Drafts allow businesses to perfect Facebook posts before publishing. But if you don‘t know where to find drafts, this useful feature is pointless. In this updated guide for 2023, we‘ll show entrepreneurs and marketers how to access, organize, and maximize Facebook drafts.
A Refresher on Facebook Drafts
First, let‘s recap how drafts work. The drafts tool lets you save posts as works-in-progress. According to Meta, over 31 million businesses globally use Facebook Pages. And insights show that 80% of Page admins utilize drafts to plan content.
Drafts provide several benefits:
- Save time by writing posts in multiple sessions without publishing unfinished content.
- Collaborate with team members by co-editing drafts before posting.
- Schedule drafts to post at optimal times in the future.
- Preview how posts will look on desktop and mobile before publishing.
Key stats on Facebook drafts:
- 61% of Page admins say drafts help them create better content.
- Pages that use drafts experience 7% higher engagement than those who don‘t.
- Over 50% of Pages schedule posts from drafts using Facebook‘s in-built planner.
Now let‘s dive into how to access existing drafts and use them effectively.
Finding Drafts on Desktop
On the Facebook website, you can find saved drafts in two ways:
- Click the down arrow at the top right and select Drafts from the menu.
- Or go to Publishing Tools > Drafts in the left sidebar of your Page.
This opens your drafts list. Click any draft to open and edit it. When ready, click Publish or Discard.
Pro tip: Name drafts appropriately so they‘re easy to identify at a glance.
Finding Drafts on Mobile
On the Facebook mobile app:
- Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) in the bottom right.
- Select Drafts from the menu.
- Tap a draft to open it. Edit and click Publish or Discard.
You‘ll also get notifications for unfinished drafts. Tap the notification to resume editing.
Note: You can only have one draft open for editing at a time. Publish or discard existing drafts before starting new ones.
Organizing Your Drafts
With multiple team members collaborating, your drafts list can quickly become disorganized. Use these tips to stay on top of drafts:
- Name drafts clearly so everyone can identify content at a glance. Include keywords, dates, and version numbers.
- Use folders to categorize drafts by content type, campaign, or author.
- Color code drafts using text or emojis for quick visual identification.
- Delete old drafts regularly so your list doesn‘t get overloaded.
- Limit access if working with external collaborators.
Well-organized drafts make it easier to pick up where you left off and keep posts on track.
Publishing and Managing Drafts
When drafting is complete, click Publish to post. Here are some publishing best practices:
- Proofread thoroughly before publishing live. Typos and errors can‘t be fixed later.
- Use the Preview option to see how the post will look across different devices and surfaces.
- Backdate posts using the calendar picker to resurface evergreen content.
- Schedule drafts in advance using Facebook‘s built-in planner.
Once published, you can still edit and delete posts:
- For minor edits, click the pencil icon on a live post. Changes take effect immediately.
- To undo a post, click the arrow at the top right of the post > Turn off > Delete. But this only works for a short period after publishing.
- Deleting a post also removes the draft. But discarding a draft doesn‘t affect the live post.
Troubleshooting Facebook Drafts
Here are fixes for common draft issues:
- Drafts not saving? Make sure to tap Save Draft before navigating away. Auto-save only occurs every few minutes.
- Drafts disappeared? They may have been accidentally published or deleted. Check your Page‘s published posts.
- Multiple users can‘t access drafts? Make sure all collaborators are added as Page admins or editors.
- Page drafts not showing on personal profile? Switch to the Page from the dropdown menu before accessing drafts.
- Laggy performance? Try clearing your browser/app cache and reloading the page/app.
With Facebook‘s robust drafting capabilities, businesses can deliver polished content that drives results. Follow these tips to access, organize, publish, and troubleshoot drafts. Let us know if you have any other draft-related questions!