How to Add and Manage Facebook Photos

Post photos and albums to share with family and friends

What to Know

  • To add photos on Facebook, use the Photo option on the desktop site or on the mobile site.
  • If you want to create an album and upload multiple photos, use Photos > Create Album.
  • You can also add photos to an existing album or delete them in the future.

Facebook is about more than status updates. Photos and albums are a huge part of the social network's appeal, allowing users to share experiences with friends and family. Here's how to add photos and albums on Facebook and share them with your family and friends.

These instructions apply to Facebook on desktop and mobile and the mobile app.

Add Photos on Facebook (Desktop and Mobile)

Illustration of a person adding photos to Facebook on a smartphone
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Upload photos to Facebook via the desktop site or mobile app as part of a post or status update:

  1. At the top of your News Feed or Timeline, select Photo/Video below Create Post on the desktop site. (On the mobile app, tap Photo.)

  2. A file upload panel will appear. Select the photos you want to share from your computer or mobile device.

  3. Write a description or caption, if you like, when prompted with Say something about this photo. (On the mobile app, it says Say something about this.)

  4. On the desktop site you'll see these options:

    • Select the plus sign to add more photos.
    • Select Tag Friends to identify friends in the photo.
    • Select Feeling/Activity to share what you're feeling or doing.
    • Select the three dots, and then select Check In to add a location.
    • Hover over your photo and select the edit icon to edit your photo (crop and add filters, stickers, or effects).
    • Next to With, add the names of friends who are in the photo.

    On the mobile site:

    • Tap the edit icon next to your photo to access the editing options.
    • Tap the Add to your post options on the bottom right to access Tag Friends, Feeling/Activity, and Check In.
  5. When you're ready, select Post. Choose whether to make it public or restrict access to it.

Create a New Photo Album on Facebook: Desktop Site


  1. From your News Feed, select your name in the top left to go to your profile.

  2.  Select Photos, then select + Create Album.

  3. Select photos or videos from your computer to add to your album, then select Open. You will be brought to the Create Album window where your photos will begin uploading.

  4. Enter an album title. Other options include:

    • Add a description or location.
    • Add contributors (they will be able to upload photos to this album).
    • Tag friends.
    • Select your audience (example: PublicFriends).
  5. Select Post.

    If you want to add more photos to your album at some point in the future, select the Add More Photos link. Edit and even delete your albums or change their privacy settings at any time.

Create a New Album: Facebook Mobile App

  1. Go to your Facebook mobile app's home screen.

  2. Tap on Photo as if you were going to simply post a photo.

  3. Select photos from your camera roll or other folders, then tap Next.

  4. Tap the +Album button under your name, and then tap Create New Album to create a new album from the photos you chose.

  5. Give the album a name and description.

  6. Tap Friends to choose whether your album should be public or have restricted access.

  7. Toggle on Contributors if you'd like others to be able to contribute to this album, and then choose your contributors from your Friends list.

  8. Tap Create.

  9. If you like, write a description where it says Say something about these photos.

  10. Access additional options from the icons next to Add to your post. (Tag Friends, Feeling/Activity, Check In.)

  11. Tap Post.