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One way to limit people’s access to your Facebook profile is to lock your profile. Doing so severely limits what’s visible to the public on your profile. We’ll show you how to do that on Facebook on desktop and mobile.

Note: As of this writing in December 2021, Facebook has not yet rolled out the ability to lock a profile in all regions. If you don’t see the lock option, you have yet to receive the feature.

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What Happens When You Lock Your Facebook Profile?

  1. Open your Facebook profile and click the three-dot icon below and to the right of your profile picture.
  2. Click the “Lock Profile” option in the menu that appears.
  3. Confirm that you want to continue by clicking “Lock My Profile.”

When you lock your profile, only your Facebook friends can see the content on your timeline. The full-size version of your profile picture and cover photo is also only visible to your friends. Any posts that you have shared with the “Public” setting will change to “Friends.”

Facebook will only show certain sections of the About Info section in your profile. Your Stories will only be visible to your friends. Features like profile review and tag review will be turned on.

Any new posts that you create in your account will only be shared with your friends. Keep in mind, though, that locking your profile does not change how people find you on Facebook.

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Lock Your Facebook Profile on Desktop

If you are on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the Facebook website to lock your profile.

To do so, first, open a web browser on your computer and launch the Facebook site. If you have not already, log in to your account on the site.

In Facebook’s top-right corner, click your name to open your profile page.

On the profile page, in the tabs row beneath your name, click the three dots (which are to the extreme right of the tab list).

From the menu that appears, select “Lock Profile.”

You will see a “Lock Your Profile” window. Here, click “Lock Your Profile.”

Select "Lock Profile" on the "Lock Your Profile" window.

And your Facebook profile is now locked. Close the lock profile window by clicking “OK.”

Select "OK."

You’re all set. Only certain parts of your profile are now visible to the public.

If you ever want to unlock your profile, then click the three-dots menu > Unlock Profile > Unlock > Unlock Profile.

Select the "Unlock" option.

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Lock Your Facebook Profile on Mobile

If you use an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, access the Facebook app to lock your profile.

Start by launching the Facebook app on your phone.

In the app, tap the three horizontal lines. If you are on an iPhone or iPad, you will see these lines in the bottom-right corner of the app. If you are on Android, these lines are at the top-right corner.

Tap the three horizontal lines in the Facebook app.

On the “Menu” screen that opens, tap your profile at the top.

Tap the profile on the "Menu" screen.

On the profile page, beneath your name, tap the three dots.

Tap the three dots on the profile screen.

You will see a “Profile Settings” page. Here, tap “Lock Profile.”

Select "Lock Profile" on the "Profile Settings" page.

On the “Lock Your Profile” screen, tap “Lock Your Profile.”

Tap "Lock Your Profile" on the "Lock Your Profile" screen.

And you have successfully locked your profile from non-friends on Facebook. Enjoy!

To unlock your profile, simply tap “Unlock Profile” where you tapped “Lock Profile” in the above steps.

Tap the "Unlock Profile" option.

While you are managing your Facebook privacy settings, did you know you can make your past Facebook posts more private? There’s an easy way to do that, as explained in our guide.

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