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Add an Admin to Facebook… When Facebook’s Way Doesn’t Work!

Tue 5th May 2015
By Todd
Facebook, Facebook Pages

Facebook Pages are still a very important part of social media marketing.

Facebook Pages are a slightly different beast from the individual profiles, but in essence you can use them in a similar way and share your journey with your audience.

One of the biggest differences is the ability to get help running your Page from your team or colleagues.

By assigning a Page Admin you can allow different people different levels of access to your Page.

This is the only way that we manage Facebook Pages for our customers. They add us as Admins and we can post on their behalf, as well as change much of the page and run adverts and competitions (with Admin rights).

But there’s a problem with Facebook Pages… in fact there’s a problem with Facebook, fullstop! It’s full of bugs!

Facebook is notorious for being buggy and every week we shout at it and ask “Why, why, Facebook, why?” as it comes up with new ways to break.

Adding a Page Admin should be simple, but it’s not – and the recommended way doesn’t always work.

So here’s a Spaghetti Agency workaround!


Add an Admin to Facebook… When Facebook's Way Doesn’t Work!

Add an Admin to Facebook… When Facebook’s Way Doesn’t Work!

The usual way to add a Page Admin

Normally you would:

  • Go to your Page settings.
  • Select ‘Page Roles’ from the left hand side.
  • Then add the email of the person you want to add as admin (this has always worked best if you use the email that they use for Facebook – often some embarrassing Hotmail address!)
  • Then select the level of access you want them to have from Admin, Editor, Moderator, Advertiser or Analyser.
  • Press save, enter your password, and you’re done!


Adding a Page Admin to Facebook Pages - Simple Tip


But Facebook is buggy and we hardly ever get added like this.

Often we have to ask for the personal login details of our customer and go in as them to make it work.

(Note: This is not advised. You should never give your password to anyone – but we’re very honest and ethical at Spaghetti!)


So here’s another way to add someone as a Page Admin that works every time.

You have always been able to add people who ‘like’ your Page as an Admin and to make the official way (above) work we always advised that the person you’re adding as admin must like the Page in the first place.

If you can find this person in your recent notifications as likes then you can simply press a button near their head and make them an Admin! Way more simple.

But there’s a problem with this… You can never find them unless they liked your Page recently, and a Page with a lot of likes often won’t even show notifications for all the new likes.

But we found out how to find all your likes in a nice chronological list and this makes adding a Page Admin REALLY SIMPLE!


To make this really simple, it’s best to ask the person you’re adding as admin to unlike your Page and then like it again so you can find them easily (they’ll be at the top of the list when you find it).


1) Log in as your Page and go to settings


2) Go to Page Activity log


3) The on the right hand side ‘hover’ over Page likes


4) Carefully move your mouse over to ‘See All’ without closing that pop-up window


5) You’ll have a list of all your Page likes, and the last person who liked your Page at the top. (If you followed the instructions at the beginning this will be the person you want to add as admin.)



The above workaround has since changed. Now the best way to find your ‘likers’ is to go to the new likes icon:


Making someone a Page Admin on Facebook


Then click ‘See All’.


6) On the right of their name is a cog icon. Click this and then ‘Assign Page Role’.


Adding a Page role on Facebook Pages


7) Set the level of role they have and click save and enter your password.


UPDATE May  2020

Facebook has since removed the cog from the page likes list. Another way to add an admin or editor to your page is to friend request them, wait for them to accept, and then follow the standard way to add an admin:

  • Settings
  • Page Roles
  • Type the name of your new friend into the box
  • Violla!

And you’re done!

This is probably the best way to add a Page Admin as the other way,

the official way, doesn’t always work as it needs Facebook’s help and we all know what that’s like…

We always go for this option now as we’ve spent countless hours explaining to customers how to add us as Admin over the phone or email only to find we have to log in as them and do it and that’s not a very secure way to live life.


Try it out and let me know how you get on…

I’ll try to update this post if and when Facebook update their system.

Give me a shout in the comments below and let me know how you get on!

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14 comments on this article

  • Steven at 11:48am on March 12th 2020

    Facebook has removed the ‘cogwheel’ next to the name so that the workaround to add an administrator doesn’t work.

  • Jenna at 19:11pm on May 22nd 2020

    I’m having a huge problem figuring out how to add an admin to my page. I am the owner of my page, and somehow an editor, but I am not an admin and as such can’t appoint anyone to be an administrator. There is not an administrator for the page at all and I can’t figure this out! Has anyone else seen this? I don’t even have a line where I can search an email or or a Facebook page… It’s bizarre…

    1. Coty at 4:04am on September 10th 2020

      I am having this EXACT PROBLEM! I am the owner of the page but all of a sudden I cannot access ADMIN ROLE! No one is an admin! I even tried downloading FAcebook page manager app but it says I do not have permission to access. I also cannot view my messages OR notifications. The only way I know when I receive a message is through my wix account but it will not let me reply through that either!! UGHHHHHH

      1. Todd at 9:18am on September 10th 2020

        Have you tried logging into Sometimes you can access your account there.

    2. Todd at 19:23pm on May 22nd 2020

      Howdy Jenna.

      Is there a business manager that ‘owns’ your page? This can happen by accident with ads manager.

      Settings > Page Roles

  • Reina at 6:35am on May 26th 2020

    As mentioned above, they completely removed the cogwheel so I have no other way around to add new Editor.
    I want to assign an Editor for a new store page under the parent page and it kept saying that this person can’t be added as an admin.
    Do you know how to solve this? Help…

    1. Todd at 6:59am on May 26th 2020

      Adding them as a friend makes it easier to add them into the standard way. Settings > Page Roles > Type their name into the box.

      1. Reina at 6:22am on May 27th 2020

        I thought that was the problem and did as this account as a friend. The same problem still showed up…

        1. Charlotte at 15:05pm on June 25th 2020

          Hi Reina, did you ever manage to get a work around? Im inviting a facebook friend that has liked my page to be an editor. Putting in my password and I keep getting a little red triangle error. Cant seem to add them at all…
          Thanks 🙂

  • Sonja at 15:27pm on May 31st 2020

    I am trying to add an admin. Under page roles it allows me to send them an invite. But when they click “accept” the page just refreshes to the buisness image and the person is not added as admin and the Invite remains. Ivetried multiple times and it just brings menin an infinite loop 🙁 I’m struggling as my main account is in “facebook jail” and I really need to make posts on my business page

    1. Todd at 8:29am on June 1st 2020

      Howdy Sonja.

      Is the person you’re adding getting a notification? They have to accept it now. Also, do they like the page? That’s not essential but I’ve found it helps.

  • Rich at 13:04pm on July 7th 2020

    I have someone who has “Liked” the page and friended me, yet I still can’t add them – or anyone for that matter – as an admin. I am an admin on the page. What gives?

  • Nuw at 6:34am on July 8th 2020

    Nothing worked. I still have the same issue even I did what you mentioned in May 2020 update. I went to settings -> Page roles, and tried to add an admin, they get the notification, but they don’t get an option to accept it.

  • Simon at 9:06am on July 13th 2020

    Nice article. I like how you acknowledge early on that Facebook makes this purposefully difficult. Its borderline nonsense!

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