How to Change Your Etsy Privacy Settings - dummies

By Kate Gatski, Kate Shoup

By default, anyone who visits your Etsy page can view your favorites. However, you may prefer to keep this information private. Maybe you use Etsy to buy gifts for others, and you don’t want them to be tipped off to gift ideas that you’ve hearted if they visit your page.

Or maybe you don’t want to alert your atheist boyfriend to your secret guilty pleasure: Touched By an Angel–themed soaps. Whatever your reason, you can easily change your privacy settings to keep your favorites on the down low.

You can also limit your “findability” by hiding your info from other Etsy members who use Etsy’s Find Your Friends feature to find real-world friends on the site.

Here’s how to do both these things after you log in to your Etsy account:

  1. Click the Your Account link along the top of any Etsy page.

  2. Click the Settings link on the left side of the Your Account page.

  3. Click the Privacy tab at the top of the page.

  4. In the Favorites section of the Privacy tab, click the Only You (Private) option button to select it.

  5. In the Findability section, click the No option button to prevent other Etsy members from finding you when they use Etsy’s Find Your Friends feature.

  6. Depending on your settings, you may also see an option for preventing others from finding you via your Facebook account; if so, choose the desired setting.

  7. Click the Update Privacy Settings button.