It’s not you: Why you can’t be a good admin with the Facebook iPad app

It’s kinda tough to be an admin on your business or organization’s Facebook page and use the Facebook iPad app to do your business. Naturally, the app lacks a lot of features that the desktop browser version of Facebook has. But the app, as we’ve discussed here before, discriminates between using the app to update your personal profile and updating your organization’s profile (aka, the page you’re an admin of). The question is: why aren’t the features equal with so many brands, businesses and organizations using Facebook?

For instance: When I’m updating my personal Facebook page, I go to my wall and click on Status. Look at all the fabulous options I have:

Now, if I want to update my organization’s Facebook page, I have two options: “Write Post” and “Share Photo.” As such:


Let’s choose “Write Post.” As you can see, I don’t have the same options I did when I was in my personal account. All I can do is update the page with text. I can’t attach a photo or video, much less tag anyone or include a location.

Now let’s choose “Share Photo.” We have the option of uploading a photo/video from our iPad library or creating a new photo/video.

Regardless of which option we choose, we can’t post a text-based status update along with the photo. Once you hit upload, the photo/video is posted to your wall. If you want to say anything about the photo you’ve just posted, you have to post it as a comment!

The point of this blog post isn’t to offer us a solution, because I don’t think there is one, at least within Facebook’s iPad app. It’s just let others who are dealing with this issue know that you’re not alone.

Here are a few other blogs and discussion dealing with features of the Facebook iPad app. If anyone finds any solutions or new issues to discuss, let me know!

Related Facebook iPad app blogs:
Having trouble commenting on Facebook when using your wireless keyboard? Here’s a solution that works for some.

The simple trick to using the Facebook iPad app to update your organization’s page as an admin.

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15 thoughts on “It’s not you: Why you can’t be a good admin with the Facebook iPad app

  1. Deb says:

    Thanks for this great article. I was wondering why I couldn’t do as much with the app as I’d like, and now I know why! I hope they address this in future updates, because it would help me so much with my page. I’ve been updating my page with Hoot Suite, but although I can comment with a photo, the photo is a link. Definitely not as pretty as putting a photo plus text on your site.

  2. abbymalikpr says:

    Hey Deb: you’re welcome! I hope they address all this in future updates, too. And yessss, the Hootsuite phone-instead-of-a-link-thing isn’t as effective!

  3. I’m really glad it’s not just me! It’s not just the iPad either; I have the iPhone and the app has the same limitations. I can’t upload videos at all to the pages I admin for; just photos. I can’t figure that out, so if anyone has info on how to do it please reply and let me know!

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  5. Chiden says:

    Hi there I am a new user of I pad series 1 but I can’t seem to follow the instruction above.Do I need to download some other stuff? I really can’t make a comment even IN MY OWN POST?

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