In this guide we will go over the basics of how to merge multiple Facebook pages. You may have noticed that your business, blog or website has multiple Facebook pages, splitting up your customer engagement and potentially even causing confusion.
Thankfully, Facebook provides the option to merge multiple Facebook pages that represent the same thing and have similar names, provided that the page you want to merge has fewer likes than the page you want to merge it into.
This guide works for any kind of Facebook page, including if you want to merge multiple Facebook business pages.
How To Merge Multiple Facebook Pages
Before we get started it’s important to understand how you can end up with multiple Facebook pages, why you should merge them, what to consider before merging and what happens after you merge multiple Facebook pages.
We have broken this guide down into sections to make it easier to follow:
Table of Contents:
- How you can end up with multiple Facebook pages
- Why you should merge multiple Facebook pages
- What to consider before merging multiple Facebook pages
- Things you will need before you can merge multiple Facebook pages
- What happens when you merge multiple Facebook pages
- Steps to merge multiple Facebook pages
- How to report duplicate Facebook Pages that you are not the admin for
How You Can End Up With Multiple Facebook Pages
There are multiple ways that you can end up with multiple Facebook Pages (please excuse the terrible pun). The main reasons that I seem to come across amongst my customers are:
- A past employee of the business created a Facebook Page wayback when, and the silly duffer forgot to share it with the owner, and has subsequently vanished from the face of the earth.
- The business has a physical location and lots of tech savvy customers that like to show off their social prowess by “checking-in” to your business – only to realise it didn’t have a page, so of course they go about creating one; incorrect spelling and all!
- The owner of the business initially created a Facebook Account, thinking this was the correct way to advertise their business on Facebook. Unfortunately once they realise later down the track that this is against Facebook’s Terms of Service – they fix their mistake and create a Facebook Page instead.
Why You Should Merge Multiple Facebook Pages
When your business, blog or website has multiple Facebook pages it can cause a lot of confusion amongst your customers as to which is the “official” page.
A perfect example of this would be if you run a local cafe but your Facebook page is not set to “local”. Customers will be unable to check in to the correct page, and may confuse one of the duplicate pages for the actual official page.
Having multiple Facebook pages for your business splits apart your engagement, meaning you get less benefit from Facebook’s algorithms, and each page will seem less active to your potential customers.
Another reason you may wish to merge multiple Facebook pages is if you accidentally set the page name incorrectly or changed the business name on one of the pages.
What To Consider Before Merging Multiple Facebook Pages
Before you merge multiple Facebook pages there are a few things you should stop to consider.
Once you start the merge process, it cannot be undone so make sure you are 100% certain that you want to merge your Facebook pages before you commit.
It’s also important to note that people who “like” the duplicate page will receive a notification informing them of the merge, though it can take a few days to complete according to Facebook.
Merging multiple Facebook pages will cause all of the posts, photos, reviews, ratings, and even the page username to be lost from the merged page; these won’t be combined into the new one.
What will be combined however, are the people who “like” your page (aka the number of page likes will be combined), as well as any “check-ins” to the page.
Things You Will Need Before You Can Merge Multiple Facebook Pages
Before you begin, you will need to ensure that you are the admin for both pages that you would like to merge.
According to Facebook, the pages must represent the same thing and have similar names. If you attempt to merge pages that are not similar, the pages could potentially be permanently unpublished.
From my experience helping other customers to merge multiple Facebook pages, I’ve found that there are a few things you can do to ease the process along:
- Plan ahead! Do a Facebook search to find out exactly how many duplicate Facebook pages actually exist for your business.
- As the admin of multiple Facebook pages, you can get a head start on the merge process and increase your chances of success by updating the page information on the duplicate pages. Think of things like your email address, physical address and website URL.
- Ensure that all of the page categories are the same, for example if one page is listed as a local bakery whilst the other is listed as a food delivery service, it can cause issues.
- Make sure that there are no active advertisement campaigns pointing to the page that will be deleted.
What Happens When You Merge Multiple Facebook Pages
All of the posts, photos, reviews, ratings and the username from the duplicate page will be permanently deleted.
The check-ins from the duplicate page, along with all of the people who like or follow the duplicate page will be merged into the official page.
The page that you choose not to keep will be removed from Facebook entirely, and you will be unable to unmerge it or undo the process.
Steps To Merge Multiple Facebook Pages
The first step to merge multiple Facebook pages is to visit facebook.com/pages/merge
Alternatively if both pages are part of your Facebook Business Manager account, you can visit business.facebook.com/pages/merge)
Once you are on the page, select the two pages that you would like to merge and select “Continue”, then select “Request Merge”.
If you are unable to merge your duplicate Facebook pages, it means that they are not eligible to be merged. If you see the option to “request to merge pages” however, Facebook will review your request.
How To Report Duplicate Facebook Pages That You Are Not The Admin For
Okay, so what happens if during your search, you’ve discovered that there are multiple Facebook Pages that you are NOT the admin for. Unfortunately it’s not possible to merge or delete a Facebook page unless you own it, however you are not completely out of luck!
If there is a duplicate page that you would like to stake your claim on, or that is misrepresenting your business and needs to go, you can report the duplicate page to Facebook and request that it be removed.
Go to the page, select the three dots below the page’s cover photo, and select “Find Support or Report Page”.
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