How to Make Your Facebook Completely Private

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How to Make Your Facebook Completely Private

Are you worried about your privacy on Facebook? Want to tweak your account privacy settings and make your Facebook profile completely private to non friends or even friends? Want to restrict Facebook users from viewing your personal information, friends list, photo albums, liked pages and everything you care about?

If so, in this post, I'll show you in detailed steps how to change your privacy settings in order to make everything private on Facebook and stop people who are not your friends from seeing anything.

Ready to protect your own privacy on the blue site and get rid of haters, stalkers and unwanted people? If so, let's go!

How to Make Your Facebook Completely Private?

Step 1: Click the down arrow icon at the top right of any Facebook page, then choose "Settings" from the drop down menu..

See More Settings

Step 2: From the left side, click on the "Privacy" tab.

See More Settings

Now, you should be in your privacy settings page. Are you there?

Privacy Settings and Tools

Great! We are going to adjust each item individually.

Step 3: Change your default sharing:
It's very important to choose who can see your future posts, so, whenever you post something it will be shared only with that specific audience.

To do so, click "Edit" next to "Who can see your future posts?", then click the audience selector and select the audience you want from the drop down menu.

Default Sharing privacy

- You can choose "Friends" to share your future posts only with your friends.
- Or select "Only me" to hide your next posts from everyone.

Step 4: Limit the audience for your old posts:
Want to limit access to your old published posts and share them only with friends? If yes, you can use a great feature provided by Facebook called Limit Past Posts.

So, what does this feature do? In short, It'll set all the posts that you've shared with the Public and Friends of Friends to Friends only by one click. But you should know that you won't be able to revert them back in one click. You'll need to do that for each post individually.

Want to use this tool? Ready?

Click "Limit Past Posts" link beside "Limit the audience for posts you've shared friends of friends or Public?", click "Limit Old Posts" button » Click "Confirm" » Click "Close" in the popup window » Then press the "Close" link.

Limit Old Posts Privacy

Step 5: Prevent the public from sending you friend requests:
To avoid getting friend requests from people you don't know, you'll need to hide the add friend button from your Facebook profile.

To do this, Click "Edit" next to "Who can send you friend requests?" » Then click the audience selector and choose "Friends of Friends" instead of "Everyone" » Press "Close".

limit friend request

Step 6: Stop people from viewing your friends list:
To hide your friends list, click "Edit" next to "Who can see your friends list?" » Then click the audience selector and select "Only me" to hide it from everyone. You can also choose "Friends", to share it only with your friends. Or select "Custom", to set it to a custom settings. » Once done, press "Close".

Hide Facebook Friends List

Step 7: Control who can search for you on Facebook using the email address or phone number associated with your account.

Click "Edit" next to "Who can look you up using the email address you provided?", choose "Friends" » Press "Close"

Lookup Email

Click "Edit" beside "Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?", choose "Friends" » Press the "Close" link.

Lookup Phone Number

Step 8: Stop search engines from linking to your Facebook profile:
To do this, click "Edit" next to "Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?", uncheck the box next to "Allow search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile" » in the pop up window, click "Turn Off" » Press "Close".

Stop Search Engines

After doing that, Facebook will prevent search engines like Google Search, Bing search, Yahoo search and others from indexing your profile. Other thing is that people who are not logged into Facebook won't be able to view your profile at all and this is the message they will see.

Unavailable Profile

Step 9: Now, let's move to another section, select "Timeline and Tagging Settings" from the left side and change the settings as described below.

Step 10: Stop friends from posting on your own timeline:
To do this, click "Edit" next to "Who can post on your timeline?", select "Only me" then press the "Close" link.

Who Can Add Things To My Timeline

Also, click Edit next to Review posts you're tagged in before the post appears on your timeline?, choose Enabled and press Close.

Review Posts

You can change the rest of settings in this section, so the final result should be like this:

Timeline and Tagging Settings

All what we have done now is so so important, but really we are just going to start with the big parts.

What about the personal information stocked in the about section, such as phone number, email address, date of birth and so on? What about your photos and photo albums? What about your liked pages?

Step 11: Hide your personal information:
to make your personal info private, follow the steps described in this post: How to Hide Your Personal Information on Facebook

Step 12: Make your pictures and photo albums private:
To prevent non friends or friends from viewing your personal photos and photo albums, click on this link to learn more about How to Make Your Photo Albums Private on Facebook.

Step 13: Hide your liked pages:
If you want to keep the pages you like private on Facebook, take a look at this post: How to Hide your Liked Pages on Facebook

Finally, to make sure that your Facebook account is completely private, you'll need to view it as someone else. To do so, click the three dots icon underneath your cover photo and select View As....

That's it for this post! If you still have any question about how to make Facebook private, you can post it in the comment box below.

Please don't forget to share this post with your friends on social media.

Video Tutorial: How To Make Your Facebook Completely Private [UPDATED 2018]

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