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How to Customize, Delete, and Arrange Photos in Facebook Photo Albums

Emma Roth Updated 08-07-2020

The ability to share your photos with family and friends is one of the best features of Facebook. However, it’s important to present your Facebook photo albums in the best way. Your photos just won’t look as nice if they’re displayed in impersonal, cluttered albums.

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To add some personality and order to your Facebook photo albums, here’s how to customize, delete, and arrange your photos on Facebook.

How to Add Additional Photos to an Album

Add Additonal Photos Facebook Album

You already uploaded all of your pictures to Facebook in bulk, but what if you forgot a few? In case you need to go back and add more pictures to an album, Facebook gives you the option to add any photos and videos you missed. You can upload more pictures with just a few simple clicks:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Select Photos > Albums.
  3. Click the album of your choice.
  4. Hit Add Photos/Videos in the top-left corner of the album.
  5. Select any additional photos or videos from your computer, and upload them to your album.

Now that you’ve uploaded those extra pictures, you can share even more memories with your friends and family.

How to Customize an Album Cover

Set Facebook Album Cover Photo

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After you create an album, Facebook automatically selects one of the photos as the album’s thumbnail. This picture serves as the forefront of your album, so it should sum up the trip, experience, or occasion that you’re documenting. If you want to change your album’s cover, follow these steps:

  1. Head to your profile.
  2. Click Photos > Albums.
  3. Select the album you want to edit.
  4. Hover over the photo you want at the front of your album, and click the pencil icon in the top-right corner of the picture.
  5. Select Make Cover Photo from the dropdown menu.

When you view your album on Facebook, you’ll now see this image as the cover.

How to Delete Multiple Photos From an Album

Delete Multiple Photos From Facebook Album

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  1. Navigate to your profile.
  2. Click Photos > Albums.
  3. Select the album you want to edit.
  4. Mouse over the photo you wish to delete, and click the pencil icon.
  5. Hit Delete This Photo at the bottom of the dropdown menu.

It’s a time-consuming process, but it’s the only way to get rid of unwanted images.

How to Arrange Photos in a Facebook Album

Arrange Facebook Album Photos

Maybe you want to arrange the photos in a Facebook album so that your favorite pictures are at the beginning of the album. Or perhaps you want to organize your pictures by location, subject, or date. Either way, you have the freedom to change the order of the photos in a Facebook album by doing the following:

  1. Open your profile.
  2. Head to Photos > Album.
  3. Click the album you want to rearrange.
  4. Select Edit in the top-right corner of the album.
  5. Hover over the picture you want to move.
  6. Click and drag the photo to another location.
  7. Hit Save after you’re done.

As you move your pictures, you’ll notice that the other photos in your album will automatically shift to accommodate the photo’s new position.

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How to Add Captions to Your Facebook Photo Albums

Add Captions to Facebook Album

To give your Facebook friends some context for your album, you’ll want to write some captions for your photos and album. Fortunately, Facebook streamlines the captioning process, and all you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Select Photos > Albums.
  3. Click the album you wish to edit.
  4. Hit Edit in the top-right corner of the album.
  5. Write a description for your album in the box at the top of the album, or write a caption in the spaces under each picture.
  6. When you’re done, click Save.

In addition to adding captions to your pictures, you can also tag people in this menu by clicking someone’s face, and searching for their name. You can also add a date or location by selecting the clock icon and GPS pointer icon underneath the caption box of each image.

How to Download a Facebook Photo Album

How to Download Facebook Album

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Downloading your Facebook photo albums lets you save your entire album to your computer. These simple steps will start the downloading process:

  1. Open your profile.
  2. Go to Photos > Albums.
  3. Click the album you want to download.
  4. Select the gear icon in the top-right corner of the album, and click Download Album > Continue.

Depending on how big your album is, it might take a few minutes to finish downloading. Keep in mind that there are quite a few ways to download Facebook photos and videos How to Download Facebook Photos and Videos Facebook is a treasure trove of photos and videos of you and your friends. Here's how to download Facebook photos and videos. Read More as well, using both third-party apps and official methods.

How to Move Photos to a Different Album

Move Facebook Pictures to Another Album

As you uploaded all of your pictures to an album, you might have accidentally uploaded a few that belong to a different album. To solve this issue, Facebook lets you easily move pictures between existing albums with these steps:

  1. Open your profile.
  2. Navigate to Photos > Albums.
  3. Click the album that contains the pictures you need to move.
  4. Hit Edit in the top-right corner of the album.
  5. Mouse over the picture you want to move, and click the arrow in the top-right corner of the photo.
  6. Select Move To Other Album from the dropdown menu.
  7. On the next menu, choose the album of your choice, and hit Move Photo.
  8. Hit Save when you have finished editing the album.

You can’t move several pictures in one go, so prepare to do some repetitive work if you have several pictures to move.

How to Create a Shared Album

Add Contributors Facebook Album

After attending an event with family or friends, you can create a new Facebook album with pictures of your favorite memories. To add even more photos to your collection, consider creating a shared album. This gives your Facebook friends permission to upload photos to your album, making it a great way to see more photos from different perspectives. Here’s how to set up a shared album:

  1. Head to your profile.
  2. Click Photos > Albums.
  3. Choose the album you want to share.
  4. Select Add Contributor in the top-left corner of the album.
  5. Enter the names of the Facebook friends you wish to add, and adjust the privacy of the album using the dropdown menu.
  6. Hit Save when you’re finished.

Your friends can now contribute to your album, and this shared album will appear on their timelines as well.

It’s Time to Organize Your Facebook Photo Albums

You should now know how to organize your Facebook photo albums. And while doing so can be time-consuming, your family and friends will enjoy seeing the finished results

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  1. Brian Grover
    October 23, 2016 at 8:53 am

    When I post a new album, how come only a fraction of the pics show up in album-view in my feed?

  2. June Young
    October 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    If you have a large album of photos it is very annoying to have to drag new ones from the bottom where they load to the top. I want my newest photos to be the first thing people see when they open my album. Is there a way to enter your photos at the top and save all that dragging? Alternatively can I drag multiple photos at one time?

  3. Jeannette
    March 1, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Hi. Another contributor posted three pictures on a new album. How do I delete them? Other websites have said to simply click options and delete it but it won`t work. Do I need access to the other contributor`s account in order to delete it? An answer is greatly appreciated.

  4. Anonymous
    June 14, 2015 at 10:25 am

    How do I get rid of the black frames around the photod in my album?

  5. kathy
    August 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Sometimes when I make an album it doesn't ask me to choose a album cover. The first 3 pictures in the album show up on my wall, then people can click on the album to see the rest of the pictures. But sometimes it forces me to choose an album cover. I don't want an album cover. How do I get rid of the album cover?

    • Ann Smarty
      September 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Hey Kathy, I am pretty sure you always do both: the album cover is generated AND the three thumbnails are shared on your profile wall. Not sure you can choose either...

  6. Saikat Basu
    July 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Very simple tips to implement, but you will be surprised that many people don't know about these or don't bother to organize their photos properly on Facebook.

    • Ann Smarty
      July 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      This is funny but I only found out that photos are draggable when writing this post!

  7. Mrclose
    July 4, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I can rarely get my comments to show up here and a 'Spammer' seems to have no problem?

    • Tina
      July 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Not sure how that one got through, it shouldn't have!

      What do you mean your comments don't show up? Comments with links go into the moderation queue, hence they don't show up immediately. All other comments, however, should be published instantly, unless the commenter was previously marked as spam or has a link considered spam set as his homepage.