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How to Lock Your Facebook Profile (Mobile & Desktop)

Facebook has been struggling for a while to get its reputation back. It has been around controversy for so long that most people just avoid the platform. 

Over time the platform has also downgraded in terms of content.

But now, the platform is making sincere efforts, and the option to lock Facebook profile is just one of them. 

If you do not want unwanted people to check out your Facebook profile or stalk you in weird ways, you can simply lock your Facebook profile. 

And once you lock your account, no other users outside of your friend list can see what you’re posting.

But the question is: how to actually lock a Facebook profile?

In this post, we’ll show you how to lock a Facebook profile following some really easy steps.

So without much further ado, let’s dive in.

What Happens When You Lock Your Facebook Profile?

When you lock your Facebook profile, people who are not friends with you on Facebook will not be able to see your Facebook timeline, photos, stories, etc. Even your public Facebook posts remain locked and will only be visible to the people you are friends with. 

People who are not on your friend’s list will only be able to see your “About Info” such as your interests, place you live, the job you do, etc. Apart from this, they can also view the mutual friends you have in common. 

Once you lock the profile, only your friends will be able to see the photos, videos, and anything else you post on your profile. Even the stories that you post will only be visible to your friends. 

Moreover, all the Public posts that you have shared in the past will also become “Friends only.” Even if a friend wants to tag you in a post, they will have to take your permission. 

Why Should You Lock Your Facebook Profile?

Well, one of the main reasons why you should lock your Facebook profile is PRIVACY. To understand it simply, you can imagine it like a private Instagram account. 

Locking the Facebook Profile simply means that you do not want unnecessary people to have access to your entire profile. The lock feature will only allow limited access to the people who are not on your Facebook friends list.

This way, you can keep stalkers and trolls away from your profile and make it a safe social media environment for yourself. 

How to Lock Facebook Profile on Mobile (Android & iPhone)

Here’s how you can lock your Facebook profile using your mobile device:

Step 1: Open the Facebook app. 

Step 2: Head over to your profile. 

Step 3: Tap on the three dots icon next to the “Add to story” and “Edit profile” buttons. 

Facebook menu

Step 4: Here, you will see a list of options. From the list, click on “Lock profile.” 

Lock profile

Step 5: You will now see a prompt explaining what the lock profile option really means. Simply click on “Lock your profile.” 

Facebook lock profile

That’s it! Now your Facebook profile will be locked. The method works smoothly on both android and iPhone devices.

How to Lock Facebook Profile on Desktop

In case you do not use Facebook on your smartphone and want to lock your Facebook profile from the desktop, here is how you can do it:

Step 1: Go to Facebook.com and log in with your username and password. 

Step 2: Now, open your profile. 

Step 3: Click on the three dots icon. 

Step 4: Here, you will see a list of options. From the list, click on “Lock profile.” 

Facebook menu section

Step 5: Now, a prompt will appear explaining the features of the “Lock profile” option. Simply click on “Lock your profile.” 

Facebook profile lock

That’s how easy it is to lock your Facebook profile on your desktop. 

A Workaround

Some people might not be able to lock their profile using the app on iOS and even on android. It might be due to a version issue, but there is a workaround for that. Here is what you have to do:

Step 1: Open the web browser. 

Step 2: Go to Facebook.com and log in with your username and password. 

Step 3: Now, open your profile.

Step 4: Just change the URL in the URL bar from “www” to “m.” The URL should read m.facebook.com/profilename

This will open the mobile version of Facebook. 

Step 5: Tap on the three dots icon next to the “Add to story” and “Edit profile” buttons. 

Step 6: Here, you will see a list of options. From the list, tap on “Lock profile.” 

Step 7: On the next page, click on the “Lock your profile” button.

That is how you can lock your Facebook profile on any device with a browser. 

Conclusion

So that’s how easily you can lock your Facebook profile following these easy steps.

The process is quite simple and straightforward. It won’t even take more than a minute to do that.

But before you do that, ensure you have the latest version of Facebook installed.

Otherwise, you can look at the workaround as well.

Last Updated on February 6, 2024

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  • Jennifer Smith

    Jennifer Smith is a writer at Famoid.com specializing in social media and digital marketing. She likes to make complicated things easily understandable for everyone. Her writing expertise includes how-to guides, social media tips and tricks, and digital marketing. When she's not writing, she is either traveling in some part of the world or painting in her house. She has been writing for the past 7 years and has written dozens of blog posts and articles around various digital marketing and social media topics.

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