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How to Make Your Facebook Completely Private

By Hamid

Updated on August 08, 2021

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?


Click the down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page, click Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.

Facebook Settings

From the left side, click on the Privacy tab.

Facebook Privacy Tab

Now, you should be in your privacy settings page. Are you there? Great! We are going to adjust each item individually.

Privacy Settings and Tools

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.

- You can choose Friends to share your future posts only with your friends.

- Or select Only me to hide your next posts from everyone.

Default Sharing Privacy

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 Close in the popup window » Then press the Close link.

Limit Old Posts Privacy

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

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

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 Only me » Press Close

Lookup Email

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

Lookup Phone Number

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

Now, let's move to another section, select Profile and Tagging from the left side and change the settings as described below.


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?


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


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.


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 eye icon underneath your cover photo.

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.

If you have any question regarding this post, just let me know in the comments below or send me a message on my Facebook page! I will be more than glad to help you out! 🙂

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