If you have a page that belongs to you, you can claim ownership of a Facebook page in Facebook Business Manager if you are the owner of the Facebook page. Or you can also claim a Facebook page if you haven’t created the page but the company it represents is owned by you.
In this short Facebook page tutorial, we are going to show you how both of these work and how you can claim Facebook pages.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
How to claim ownership of a Facebook page?
To claim ownership of an unmanaged Facebook page:
- Open the unclaimed Facebook page.
- If the Facebook page is unclaimed, you will see the label ‘Unofficial page’ under the cover photo.
- To claim the Facebook page, click on ‘Is this your business?’ link.
- Facebook will get you the exact instructions on what you have to do, such as verifying by a phone number:
You will basically have two options to claim the Facebook page that is an ‘Unofficial page’.
If you don’t have a publicly-listed business phone number, then the other option is to try to reclaim your Facebook page by submitting official business documentation. In this case, you have to click on ‘Verify this Page with documents instead
In this case, you have to scan or take a picture of official business documents that show the name of your business and the address of the business. You can use the following official documents to claim ownership of a Facebook page:
- utility bill
- phone bill
- business licence
- business tax file
- certificate of formation
- articles of incorporation
You have to upload any of these official business documents and wait a couple of days until Facebook Support team reviews the documents. If your ownership can be verified, then you will be able to claim the Facebook business page as well and close any kind of Facebook page ownership dispute.
Once you reclaimed your Facebook page
Once you reclaimed your Facebook page, you can either merge the Facebook page to your Facebook page if you have created an official Facebook page for your business. This can make sense if both the unclaimed Facebook page and your official Facebook page have some following so this way you don’t lose any of the Facebook followers.
If that is not the case and this unclaimed Facebook page has many followers, you simply should take ownership of this Facebook page.
You may be asked for information to verify your relationship with the business. This can include things such as phone number, email, or official business documents in order to claim an unmanaged Page.
How to claim a Facebook page in Business Manager?
Here is how to claim a Facebook page in Business Manager:
- Open the Facebook Business Manager account
- Click on ‘Business Settings’ from the menu
- Click on ‘Accounts’ then ‘Pages’ on the left.
- Click on the blue ‘Add’ button.
- From the dropdown, select ‘Add a page’.
- Add the URL or the name of the Facebook page.
- Click on ‘Add’.
Here is a video on how to request access to a Facebook page:
With this, you have claimed the Facebook page in Business Manager.
Now, you can connect the Facebook page with other assets, like ad accounts and Instagram business accounts. You can also manage the Facebook page roles and access levels from the Business Manager.
Why did someone create a Facebook page that is my business?
There are three main reasons why someone might have created a Facebook page for you.
- A fan of your business or brand didn’t find your official Facebook page, so he created a fan page for your brand.
- A customer checked in to the business, so Facebook autogenerated it.
- the Facebook page was generated based on a Wikipedia article. You will see this if you can see a Wikipedia logo at the bottom of the left section on the page.
If any of this happens, follow the instructions above to claim the Facebook page.
Facebook page ownership disputes
If there is another individual that also claimed ownership of your Facebook page, then you have to prove to Facebook that you are the real owner of that business that the Facebook page represents.
You can settle Facebook page ownership disputes by contacting Facebook support and submitting official business documents that prove that you are the owner of the business and you should be able to reclaim the Facebook page ownership.
You can see the list of these official business documents above. To see the full process of settling Facebook page ownership disputes, check out the steps we have outlined in the first half of this tutorial.
Frequently Asked Questions – How To Claim Ownership of a Facebook Page?
Here are the most frequently asked questions related to reclaiming a Facebook business page:
How to claim a Facebook page that is already claimed?
In this case, you have to submit official documentation to Facebook that you are the official owner of the business. You can prove this by scanning or taking a photo of your official business utility bill, phone bill, business licence, business tax file, certificate of formation, articles of incorporation. Just make sure, your busine
How to claim a Facebook page without admin?
You can claim a Facebook page that has no admin by clicking on the ‘Is this your business’ link on a Facebook page without admin.
Then you have to either receive a call on your official business phone number, or you have to submit official business documents that prove that you are the owner of the Facebook page. If you can do either of these, you will be able to claim a Facebook page that is currently not claimed by anyone.