How to Make Photos Private on Facebook

With Facebook's standard account settings, anyone can go through your old posts and photo albums. Protecting your profile from snooping eyes not only gives you peace of mind but also protects you from scammers with nefarious intent.
Whether you want to hide certain pictures or entire albums, we've got the solution for you. This article discusses how to make photos private on Facebook in five easy steps!

How to Make Individual Photos Private on Facebook Web and Mobile

The steps below will guide you on how to make individual photos on Facebook private. For your convenience, we've listed both Facebook web and mobile navigations.

Facebook Web

  • Type from your browser and log in to your Facebook account.
  • Go to your Facebook profile.
  • Click on the "Photos" tab. You’ll find it below your cover photo.
  • Find the photos you want to make private under the "Your Photos" or "Album" section.
  • Choose the photo you want to make private.
  • Click on the Privacy icon under your name, right beside the date you've uploaded the picture. The icon looks like two small people.
  • Upon clicking the icon, a drop-down menu entitled "Select audience" will appear.
  • Click "Only me." Doing so immediately changes your photo's privacy.

Facebook Mobile

  • Tap the Facebook app icon on your photo.
  • Tap the menu icon. It looks like three vertical lines. For iPhone users, the icon is located on the bottom-right corner of the screen. For Android users, it's at the top of the screen.
  • Tap your name.
  • Right below the information section, tap the "Photos" icon.
  • Select a photo category and click on the picture you want to make private. Make sure the photo is yours, otherwise you won't be able to adjust the settings.
  • Tap the menu. Again, it looks like three vertical lines. If you’re using an Android, tap and hold the photo rather than selecting the menu option.
  • Tap "Edit Privacy" or "Edit Post Privacy."
  • Upon tapping the Privacy menu, you'll be met with various options, including "Public," "Friends," "Friends Except..." and "More." Click on "More" at the bottom of the menu.
  • Select "Only Me," then tap "Done.”

How to Make an Album Private on Facebook Web and Mobile

If you want to make entire albums private rather than just individual photos, follow the steps below:

Facebook Web

  • Type from your browser and log in to your Facebook account.
  • Go to your Facebook profile.
  • Click on the "Photos" tab.
  • Click on the "Albums" tab and find the album you want to make private. Unfortunately, you can't change the privacy settings of the "Mobile Uploads" or "iOS Photos" album.
  • In the lower-right corner of the album cover, click on the three-dot icon. If the album doesn't have the icon, it can't be made private.
  • Click on the "Edit" option from the menu.
  • Click on the drop-down menu from the "Privacy" section. Choose "Only me." If you can't find the "Only me" option, click on the "See all lists..." to further expand the menu.
  • Press “Save.”

Facebook Mobile

  • Open the Facebook application on your phone.
  • Tap the menu icon, then tap on your name.
  • Once your Facebook profile loads up, select the "Photos" icon below the information section.
  • On the upper-right side of the screen, select "Albums."
  • Choose the album you want to make private. Make sure it's an album you created.
  • On the top-right corner of the album you've selected, tap on the three-dot menu. A drop-down menu will appear.
  • Tap on the album's privacy settings. Click "Only me."
  • Before you exit the menu, click "Save."

How to Change Facebook Privacy On Web and Mobile

Here's how to change your Facebook's entire privacy setting:
  • On the upper-right corner of your Facebook page, select the arrow down button.
  • Upon clicking on the arrow-down button, a small drop-down menu will appear. Click on "Settings & Privacy."
  • Choose "Settings" then "Privacy."
  • In the "Privacy" menu, you'll find an option that says, "Who can see your future posts."
  • Change the setting to "Friends" if it says “Public.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a way to disable the "share" option of your posts on Facebook?

Unfortunately, no. The only way to prevent anyone from sharing your photos on Facebook is to change the photo's privacy setting to "Only me." However, you can prevent others from sharing your posts with their Facebook stories. Here's how to do it:
  • Navigate to the settings menu.
  • Under the "Privacy" section, click on "Timeline and tagging."
  • In the "Timeline" menu, you'll find an option that says, "Allow others to share your posts to their story?"
  • Click on the drop-down menu.
  • Choose "Disable."
  • Click "Close," then "Save."

How do you see who shared your photos/posts on Facebook?

There are two ways to check who shared your posts on Facebook. The easiest way is to simply view your notifications through the alarm bell icon.
You can also check the original post from your timeline. Just below your post, look for the "share" feature. Everyone who shared your post will appear under this section.

How do you turn off facial recognition on Facebook?

Facebook's facial recognition feature can be a bit unnerving sometimes. If you're not too keen on Facebook's automatic tag feature, here's how to turn it off:
Click on the down arrow icon in the top-right corner of your Facebook page. Then, select “Settings & Privacy” from the drop-down menu. Choose "Settings," then "Face recognition."
Change the setting from "Yes" to "No" under the "Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?" option. Save your preference by pressing "Close."


In the ever-evolving age of technology, data privacy is more important than ever. Luckily, social media’s privacy settings protect your information from prying eyes.
We hope the above guide gave you an idea of how to manage and hide your Facebook photos. As you can see, the process is fairly simple and won’t take you more than a minute or two to complete!