How to upload photos like a Pro to Facebook

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 23, 2012
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Facebook

So you have that great set of photos from your last vacation, from Christmas dinner, your son's graduation or a wedding and want to upload them to Facebook to share them with a close circle of friends and family, or the whole wide world. While you could head over to Facebook right now, click on Add Photos/Video at the top of the page, then Upload Photos/Video to open the file browser or Create Photo Album to move all photos into a custom album, you may prefer an elegant solution that takes less clicks to complete but has the same effect nevertheless.

How you do that? Easy: with Facebook's new photo dragging option that should have been enabled for all users of the social networking site by now.

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All you need to do is open the folder containing your photos and images you want to upload to Facebook. I suggest you copy them all into a single folder if you have them in different folders on your hard drive so that you only have to drag and drop once to upload all photos to your Facebook profile. Just select all photos you want to upload, for instance with the shortcut Ctrl-A if only photos are in the open folder or on the desktop, or by using the mouse and Ctrl to select photos individually, and drop them into the status message area on the site.

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This works on the Update Status form on your stream's page and on your profile page. Facebook will display instructions in the form once you start dragging selected photos around. As long as you are not over the target location you will see "drag photos here", and once you are there, it will change to drop photos. To upload the photos to Facebook simply let go of the left mouse button. Facebook will upload the photos directly and display thumbnail screenshots of some of them in the upload interface. You are free to add more photos first before you hit the post button. This can be useful if pictures are located in different folders and you did not bother to copy them into a single location first.

So, use drag and drop to add as many photos as you like, and do not forget to add a message if you want the photos to be visible by friends or the public, and to check the visibility of the post before you submit it.

Uploading photos via drag and drop is more comfortable than having to use the built-in file browser to upload photos instead. By the way, the default visibility level is set to only me, so make sure you change it if you want someone else to see the photos that you have just uploaded.


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  1. Windows 8 developer said on January 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Want to upload pics in different albums,
    Want to create new album and upload pics in it
    A single tap and all done.

    try “DropPics Free” for windows 8

  2. Windows 8 developer said on January 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    To upload Pics from your Windows 8 system

    try “DropPics Free”

    Single tap and all pics in different albums are uploaded

  3. Jim said on December 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Amazing! A FB interface change that doesn’t suck. Thanks for the info Martin. I’m not a big FB user, but my wife wants to upload a bunch of pics from our last trip. This will be a big help.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      They have just enabled it on the site and I discovered it by accident, not a big uploader or user either.

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