Facebook Groups – Have More than One Administrator

locksm Facebook Groups   Have More than One AdministratorWell, it happened again. A friend just emailed that her Facebook account has been disabled.

While that is a problem, a bigger issue is that she has a private Facebook group for paid customers of her courses. And she is locked out of that private group as well.

This is another example of the problem with building any major part of your business on a site you don’t own.

You can wake up one morning and find that you are locked out of part of your business, and have lost contact with your group.

This can be a nightmare if you don’t have other ways of contacting your group members.

This is why we use and love Facebook and Twitter, but we also build our own list of subscribers.

Protect YOUR Facebook Group Access

Do you have a group on Facebook, whose members you care a lot about?

If so, you’ll want to create at least two administrators for that group. Don’t be the only administrator!

If you have an additional administrator, you are protected against being locked out of your own group and being unable to contact members.

If the unthinkable happens to you, while you are working on being reinstated, your additional administrator can log in to the group and keep them informed. And you can even get access to your group through their administrator login if need be.

Plan ahead to avoid potential problems and create an additional administrator (or two) for your Facebook Groups.

Hopefully, you will never need to fall back on them, but you’ll sleep better at night.

Tell me what you think. Post your comments below...

  1. Moreen Torpy

    Very wise advice, Deb. Although I haven’t reached the stage of forming my own group on Facebook yet, I will certainly follow your advice when that time arrives.

    Thank you for sharing this important tip!

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  2. Phil

    This has happened to me. I’m the admin and now I’m locked out! How the heck can I fix this?

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  3. Deb

    Hi Phil,

    After three to five days, your group will show up to members who go into your group section with a notice that reads something like: ‘This group has no administrator. Claim this group.” If you are locked out of FB for a while, you will need someone who is a group member and can claim your group for you! They just click on the ‘Claim this Group” text link and they instantly become the administrator of the group. Then, if you are kicked off FB for a while, when you get back on FB, the new admin can make you an administrator of your group. If this is a private FB group, you will need to be invited to be a member of the group by the ‘claiming’ FB administrator first, and then made administrator.

    Hope it all works out OK for you – but be sure to have someone you trust monitoring your group a few times a day so they can claim it before someone else does.

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  4. joan shea

    please give me directions for adding another member as administrator to my open fb group.

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    1. Deb

      Hi Joan,
      Log in to your Facebook group. When you are there, click the “Edit Group” text link (currently on the right-hand side of the page). When the Edit page opens, click the “Officers” tab. You will see a list of officers (administrators) and non-officers. For each non-officer, there is a text link after their name saying “make officer” and if you click that link, it will make that group member an officer/administrator. A person has to be a member of your group before you can make them an administrator.

      And remember, Facebook is constantly changing its systems and interfaces, so the procedure might be different shortly.

      Thanks for your question!

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      1. Galina

        Hi Deb

        There is no “Edit Group” but “Edit group settings” and I cannot see the “Officers” tab. Not sure where to find it.

        Looking forward to your replay.


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  5. Sarah

    Hi Deb,
    Can I know what are the instances that would get an administrator to be locked out of FB? So I can avoid that if i ever have a group….thanks!

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    1. Deb

      Hi Sarah,

      That is a very good question. My friends who have been locked out of their FB groups had that happen because they had their entire FB accounts disabled. Facebook really doesn’t tell you why they are disabling accounts – often it is for friending too many people on one day, or doing too many events. They try to get you to do marketing activities on your Facebook page, not your basic FB account, so doing aggressive marketing to people other than your FB page fans can place your account in jeopardy. Because it’s so unpredictable, and the rules (written and unwritten) change often, it’s best to always have more than one administrator for your FB groups and FB pages. That way if you do somehow get disabled and locked out (even temporarily), you can gain access to your group members and fans through your co-administrators until the problem is fixed.

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  6. Deb

    Thanks, Moreen. And the same advice goes for Events – have more than one administrator there, too. For the same reasons!


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