**.. There were more than 8 admin…. Now all the admin removed me…. I wanna get it back… how can i get it back…..Plz reply m on my mail… Thank u….

    Reply
  49. Brital

    I accidentally unadmined myself, and now my site’s pretty much useless cause no one can edit it to add me back. So how to I get ahold of editing the like page?

    Reply
    • Therese

      If there are no other admins to make you an admin, you’re pretty much out of luck. To my knowledge, Facebook doesn’t have any procedure in place to reclaim a page.

      Reply
  50. Jeremy

    Our church has a facebook page, but the people who were in charge of that page are no longer with our church. This has fallen into my lap, and I have no information regarding the login information for that page. Is there anyway to contact Facebook to either delete that page or to verify my credentials and obtain access for that Facebook page?

    Reply
    • Therese

      You can try to get in touch with Facebook, but it’s not too likely they’ll do much to help. Remember there are over 500 million people using Facebook, so unless you’re spending a lot of advertising dollars with them, you’re way down on the totem pole! Is there a way you can have the former admins login and make you an admin of the page? If so, that would be your best bet.

      Reply
  51. Warren

    Do you know how to change ownership if you can’t get the other person to add you as an admin?

    Reply
    • Therese

      The only way would be for them to give you the login for that account.

      Reply
      • Warren

        They can’t get the login info from the person. I’m trying to find out if there’s some way Facebook can make the change. Have you had any luck with that?

  52. Suzanne

    So is there any hint that facebook might move toward the two-tiered structure suggested by Therese in the blog?

    Reply
    • Therese

      I haven’t seen or heard anything about them doing it, but I keep hoping – and I know I’m not the only one.

      Reply
  53. Chicken Soup

    Note that this violates the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities; specifically, s.s. 4.9, “You will not transfer your account (including any page or application you administer) to anyone without first getting our written permission.”
    http://www.facebook.com/terms.php

    I’m not sure how aggressively they’re enforcing this stuff, but in my experience it’s better to know the rules–and the consequences–before you start breaking them =P

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    • Therese

      I’m not sure this is much of a concern, unless you’re doing something sinister with the page. Facebook actually gives instructions on how to change admins here. You’ll also find the change announced on quite a few blogs, like AllFacebook.com that are more in the know about Facebook issues than the general public.

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      • ch1ck3n.s0up

        It’s no concern at all, unless the stars become misaligned, you pull the death card, and FB decides to disable your account.

        Friendster, Myspace, Facebook.. I’m honestly starting to count the days until the next generation arrives. FB just doesn’t seem to have the proper infrastructure for today’s business needs.

  54. Russell

    Thanks Therese – but just want to make sure I havethe full answer. I am aware that i can add another admin and delete myself, but in order to get to this fan page, can the new admin log in to a facebook account using their credentials, to get on the fan page, without logging in as me on my facebook account? If my faceboook login email account is [email protected], and I delete myself as admin, can the new admin get to this page and make changes by logging in on his own facebook login email account , [email protected]

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    • Therese

      Yes, if you make that other person the admin they will have the ability to login to their account and make changes to the page. Essentially, they will be an owner of the page. But again, make sure that person knows you’re turning the page over to them and have them make sure they can get to the page before you remove yourself as admin.

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  55. Russell

    I was working for a company. I created a company facebook fan page using my own personal facebook account and log-in credentials. I have left the company – is there a way to transfer the company fan page to another facebook account where someone with the company can have access without having to go through my personal facebook account?

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    • Therese

      Yes, all you need to do is make someone else, who has a personal profile, an admin. To do this click on Edit Page, manage admins, and type in the person’s name. If you’re a friend their picture should show up on the page. Once you make them admin you can unadmin yourself. Before you admin yourself though, I’d be sure the other person got the notification and can get into the admin area of the page.

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      • Corinne

        I think you may have answered most of the same question I have, but what about the password?

        I created a page for an organization and am moving out of state. There was one other admin and I just added a second. When I did that, I had to submit the password to make the change – the password is also the same to get to my personal page. If I remove myself as the admin, the other 2 will be able to log on, make changes, change admins, etc. using their own personal password for their own personal page or is there a master password that all admins use?

      • Therese

        Hi Corinne, you’re right…the admin will use their own password. There is no master password, so you don’t have to worry about them getting into your personal account.

  56. Patrick

    Would you happen to know if it is possible to migrate a Facebook short URL from a personal profile to a Facebook Page? We have an issue here at the American Cancer Society where someone created a personal page and took a particularly valuable Short URL when they created their username and we’d like to get it back.

    Any assistance you can offer would be much appreciated.

    Patrick
    American Cancer Society
    Division HQ
    Atlanta, GA

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    • Therese

      If you own both the profile and the page, you might be able to switch the two. I’ve never tried it, but one of my clients was able to switch, but she owned both the profile and the page.

      If I understand your question correctly though, it sounds like you’re not in control of the profile that has the url you want. If that’s the case, you’re probably out of luck unless there’s some type of copyright infringement going on. For example, if the URL was coca-cola, and I used it, Coca Cola would probably come after me and win.

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  57. Olivia

    So what if I have 3 other admins on my fanpage. If I temporarily deactivate my account, will my page still be open! I don’t want to delete my FB fan page!

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    • Therese

      I believe you will be an admin after you reactivate your page. I have an admin on one of my pages who deactivated her personal profile. When she did so, her name did not show up on my list of admins. But, when she reactivated it, she showed back up as an admin. I would think the same is true for anyone who originally created the fan page but I can’t say 100%. An alternative to disabling your account though is to change your profile privacy settings to be on the highest security levels.

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  58. Pam

    I hid 2 friends from my profile page awhile ago with their posts as I was getting their posts on my home page. I would now like to add their posts to my profile page. How do I do that? Hope you can help.

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    • Therese

      To unhide your friends, go to your Home tab, scroll down to the very bottom and you’ll see an “options” link. Click on that and you can remove them from the hide list.

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  59. Marketer Matt

    OMG! It took me 20 minutes to find an answer to this question. Google’s still showing crappy old Facebook help forums from ’09 about this topic. Anyway… thanks for the post. It was exactly what I was looking for.

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    • Therese

      Glad I could help!

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  60. Maddy

    Thank you so much! You saved my page!!!

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    • Therese

      Awww, and thanks for letting me know the post was helpful 🙂

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  61. John

    I am having the same issue – a marketing firm developed our facebook page (www.facebook.com/energystead). However, they are no longer involved (but at least all good terms). I removed everyone as an admin but myself. I tried creating an application so that I can post the feeds/likes/etc on our regular website, but whenever I try to create an app, it pulls up my personal profile and does not let me choose my page. I’m wondering how long it will take so that the page itself is transferred over to my ownership? Any additional thoughts? Thanks!

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    • Therese

      My first thought is that there’s something you’re not doing quite right in your app. If you are the only admin on the page then you own the page. It happens as soon as the other people are removed. If you’re using the FB badge feature, be sure you don’t pick the one for the profile. I’m wondering if that’s what you did.

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      • Bitupon kolita

        My page alredy admin so of page admin

  62. Sam

    What if your Fan Page has 2 admins and Facebook deletes the account of one of them (the creator of the page)? This would be a disaster for businesses!

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    • Therese

      My guess is that the page would still exist and it would be owned by the other admin.

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  63. Facebook admin

    Also important to note that I assume, since she is still the technical “owner” of the page, even if she is removed as an admin, she can still delete the page as the owner of the page that is associated with her Facebook account? That would make sense… but I cannot find anything that directly addressed that being the case.

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    • rajesh shukla

      hi

      i was admin of a group with one of my friend, few days ago facebook deleted my friends id and i left the group so now no admin is there, what to do now? how i can get the admin again??

      please help

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      • Therese

        If you left the group, and are no longer an admin, there really isn’t much you can do. The group would need an admin to appoint you as an admin. You can try writing to Facebook, but I doubt you’ll have much luck. 🙁

    • marco ciofetta

      hi, have you got an answer? I have the same problem…

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  64. Facebook admin

    OK so this is all great, except that I think you could always do this? The real issue is that the page is still tied to the person’s Facebook account regardless of whether they administer the page or not. Thus, if they delete their Facebook page for any reason, the page will forever be gone.

    What needs to happen is that a page can be transferred entirely to another person’s Facebook account by the original owner. In my case, I am the owner of a business and one of my employees was asked to do some social marketing for us, so she created our Facebook fan page. She is soon leaving our employ, but cannot remove our fan page from being tied to her personal account. Should she ever close her Facebook account, it will terminate our fan page. Not a good scenario.

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    • Samuel Barnard Davis

      Hello this Samuel Davis my page was delete because someone delete pictures in friend off my page I’m try to get back its the one with me and my grandbaby on the page i have a new email [email protected]

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      • Therese

        Hi Samuel, I’m not sure what you mean.

  65. AnonymousCoward

    Can you explain the steps to do this? Is there documentation on how to do this somewhere? Thanks.

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    • Therese

      If you’re an admin, and need to remove another admin:
      – login to your Facebook page
      – click on Edit Page
      – over to the right you’ll see a list of all the admins for that page. To remove someone, click Remove Admin under that person’s name.

      Keep in mind that any admin can remove any other admin. So, if you set the page up originally and want other people to help you, make sure you trust those people not to delete you!

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  66. Therese

    HA! I suppose I should. Facebook would listen to me, right? 😉

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    • Ahmed Khafi

      Hi Therese, you’re an angel, I need your help..
      My personal account got disabled, and I have a business page I worked so hard for with over million likes, do I lose that also or how do I get access to that page?

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      • Therese

        Hi Ahmed, unfortunately there’s not much I can do for you. Without another admin on the account, you may be out of luck. I’d contact them and beg their forgiveness for whatever reason they disabled your account. And, if you have a website that corresponds with the page, that may help. In your letter to them, mention the website and give them your email address based on that domain. Since you have over a million likes, they may be more likely to respond. If all else fails, you could try what someone else (who I think posted somewhere on one of my posts). He contacted their ad department and said he wanted to advertise but didn’t have access to his page. Of course, you’d want to follow up with some type of FB ads.

        Here’s a post that lists various ways to contact Facebook.

        https://www.postplanner.com/how-to-contact-facebook-to-get-support/

        Good luck! If you’re able to get them to help, please come back and let me know.

  67. Sue Rostvold

    I didn’t know about this change. Thanks for posting. You’ve got a good point about the two-tier set up. Are you going to go downtown Austin to the Facebook offices and suggest this? 🙂

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  68. Nathan Richie

    Glad to see they’re finally addressing this issue.

    I agree with you they need to have a tiered system. As an agency developing pages for clients, the last thing you want is an accident on client side.

    While you can transfer ownership via admin assignment now, they also need to make it so you can transfer via verified email account.

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    • Nancy K Cvitkovic

      I am having a problem with a page that I created in memory of my Mom, the problem is I do not have administrative access to the page any longer. I am hoping you can help me.

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    • Baritt Arellano

      “they also need to make it so you can transfer via verified email account. ”

      All I can find on this subject is admin assignment or page roles. I need to be able to transfer our business page that was created under a former employee’s personal facebook account to a general facebook account created by our CTO. We have zero integration between Twitter and Facebook now because we cannot log in to the original facebook account that created the page. This is so frustrating.

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      • Therese

        If you’ve lost access to the only profile that had admin rights to the page, the only way you can regain access is with the help of Facebook. You can contact them through a form, telling them the page has been hijacked. https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/208282075858952

      • randy

        hi own both my personal profile and my facebook page but i have another facebook account i own and want to transfer the page from my first account to the second account and then delete my first facebook account but i dont want my page to get closed or messed up i spent lots of time maken it and maken it work but again i just want to take from old facebook account to new facebook account and delete old facebook account but keep everything the way its setup and runs how do i do this with out messing anything up

      • Therese

        Hi Randy, the first thing I would do is to make someone else an admin. (It’s always best to have at least 2 admins on every page.) Next, make your new profile an admin. Then, login to your new profile and remove the old profile as admin.

    • Beverly abogaa

      How can I used my Facebook account if already close by Tha admin, I need to my old account in Facebook I need help to recover my fb account

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