Step-by-Step Guide: How to Make Your Facebook Profile Picture Private

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This guide aims to explore the process of making your Facebook profile picture private. While your profile picture is an essential part of your online identity, some individuals prefer not to have it visible to the public. Unfortunately, Facebook does not allow you to make your current display photo completely private. However, there are still ways to hide your profile picture from certain viewers. Additionally, you can hide your comments, likes, and descriptions easily. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to make your Facebook profile picture (old and current) private, along with alternative methods to keep your photo hidden. By the end of this post, you will have the tools to ensure that your profile picture is only visible to the individuals you select. Additionally, you will also learn how to download all photos from Facebook if you are interested.

Why Should you Make your Facebook Profile Picture Private?

Understanding why you should make your Facebook profile picture private is important before delving into the process. Here are some reasons to consider:

  1. Protecting Your Privacy

By keeping your profile picture private, you can limit the amount of personal information available to outsiders online. This helps to protect your identity and prevent others from using your photo for malicious purposes.

  1. Avoiding Unwanted Attention

A public profile picture can attract strangers, trolls, and even stalkers, leading to unwanted messages or comments. By making your profile picture private, you have more control over who sees it and can reduce the likelihood of unwanted attention.

  1. Keeping Your Personal Life Private

Your profile picture can reveal a lot about your personal life, including your age, location, and interests. Making such a photo private is a good step if you want to maintain privacy on social media.

  1. Preventing Identity Theft

Scammers can use your photo to create a fake account or steal your identity. By privatizing your photo, you can reduce the risk of this happening.

  1. Maintaining a Professional Image

If you use Facebook for business purposes, it’s important to keep your personal and professional lives separate. Making your profile picture private ensures that only your business contacts see it, allowing you to project a more professional image online.

Overall, making your Facebook profile picture private can help you safeguard your privacy, protect yourself from unwanted attention, and maintain control over your online identity

How do you Make your Facebook Profile Picture Private?

Facebook’s policy is that “To help friends find you, your current Profile Picture can be seen by everyone.” This means that you cannot fully hide your profile picture from the public.

However, there are ways to hide the comments, likes, and descriptions associated with your profile picture. In the past, Facebook only allowed people to view your profile picture in its original size and prevented them from opening it in full-screen mode. But now, your profile picture can be viewed in full size by anyone on both computers and smartphones.

Therefore, even if you hide your profile picture, it can still be seen by others. Facebook’s reasoning behind this is to make it easier for friends to find your account.

While you can’t make your current profile picture completely private, there are methods to make it less visible. We will discuss these methods in a later section.

It’s important to note that while you cannot hide your current profile picture, you can hide older ones. To do this, you need to access them in your album, and we will provide guidance on both methods below.

How to Make Albums Private on Facebook

You can change the privacy of an entire album on Facebook to save time, rather than needing to make photos private one by one.

However, you should remember that you can only edit the audience of your photos—not pictures that your friends uploaded.

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To make a photo album private on Facebook, follow these steps:

  1. From your profile, scroll down until you see the Photos button. Tap it to view your Facebook photos.
  2. Then, find the photos you want to make private under Albums.
  3. Go to the relevant album, then click the three dots in the top right corner.
  4. Select Edit. You’ll see a section that says “Friends” or “Public” with an icon showing two people. Click that to change the audience of your album.
  5. From here, you can control who can view the album. Select Only Me if you do not want anyone else but you to see this album and make it private.
  6. Then, tap the back arrow and click Save (desktop) or Done (mobile). This will hide all photos in your Facebook album.

If you don’t want to make the photos completely private and still want to share them, just with a more limited audience, you can choose the audience options for FriendsFriends except, or Specific friends.

If you want to show the album only to a group of friends on a certain list, select Show Lists and choose the list you want to share the album with.

How to Make Individual Facebook Photos Private

You can also change the privacy of individual photos on Facebook to make them private.

It’s important to remember that you can only change the privacy settings of certain photos inside some groups or albums. These include:

  • Photos of you
  • Uploads
  • Profile photos
  • Cover photos
  • Timeline photos
  • Mobile photos

Photos uploaded in batches along with others and as part of an album will follow the settings of the album.

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To make a single photo on Facebook private, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your profile, scroll down till you see the Photos button, and tap it to view your Facebook photos. Then, select the photo you want to make private. Click the three dots in the top right corner.
  2. Select Edit privacy.
  3. Change the privacy setting to Only Me to hide the photo from your timeline and make it private.
  4. Your new privacy settings will automatically save.

You can also choose other audience options if you don’t want to completely hide the photo and just want to make it less public. However, the best way to avoid the risks of using Facebook is to hide your photos completely or only share them with select people using the available Specific friends option.

Who Can See My Photos on Facebook? How to Check

If you want to double-check the privacy of your photos, you can view your public profile on Facebook. This is the profile that people who aren’t your friends can see.

To do this, you’ll use the “View As” feature on Facebook. You can access it on both the Facebook website and the app.

To enter this mode, go to your profile. Select the three dots below Edit Profile to open a dropdown menu, then select View As.

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This will show you all the previous posts that people outside your Facebook friends list and the platform can see. You can not change the privacy settings of your Facebook photos while you’re on the View As mode, but you can take note of the photos and the dates, so you can find them later.

Once you know which photos you want to set to private, leave View As public mode by clicking on your thumbnail in the top right corner of your screen or clicking back. Alternatively, tap Exit View As.

On mobile, tap the hamburger menu at the top (Android) or bottom (iOS) and select See your profile. Next, tap the three dots adjacent to Follow Settings and select View As to enter View As mode.

How to Hide Photos on Facebook From Public in the Future

The next time you post a photo, the privacy settings will automatically follow the last settings you set for a photo. So, if you set a previous photo to “Only Me,” it will be the default audience setting of the next photo you upload.

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To change the audience settings of the photo you are about to upload, click on the audience settings button. You will find it below your name.

From here, you can change the post audience, then click Done to go back to your post. When you want to share the photo, select Post.

Always check this button before you upload or post anything on Facebook. You should do this just to make sure you are not accidentally sharing photos or information with people outside the platform and outside your friends’ list.

Also, regularly check your profile in View As mode to see if you may have accidentally shared anything with the public.

Having a Facebook privacy and security checklist that you go through regularly will help make sure you catch any of these photos right away. Remember that the longer these photos are shared publicly on social media, the higher the chances of a scammer getting a hold of them. Although this helps, you can make your Facebook private if you need more security.

Now You Know How to Hide Photos on Facebook

Reviewing your social media accounts and changing the audience settings of your photos to private is a good cyber hygiene practice. It will not only protect your data but will also protect the privacy of your loved ones who may be in the pictures you upload.

Always remember that there are unscrupulous hackers and scammers who are looking for ways to take advantage of other people.


In conclusion, making your Facebook Profile Picture private is a simple process that can help protect your online privacy. By following the steps provided, you can easily hide the likes, comments, and other information associated with your display photo on both the Facebook app and web browser. It’s also essential to remember that there are other ways to make your Facebook account more private, such as adjusting your account settings, hiding your profile, and limiting who can see your photos. By taking these steps, you can enjoy the benefits of social media while keeping your personal information secure.

Lisa Giancola

Lisa Giancola is a great technology enthusiast, especially with regard to facebook, reddit, Twitter, Discord and pinterest applications.

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