Do you have a Facebook gray account and you’re not sure what it is, what to do with it, or how you got it?
Instead of being frustrated by it, we’re going to explain everything about Facebook gray accounts.
What is a Facebook gray account?
For those of you who have come across the following error message when trying to post on Facebook. This means you have a Facebook gray account, but what does having a gray account really mean?
“You’re currently logged in as gray account, please switch to your personal account.”
Basically, a Facebook gray account is an account where it is orphaned from a Facebook Profile.
This means you have one login to access your Facebook Profile and a separate login for a Facebook Page. You also do not have the ability to interact with your friends through a Facebook gray account.
For example, you do not have a notifications menu or the ability to view messages like you normally can from your Facebook Profile.
One other thing, whenever you go to post content within a gray account, you get the following message.
What this message means is that your accounts are not joined together and so if you’re logged in as yourself, you cannot post on your own Facebook Page without having to switch to your other Facebook login. Frustrating.
So how did you get a Facebook gray account to begin with?
How do I end up with a Facebook gray account to begin with?
There are a few ways you can end up with a Facebook gray account whether you meant to or not.
Here are some of the ways you can end up with a gray account on Facebook.
Scenario 1: Converting a Facebook profile to a Facebook Page
In most cases, users end up with a gray account because they converted a Facebook Profile to a Facebook Page and no longer have a Facebook Profile.
This can occur when you create a Facebook Profile instead of a Facebook Page for your business.
Scenario 2: Using a Facebook business account
A second way you can end up with a Facebook gray account is when you create a Facebook Page using a Facebook business account instead of creating a Facebook Page within your Facebook Profile.
This is a popular option for users who want to keep their Facebook Profile and Facebook Page separate.
Unfortunately, it means you have two separate logins and you don’t get the ability to access your Facebook Page within your Facebook Profile. Sounds like a Facebook gray account to me!
With this type of account, you also lose some of the features that other Facebook users enjoy such as:
- Not being included in search
- No access to apps
- Cannot send or receive friend requests
- Cannot see updates from other people on Facebook or interact with those people
Wrap-up on gray accounts
While there are some benefits to having a Facebook gray account – like the ability to separate your profile from your page.
In the long-run, Facebook is about building relationships and a Facebook gray account doesn’t really allow you to do that as you cannot interact with other people.
If you happen to have a Facebook gray account, don’t panic. it can be fixed.
If you need help fixing your Facebook gray account, feel free to contact me for help.
What other questions do you have about a Facebook gray account? Leave your questions in the comments below.