Duplicating ads in Power Editor in 2 minutes

Alexis asked this question  on Facebook’s official help site:

I created 9 ads for a campaign in power editor and they all rejected because my campaign was fixed budget instead of auction budget. So I created a new campaign with an auction budget, but now I can’t move my ads over to the newly created campaign. Is there a way to do this? Or is there a way to change the budget type of my old campaign?

The answer is not helpful, as a lot of answers are in there…

So when I had the same problem I knew I had to find a solution.

I started a conversions campaign whose reach was very low (way too low) and I decided to move the 4 ads to a Reach campaign, using the Power Editor.

I want my ads to be seen at this stage by as many people as possible.
It should be easy, right? 🤔
2 clicks: Select, Duplicate -> done…

Well, it’s not…😬


After 20 minutes I came up with a very simple process that simplifies moving ads from one campaign to another, error free.

Once you get the hang of it it basically takes 2 minutes to do it yourself.

The video itself is longer, as I explain step by step what I’m doing.

Below you can skim quickly through every step if you don’t have time to watch the whole video:

The steps are as follows:

Step 1: Duplicating the Ads

  • go to Power Editor
  • select all ads inside an adset

Power Editor Manage Ads Ads

  • duplicate all ads inside a NEW campaign and a NEW adset

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Here you need to choose the objective for you new campaign.

The copied Ads will be inserted into a new ad set.

Expect some errors at this stage as the new ad set is not yet properly setup.

We will do this shortly.

Step 2: Save the audience of the ad set that holds the ads you just duplicated

You will need the audience because when you duplicated the ads the ad set is a new ad set that is basically without any setttings.

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Step 3: edit the new ad set.

There are a few things to do here but the main things are: audience, budget, schedule and placement

Choose the saved audience you created in step 2.

Power Editor Manage Ads Ad Sets Edit

You have them all in the Edit section.

Pay special attention to Optimization:

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This is how Facebook will optimize the ads so you want to make sure the settings are exactly like you want them to be.

Step 4 Upload changes to Facebook

Remember you are in Power Editor.

So the changes you do are not online yet, just on your browser.

Until you press the green button Facebook will not know about your changes.

So do it at this stage

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Step 5: Repeat for the next ad sets you want to duplicate. Start with the ADS inside the ad set.

Pay special attention here at the location where the duplicated ads will be saved.

By default Facebook will show you the campaign that has the ads you duplicate.

So it will not show you the campaign you created a few seconds ago.

You have to manually start typing it in order to find it.

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Step 6 repeat until you have all the ads moved to the new campaign

That’s it.

It seems like a lot of work but I promise once you do it a couple of times you’ll have it at your fingetips, ready to go 🙂


Go in Power Editor and clone a few ads to have the process under your belt.

Then tell me what else do you find hard about using the Power Editor in the comments.

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