How to Edit a Photo After Posting on Facebook

Posted by Arch on August 21, 2019
Edit Photo After Posting 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 the 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 hacker 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. Have 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:

  1. Find the post you’d like to alter.
    Replace Photo in Post Original
  2. Click on three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner of the post.
  3. Select the Edit Post option from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the Plus sign in the empty thumbnail.
  5. Find the edited version of your photo and upload it.
  6. Click on the X button at the upper-right corner of the original photo’s thumbnail.
  7. Click on the Save button. The end result for our post looks like this:
    Replace Photo in Post Final

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

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.

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