How to hide your profile pictures from everyone

Facebook, a social networking website which is popular for it’s awesome privacy features. It’s good and necessary too as most of the social networking website users are mainly want to be secured while using net. The privacy features of facebook is good but still it can’t beat it’s own old privacy features where you can even hide your profile picture from those people who are not in your friend’s list.

The most trending privacy feature now days is to hide your profile pictures from unknown people or even from your friends. But let me clear one thing here is that you can only lock the profile picture album, your current profile will still be shown to everyone. To hide your profile pictures, simply follow the following procedure:

  1. Login to your facebook account and go to Account >> Privacy Settings. (see top right side of your profile). You can also simply click here to go to privacy settings.
  2. Now click on customize settings link on that page.
  3. Click on Edit album privacy to view the privacy level for all your albums. (link: ).
  4. Now the first album will be your ‘Profile Pictures’. For that album select “Custom” option from the drop down list with the album.
  5. Now you will see a pop-up on screen, select “Only Me” option from the drop down list for “Make it visible to” option.

That’s it, you’re all done now as there’s no need to save these changes. Go back to your homepage and your profile pictures album will now be locked for everyone even if the person is in your friend’s list. You can also lock this album for few people or none of them. Select the desired option from the same drop down list after you saw the pop-up.

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Β UPDATE: Using this link to edit albums privacy.


UPDATE: Please read this post for more information on how to make pics privateΒ



ro July 26, 2010

Well, this is a good tutorial except I would like to hide my profile picture only for non-friends (ie people that search me on Facebook; it’s okay for them to find me by my name but I don’t want them to see my profile picture if they’re not friends with me, I want that to be only visible for my friends..) Is there a way to do that?

Sauravjit July 27, 2010

Man you are talking about an older feature of facebook which is no longer working, Read This

han July 8, 2011

so everyone i dont know can see my profile picture now? thats suck

Sauravjit July 8, 2011

Please read the post and apply it to your profile.

jaganmangat August 5, 2010

cool man,thanx for this……!!!!

Sauravjit August 6, 2010

Your welcome πŸ™‚

Anshul Dixit August 9, 2010

That’s a nice tutorial.. My gf asked asked me if this could be done.. Now I can show her how to hide her profile pics.. thanks πŸ™‚

Sauravjit August 10, 2010

Your Welcome πŸ˜€

Anshul Dixit August 9, 2010

That’s a nice tutorial.. My gf asked asked me if this could be done.. Now I can show her how to hide her profile pics.. thanks πŸ™‚

Gino October 6, 2010

The only way to hide your profile picture from non-friends is to replace the profile picture with a dummy picture. This ensures you don’t have a profile picture for viewing. Anyone wanting to see your profile pic(s) can simply access your profile pictures album. This solution, combined with the above for every album you don’t want anyone to see, will hide the selected pics from everyone (including friends).

Murugappan November 26, 2010

Good tutorial indeed! But why should I have a profile picture only visible to me? I shall rather stay on the default facebook guy instead. πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰

Sauravjit November 27, 2010

Man just read the tut carefully and what this tut is all about πŸ™
It says how to lock your profile picture album so that everyone can see it but can’t access the profile pic album so that only current pic will be visible to everyone else.

xatyr November 27, 2010

is dis possible that no 1 can see my dp other den my friends?or can i hide/block myself for evry1 excpt my friends? like can i switch off my visibility?

Sauravjit December 4, 2010

No, there was a feature on fb just like the one you are talking about but it’s not possible now..

browchik December 19, 2010

ughhhhhh stupid problem …
mkaay sooo i can see my profile picture album when im on my iphone, but when i go on the comp, and click my prof pic i dont see the other pictures …. It says there are no pics in this album .

& so i go to my albums, and see my profile pic album with all my pics .. and see that another is there aswell except it doesnt have any pics.

HELP :'(

Arth December 30, 2010

wow that was really helpful… thanks… cheers.. ^_^

Himadri Dimri December 30, 2010

You are most welcome Arth..

Nabz January 5, 2011

i’ve followed your instruction but when I click on “album privacy” it shows all my albums but my profile pic album :/
I want my profile pic to be seen but i don’t want anyone to comment on it or be able to see previous profile pics.


Himadri Dimri January 5, 2011

If you keep your Profile pic album private nobody will be able to comment on it. People can only see the profile photo on profile but not in album.

Jessie January 26, 2011

How can I have someone’s profile that stole my identity and acting as if they were me??? Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

Himadri Dimri January 26, 2011

No you cant!!

Rahul January 29, 2011

Thanx Sauravjit for the tutorial…!!

Himadri Dimri January 29, 2011

You are welcome Rahul πŸ™‚

Rita February 1, 2011

How can i hide my facebook WALL?
Can someone help me please! (: thank you.

Himadri Dimri February 1, 2011

YEs sure you can select the privacy setting about the wall, check in account settings->Privacy

Yas March 12, 2011

Hi there,
Thanks a lot!
I know this already. But the thing is I want to hide my profile picture completely from my family, like I don’t want them to see any photo at all. Is it possible?

Himadri Dimri March 13, 2011

No you cant hide the profile picture which is displayed on the profile you can just tweak your settings so that people cant see that photo in an album!

hani March 13, 2011

THANK YOU SO MUCH. I’ve been searching the web for answers and I finally found it here. I will be back here if I need anything else. GREAT FB REFERENCE SITE!

Himadri Dimri March 13, 2011

You are most welcome hani πŸ™‚ Love to have a reader like you !

aamina bajwa March 15, 2011

thanx alot sauravjit!! πŸ™‚

Sauravjit March 21, 2011

Your Welcome πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

mmmm March 21, 2011

Isn’t there any option to hide profile picture from everyone except friendlist in the new facebook features.??

Himadri Dimri March 21, 2011

NO, you can just hide the picture inside your album but it will be visible on your profile page..

Elly March 25, 2011

thanks πŸ™‚

Sauravjit March 26, 2011


Vishal April 12, 2011

nice post……… helped me out…………
thanks a lot…………..

Sauravjit April 23, 2011

Your welcome.. πŸ™‚

mehrankhan April 19, 2011

there are no option for profile pic how can i hide my porfile picture

Sauravjit April 23, 2011

Not possible.

ree April 21, 2011

this no longer works *_______*

Rashad April 22, 2011

How to delete profile pics permanently .I am having trouble because there is no edit photo in profile pic album.

Sauravjit April 23, 2011

Delete it one by one.

Rashad April 22, 2011

How to delete profile pics permanently

Sauravjit May 9, 2011

Click on delete option given at the bottom of pic.

rashad May 9, 2011

Hey their is NO delete option ..
I go on Profile – Photos- Profile Pictures and I only see Like and Share…..

Sauravjit May 9, 2011

For your information, you can only delete that pic which you are not using as your current profile pic.

rashad May 9, 2011

I am not using it ..that’s the problem .Their are 6 pics and i want to delete 2 from the profile album but their is no option at the bottom to do so …WHAT DO I DO??

Sauravjit May 11, 2011

There must be an option of “delete picture” on the bottom right of pic.

stooly May 2, 2011

Is there a way to hide all photo albums from a person or category by changing just one setting? I’d like a single blanket setting to be able to hide all albums from Joe Smith or anyone in the “family” category. I could then, if I wanted to, apply additional restrictions on a per-album basis. Since I have 40+ albums, I don’t feel like editing each one right now.

Sauravjit May 9, 2011

Do it one by one πŸ™

Sa-miir May 16, 2011

i use fb in my mobile phone nd i cant hide my profile pictures from everyone……. See how 2 try it. step1: i login 2 my fb account
step2: then i go to the account privacy settings
step3: then i clicked customize settings,
then i cant see edit album privacy what should i do ??????????

Sauravjit June 9, 2011

Do it from a PC.

Priyansu Barman May 20, 2011

it works im so so so happy:p

Sauravjit June 9, 2011


Obaa Afia May 26, 2011

i went to <my profile
under it, i click on my photos
then i click on my album picture.
at the top of the picture
i saw edit album, so i click on it
then i saw a privacy there
then i click on the arow that shows downwards and i click on customize
i then chose the arrow and chose only me
then it works

Drew June 22, 2011

the ‘edit album’ link exists for every album except the album called profile pictures. Anyone see another way to control who sees my profile picture? Right now, it seems to follow the privacy settings for contact info/address.

Drew June 22, 2011

the ‘edit album’ link exists for every album except the album called profile pictures. Anyone see another way to control who sees my profile picture? Right now, it seems to follow the privacy settings for contact info/address….Ahh. I just found the solution on another board:
go to “Privacy Settings”>”customize settings”.Look at the “Things I share” segment there’s a blue label .”Edit privacy settings for existing photo albums and videos.” Click it and do it.

Shaya Shaymin July 7, 2011

This profile photo im trying to hide, how can you hide this photo? it DOES show me only or exceptions but it dont do what i want it to do. Is this a glitch or somthing im missing? please help beause im confused.

Sauravjit July 8, 2011

You can hide all the profile pictures except one you are using as your dp(display picture).

tariq May 29, 2011

i cant get edit album privacy … πŸ™

Sauravjit June 9, 2011

Read the steps again carefully πŸ™‚

emily May 29, 2011

helped me so much! thank you!!

Sauravjit June 9, 2011

Your welcome :))

Sauravjit June 9, 2011

ur welcome..

Rohan June 21, 2011

Hi Buddy,

I read your posts and love them. Thanks for putting all the effort to make facebook issues simpler. I have a question. I have my personal album with profile pics and do not wish for anyone to have access to the. Any idea as to how I could set this?


Sauravjit June 24, 2011

Read the post and do it in your profile, it will solve your problem πŸ™‚

Lori June 24, 2011

I want to post a picture on my page for friends to see but do not want them to be able to use it on their page also. How can I keep someone from Hijacking my photos? LOL

Sauravjit June 24, 2011

It’s not possible, anyone who can see a pic can easily save it. πŸ˜€

Maazo June 28, 2011

hi, saurav, i am not able to view my own profile picture in home page , as well as i am not able to view anyone of my frinds profile pic while i visit their profile. i mean m able to c their pf in album but not in home page , its showin just name no display image. and same in chat to solve it. i remember once i hav done blok image…like this but m not able to regain it

Sauravjit June 28, 2011

If you are using firefox, go to Options>>Content>>Click on exceptions link given with ‘Load Images Automatically’ and remove from the list.

Melissa June 29, 2011

I figured out how to do this for my profile, but I also want to do it with a page I have. I can’t even seem to find a link to account settings once I switch to the page and when I go to “help” and try to search topics, it tells me I have to switch back to my profile. I know it can be done because I am a “fan” of other pages that seem to have done it, but I just can’t figure it out :/ I’m usually pretty good at playing around with it and figuring it out, but I give up…any help would be much appreciated!

Sauravjit July 8, 2011

I don’t think pages have such option too, please post the link of that page here.

Eden July 5, 2011

well i tried this, and what do i do, i clicked the links, if i want to hide anything its like all my posts, so no one can post on my wall!!! HELP!!!

Sauravjit July 8, 2011

Check your privacy settings, you will find everything there.

Shaya Shaymin July 7, 2011

Its not working i set profile photo privacy options to me only but other people can see it. why????????

Sauravjit July 8, 2011

It’s working, did you save it after changing?

aman July 10, 2011

hey bro.i want to know how can we put default pic as our 1of my frnd is doing it.but when i click on the default pic used by fb his orignal pic appears.pls tell me wt to do for it.

Sauravjit July 14, 2011

He just uploaded the pic and removed it. To do so, roll over your mouse cursor on you pic and click change picture and then click on remove this picture.

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wanna mariya July 11, 2011

is there a way to hide my wall from some of my friends? settings in fb can only stop them from writing on my wall but not totally hide it. thanks for the help!

Sauravjit July 14, 2011

Yes, check your privacy settings for the same.

jacintha July 27, 2011

i want to be able to hide my profile pictures so no-one can see them, comment or like them, is this possible?

Chris Fawkes July 30, 2011

The above advice does not stop people seeing your profile pic. It stops them seeing the album if they go to your photos but your profile pic is still fully visible.

Yuli September 5, 2011

hi! I need help with my profile pictures!
I hid my profile pictures album long time ago n now i want to make it visible to everyone but with this new privacy settings it seems impossible… Any suggestions??
answer ASAP!
Thank u

Sauravjit September 5, 2011

See the step 4 in above article. You have to select the option one to make it visible to everyone on Facebook. Rest of the steps are same.

Sauravjit September 6, 2011

Facebook changed it. Go to This link
Now with every album you will see the same option as in step 4 with the album name.

Yuli September 6, 2011

i got that! but how do i get to step 4?! I’ve tried everything but i can’t with this new privacy settings!!

yuli September 7, 2011

Thank you! i got it now! πŸ™‚

Sauravjit September 7, 2011

Welcome! πŸ™‚

ankur October 18, 2011

how can i hide my friends no one can see only me can see

Clara October 27, 2011

I tried going to privacy settings –>custom and select ONLY ME…but it seems not woking….:(
those who are not in my friend list can also see and access my progile pics..

angrygiirl October 29, 2011

this doens’t work anymore on the new facebook.. I searched over and over and can’t find anything about profile pictures.

sauravjit December 11, 2011

Read the last line miss angrygirl

Vanessa November 20, 2011

I don’t see the customize settings link :/

sauravjit November 20, 2011

Go to

Click custom and select your friends whom you want to show all ur pics.

Daya Kannan December 11, 2011

Thanks! Was searching for this … The update link was helpful – glad you came back & updated it instead of forgetting about it πŸ™‚

Following you on twitter now πŸ˜‰

sauravjit December 11, 2011

Your welcome and thnx for following.. πŸ™‚

Daya Kannan December 12, 2011

Heya πŸ™‚
It’s me again. I was going through your posts searching for help to make my wall completely blank to the public. Right now, my activity is seen by everyone – I want to totally hide EVERYTHING from the public. Google results and facebook help sections are totally unhelpful. Please help?

sauravjit December 13, 2011
Click Custom and the select only me from the drop down list for “These People or Lists”.
Alternatively you can add people to restricted lists:

Daya Kannan December 16, 2011

Thank you πŸ™‚

Veronica December 15, 2011

Ugh ok so heres the problem, My laptop is broken so im using the facebook from my phone, So i have the mobile upload and the profile pictures, But everyone can see the profile pictures so i deleted every picture in that album, But when i delete my current profile picture i have to remove it as my profile picture, So i want to delete my profile picture Album but still keep my profile picture and do all that through my phone
Is that possible?

glory February 19, 2013

is there a way to hide everything on the face of fb profile (except profile picture) from non friends.
i am just a noob….:)