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How I consolidated my Facebook Identity by Merging Profile Into Page

Do you have multiple Facebook profile and a Facebook page for personal branding? Are you tired of managing all of them? This used to be my story as I had two Facebook profile, and one personal page. For long I wanted to consolidate everything so that I have to spend less time on managing all the Facebook properties.

When I started online in 2008, I had one Facebook profile for friends & family, and in 2009 I created a new profile to connect with fellow bloggers and for networking. Now, over the time I have learned that there is no need to have two Facebook profile and I believe it was 2011 when I started my Facebook page.

From last one year, I wanted to close down one of my Facebook profile and wanted to manage just one profile and one Facebook page. Now the problem was, it was a tough call to close any one of them, because It would lead to losing years of connections and over 3000+ subscribers.

Couple of days back, I finally decided to take the call and merge one of my Facebook profile into my Facebook page. This way, I can consolidate my Facebook identity, and I can direct users to Profile or page according to the situation.

More over, it makes better sense for me to manage everything from my Page and have a profile where I should connect with family, friends and people whom I have met in real-life.

If this sounds like your story, well in this article you will learn how you can merge a Facebook profile and a Facebook page and how you can convert a profile into a page. Converting Page into profile is easy, and I have mentioned it in this article earlier.

This is going to be a step to step guide for you to merge your profile into a Page. I will also share the few technical glitch which I found and how I handled them.

Learn from my mistake:

I made a mistake in this process by not announcing about this migration. I straight away migrated my profile into page and later on merged it with my existing brand page. If you are doing so, I would suggest make an announcement now, and migrate it after 12-24 hours. This way, all your connected friends would be happy and they will not feel; they are forced into liking your page. Sigh! This is one mistake which I made, which you should not repeat.

Guide to Merge Facebook Profile and a Facebook Page:

The steps are clear and it is done in 3 steps:

  • Download your Facebook information
  • Convert Profile into the Page
  • Merge Two Facebook pages into one

You should take a complete backup of your Facebook profile, this will let you download your uploaded photos, videos and other information that is going to be useful for you in future. Specially when you are converting your profile into a page, you should have these data backed up. Do remember, none of these would get transferred to your page, and only your connected friends and followers will convert into likes.

Download Facebook Backup:

To start with, Go to Facebook and click on Dropdown > Settings and click on Download a copy of your Facebook data. (See this guide for detailed information)

It would take few minutes (Depending on the size of your Facebook profile) to create an archive of your Facebook backup. You will get an email with the download link for your Facebook archive. Once you are done downloading, follow below steps and start the process of converting your profile into page.

If you have any existing groups, apps or pages that you are admin of, make sure to assign any other profile to become the admin of these properties.

Convert profile into the page:

Go to this link and select the kind of page you want your profile to be. In majority of cases it would be Artist, band & public figure page. Remember:

“Your profile picture will be used on your new Page, and all your friends will automatically become people who like your Page.  None of your other content will be moved over.  You’ll still be able to log into Facebook with your current email address and password.”

  • Your profile picture will be used as your Facebook page profile picture.

There is one issue which I faced and most of you who have an existing page with the same name will face is following error:

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

To fix this issue, I tried by removing my last time, changing the spelling of my last time but it didn’t worked. Fortunately when I tried adding an “S” after my name “Harsh Agrawal S” it worked and profile got converted into page.

How to Merge Two Facebook page into one?

Now comes the interesting part, as this process is quite simple.  Go to this link and select pages that you want to merge. In the first drop-down, select the page that you want to keep and in the second drop-down, select the page you want to merge.

The Page you select will have the combined likes and check-ins from both merged Pages. Everything else from the other Page will be lost and permanently deleted.

That’s it and it will take few minutes before you would start seeing consolidated like. For me it was not an easy decision to first convert my profile into the page and than merge two Facebook pages into one, but I’m glad I did it, as it would have lead to major headache in future.

Word of advice:

If you are running more than one Facebook profile, I would recommend you to stop doing that. Specially the challenge for many people is to separate the personal and professional identity. My recommendation for you is to take advantage of Facebook followers and Facebook lists feature. This way you can control who can see your profile, and people who want to follow your updates can follow you too. Having a Facebook page is indeed a great practice for creating your personal brand and you should do that when you have something original to share or have your own voice. Just having an idle Facebook personal brand page is of no good.

If you have made a mistake like me by having multiple Facebook profile, you should better take action now and fix it. Because, with every passing day it would be hard for you to make that tough call of either deleting one of them or merging them like I did above.

Note: If you were a part of my Facebook friend list and now you are connected on my page, don’t be surprised. My updates will be the same and the whole idea is to have less to give more. Here are the profile and page where you can connect with me:

Go ahead and try the steps mentioned above to merge your Facebook pages and if you have any question or face any issue, feel free to let me know via comments. Do share this tutorial with others on Facebook.