How to Edit the Privacy Settings for Your Facebook Albums - dummies

How to Edit the Privacy Settings for Your Facebook Albums

By Jamie Crager, Scott Ayres, Melanie Nelson, Daniel Herndon, Jesse Stay

Privacy is a big issue, especially when it comes to pictures and video. You can customize not only the overall privacy settings for your Facebook account but also the privacy for individual photo albums in your personal timeline (business page albums are automatically public). First navigate to your timeline, and then follow these steps:

  1. Click the Photos link under your cover photo.

    The Photos page appears.

  2. Select the Albums link.

  3. Click the sharing icon to display the drop-down list, and choose who can see your albums.

    You can choose a general category or list, such as Public or Friends. For finer control, choose Custom and make your selections in the Custom Privacy dialog box that appears.


  4. (Optional) Select an option from the Custom drop-down list, type the name of the people or lists you want to hide the album from in the Hide This From text box, and click Save Changes.

When you’re sharing pictures on Facebook, be aware of the following:

  • Only the album owner can change the privacy settings. You’re in charge of your albums, regardless of who you share them with. And if someone shares an album that contains your picture, that person controls who sees it, not you.

  • Although you can’t change the privacy settings for the Mobile Uploads album, you can change the privacy settings for each picture within that album.

    To change the privacy for the individual pictures in the Mobile Uploads album, click the album, and then click the picture you want to work with. The photo viewer appears with that picture. From the sharing drop-down list, select a privacy setting.

  • If you share an album or a picture with others, they can download those pictures to their computers. If you don’t want people to save or share a particular photo (say, if you are doing something questionable or embarrassing), you probably shouldn’t upload the photo to Facebook (or anywhere online, for that matter).