How to Hide My Activity on Facebook Newsfeed

By Carolyn Luck

The Facebook news feed, which appears in the central column of your home page, consists of a list of stories that pertain to your Facebook friends, as well as any Facebook pages you follow. The list is constantly updated to show stories as they post in real time, allowing you to instantly connect and share. Your photos, status updates and wall posts appear live in the news feed as you create them. If you prefer to keep your content out of the feed, you can adjust your privacy settings to restrict other members from seeing it.

Step 1

Sign into your Facebook account and locate the "Account" tab in the upper-right corner of any page. Click the "Privacy Settings" option in the drop-down menu.

Step 2

Click the "Customize Settings" link located in the "Sharing on Facebook" section of the resulting page.

Step 3

Scroll through the list of items that appear under the "Things I Share" section. Adjust the privacy settings of each item you wish to hide by clicking on the drop-down menu located next to it. Click the "Customize" option and select "Only Me" from the menu that appears in the resulting box. Adjust the "Posts By Me" item to hide the majority of your activity on the news feed. Adjust other items as preferred.

Step 4

Scroll through the list of items that appear under the "Things Others Share" section. Adjust the privacy settings of each item you wish to hide by clicking on the drop-down menu located next to it. Click the "Customize" option and select "Only Me" from the menu that appears in the resulting box. Uncheck the "Friends Can Post On My Wall" box to prevent the appearance of any resulting stories in the news feeds of those friends or any mutual friends. Adjust other items as preferred.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may be necessary to adjust the privacy settings of existing photos and videos in the "Things I Share" section, as those with unrestricted settings may show in the news feed as new tags or comments are added. Static profile information, which for some may include "Birthday," "Interested In" and "Relationships," only appear in the news feed when updated. You may opt for a less restrictive privacy setting for this type of content.