Stop the press!

About 3 weeks ago I wrote a post called “How to convert your friends from a Personal Facebook Profile to a Facebook Fan Page”. This used to be quite a hassle, because Facebook didn’t offer an easy way to do this.

Yesterday Beatrice Whelan a webdesigner and blogger from Ireland, posted a comment on my blog saying that Facebook now offers an easy, automatic way to convert your friends from a Personal Profile to a Facebook Page.

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UPDATE: Please take note of the risks of AUTOMATICALLY transferring your friends from Profile to Page!

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Here’s what you do:

1. You log into your Profile

2. Open a new tab and go to this page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php?migrate

3. You then get the ‘Migrate a Page’ Facebook page which looks similar to the normal ‘Create a Page’ Facebook page.

Facebook Profile to Business Page Migration

You now need to select the kind of Page you want to set up. Select Local Business or Brand or Institution, etc.

Once you make your choice, only your (confirmed) friends will be converted to people who ‘Like’ your new Page. Also your profile photo will be converted to your new Page.

The other content such as your uploaded photos, your wall content, etc will not be converted to your new Business Page. So, before you make your choice, make sure you dowload your profile information! Click here to find out how.

After you have made your choice and have created your Page, you will still be able to log-in with your original email address and password.

So, you can now select a type of Page and create it!

4. You now see your new Page and the ‘Get started’ screen

Facebook Business Page Get Started Screen

As you can see, your profile picture is converted and your friends are now converted to ‘Likes’ on your new Business Page.

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Anything else you need to know?

Well, yes. It’s good to know that your old Personal Profile now does not exist anymore.

It became a Business Account.

The Business Account is still under your old email address and password. So you can log in to your new Business Page.

The Business Account allows you to adminiter your Pages and run ad campaigns.

Of course you can assign new admins to your Page, as well as operate your new Page ‘as a Page’. Which is one of the changes Facebook made when they launched the redesign of Facebook Pages.

For more information, go to the Facebook Help Center section about ‘Converting your Profile into a Page’.

Alrighty. That’s it. Beatrice, thanks for the heads up. And for all of you having to convert your Personal Facebook Profile to a Business Page: good luck! Make sure to get come great content flowing!

Oh – and Knut Knutsen? Knut was just a test Page. No dating requests please :p

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  • http://twitter.com/beatricewhelan Beatrice Whelan

    Hi Michael, thanks for sharing this on your blog, and you actually explained it a lot better than I did.
    All the best,
    Beatrice

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Thanks Beatrice.
      Explaining these things to my clients is my day time job :-)
      Nice to be following eachother on Twitter.
      All the best,
      Michiel

  • Caroline

    Is there a way to migrate friends to an existing fan page?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Good question Caroline. Answer: I don’t know :-(
      I’ll research it and if I find an answer I’ll do a post on it.
      I actually think FB will not make this possible in the future.
      It’s sensitive for fraude.
      Webteams of people befriending others and then converting the friends to existing pages. That kind of stuff.
      I’ll research.
      Best,
      Michiel

      • Cat

        Hi Michiel — any update on migrating friends to an existing fan page? I have a client that has a profile account for their biz and a page for their biz and would like to move all of the friends to the page

        • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

          Hey Cat,

          Yes – did do research, and came up empty. Can’t find anything on it anywhere. As per my comment to Caroline above, I don’t think FB will make this possible. It’s sensitive for fraude.
          You can try the FB message in a bottle customer support:
          http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=pages_bug
          Sorry to not be able to help you :-(

          Bestest,
          Michiel

  • John Roam

    Thank you, this is really great news…

    I have been waiting and hoping anxiously that FB would eventually come out with something that might address this need. Like so many others, I inadvertantly started out with a profile because I didn’t realize a page was an option, and now I need to convert.

    I’m not sure why they can’t transfer or convert any of the wall content – that’s unfortunate – but of course by far the more important thing is the bringing the friends over to likes. That is huge.

    One question I am trying to answer before making this move: What happens to your Facebook profile’s custom username (e.g., vanity URL)? Does that make the transfer from profile to page as well?

    I sure hope so, or at least I hope there is some way to quickly recover it after your account is converted to a business account. Thanks!

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hey John,

      Sorry for my late reply.
      I seem to have overlooked it.
      Not sure if your Vanity URL automatically converts.
      Have you tried yet?
      If it doesn’t you need to get 25 Likes and get your Vanity URL.
      http://www.michielgaasterland.com/how-to/how-to-claim-vanity-url-facebook-page/

      Bestest,
      Michiel

      • John Roam

        Thanks a lot Michiel. A quick update and follow-up to my previous question: I couldn’t find an answer anywhere to whether a custom username would get transferred in the profile-to-page change, so I just went ahead and tried it…

        Unfortunately, the new Facebook migration tool didn’t do it, even though I do have more than 25 friends/fans. The good news was all my friends got moved over correctly to be fans, which was a huge relief – and the most important.

        But my username got left over with my profile, even though that profile no longer existed! A visit to the Facebook URL with that username produced “page not found.” And I saw no way to transfer it or otherwise continue using it. So clearly this was not fully thought through with the tool, or working as well as it should.

        Happily, I was able to get the username switched over manually to my new page by contacting Facebook… (http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=username_infringement) It took a day or so, but they completed the change without further issue, and now all is well.

        But I hope Facebook fixes this to make those usernames transfer automatically, because they should – and right now the tool isn’t working as well as it could on that front.

        • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

          Hi John,

          I really appreciate you sharing this on my blog.
          Glad FB helped you out on the vanity url.
          Hope they get it together in the future!

          Cheers
          Michiel

        • Red Prey

          I can’t seem to find the exact place to where I can recover my username. Where can I get it? BTW this was the answer I was looking for! Thank You

          • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

            Hi, the username apparently doesn’t get tranfered automatically. Read John Roam’s comments. He contacted FB and got the job done. Good luck. Cheers, Michiel

  • Ccegroup

    What about converting friends to an existing Fan Page ?

    Thanks

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi,
      Can’t find any info on it.
      I don’t think this is possible.
      Will keep an eye out.
      Sorry I can’t help you :-(
      Best
      Michiel

  • Elucia

    Hi there,
    I have an existing Page, and would like to switch all my Friends from my Profile as you describe above. Could I DELETE my Page, THEN transfer and “re-activate” that Page, or, create a new Page?? What a pain.

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi,
      Can’t find any info on it.
      I don’t think this is possible.
      Will keep an eye out.
      Sorry I can’t help you :-(
      Best
      Michiel

  • Soraya

    Once I download my info from the personal page, is there a way to upload it back to the new page?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      You mean wall content right? I’m afraid there is not Soraya :-(

  • http://twitter.com/toutattache Ugo Orlando

    Hey!
    I successfully migrated my profile into a page. But that was just a trial.
    How can I go back to my regular profile?

    If you could help, that would be awesome!
    @toutattache on twitter.

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      I don’t think you can go back Ugo :-(

  • pb

    What is the technical definition of a “confirmed” friend. Will all my friends in my old profile now be considered fans?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      A confirmed friend is someone who has accepted your friend request (or you have excepted their request). You are than connected. Once you convert your profile to a page your friends will be converted to ‘Likes’. I’m not sure what happens to the outstanding friend request on your profile. My guess is that they are lost…

  • Twomey Clionadh

    Hello, Thanks for all this information. I’m in the process of changing from a Personal to a Business page. When i go to download my a/c information it has been saying pending for hours now…any ideas whether this is normal ? Many thanks for your help.

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      It must depend on how much content you have published over time. So if you’ve been on FB for years than it might take a while to fetch all your content. After downloading it gives you a notification: “You will receive an email when your archive is ready for download.”. Then it says ‘Pending’ + (Your download is currently being generated. You will receive an email when it’s ready.).

      I guess you are gonna have to wait till that email rolls in & keep your fingers crossed!

      I’ll burn a candle for you! ;-)

      • Twomey Clionadh

        Got sorted thanks for all your help, much appreciated.

        • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

          My pleasure. All the best

  • http://twitter.com/vozdaweb Ta na web

    Does anybody knows how to migrate and keep my alias?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      @Tanaweb – From what people have told me: not possible. You are gonna have to migrate, and then change to vanity URL. Good luck.

  • Labinot1990

    i create a page but my profile is not converted in a page why??? please help me.

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      If I understand correctly your new Page and old Profile are both still live?

      The you probably haven’t used this link:

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php?migrate

      (see image in the post above).

      Convert your Profile via that link, and you should be fine).

      • Labinot1990

        Yes, i know this but it still do nothing they doesn’t work, i created a page with this link but it created a normal page without my older friends he is not convertet from profile to page why?

        • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

          I’m sorry to hear that!
          It shouldn’t do that.
          Seems that you have a bug.
          Can’t help you with that :-(

  • Chris33

    Hi,
    FYI I have the same result as Labinot , I created a 2nd page ( 1st was done 1 month ago) and got the same options aka ask ‘manually’ the long way u described in ur previous post on the topic. my ‘likes’ account is at zero as well as on my first page :( (
    could location had sth to do with it I m in Europe ( Belgium) ?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for sharing your information.
      I’ve converted a few Pages with no problem and I am in The Netherlands. I don’t see the bug that you and Labinot are talking about listed.
      Although it’s a bit of a message in a bottle, I do recommend you report the bug to FB via this url:

      http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=pages_bug

      Hope it helps.

      Bestest,
      Michiel

  • Alwayz Therro

    Hello we just converted our page but when we log in we don’t see a get started section or our profile at all can you help us? Our url is supposed to be fb/alwayztherro but it does not work anymore

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Sorry to hear about your troubles! I get quite a few comments and emails from people struggling. I’m afraid I can’t help you! You need to file with FB customer support!

      Here’s the link!

      http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=pages_bug

      All the best,
      Michiel

  • erica

    Hi Thank you for this blog! I did this to my page and everything worked fine. Is there any way to add a private regular profile page to my “like” page? Where I can add just my friends privately?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi Erica, not 100% sure what you mean. Now that you have converted your Personal Profile to a Page your old profile does no longer exist. If you want tobe on FB again as a person you need to start a new personal profile. 

  • Lspice

    Can anyone offer any help on whether this type of migration works beyond the profile to business page? Our organization has changed its name from “college” to “university” and we’d like for the FB alumni page to reflect the name change. I’ve been looking at creating a new page, alerting our fans to the upcoming change, and then de-activating the old page. We can only hope with enough notice that they’ll “like” us again, however, it would be great if we could move everyone to the new page. Any help/advice?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      @Lspice – I take it your Alumni page already has a vanity url? If so, then: no. You can’t change that. You could try contacting FB customer support. It’s a message in a bottle, but sometimes they help…

  • Lspice

    Hi, Michiel,
    Thanks for your quick response. I didn’t create this account but inherited it. It doesn’t have a vanity url set yet.
    Thanks,
    Linda

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurenrut Lauren Rut

    Thanks Michiel! Any word on  how this works if you want to transfer friends to fans on an existing page?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi Lauren, I’ve researched it, and didn’t find anything on this. So, I don’t think it’s possible :-( Sorry! 

  • http://joannerock.com Joanne ock

    Didn’t work for me!  All 3400 friends vanished and no one likes me.

  • Joanne Rock

    Whoops… I spoke too soon.  If anyone else gets the scare I did, I needed to log out of FB completely and Log Back On!  The friends returned.  I am liked again.  Thanks so much for the post.

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Pffiew. That’s good news Joanne. Heard this from other people too. Glad it worked out!

  • http://www.Experienceviss.com Bonnie

    Hi, is his possible to do if you already have a business page in the works? Please let me know. Thank you!

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hello Bonnie,
      No not possible!
      Many people are wondering about this (see below in comments).
      Best
      Michiel

      • Cat

        Possible!! finally got all of our profiles/pages transferred..and they had the same name! Call Facebook directly, even if you have to go through a sales person first…they will help you change it over right away! 

        • Veetil76

          Hi , How do i contact Facebook ? I couldnt find any number or email. pls help

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kjrh-Michelle-Lowry/573106552 Kjrh Michelle Lowry

    This sounds so great however I’ve been trying since 8:30am and only get “Pending” with nothing happening.  (email promised to tell me my info has been downloaded still hasn’t arrived 6 hours later)   Has anyone successfully downloaded their pics, videos, posts and transferred friends to a “fan” page using this info and link?    Staying hopeful.    Thanks for any help!!!

  • Haney Jake

    Is there any way to reverse the conversion?  

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      There is not. :-(

  • Stereourbano

    hi i have a question when you convert your personal profile to a fans page the profile username go to the new page. this is my username http://www.facebook.com/BryanTVchannel and i wanna to migrate but i wanna know if i still gonna have the same url username. thks i hope you help me

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi,
      The truth of the matter is: sometimes yes, sometimes no.
      It’s a risk.
      However, some people say that they have contacted FB and they helped them sort it out.
      Some useful comments in this post.
      Please give them a read.
      Best,
      Michiel

  • Sasasa

    What I have done the trick, but I can not enter my profile and other facebookumdan collapsed facebookum What do I do not see this facebookumu :( ((((((((((((( please tell me a solution

  • please help

    This trick did the trick, but I am a person who went out on my profile I can not enter my account and facebook account to my other account I can not see this, please do what you tell me a solution :( (((((((((((((

  • Help me please

    Facebook friend of mine who went back to my account how can I fix this hack, please help me!

  • Mhammed Hafiz

    a hacker , hacked me .. and converted my facebook profile to a page , i want my profile back , i don’t have business and i’m not an artist so can any one please tell me what to do to reserve it back

    cheers 

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      You can’t reverse it. You need to contact Facebook I’m afraid….

      • irish

        but there can be some ways to do it…i have already given a request to facebook ..but its taking ages !!!!

  • Events

    I converted as this stated…Facebook lost ALL of my fans / friends!!! How can I get them loaded to my facebook page now?  HELP ME PLEASE! I am a music artist and I have to have them!

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      There are risks involved…. as per the update notification on top of the post. But with most people the likes show up eventually. If not: you shall have to contact Facebook….

  • Angus Hyde

    I have completed this process, but none of my 1200 friends have converted over to Likes. Im really worried that this hasnt happened automatically. What to do?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Sometimes it takes a few hours. 

  • Giovy303

    hi; May I ask… once the new page is created how do people find you “the person” not the page if they want to add you as a friend? for example if someone is looking for Mat Demon who created and migrated to Mat Photography how will they find him?
    2-Will friends be able to send a request to you as Mat Demon? so you can add them?
    3- once you add them if possible will they become fans immediately as you add more and more?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Your old friend profile will then not exist anymore.
      You need to create a new profile!

  • Veetil76

     I have set up a fan page in Facebook, and want to customize my default landing tab, but for some reason, I don’t have the option to select my default landing tab under Manage Permissions. I can’t figure out why, or how to enable that option.. I emailed them several time .. NO response …
    so i made another page. my question is, is ther any way we can move all my fans to my new page? I would really appreciate your help..:))

  • JonnA

    Hi, I desperately need your help. I can’t migrate my profil to a page. FB log me out when I do this and every time I had to change my password. Please HELP if you know how to do this

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Seems like a bug from FB Side :-(
      I can’t help you I’m afraid.
      Try contacting FB!

  • Cdrw

    Could you please tell me if Pages that have already published on a Profile page before conversion stay intact when migrating or are they also lost in translation

  • Thealize

    Hey there – great blog thanx! Is there any way to convert / move over fans from a ‘place’ to a ‘page? Have a client who created her co page as a ‘place’, I then created a new iframe ‘page’ but her fans are stuck on the ‘place’ page which means I have to nag them to move over to the new page. It’s not working very well either ;) LOL

    Please help…I’ve searched all over and found nada re this that would help – your post is the best / closest to an answer I have come…Thaxn T!

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi Thealize,
      Sorry for my late reply :-/
      Re your question: as far as I know: not possible :-(
      Bestest,
      Michiel

  • BISHNU

    BISHNU

  • FB USER

    Is there any way that i can add my downloaded archive (Wall posts, comments, etc…?) 

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Noop :-(

  • Reneeblogg

    Thanks so much for this…  I am wondering if it is possible to move old fans to a new fan page? I created a new FB page as they said I cannot change username and I just secured the copyrighted username so I wanted to change.

    Any ideas/help would be awesome, thank you!

  • Pattersoncharley

    Help pls.
    I already have created a fan page before I knew about the above migration process when setting up the fan page.
    Is there a way to migrate friends from my friend page to my new fan page?
    I have maxed out my friends at 5000.
    Thank you
     

  • Guest

    This didn’t work, it just created an add on page to my personal profile so i have to switch between the two?

  • Mvpj80

    I alredy have a fan page and a profile page, if I do this it would pass to my fan page or facebook would create a new page?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ecadf Ecadf Ethiopia

    hi I want to convert my personal account to my existing fan page is that possible? I don’t want to create a new page I have a page already.

  • http://twitter.com/MikaStefano Mika Stefano

    How do you convert friends from a profile, into an existing fan page? 

  • Ryan

    How do you convert your friends to an EXISTING fan page?

  • Bbrinn

    This is great but how do I merge a personal Facebook page into an already created Facebook Fan page? We have 2 pages and want to consolidate as one business (non profit) Fan page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/true.detroit.1 True Detroit

    well……… i keeping getting a message that to complete migration i need to go to another computer that i have used before ??? – thanks to you out there in the electo-netherelands offering suggestions

  • Mallory

    Any one know if you can then upload the downloaded content back into the new page?

  • http://twitter.com/PieterCloete Pieter Cloete

    Can you migrate a business profile to an existing facebook page? For example you have a business profile and created a business page. How can you merge an existing one?

  • Reeksy86

    hiya, really could do with some help, I think i have made a mistake somewhere along the line, and am now having to pay for it. I set up a new account for my business but did not set up a personal account first, just went straight into the crate a page section. Now i am having loads of issues with pages not loading, unable to share content, interact with other apps, see certain sections of timeline etc. 

    Basically i need to start all over again but guessing that i need to do it with a personal profile first, and then update to a business? the problem of doing that however is that i dont want to lose any information on my page, or any of my fans, that i have already built up. 
    there is nowhere to download account details, just a section to deactivate my group, i really am struggling now and do need help please?

  • Karen

    HI everyone explains how to convert from a facebook profile to a page but then how do you upload the downlaoded archive of information from your profile to the new page????? I cant see where/how to do this

  • Heidi Ghafoor

    Hi Michael!

    How about migrating an existing facebook page to a new page?
    Any way to do that?

    Thanks!

    Heidi

  • http://www.tanyadennisbooks.com/ Tanya Dennis

    What if you already have a page? Can you convert people from your personal profile to an existing fan page without creating a new one?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi Tanya,

      Apparently there are ways to merge a facebook profile with an existing facebook page. But there are certain conditions, and it also appears that tool doesn’t work consistently. Here’s a post about it:

      http://bit.ly/QeaF8P

      Would love to hear how you got on.

      Best
      Michiel

  • Mia

    Someone moved a page to a fan page, and now I can’t find it. How can I find something that is now a fan page?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JVZ77AT5HOQWPNY2HQRV2LHWAU Hina

    please help me i want to back my personal account
    how can i do it
    tell me soon as you can please

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      I don’t think you can do that Hina :-(

    • http://www.facebook.com/karen.halabi Karen Halabi

      OK everyone on this site has the same problem. DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CONVERT YOUR PERSONAL PROFILE TO A PAGE YOU WILL END UP IN ALL SORTS OF SHIT! U WILL LOSE FRIENDS, GROUPS ETC ETC AND NO, YOUR INFO?ARCHIVE THAT YOU DOWNLOADED CANNOT BE UPLOADED TO THE NEW PAGE (SO WHY BOTHER!!!!) THE ONLY WAY TO REVERSE THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS TO CONTACT FACEBOOK AND LODGE A “PROFILE TO PAGE MIGRATION REVERSAL APPEAL”. THEN WAIT FOR THEM TO GRT BACK TO YOU> IT’s A LOTTERY WHO THEY RESPOND TO!!!!
      SO THANK ME – IT TOOK ME WEEKS TO FIND OUT HOW TO DO THIS- IF U DONT USE THAT TERMINOLOGY YOU WONT FIND IT UNDER HELP.
      KEEP YOUR PROFILE FOR YOU AND START A NEW FAN OR BUSINSES PAGE. DO NOT CONVERT!!! DON”T SAY YOU WEREN”T WARNED.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JVZ77AT5HOQWPNY2HQRV2LHWAU Hina

    reply me soon please
    misshinalodhi@yahoo.com

  • Phil

    his you know if you can migrate a fan page to a fanp page that is app enabled without losing your fans etc?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Migrating a Fanpage into an existing FB fanpage is trixy Phil. I found a post that talks about this: http://www.hybridtechja.com/setting-up-a-facebook-business-page/
      But the method only works in some cases, and as per my post, there’s risks involved. Not sure if the app aspect plays a role.

  • Yehya Umar

    When i’m trying to convert my profile to page , its showing that, “An error has occurred. It may be because of your attenpt to merge many pages”. What i should do now, I need to convert my profile to page immediately. Please Help..

  • rz22g

    I created a business in under my original account. So I have my own personal account and mange the business page through it. Is there a way to move the business page to its own account ?

  • STAVROS CHALARIS

    I follow the above instruction and now I have two different pages can I migrate also this two pages?

  • GAP

    I have converted a profile into a page but first downloaded the profile data ready to upload to the converted page, but there are no instructions on how to upload this can anyone help?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      You can’t upload your profile content to your page. Your new page starts from scratch.

  • laura

    so how can I add my downloaded archive to the new page?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      you can’t

  • Suzanne Donald

    Gosh, it’s wonderful that you provide such helpful, easy to follow info. Thank you so much for giving us lesser geeks your time. I am helping an author friend promote her book. There are links to her Facebook page, a personal one, from promotional websites: e.g Goodreads. Because her Facebook page and her book are such a new release, if a Fan Page was created would the book’s promotional links land on the new Fan Page? Thank you. Suzanne Donald

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hi Suzanne, that’s a really good question and I am actually not 100% sure. My guess is that Facebook does NOT automatically redirect traffic from the old profile URL to the new page URL.

      That would mean that you have two options: a) keep your URL the same and b) contact all the sites that have published your FB Profile URL and ask them to change it to the new Page URL.

      In regards to option a) after converting your profile to a page, you have the option to change the URL of the page. (Under Basic Information > User name > Change urser name). You then need to check the availability of the new page user name. This is the tricky bit. Because this new page user name is identical to your old profile user name, I am not quite sure if the user name is already ‘available’. It should be, because your old personal profile is not online anymore. If FB indicates that the requested username is not available, try again in a few days.

      That’s all the advice I can give you and it’s not water proof I’m afraid. :-(

      Please let me know how you get on.

      Best,
      Michiel

  • irish

    i want to reverse my facebook profile to page conversion….how can i do it. !!!?????

    • http://www.facebook.com/karen.halabi Karen Halabi

      OK everyone on this site has the same problem. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CONVERT YOUR PERSONAL PROFILE TO A PAGE. YOU WILL END UP IN ALL SORTS OF SHIT! U WILL LOSE FRIENDS, GROUPS ETC ETC AND NO, YOUR INFO/ARCHIVE THAT YOU DOWNLOADED CANNOT BE UPLOADED TO THE NEW PAGE (SO WHY BOTHER!!!!) THE ONLY WAY TO REVERSE THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS TO CONTACT FACEBOOK AND LODGE A “PROFILE TO PAGE MIGRATION REVERSAL APPEAL”. THEN WAIT FOR THEM TO GET BACK TO YOU> IT’s A LOTTERY WHO THEY RESPOND TO!!!!

      SO THANK ME – IT TOOK ME WEEKS TO FIND OUT HOW TO DO THIS- IF U DONT USE THAT TERMINOLOGY YOU WONT FIND IT UNDER HELP.

      KEEP YOUR PROFILE FOR YOU AND START A NEW FAN OR BUSINESS PAGE. DO NOT CONVERT!!! DON”T SAY YOU WEREN”T WARNED.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stwbry Amanda Gahlahdai Chow

    i have the same problem. is it possible??

    RE:I created a business in under my original account. So I have my own personal account and mange the business page through it. Is there a way to move the business page to its own account ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/EmmieAnna Emmie Anna

    Is there a way to easily convert my Facebook friends from a Personal Profile to an EXISTING Business Page?

    • http://www.facebook.com/karen.halabi Karen Halabi

      They will automatically go across but will no longer be friends – they will just be Likes. As a Page you have NO FRIENDS ANYMORE!!!!!!!

  • Doris lee

    Hello Michiel , thanks I successfully migrated to a business page , I also downloaded a copy from my profile before that. i would lke to know how I can transfer the info from the downloaded copy to the new page?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Sorry for my late reply!
      You can’t tranfer the content to your new page.
      You have to start with content from scratch!

      • linguini27

        Then why download an archive – so you can scroll through memories?? This is ridiculous and you would think Facebook would be smarter than that!!! Why wouldn’t they just convert your whole personal page to a Facebook page? I can’t believe that this company that is supposed to be so cutting edge can’t figure out that this is important and necessary!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/CCNcocoa.chicnaturals.7 CoCoa Chic Naturals

    I followed the above direction and I am receiving the following error after I have picked my page and entered my password: Creating content with this name is not allowed. Try another name. When I change the name I get this error:
    Our automated system has detected that the name ***** is not same or similar to your profile name CoCoa Chic Naturals. Please keep it same or similar and retry. HELP

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Sorry to hear about your troubles :-(

      This is the reason why I wrote the ‘Risks of’ post and inserted it in this post.
      All you can do is contact FB.

      Can’t help you! Sorry!

  • http://blessingmpofu.com/ Blessing Mpofu

    I have a fan page and would like to move SOME of my “friends” to the fan page… please help…

  • http://twitter.com/Saeed_Dementor Saeed Naba’a

    Convert This Account?
    The password you entered was incorrect.

    i
    was using as a personal account on facebook, when i now login in a
    message appears asking me to convert to a business page, when i follow
    the process it says “There was an error creating your Page in Facebook”

    To complete the conversion process, please enter your Facebook password.

    when i m entering password it says There was an error creating your Page in Facebook

    i
    have now tried this process over 20 times only to get the same error
    message, there are no direct contact links with facebook to report this
    issue and im now left with no facebook

    can anyone please advise what i can do

    • Attila Fekete

      did u manage to solve the problem? have the same problem!!!

  • Hugo Moutinho

    I converted a personal page to a fan page and got all the friends as likes but i can’t find a way to upload all the content that i made a backup of in the personal page, can you tell me how?

    • Karen Halabi

      Sorry Hugo you can’t. Facebook is crazy. Read below:

      DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CONVERT YOUR PERSONAL PROFILE TO A PAGE. YOU WILL END UP IN ALL SORTS OF SHIT! U WILL LOSE FRIENDS, GROUPS ETC ETC AND NO, YOUR INFO/ARCHIVE THAT YOU DOWNLOADED CANNOT BE UPLOADED TO THE NEW PAGE (SO WHY BOTHER!!!!) THE ONLY WAY TO REVERSE THIS WHOLE PROCESS IS TO CONTACT FACEBOOK AND LODGE A “PROFILE TO PAGE MIGRATION REVERSAL APPEAL”. THEN WAIT FOR THEM TO GET BACK TO YOU> IT’s A LOTTERY WHO THEY RESPOND TO!!!!

      SO THANK ME – IT TOOK ME WEEKS TO FIND OUT HOW TO DO THIS- IF U DONT USE THAT TERMINOLOGY YOU WONT FIND IT UNDER HELP.

      KEEP YOUR PROFILE FOR YOU AND START A NEW FAN OR BUSINESS PAGE. DO NOT CONVERT!!! DON”T SAY YOU WEREN”T WARNED.

  • Muhseen Musthafa

    Hi,
    I have created a personal profile say ‘ABC Computers’. I have created a page also with same name ‘ABC Computers’. I want to change my personal profile to business account. I am afraid as I have both personal profile and page with same name. Please Advice…

  • disqus_3HtGvilYvP

    Several months ago I set up a new facebook account since I thought I had lost my original facebook due to some computer problems. However, I was later able to retrieve all of it. The one I set up does not have a profile picture and has a different email address since I have been changed over to a new company since setting this one up. My question is “How can I deactivate this facebook page without deleting my original one with all of my friends and newsfeed. I have had people using this one I set up not knowing it is my main facebook page. I hope you can help me.

  • Ani Hovhannisyan

    I have question like this,,,i have downloaded a copy so now I do not understand how to put all information back to my business account! I need again post all this pictures etc???

  • linguini27

    Can anyone give some direction on how to upload the data file that you have Facebook create?? There is no help from Facebook. I created a data file but there’s no way to upload and restore the page – this is ridiculous and completely unhelpful. Wow – I can easily change my personal page to a business page but I can’t restore a thing – yeah, that’s great! Seriously, if you can give any help from your experience of actually uploading your archived data file, I’d be really thankful since even Facebook makes no mention of how this is to be accomplished!!!!

    • Karen Halabi

      Bad luck Linguini – there is no way to upload – they only get you to do that so you have a copy – but u cant do anything with it. Ridiculous, Complain and complain loud!!!! to Facebook.

  • Rochelle Palmero

    Can I convert my newly created Page back to a personal account? how?

  • SK21

    I followed the above direction and I am receiving the following error after I have picked my page and entered my password : An error has occurred while merging pages. This may be caused by your attempt to merge too many pages.!!!

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      Hence, the ‘risk’ notification at the top of the post.

  • Noufal

    When i try to migrate Creating content with this name is not allowed. Try another name. when i change the name i getting this massage :

    Our automated system has detected that the name ******* is not same or similar to your profile name HomeTheater
    Orbitbeam. Please keep it same or similar and retry.

  • Mario Duran

    I coverted my personal page to business as you instructed. Made a copy of my account to save all my post pics. Got my email confirmation. How do i transfer back all those pics back to my new account its there a task i can do or do i have to upload then back manually one by one please help you can email me at mario1103one@yahoo.com
    Thanks in advance

  • Anna

    Help! I cannot seem to do this conversion (Profile to page) as Im told the name is not allowed, if I change it Im told I cannot change it. What to do??? Please help

  • serxhio

    The link you clicked is invalid or expired.

  • serxhio

    i’m clicking here and says : The link you clicked is invalid or expired. :

  • Geeta

    I tried to migrate a newly established personal profile to the associated fan page but kept getting error messages to log into the original computer used. I never wanted to set up a new personal profile but a business account but something went wrong. I only use one computer so am at a loss and not FB has blocked me from going into that new personal account. Fortunately I had added two new admins to the account so they can access it. Is there any way to correct this. I can’t get in touch with FB. What I would really like is for the fan page to act as a stand alone business account – is there any way to accomplish this

  • Daisy

    I manage business page trough its own “personal page” but i will like it all under the official business page – Help!

  • Monica

    Can I do this on an ALREADY EXISTING business page?

    • http://www.michielgaasterland.com/ MichielGaas

      nope :-(

  • Denis O’Regan

    Here

  • Denis O’Regan

    Here is how I moved my username from PROFILE to Page http://easykey.net/blog/a-facebook-username-lesson-learnt

  • Anna

    I converted my profile to
    A page but my album doesnt not follow through. Why is that sooo ?