How to Edit a Photo After Posting on Facebook

Similar to many other social platforms, Facebook doesn’t allow photo editing after posting. Once the photos have been uploaded, you can’t alter them in any way. This might seem unfair to some users, but things look like they won’t change any time soon, if ever.

Let’s examine the reasons why and see what can be done.

Facebook and Editing Photos After Posting

For example, you’re at a party and you’ve made a series of snaps with your buddies. You decide to upload the pics to show the rest of your friends what a good time you’re having. You open Facebook and upload the best photos of the bunch, forgetting to add stickers or crop out a friend that’s passed out drunk on the couch.

If you open your post again and try to edit it, you’ll only be able to edit the photo description, tagged people, and place where the photo was taken. You’ll also be able to set the photo’s visibility, and that’s where the editing options end.

Facebook’s adamant about not letting its users alter photos after uploading them, as that would open the Pandora’s box, so to say. It would allow people to edit in nudity or add other inappropriate stuff to the images that have already passed Facebook’s safety and guideline checks. Some crafty hackers might get revenge on their ex by altering their photos and getting them banned.

What You Can Do

With photo editing clearly out of the picture, let’s see what can be done when you see that a photo you posted or embedded in a comment is the wrong one or could be improved upon.

For one, you can add new pictures to a picture post on your profile, group, or page, and replace the original photo. You can also delete and upload a new photo into the comment or status update. Finally, you can replace the embedded link of the image you included in a comment. Let’s see how to do these things.

Replace the Picture in a Post

Let’s say that you’ve published a post on your page or profile that includes a photo. Keep in mind that you’ll have to edit the photo on your computer. If you’d like to replace a photo in a post with its edited version, you should do the following:

Find the post you’d like to alter.

Replace Photo in Post Original

Select ‘Edit Post’

Click on three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner of the post.

Select the Edit Post option from the drop-down menu.

Click on the three horizontal dots in the right-hand corner

Click on Photos & Videos

This will allow you to upload your new, better photo in the same post.

Select the photo you’d like to add to your post and confirm. Now, you can go back and delete the original.

Go back to your post and click the three-dots again.

Click ‘Delete Photo’ to remove the original, unedited version.

Replace the Photo in a Comment

You can replace a photo in the comment in a similar way. You’ll have to edit the photo on your computer and then upload it instead of the original. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Find the comment that includes the problematic picture. Here’s our comment:
    Replace Photo in Comment Original
  2. Click on the three little dots next to your comment.
  3. Select the Edit option.
  4. Click on the X button to remove the existing photo.
  5. Click on the text box of your comment and press together Shift and Enter keys on your keyboard to open another row.
  6. Click on the Camera icon.
  7. Select the edited version of your original photo.
  8. Click on the text box again.
  9. Press Enter. The final result might look like this:
    Replace Photo in Comment Final

Change the Photo Link in the Comment

Facebook lets users link to photos from external sites in their comments. Since you’re aiming to replace a link to a photo that’s on another site, you won’t be able to edit it. Here’s how to change the link to a photo on a Facebook comment:

  1. Find the problematic comment. Our initial comment looks like this:
    Change Photo Link Original
  2. Click on the three little dots next to your comment.
  3. Select the Edit option.
  4. Delete the link of your first photo.
  5. Replace it with the new one.
  6. Click on the Save button. The final result might look like this:
    Replace Photo Link Final

Frequently Asked Questions

Facebook won’t let me add a photo to my post, what’s happening?

There are several reasons your photo may fail to load. One is that your edited image isn’t compatible, try uploading the original image. If the original uploads and the edited doesn’t, there’s an issue with the image.

You can change the image format (like changing to JPEG), you can also resize it. Facebook recommends images under 15MB. If your photo is a PNG file it needs to be under 1MB. Play around with the image or use a different photo editing app to force it to upload.

How can I edit my cover photo?

If you want to edit your cover photo, you don’t have many options aside from uploading a new one. Similar to profile pictures, you can click the edit icon and upload a new image.

For anonymity, be sure to uncheck the publish to your wall option. This means that you can upload a new image without letting everyone on your timeline know you’ve done so.

Can I add a frame to my profile picture after it’s uploaded?

Yes! This is one thing you can do even after you’ve updated your profile image. Click the edit icon on your profile picture and select the ‘Add a Frame’ option. Scroll down and choose the frame you like.

If you want to remove the frame follow the same process but choose a new frame or click the option to remove it completely. Another great feature is the option to set a frame to last for a certain period of time. Set from one day to months, to ‘Custom’ so that you won’t need to go back and delete it.

Be Careful What You Upload

It doesn’t seem like Facebook will change its policy on editing uploaded photos anytime soon. Therefore, be very careful with the photos you post.

Did you ever have problems with uploaded photos? How did it work out? What do you think about Facebook’s no editing policy on posted photos? Let us know in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “How to Edit a Photo After Posting on Facebook”

Avatar Lisa Sooley says:
This technique has one problem: Once the original post has been shared, the shared post will become lost after the edit and a message will show saying the post is no longer available.
Avatar Jean-Francois Simard says:
I can do so for some post in my facebook page.
But some other post dosen’t offer me the option to change the image? very weird.. don’t understand why?
Avatar Arriane says:
I want to replace a photo in a post that was published in 2018. You above technique is not working. Is there any alternative?

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