Once you upload a photo to Facebook, all your friends can see it automatically. However, you can change this privacy setting so that the photo is only visible to you. You can do this after, but also while uploading a photo. You can also change the privacy settings per album.
Method 1 of 3: Loose photos
Step 1. Open the photo you want to protect
You can hide any photo you've uploaded, except your profile and cover photo, and some sections of albums. For example, you can't shield photos that other people have uploaded either. Open the photo so that it takes up your entire screen.
- You can easily find your photos by clicking Photos on your profile page. This works for both the app and the website.
- You cannot change the privacy settings of photos on Facebook's mobile website. This is possible with the smartphone app.
Step #2. Find the date at the top right of the screen
Next to the date you will find a button with which you can change the privacy settings of the photo.
Step #3. Click the privacy button next to the date
Different privacy settings will now appear for that photo.
On the smartphone app, you can press the ⋮ button, scroll down and click "Edit privacy settings"
Step 4. Select "Only me
" This option ensures that only you can view the photo.
- If the photo is part of an album, you can only change the album's privacy settings.
- If the photo is part of a post, you can only change the privacy settings of that post.
- If you tagged someone else in the photo, that person can still see the photo. The "Only Me" option in this case changes to "Only Me+". If you don't want anyone to see the photo anymore, you'll have to remove all tags.
Method 2 of 3: Albums
Step 1. Find the album whose privacy settings you want to edit
You can change the privacy settings of all albums that you have created yourself. The album settings affect all photos stored in this album. For photos in the "Mobile Uploads", "Profile Photos", "Timeline Photos" and "Cover Photos" albums, you will have to change the privacy settings per photo.
You cannot change the privacy settings of albums on the mobile website or with the smartphone app
Step #2. Click the privacy button under the album name
This can be found under the name of each album in the album list or at the top of an open album.
Step 3. Select "Only me
" By doing this, the entire album is protected and only you can view the photos in the album.
If other people are tagged in some of the photos in the album, they will still be able to see those photos. If you want to make sure that only you can see the photos, you will have to remove the tags from the photos
Method 3 of 3: New photos
Step 1. Create a new post for the photo you want to add
Click "Add Photo/Video" or "Add Photo" to take or select a photo. You can upload multiple photos per post.
Step 2. Press or click the privacy button of the post
You can immediately see the current privacy setting on the website. The mobile site and app only shows the privacy settings button logo.
Step 3. Press "Only Me"
This ensures that only you can see the post. Make sure you don't tag anyone in the photo to prevent other people from accessing the photo.