How To Customize, Delete & Arrange Photos In Your Facebook Photo Album

Ann Smarty 02-07-2011

customize facebook photo albumsThe ability to share your personal photos with your friends and relatives is the most favorite feature of Facebook. Therefore many of us have quite a few photo albums in our Facebook accounts. However as much as we use Facebook, we are still completely unaware of how many of its most obvious features work. The site has numerous options and features and consequently there are quite a few usability issues with many great options being hidden so well that you never know they exist.


Here’s a collection of Facebook photo album tips you are likely to be unaware of.

1. HOW TO: Customize The Facebook Photo Album Cover (Thumbnail)

When you create a Facebook photo album, one of the photos is automatically selected to create the photo album thumbnail. This thumbnail is a clickable image taking you and your friends to the photos inside (in your profile “Photos” section).

To customize your photo album thumbnail, you will need to do the following:

  • Go to your profile, click “Photos” in the left-hand column, click the album cover thumbnail to access the album;
  • Click a tiny blue link “Edit Album” and then “Edit photos“:

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  • Scroll down to the photo you need and set it as the album cover:

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2. HOW TO: Delete Multiple Photos From A Photo Album

If you were ever wondering how to delete many photos from an album (while still keeping the album), here are the necessary (yet not really obvious) steps:

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3. How TO: Arrange Photos In Any Album

This one is easy but not many people are actually aware of the fact that they can do it – photos in your album can be dragged around.

This means that to change the order of your photos in an album, you need to:

  • Go to your profile, click “Photos” in the left-hand column, click the album cover thumbnail to access the album;
  • Hover over any photo until you see a four-arrow icon, left-click and drag the photo to where you want it to appear:

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More Facebook photo guides and tips we have covered previously:

Any other useful Facebook photo sharing tips I missed? Please share them in the comments!

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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.