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How to hide Facebook profile: Would you like to limit your presence on Facebook making your profile more difficult to find? Have you decided to take a break from Facebook but don’t know how to deactivate your account without permanently deleting it? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place at the right time.

With today’s guide, we will see in fact how to hide Facebook profile and how to protect our privacy by taking advantage of two very useful functions of the social network: the first is the one that allows you not to appear in the Facebook search if you are searched for with your email address or with your mobile number. The second, on the other hand, is the one that allows you to deactivate your account (thus making it invisible) temporarily while preserving the possibility of reactivating it at any time. In both cases you can do everything in a handful of clicks, or “tap” if you prefer to use smartphones and tablets.

At this point, I would say not to get lost in chat further and take action immediately: take a few minutes of free time and find out how to hide your Facebook profile from prying eyes by following the instructions I am about to give you. I bet you will be amazed at how easy it is to do everything!

How not to appear in Facebook search

If you want hide Facebook profile limiting its visibility in searches, connected to the main page of the social network, click on arrow located in the blue bar at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears.

On the page that opens, click on the icon Privacy located in the left sidebar and change the following settings by clicking on the item Edit placed next to each of them.

  • Who can search for you using the email address you provided? Friends.
  • Who can look for you using the phone number you provided? Friends.

Mission accomplished! From now on, if someone searches for your email address or mobile number on Facebook, your profile will no longer appear in the search results.

Unfortunately it will remain the possibility to trace you by name, but there is no solution to this as Facebook has removed the possibility of hiding your name from searches back in 2013. The only solution to the problem would be to use a fictitious name in the profile, but this goes against the rules of the social network (and therefore could lead to account suspension).

If you want, to limit the damage and make your account a little more private, you can hide your profile from searches made on Google or other external search engines and you can prevent people you don’t know from sending you friend requests. To perform these two operations, go back to the menu Settings> Privacy Facebook and change these options.

  • Do you want search engines outside Facebook to redirect to your profile? No.
  • Who can send you friend requests? Friends of friends.

If you prefer to act as a smartphone or tablet, you can access your account settings by starting the Facebook app, by pressing the button and by “tapping” on the voice first Quick links to privacy and then on Other settings And Privacy.

How to hide Facebook profile

In the screen that opens, “tap” on the options listed below and change them as explained above for the desktop version of Facebook.

  • Who can search for you using the email address you provided? Friends.
  • Who can look for you using the phone number you provided? Friends.
  • Do you want search engines outside Facebook to redirect to your profile? No.
  • Who can send you friend requests? Friends of friends.

Hide Facebook profile temporarily

Do you want to deactivate your Facebook profile temporarily, in order to hide it from the public eye but not permanently delete it? Nothing easier.

If you prefer to act as a PC, connected to the Facebook home page, click on arrow located in the blue bar at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. On the page that opens, select the icon Protection located in the left sidebar, go up Deactivate your account (by clicking on the link Edit located next to this item) and proceed with the deactivation of your account by clicking on the item Deactivate your account that appears below and typing the password of your Facebook account.

If necessary, provide a reason why you are deactivating your account (eg. This is a temporary measure. I’ll be back) and click on the button first Close and then on Deactivate / Deactivate now (at the bottom of the page) to deactivate the account.

How to hide Facebook profile

If you prefer to act as a smartphone or tablet, you can do the same by starting the Facebook app, pressing the button and selecting items Quick links to privacy> Other settings> Security from the menu that appears.

In the screen that opens, “tap” on the item Deactivate which is at the bottom right, type the password of your Facebook account and presses the button Keep it going to confirm deactivation of the profile.

How to hide Facebook profile

At this point, your profile will “disappear” from Facebook and can no longer be visited or tracked by other users (even if some of your comments or photos may remain visible by friends).

At the end of your break period, to reactivate your profile and go back to using Facebook, connect to the social network home page (or start its official app on smartphones and tablets) and log into your account as normal. You will find your posts, your photos and your friendships where you left them, and obviously your profile will be visible again for other users of the social network.