As a business owner you may find that even if you have not created a Facebook business page, one already exists. This can happen from people ‘checking in’ at your business or a variety of other reasons.
This unmanaged or unofficial Facebook page can be an unwanted problem, but something that isn’t too difficult to resolve. We’ll outline the steps you need to take in order to claim or remove the page.
How Do You Claim An Unmanaged Page?
You will be able to tell if a Facebook page is unmanaged by viewing the page and seeing the ‘Unofficial Page’ label on it. By the ‘Unofficial Page’ label, there will be a question prompted that asks ‘Is this your business?’. You will want to click that question and it will redirect you to a new link.
You can then verify that you own the business a few different ways.
1. Verify By Phone Number
If you have access to the phone number that is listed as the publicly listed business phone number. Facebook would then call the number and give you a 4 digit code. That code can then be entered on Facebook
2. Verify By Documents
If you do not have access to the phone number associated with the business you can provide some documents as well. The types of documents that could be provided are business tax files, business licenses, phone bills, electricity bills, etc. It’s just important that you scan a document to the business name and address.
3. Verify By Email
Another option that you have is verifying through your business-associated email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will need to connect your business email to your Facebook account in order to verify it this way. Once you have that connection established, you will be able to choose your email as a verification method.
After the Verification
Typically it will take Facebook a minimum of 72 hours to get back to you regarding your request to claim a Facebook page, but it can take up to a week. If you haven’t heard anything after a week, try reaching out to Facebook support to further assist you in your attempt.