How to Unpublish or Publish a Page in Facebook

If you need to unpublish a page to revise or publish a new one, here's how to publish and unpublish pages in New Facebook and Classic Facebook.
Publish or Unpublish page in Facebook
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Publishing or unpublishing a page on Facebook probably isn’t something you’ll need to do often, but it is something that comes in useful. Maybe you’re drafting a new page or revising an existing one, for example. So you don’t want everyone to see what’s going on behind the scenes as you work on it. And then you’ll need to hit publish to make it available to everyone else.

The process to publish and unpublish a page on Facebook isn’t difficult, but there is one small difference with how to do it in Classic Facebook compared with New Facebook (the new layout rolled out in mid-2020). As with most of Facebook’s rollouts, the new layout is coming out gradually to some users before others. So we have a transitional period when some users have one, and others have another. For now, at least, it’s also possible to switch between them.

So here’s a quick guide on how to publish and unpublish pages in both Classic Facebook and New Facebook.

Publish or Unpublish a Page in New Facebook

Go to your Page (while logged in, of course). If your page is not yet published, you’ll get a bar at the top reminding you of that and including a link to publish it. You can use that as a shortcut to publish the page.

Click on the Page Settings in the bottom left of the screen.

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From General, click Page Visibility. There’s an Edit link at the right, but you can actually just click anywhere on that line.

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You’ll find a choice there between published or unpublished. If you’re unpublishing a page that has already been published, you’ll get popups asking you why you’re unpublishing the page and if there’s anything they can do to help to keep it public. These are optional–they don’t determine whether it’ll let you unpublish the page.

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Select the appropriate options and click on the Next and Save Changes buttons.

Publish or Unpublish a Page in Classic Facebook

Go to your Page (while logged in, of course). If your page is not yet published, you’ll get a bar at the top reminding you of that and including a link to publish it. You can use that as a shortcut to publish the page. Otherwise, you can use the process below.

Click on the Settings link at the top right of the screen.

Publish or Unpublish a Page in Classic Facebook 1

From General, click on the Page Visibility line. There’s an Edit link at the right, but you can just click anywhere on that line.

Publish or Unpublish a Page in Classic Facebook 2

You’ll find a choice there between published or unpublished. If you’re unpublishing a page that has already been published, you’ll get popups asking you why you’re unpublishing the page and if there’s anything they can do to help to keep it public. These are optional–they don’t determine whether it’ll let you unpublish the page.

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Select the appropriate options and click on the Next and Save Changes buttons.

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