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.

facebook drag photos

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.

facebook upload photos

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. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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