Administering Facebook Pages without a personal Facebook profile

Facebook Pages 101!

Facebook has done away with the limited “business only” profile.  Understandably, some people do not want a personal Facebook profile but do want a Facebook business page.  Sometimes, they do have a profile and would like to appoint a third party to administer the Facebook Page, but do not feel comfortable providing their personal login credentials.  Solving the second problem is easy.  If the person you want to admin your page already has a profile, it’s easy to add them as an admin or editor to your Facebook page by entering the email address they use for Facebook in “Page Roles” in the Page “Settings”.

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Add Admins, Editors or other page roles to your Facebook page by entering the email address they use for Facebook in “Page Roles” in the Page’s “Settings”

It’s recommended that if you want to appoint someone to administer your page, that you select those who are frequently using Facebook. Social media is about people, relationships, and networking.  Someone who is familiar with Facebook’s interface, well informed of it’s capabilities and comfortable using its many tools will do a better job with your social outreach than someone who doesn’t use Facebook often.

To be an administrator of an existing Facebook page, he/she must have a personal profile on Facebook.  Every Page needs to have an admin in order to log in and manage the Page, or have a role on the Page.  If you try to create a page, you will be asked to login or create an account.

Some have found a loophole by creating a second profile, like one for their dog, and then creating a business Page under that profile so they can provide the login credentials to the fake account to new admins without reservation.

Having two personal accounts is also just a annoyance.  Do you really want manage double the amount of notifications and what about those creepy strangers trying to friend your dog?

This solves that problem but managing multiple personal accounts or creating a fake account violates Facebook’s Terms of Use.  If they find out you have two personal accounts, they’ll make you combine them or shut them both down.  Having two personal accounts is also just an annoyance.  Do you really want to manage double the amount of notifications, and what about those creepy strangers trying to friend your dog?

There’s no need for this.  When you create a business Page from your personal account, no one can see that you’re an admin, or that your personal account is associated with the Page. Also, as an admin, you have the ability to appoint other admins besides yourself. Once you do that, you have the option to remove yourself as an admin at any time, with no further connection to the page.

If you’ve been assigned to create a page for the company with whom you are employed. Advise that you will need to create the page under your profile, but you will require another person at the company with a personal profile on Facebook, to accept an invite to admin the page with you. You only need one person to agree. Once you make them an admin, you can remove yourself as an admin at any time and leave the page in control of the other person.

If no one agrees to take admin access with you, you can refuse to create the page or advise the business that if your position with the company comes to an end, you will delete the page. This will help them understand the importance of accepting admin status of the page.

Introducing the Facebook Business Manager

Facebook also has a great tool to manage your business pages.  Facebook’s Business Manager will allow you to manage all your Facebook assets in one place while keeping personal info private. You can login or create your account right from the Business Manager homepage.

We can help!  Contact us today if you would like support with any of the information above.  We manage several professional Facebook pages daily to help our clients turn their Facebook business pages into referral generating machines!

Sources

Can I create multiple Facebook accounts?
Can You Create a Business Page That Is Not Attached to a Profile on Facebook?
Facebook Community Help
Facebook Terms of Service
Administrator a fan page without using facebook personally

  45 Replies to “Administering Facebook Pages without a personal Facebook profile”

  1. ROB
    June 15, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Hello,
    If we have a staff member who does not want to log into their own facebook account, but needs to view the business facebook account including seeing who has viewed/liked the page etc, can that be done somehow?

    • SQ Productions
      June 15, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      If the page was already created, then they would have to log into the account that currently administers the page. If there isn’t a business account already administering the page, then they have to login with the account that admins thr page. If the person you want to admin your page already has a Facebook profile, you can add them as an admin or editor to your Facebook page by entering the email address they use for Facebook in “Page Roles” in the Business Page “Settings”. Their personal profile is not shown if they post or comment on the page. If they are an admin, their activity will show up as the business page activity, not personal activity. Please have your staff member call us at 856-359-4777 if this doesn’t make sense.

      • Rob
        June 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm

        Thanks, that makes sense. In addition, what if a staff member does not have a Facebook account. Is there any way to log into facebook through the business account and not as an individual? Or is that against Facebook policy/impossible?

        • SQ Productions
          June 15, 2016 at 11:25 pm

          If a business account was created when the page was created, then yes. You would log into facebook through the business account.

          • Rob
            June 16, 2016 at 1:15 am

            It wont let them. Remember I said they don’t have a personal FB account….

          • SQ Productions
            June 16, 2016 at 9:40 am

            Ok. Who created the business page, and when they created it, were they already logged into Facebook?

          • Rob
            June 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

            One of our staff created it and yes they were logged on to their own FB acc.

            So my recent question relates to a second staff member without a FB acc.

          • SQ Productions
            June 16, 2016 at 10:42 am

            Then your business page is not connected to a business account. A business account can only be created at the time the page is created. The person creating the page must not be logged in. Then they must create the page. After following the prompts, instead of loggin in, they must select “I do not have a Facebook account” and enter a different email they want to use. Facebook then creates the limited-access business account.

            However, if your staff member already has a Facebook profile and created the page, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to login to administer that age. When you administer a business page, all activity is shown to come from the business name, not from the personal name. So your staff member could administer the page and no one will know who it is. Do you follow?

  2. SQ Productions
    June 16, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Wait. The staff member who created it is no longer with your company?

  3. SQ Productions
    June 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    If the staff member who created the Facebook account is no longer with your company, you will have to contact them and ask them to make your new staff member an administrator of that page. Refer to the beginning of my article on how to do this.

    • Rob
      June 16, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks. You are correct that we are referring to 2 different staff members. Staffmember A set up the Company page, and they have a FB log in of their own. Staff member B has no FB account but it would be handy if they could review activity and respond from the Company log in, but it appears they can’t unless they are a FB user in their own right. In other words they are both still with the company, but one has FB and the other doesn’t and I just was trying to ascertain whether there is a way to get involved with the company FB page without them needing to get their own log in.

  4. July 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I created a business page yrs ago and didnt want a personal page at the time. Now I would like to have a personal page. I know it must be linked to my business page, but my admin profile is greyed out. I can add a picture to it but thats it. How do I get a personal page set up without breaking fb rules?

    • SQ Productions
      August 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

      I believe sneaky Facebook may have done away with business only accounts as they want everyone to have a profile who is active on Facebook. Best thing to do is ask for help. https://www.facebook.com/help/www/186570224871049

  5. Jenn Linsin
    August 4, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I would like to set up a business FB account and attempted to do so this evening. After following the informational prompts and compiling with my company content, I was required to sign in / create a personal account, – “I do not have a Facebook account” is not an option. Do you know if this policy has changed? It states I must log in to continue. I stopped the process at this point. I do not wish to have a personal account. Can you please help?

    • SQ Productions
      August 5, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Good ol’ Facebook and their sneaky changes. It seems I can’t anymore and I can’t find any communication from Facebook regarding this change. You can still get around it by making your profile first and then and converting it to a page. Read this https://www.facebook.com/help/www/116067818477568.

  6. Mathieu Ramus
    August 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Hello,

    I really, really need help, and maybe someone here will help me:

    A client had a personal facebook account with 5000 friends. It was transformed to a fan page in 2014. So his personal account was also deleted automatically. When they did this, they did not link the fan page to another personal account, they let it that way, with only one admin (the one with no personal account) and an editor.

    The problem is: Facebook seems to not authorize anymore the administration of a fan page, if the admin account is not linked to a personal account.

    When my client gave me his Facebook’s email address and password to access his fan page, Facebook asked to transfer this fan page to a business account. But to do this, you have to connect with your personal account, which does not exists anymore (was deleted when they transformed the perfil into a fan page).

    Worst! The client, who used to connect to facebook with the smartphone’s app, has been disconnected and cannot log in anymore.

    There is no other administrator, only a redator….

    I really need some help, because this is a huge emergency…

    Thank you!

    I am available if you need any informations.

    • SQ Productions
      September 12, 2016 at 11:29 am

      I believe Facebook may have done away with business only accounts as they want everyone to have a profile who is active on Facebook. Best thing to do is ask for help. https://www.facebook.com/help/www/186570224871049

  7. jesse
    December 16, 2016 at 8:36 am

    What option do people have who need admin for a facebook business page, but don’t want to login using personal login? I’m using a work computer which is monitored (therefore giving my employer the ability to see my personal account and activity, which I keep private for obvious reasons). Their business page was set up years before me and already has several other admins but it is my job to update and monitor the page.

    We had a dummy account we used for login, but recently that was shut down. As of 2 days ago I still have no word from facebook on how to resolve this… I’ve been searching and came across your topic here, which seems to explore some similar ideas.

    I tried using my personal work email address, but that was already tied to the dummy account so I’m unable to go that route to set up a user page. Any ideas or help?

    • SQ Productions
      December 16, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Dummy accounts violate Facebook’s terms and conditions. They’ve done away with business only accounts as Facebook wants everyone to have a profile who is active on Facebook. Best thing to do is ask for help. https://www.facebook.com/help/www/186570224871049

  8. January 24, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Hope you can help…
    linked to an existing personal FB account a company FB was set up.
    We now would like to unlink the company FB to link a company instagram ( not business instagram) account to it and have two ( preferably three) administrators.
    The problem we have is that we do not seem to be able to link a company instagram account as we all have already private ones….
    If I post via my private instagram and change account via my company FB, the post seems to be my private instagram which shows on the company FB. However it shows my private instagram portrait and not the company logo…

    Your help would be appreciated 😉

  9. March 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Hello Sir/Madam

    My Question Is, I Had two different Facebook Account, and i use the first one to Create the Page, and make the second account as editor, But After a couple years i decide to deactivate my first account permanently Without Making My Second Account As A Real Admin, And Now I Want to make my second account as admin. What Should i Do Without Loosing My Page.

    Kindly Reply this as soon as you get my question.

    • SQ Productions
      March 15, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      You can reactivate your account at any time by logging back into Facebook with the original email address you used for the first account, or when you use your Facebook account to log in somewhere else.
      Remember that you’ll need to have access to that email address you used to log in to reactivate your account. If you can’t remember your password, you can request a new password. Learn more about how to reactivate your account if you can’t access the email address associated with it here.

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  11. June 12, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Hi

    I have created a ‘fake’ personal facebook page so that I could then create 3 business pages from that account. I work for a charity and manage all their social media so I did not want to use my personal account and have other employees logging in as me. Now Facebook won’t let me login and is asking for ID, which of course we don’t have as it is a company account. Any advice on what I can do to save these pages that I have put a lot of work into making successful? Thank you!

    • SQ Productions
      June 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Dummy accounts violate Facebook’s terms and conditions. They’ve also done away with “business only” accounts as Facebook prefers everyone to have a profile who is active on Facebook. Best thing to do is ask for help. https://www.facebook.com/help/www/186570224871049

      • June 28, 2017 at 5:05 am

        Hi, just wondering if you could help us? We have a similar query to Rachel’s above. The issue we have is when we invite people to like our business page our request is coming from the “Personal Profile” rather than our business page? Is there anyway around this? We want requests to come from the business page and not the personal page. Thanks for your help

        • SQ Productions
          June 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm

          Administrators of Facebook Business Pages are not made public so there is no need for a fake profile account just for admin purposes. Businesses do not need profile pages so you should delete that profile page. Before you delete it, make yourself, or someone else in the office that has agreed to manage the page, an Admin of the page. Go to Settings > Page Roles and appoint yourself or another person to be an Admin or Editor. You can have as many admins as you want. There is no need to make a fake profile to Admin a business page, either. Fake profiles violate Facebook’s terms and conditions as Facebook prefers everyone to have a profile who is active on Facebook. For more help see: https://www.facebook.com/help/www/186570224871049

          • Lauren
            February 8, 2018 at 6:32 pm

            “There is no need to make a fake profile to Admin a business page” — For our use-case, I disagree.

            I understand all of Facebook’s policies about fake profiles but it doesn’t match what we are looking to accomplish. We want our front desk staff to be responsible for replying to customers in messages on our Studio Page. However, we don’t want the front desk staff to be logged into their personal accounts where they could be tempted and distracted by their personal newsfeed and personal messages. Further, we wouldn’t want to risk personal profiles being left signed on and accessed by other employees. The only way around this would be to create a secondary or dummy account (using a real person in our company) that has no connection to anything personal with any employees other than the profile name, make them an admin of the page and simply download the Messenger Desktop App on the front desk computers. Upon signing on, the ONLY thing the front desk staff member would have access to are the Messages being sent to the Studio Page (and of course any messages sent to the secondary/dummy account but that would be highly unlikely).

            I would just like your opinion on our use-case and needs. I would assume a lot of businesses would feel the same about limiting how much you are empowering your staff to be logged into their personal Facebook profiles while on the clock. Thoughts?

          • SQ Productions
            February 9, 2018 at 1:04 am

            If you are asking for my personal opinion, it is that although you present a good point, it’s just too risky. Mainly because there are better solutions available. You can certainly do what you want, but if are found out, you will most likely find out that your dummy account has been removed by Facebook, putting you in the same situation of no longer having access to your page, like those who have commented on this post.

            Also, you only need one or two people appointed to administrators roles. Why appoint a several staff admins? Admins of business Facebook pages should only be social media or marketing directors with the content being approved and posted my them. Since their job is community outreach, it’s fitting for them to be on social media all day. This way, you only have to monitor one or two people instead of an several staff. If you’re worried about your employees wasting time, that’s an entirely different subject.

            According to a survey on Salary.com, 64 percent of employees visit non-work related websites every day at work. Those who have been confronted said their No. 1 reason for slacking at work was that they didn’t feel challenged enough in their job. Other reasons included, working too many hours, insufficient incentive to work harder, being unsatisfied with their career, and just bored at work.

            There are solutions. For example, 71 percent of employees in the same survey said short breaks provided throughout the day help them achieve higher levels of productivity.

            As it relates to inappropriate web site browsing, companies can implement a web filtering tool such as ContentProtect to block or track websites not related to work activity. If you suspect excessive wasted time, your IT company can install activity-monitoring software such SpectorSoft to track and log computer activity.

            I also recommend that you inform your employees of this before you install the software. Honesty is the best policy. Cheers!

  12. Roger
    July 14, 2017 at 4:25 am

    I have a FB business page. I made a duplicate personal page to make the business page unaware of the terms. I made another party the Admin of the business page. Then the personal page was deleted by FB for terms of use violation. However the business page is still up and running under the Admin’s email address. Now the business page is fully linked to the Admins personal page as well and FB asked if you like to Invite friends from the Admins friends personal page list to like the Business page.
    If I remove the current Admin and replace with a New Admin. Will the business page link up to the New Admin’s email address and associate their personal page friends list?

    • SQ Productions
      July 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Yes. All Admins are able to recommend pages to their friends. Page notifications are sent to the email addresses of all that admin the page so pages link to multiple email addresses if you have multiple admins.

  13. Shelby
    September 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    The company I work for asked me to set up the FB pages for 4 different apartment communities. Of course I did this under my personal page because I already had a FB profile. Basically all the eggs are under one basket, mine. If I leave the company they how will they be able to have someone else take over these pages. What would they need to do?

    • SQ Productions
      September 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      It is easy. People who wish to take over the administration of your Facebook pages need to have a Facebook profile. If they do, go to your page settings and click on “Page Roles” on the left-hand sidebar. There you can add editors or administrators to the Facebook page by typing in the email address they use for Facebook. You will need to do that for all your Facebook pages. The new appointed admins will need to accept their new roles, as well.

  14. Psudonym-user
    September 23, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Hello, I have a FB personal page, but under a pseudonym. It’s how I’m known in other media sites, including YouTube and I’d prefer to keep it that way because I value my privacy. I was thinking of making a Business page but after reading some of the comments below I’m worried that I may be asked to provide ID of some sort. If that happens, and all they have from me is my pseudonym, do I lose both my accounts? Can I keep running them without actually revealing my real life name? Thanks in advance.

    • SQ Productions
      September 23, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Yes. You can run pages or profiles under a pseudonym. As long as you do not violate their terms and conditions, you should have no worries. Facebook will only ask for debit/credit card info if you’re making ads and boosting posts, and even then, they do not share your private data.

  15. March 5, 2018 at 6:04 am

    How can I join an existing business Facebook group without creating a personal a facebook account profile? I only want to access FB through the company FB to communicate with members within that company .

    • SQ Productions
      March 18, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Facebook’s terms are that you must have a personal profile to join an existing business Facebook group.

  16. March 18, 2018 at 6:55 am

    hi all i have a personal facebook account & a facebook page i have just started an app which allows to post direct to fb & twitter in one go but it post to my personal account rather than i Facebook page how do i get around it

  17. Jay B
    September 1, 2018 at 7:39 am

    hi, i have a Facebook page and am the only admin in the page, currently my Facebook account have been temporally locked calming a phishing activity was discovered, how can i recover my account and my page as been trying all mean without success.

    • SQ Productions
      September 1, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      You are currently in Facebook jail. Reach out to support for information on when you can regain access to your page.

  18. Lindsay Streufert
    November 1, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Hi there,
    Is there a way to “invite” people to your business page without it showing that your personal FB is inviting them?

    • SQ Productions
      November 2, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      No. Since Facebook is a social platform, they encourage real people to recommend Pages to their friends and trusted connections.

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