How to lock your Facebook profile? Or, how to unlock?

  • You can lock your Facebook profile to hide your posts and photos from the public.
  • Once you have locked your profile, all of your previous posts and photos will be friends only.
  • If you unlock your profile, everything will be reverted back to its original privacy settings.

Facebook introduced Lock Profile feature for a long time. In the beginning, only a few people were allowed to lock their profiles from the public. But as of now, it’s available for everyone on Facebook.

Even the app and their website have this feature available on a user profile. Anyone can instantly lock their Facebook profile or unlock it. 

What happens when you lock a Facebook profile?

Locking your profile has a few advantages. Especially if you are a conservative people who want to hide their virtual life from anyone on Facebook, it’s a very good feature. Because:

  • If your profile is locked, no one will be able to view your full profile picture unless they are on your friend list.
  • All of your future status and photos will be friends only.
  • All the posts and photos you have uploaded in the past will also be friends only.
  • You can unlock your profile at any given moment and all of your previous public posts and photos will be public again.

Should you lock your profile picture?

It depends on you. You may have shared dozens of posts and photos which are public. But if you have changed your mind and want to share updates with your friends only, you can definitely lock your profile.

How to lock a Facebook profile from mobile

1. Launch the Facebook app on your smartphone. You can also do it from the mobile version in a browser. 

2. Click on the navigation menu icon at the top right corner.

3. Tap on your Facebook name.

4. Besides the Edit profile button, click on the three-dot () icon.

5. Click on Lock profile.

6. Tap on Lock your profile.

7. You will see a pop-up saying You’ve locked your profile.

Click on Lock Profile

How to lock Facebook profile from a computer

Lock Your Profile From A Computer
Lock Your Profile From A Computer

1. Visit www.facebook.com from a browser on your computer.

2. From the left navigation bar, click on your Facebook name.

3. Click on the three-dot icon beside the Edit profile button.

4. Click on Lock Profile.

5. A pop-up will appear on your screen. Click on Lock your profile.

How to unlock a Facebook profile?

Once you have locked your profile, you can unlock your profile whenever you want. 

1. Open the Facebook app on your smartphone or visit the mobile version of Facebook from a browser.

2. Click on the navigation menu icon and tap on your Facebook profile.

3. Click on the three-dot icon beside the Edit profile icon.

4. Click on Unlock Profile.

5. Tap on Unlock.

6. Now click on Unlock your profile.

7. You will see a pop-up that you have unlocked your profile.

Unlock your profile
Unlock your profile