Hide your profile picture from everyone except your friends

Facebook and it’s features is so vast that it’s nearly impossible to use it hundred percent. But I found a very useful feature of it while accessing it. It is that you can hide your profile pic from all those who are not in your friend list.Isn’t it a cool feature which ensures a total privacy specially for female users because anyone can misuse their picture anywhere on the net. Also it ensures that nobody can ever make a fake profile of yours until and unless he’s your own friend. πŸ˜€

An important feature with a simple implementation.Just go to,

Settings>Privacy Settings>>Search.

Or simply click here. It redirects you to the same page.Now uncheck the first option that is “My profile picture”.You can also hide friend’s list, add as a friend link and send message link e.t.c.

For more clarity check the screen shot below:

Facebook screenshot

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ajay December 3, 2009

can u suggest me that how i can create a orkut a/c which name is like “[email protected]”. but on yahoo there are no a/c of this name .

Deepak Jain December 3, 2009

Sorry, but you cannot create and authorize your Orkut accounts with an invalid email id as they send an authorization mail for confirming you are the owner of the id.

Maggie December 12, 2009


I tried to hide my identity from ppl that aren’t on my friend’s list but with the new Fb’s version I can’t do that. Is there a way i can do it?

.wu December 18, 2009

Hmm… this option seems to be gone now. Darn facebook :/

Nt November 7, 2011

agree……….this option is not there anymore

Jess January 29, 2010

Wtf… I don’t have this option and my facebook is pretty old… I know some of my friends have it set to hide their pictures though, is this because they did it BEFORE they took the option away??

john February 24, 2010

Thanks for your help on “Hide your profile picture from everyone except your friends”. Unfortunately, when I go to the privacy>search, i do not have the menu you screenshoted and posted. I onlu have: 2 section “Facebook Search Results
Who can see your search result on Facebook”>with only me, friends or friends of friends and “Public Search Results
This setting only allows search engines to access your publicly available information and any information you set to Everyone. This does not include anything you’ve shared with just your friends or friends of friends (see preview).” > with a box to check or not.

Could you please help me with this?
Thanks again for your time,

manis April 7, 2010

yeah right not working now

Sauravjit April 22, 2010

Hopefully we’ll found an alternative soon πŸ™‚

Sauravjit April 22, 2010

You cannot hide ur pic anymore

rida April 25, 2010

plzzz tell me how to hide my profile pic from every1 except friendlist??

Sauravjit May 4, 2010

This method is no longer working, pls check back soon for more updates…

J June 23, 2010

this no longer works…..

Sauravjit June 29, 2010

Yes, stay connected to get more info on this.

Bill August 31, 2010

This is how we know that Facebook really doesn’t care about our privacy, as if there was any question about that.

For people desiring to create a Facebook business fan page, the fact your personal profile must be linked to the business fan site means also that your personal profile photo is viewable by everyone who visits your business page. There is a huge difference between photos I’d use for my personal profile as opposed to photos I’d allow to be directly linked to my firm.

Vanessa September 17, 2010

the problem is that “search” doesn’t exist at all..wth is this?oh gosh!

found solution February 12, 2011

hey guys, i was just clicking here and there, then i found out how we can change privacy settings for our facebook profile pictures. this is for the latest version of facebook page.
Step 1:Go to privacy settings (click on account then u see it.
Step 2: click on custom, change everything u want
Step 3: for profile pics and other albums go to customize settings
step 4: scroll down to ‘things i share’ before the second section begins you see a blue lines which says: edit album privacy.
Step 5: there you can change the privacy of all ur ablums including your profile pictures.

to make sure you have done it correct you can go back to privacy settings and click on preview profile.

hope it helped for you guys πŸ˜€

RiRi March 2, 2011

hey that solution doesnt work? ive tried it out 3 times.. it hides the folder so people who are not on your friends list are not able to go through the folder, but they can still see your profile picture when they click on your profile..

i would preferably just like the default blue facebook man to appear on my profile to people who are not on my friends list, is that possible?

found solution March 3, 2011

hey, yeah i dont think that its possible to get the default one back, but i know that u can hide the folders from others.
they can see your current profile picture but they wont be able to zoom it in. it just shows them a small picture. you can try to see how it looks by clicking on > preview profile. let me know if you want to know more.

sv October 8, 2012


I found your information useful but I am unable to find option for profile pic. I am able to reach Step 2 but the Step 3.
where is customize settings

Please help me to sort it out…I want to hide my current profile pic from being public.

hrithik May 17, 2011

Thanks !
This one works

eyjey November 11, 2011

Use the audience selector tool under each album to control who can see your photos. Note that the settings for your Cover Photo or profile photo is default to public.

Muslima January 12, 2012

Hello everyone !
I had the same problem , i couldn’t find out how to hide my profile pic. So Now i found the wayyy how to do it ..

1) Click on Profile Pictures
2) Click on Albums
3) Click on that small triangle beneath each albums
4) So there u can choose who can see ur pics

Hope that help u guys πŸ™‚

Thank u