Why Won't My Photos Upload to Facebook?

by Melissa King

If you've taken a great photo that you know your Facebook friends will love, you will need to upload it to the website to share it with them. Sometimes, Facebook won't accept a photo that you try to upload. You may receive an error message that alerts you to the problem. Assuming the problem isn't due to technical difficulties with the Facebook website, you can fix most upload issues yourself.

Update Your Browser and Adobe Flash

If your photos won't upload to Facebook, you might be using an outdated version of Adobe Flash Player. Facebook recommends that you uninstall any older versions of Flash Player on your computer, then download the latest version from the Adobe website (see Resources). Once you've updated Flash Player, make sure your Internet browser is up to date. An outdated browser may not be compatible with Facebook. If you update the browser and the problem continues, try using a different browser.

Photo Size and Format

Photos may not upload to Facebook if they exceed the recommended size, which is 15MB for a single image. Facebook also only supports certain types of file formats, including JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP and PNG files. If your photo is in a different format, the upload may fail. Save your photo in an accepted format and try the upload again. Uploads might fail if you've edited your photos. Facebook suggests that you try uploading the original version of the photo to determine if this is the problem.

Photo Albums

Facebook offers an album feature that enables you to store and categorize multiple photos; you can also add tags, locations and captions to each picture. You normally click the "Add Photos" button in an album to upload pictures to it. If you don't see this button, you might have reached the limit of 1,000 photos per album. If so, you'll need to delete some pictures or make a new album. You also won't see this option when viewing profile pictures, mobile uploads, cover photos or Timeline photos.

Photo Violations

When you try to upload a picture, you may receive a message stating that you've been blocked from uploading photos. This typically happens when one or more of your previously uploaded photos contained inappropriate content that violated Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (see Resources). Photos cannot contain illegal drug use, self harm, nudity, sexually explicit content or excessive violence. Facebook will remove offending photos and reinstate your uploading privileges shortly. If you continue to upload inappropriate photos, Facebook might place limits on your account.

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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