Learn how to adjust your Facebook privacy settings to change who can see your posts in this free lesson.
Even if you're an experienced Facebook user, modifying your privacy settings for the first time can be a little confusing. And because Facebook can change these options without much notice, it's important to review your privacy settings periodically. We'll talk about many of the privacy settings on Facebook, explaining how they work and why they're important.
Watch the video below to learn more about adjusting your Facebook privacy settings.
Before continuing with this lesson, you may want to check out our lesson on Understanding Facebook Privacy to learn the basics.
However you use Facebook, it's important to choose the privacy settings that will work best for you. Facebook offers two main ways to control your privacy:
The fastest way to change your privacy settings is to use privacy shortcuts. To access privacy shortcuts, click the Privacy Shortcuts button on the toolbar. From here, you can modify the audience selector, choose your message filtering settings, and more.
Any changes you make from Privacy Shortcuts will be reflected on the Privacy Settings and Tools page. This is where you can control some of the most important privacy settings on Facebook.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using the Privacy Settings and Tools page.
You can use the audience selector to control who can view your future posts, including status updates and photos. While some people may want to share everything publicly, we recommend choosing Friends.
From here, you can access the Activity Log, which allows you to review things you've shared, along with posts you've been tagged by your friends, such as a photo or status update.
If you've been on Facebook for a while, many of your posts may actually be public. You can use this setting to limit your past posts so only your friends will be able to view them.
Here, you can choose whether to receive friend requests from everyone on Facebook or only friends of your current friends. We recommend setting this to Everyone so your real-life friends can find you on Facebook.
People who aren't already your friends on Facebook can find you by searching for your contact information, including your email address and phone number. We recommend setting these to Everyone so your real-life friends can find you easily.
By default, the public information on your Timeline—including your name and profile picture—is available to search engines like Google. This makes it easier for people to find your profile. If you're not comfortable with this, make sure this setting is turned off.