How to Add Photos to Facebook Without Posting Them

Over the years, sharing photos on Facebook has almost become more like adding to a digital photo album for many people. When posting a new photo to Facebook it’s usually posted to your timeline, so what if you want to add photos without posting them?

Thankfully, Facebook does allow you to post photos that are only visible to you. You can even create a private photo album for your less-than-sharable pictures.

How to Add Photos to a Facebook Album Without Posting Them

Mobile

  1. Open the Facebook mobile app and sign into your account.
  2. Tap the Photo button under the What's on your mind? status bar.
    Facebook Mobile App Photo Button Under Status Bar
  3. Select the photo, or photos, you wish to upload and tap Next.
  4. Tap the Audience dropdown (the one with the globe to the left of it) under your name and change it to Only me. Tap the Back arrow after changing the setting. Make sure it saved!
    Facebook Mobile App Audience Button in New Post and Only me Option in Menu
  5. Optionally, use the Album dropdown to select the album you wish to add the photo to.
  6. Click Post in the upper right corner.

Desktop

  1. Open Facebook.com in any web browser and sign into your account.
  2. Click the Photo/Video button under the What's on your mind status bar.
    Facebook Photo Video Button Below Status Bar
  3. Select the photo, or photos, you wish to upload.
  4. Click the Audience dropdown (the one with the globe to the left of it) under your name and change it to Only me.
    Facebook Audience Button with Only me Option in Menu
  5. Click the Post button.

You can move the photo to an album in the Photos tab of your Facebook profile. Simply locate the photo you want to move, click the Pencil icon at the upper right of the photo, and select Move to Another Album.

Creating a Private Facebook Album

If you find yourself adding photos you don’t want to share often, you might consider creating a private Facebook album. With a private photo album, anything you add to the album will always only be visible to you.

Mobile

  1. Open the Facebook mobile app and sign into your account.
  2. Navigate to your profile, and tap Photos under the status bar. Now tap the Albums tab and then the Create Album button.
    Facebook Mobile App Create Album Button in Albums Profile Page
  3. Tap the Audience button below Album name (the one with a globe to the left) and change it to Only me.
    Facebook Mobile App Audience Button in Create Album Screen
  4. Name your album and then click Create in the upper right corner.

Desktop

  1. Open Facebook.com in a web browser and sign into your account.
  2. Navigate to your Facebook profile and click the Photos tab. Now within your photos, click Albums and then click the Create Album button at the far left.
    Facebook Create Album Button in Profile Pictures Album Tab
  3. Click the Audience button at the upper left (the one with the globe to the left of it) and change it to Only me.
    Facebook Audience Button on Create Album Page
  4. Name your album, then click the Post button at the bottom.

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