How to Make Facebook Private

By Laurel Storm

It is impossible to completely lock down your Facebook profile -- your name, gender, profile photo and cover photo, username and account number are always visible to everyone, no matter what. What you can do, however, is ensure any posts you make in the future, as well as any you have made in the past, are visible only to your friends unless you specify otherwise; you can also change the visibility of the friend list on your profile. Further, you can limit the ways in which people can search for your profile, whether the search is on Facebook or the Web.

Changing the Visibility of Posts

Step 1

Click the **lock icon** on the Facebook bar.

Step 2

Click **Who Can See My Stuff?**.

Step 3

Set the **Who Can See My Future Posts?** option to **Friends**.Alternatively, if you want your future posts to be visible only to you unless you deliberately specify otherwise when posting, select **More Options** and then click **Only Me**.

Step 4

Click **See More Settings**.

Step 5

Click **Limit Past Posts**.

Step 6

Click **Limit Old Posts** and then click **Confirm** to change all old posts on your Timeline that are currently visible to everyone or to friends of friends to instead be visible to friends only.

Changing the Visibility of Your Friends List

Step 1

Open your profile, hover over the friends list and click the **pencil icon** that displays.

Step 2

Click **Edit Privacy**.

Step 3

Change the privacy settings for Friend List and Following to either **Friends** or **Only Me**, depending on your preference, using the drop-down menus.

Step 4

Click **Close** to save your changes.