How to Hide Photos & Albums on Facebook in 2021

While looking through your old Facebook photos, you might find a few that you’d prefer to hide from your profile. Maybe those photos from your best friend’s wedding party, 5 years ago, aren’t so funny now.

With Facebook’s 350 million daily photo uploads, you’re likely not alone in regretting making some of your photos publicly visible. You could delete them, but those are your memories, even if they are slightly embarrassing!

Thankfully, Facebook allows you to change the privacy settings of past posts and photos so that only you can see them – here’s how!

How to Hide Individual Photos on Facebook

Mobile

  1. Open the Facebook mobile app and sign into your account.
  2. Navigate to your profile and tap Photos under the status bar.
    Facebook Mobile App Photos Button on Profile Page
  3. Tap the Uploads or Albums tab and then tap the photo you wish to hide. We’ll cover how to hide “Photos of You” in another section below.
    Facebook Mobile App Photo Under Uploads Tab in Profile Pictures
  4. Tap the 3 dots in the upper right corner of the photo and select Edit post privacy.
    Facebook Mobile App Edit Post Privacy in Photo Ellipsis Menu
  5. Change the photo privacy to Only me. You may need to tap See more to reveal this option.
    Facebook Mobile App Only Me Option in Photo Privacy Menu
  6. Tap the Back arrow in the upper left corner to save your settings.

Desktop

  1. Open Facebook.com in your web browser and sign into your account.
  2. Navigate to your profile and click Photos under your name / bio.
    Facebook Web Photos Tab on Profile
  3. Click the Your Photos or Albums tab and then click the photo you wish to hide. We’ll cover how to hide “Photos of You” in another section below.
    Facebook Web Photo Under Your Photos in Profile Pictures
  4. Click the 3 dots to the right of, or below (on smaller displays), the photo and select Edit post audience.
    Facebook Web Edit Post Audience in Photo Ellipsis Menu
  5. Select Only me in the Select Audience window that appears.
    Facebook Web Only Me Option in Select Audience Window

How to Hide Entire Albums on Facebook

Mobile

  1. Open the Facebook mobile app and sign into your account.
  2. Navigate to your profile and tap Photos under the status bar.
    Facebook Mobile App Photos Button on Profile Page
  3. Tap the Albums tab and then tap the album you wish to hide.

    Note: You cannot hide the Profile Pictures, Cover Photos, Videos, Mobile Uploads, or Timeline Photos albums. You can hide each individual photo in the album though using the same steps above.
    Facebook Mobile App Album Under Albums Tab in Profile Pictures
  4. Tap the 3 dots in the upper right corner and select Edit.
    Facebook Mobile App Edit Option in Album Ellipsis Menu
  5. Tap the Audience selector field (it should currently show as Public) and change it to Only me. You may need to tap See more to reveal this option.
    Facebook Mobile App Only Me Option in Album Privacy Menu
  6. Tap the Back arrow and then tap Done in the upper right corner of the following screen to save your changes.
    Facebook Mobile App Done Option on Edit Album Screen

Desktop

  1. Open Facebook.com in your web browser and sign into your account.
  2. Navigate to your profile and click Photos under your name / bio.
    Facebook Web Photos Tab on Profile
  3. Click the Albums tab and locate the album you wish to hide.
  4. Click the 3 dots in the upper right corner of the album and select Edit Album.

    Note: You cannot hide the Profile Pictures, Cover Photos, Videos, Mobile Uploads, or Timeline Photos albums. You can hide each individual photo in the album though using the same steps above.
    Facebook Web Edit Album in Album Ellipsis Menu
  5. Click the Audience button under Edit Album in the panel at the far left.
    Facebook Web Audience Button in Edit Album Screen Left Panel
  6. Select Only me in the Select Audience window that appears.
    Facebook Web Only Me Option in Select Audience Window
  7. Finally, save your changes using the Save button at the bottom of the left panel.

How to Hide “Photos of You” on Facebook

Mobile

  1. Open the Facebook mobile app and sign into your account.
  2. Tap the 3 bars in the upper right corner and select Settings & Privacy > Settings near the bottom.
    Facebook Mobile App Settings Under Settings and Privacy in Hamburger Menu
  3. Tap Profile and Tagging under the Privacy section.
    Facebook Mobile App Profile and Tagging in Settings
  4. Under Tagging, tap Who can see posts you're tagged in on your profile? and change it to Only Me. You may need to tap See more to reveal this option.
    Facebook Mobile App Only Me Option in Posts You are Tagged in Settings
  5. Tap the Back button to save your changes.
  6. Do the same for the When you're tagged in a post, who do you want... option. This will make sure that future posts you’re tagged in will not show up on your profile.
    Facebook Mobile App Future Posts You are Tagged in Option in Settings

Desktop

  1. Open Facebook.com in your web browser and sign into your account.
  2. Click the Down arrow in the upper right corner of Facebook and select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
    Facebook Web Settings in Settings and Privacy
  3. In the menu at the far left, click Profile and Tagging.
    Facebook Web Profile and Tagging in Settings Menu
  4. Click Who can see posts you're tagged in on your profile? to the right of Tagging and change it to Only me.
    Facebook Web Only Me in Who can see Tagged Posts Privacy Settings
  5. Do the same for the When you're tagged in a post, who do you want... option. This will make sure that future posts you’re tagged in will not show up on your profile.
    Facebook Web Who can see Future Tagged Posts in Profile and Tagging Settings

Final Thoughts

For many people, Facebook has slowly become a digital photo album where some of their favorite memories are stored. Now that you know how to hide your old photos, why not check out how to add new photos to Facebook without posting them?

Leave a Comment