How to Make Your Facebook Unsearchable

By Elle Smith

If you lead a wild and crazy social media lifestyle, but hold a job that might frown upon your Facebook postings, or if you're a teacher who doesn't want your students to access your profile, you might want to remain anonymous on the social media site. Although Facebook is a community of over 500 million users, it's still relatively easy to find someone in a random search. By default, your name, profile picture, gender and networks are visible. Limit who has access to your profile in a search engine by configuring a setting in the "Privacy" section of your account.

Step 1

Navigate to the Facebook website. Log in to your account using your email address and password.

Step 2

Click the small drill-down button next to the "Account" tab at the top-right corner of the Facebook page. Choose "Privacy Settings."

Step 3

Scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the "Edit your settings" link under "Apps and Websites." A new window opens.

Step 4

Click the "Edit Settings" button next to "Public search" at the bottom of the page. Uncheck the box next to "Enable public search" if it is checked.

Tips & Warnings

  • After you turn your public search option off, your profile may still be available for a short period because the search engines store this information in caches.