Have you ever wanted to go invisible for a few minutes and not be bothered by anyone? Well, when you are on Facebook you can. And think, there is no need for any magical power. Just use the privacy-protection features made available to us by the famous social network and that’s it.
Do you have any idea what I’m referring to? If your answer is no, take a few minutes of free time and find out how to make yourself invisible on Facebook thanks to the information I’m about to give you. Based on your needs and preferences, you can make yourself invisible on Facebook in various ways, both temporarily and permanently, both from desktop (therefore from your computer’s web browser) and from mobile (therefore through the official apps of the social network for smartphones and tablets). Find everything detailed below. Put into practice the instructions I am about to give you step by step and you will see that you will no longer be disturbed by your friends.
How do you say? You are interested in this but you are not very familiar with the Internet and new technologies and are you afraid that the operations to be carried out to succeed “in the business” are too complicated for you? Well, know that you are wrong … and very wrong too! Contrary to appearances and beyond what you may think, making yourself invisible on Facebook is in fact a real child’s play and it is certainly not necessary to be a “geek” or an expert in the world of social networks to succeed, you have my word. So, I would say not to waste any more time and start immediately to get to work. Are you ready? Let’s start!
Be offline in chat
Do you want to find out how to make yourself invisible on Facebook because there are friends who keep bothering you in chat and you want to go offline just for them? No problem, it can be done. As? Now I’ll explain it to you. To begin with, click on the gear icon located at the bottom right of the chat bar and select the item Advanced settings … from the menu that appears.
In the box that opens, put the check mark next to the item Disable chat only for some friends … and type the name of the person to whom you want to always be offline in the text field below. Finally, click on the Save button to save the changes made.
Alternatively, you can choose to disable chat for all contacts except some friends or lists of friends by placing a check mark next to the option Disable chat for all contacts except… and typing the names of people or interesting lists.
You can also disable chat for everyone by placing a check mark next to Disable chat for all contacts . In both cases, remember to click the Save button to save and apply the settings.
You can also block a person in Facebook chat permanently (without having to specify their name in the field Disable chat only for some friends ). To do this, click on the gear icon located at the bottom right and select Block settings from the menu that appears.
On the page that opens, type the name of the person you want to block in chat in the Block messages field , click on the Block messages button to confirm the operation and that’s it. The setting will also affect the Messenger app and will be visible to the blocked user, who will notice that they cannot send you messages via chat. In case of second thoughts, go back to the Lock settings menu and click on the Unblock button located next to the name to be unblocked.
Even from smartphones and tablets, using the aforementioned Messenger app, it is possible to make yourself invisible on Facebook by deactivating the chat. To do this, follow the detailed instructions I gave you in my guide on how to close Facebook Messenger.
Also from Messenger, you can block a particular user in chat similar to what is possible from a computer. To do this, open the Facebook instant messaging application on your mobile phone or tablet, select a conversation made with the contact you want to block and press his name at the top.
Then, go to Block , turn ON the lever that you find next to the item Block messages and the selected user will be blocked in the Facebook chat (then on Messenger). In case of second thoughts, to activate communications again in Messenger with the blocked user, you must go back to the same menu and turn OFF the lever located next to the word Activate messages . Simple, right?
Limit the visibility of a post
If you want to know how to make yourself invisible on Facebook so as not to show specific users certain messages, photos or videos that you publish in your diary, all you have to do is make adequate use of the drop-down menu with the privacy settings that you find in the box for composing new posts.
So, when you are about to publish a post, before clicking on the Publish button , select the item More options and then choose Custom from the drop-down menu located next to it. Then type the name of the person or of the lists whose users you want to hide the post from in the field that you find in correspondence with the item Do not share with . Finally click on Save changes to save the settings.
If, on the other hand, you want to make the post you are about to publish visible only and exclusively to specific users or lists, after clicking on the Custom item from the drop-down menu located next to Other options accessible before clicking on the Publish button , type the name of those to whom you want to make everything visible in the field that you find in the Share with item . Finally click on Save changes to save the settings.
If, on the other hand, you want to limit the viewing of a message, a photo or a video that you have already uploaded to your profile, you must repeat the same operation by calling the Custom menu from the icon with the little man or the globe that is at the top of the box of the post.
If you use the official social network app on your smartphone or tablet and are interested in understanding how to make yourself invisible on Facebook by limiting the visibility of a post, just tap on the box What are you thinking about? where you usually type new posts, expand the drop-down menu located at the top left (the one where it says Friends or Everyone ) and selecting the item Other … and then that Friends except … from the screen that appears.
Then, type the name of the friend or list of friends to whom the post is to be made invisible in the Except: field , press the arrow at the top left to save the changes and proceed as normal with the publication of your message or your multimedia content.
Would you like to make the post you are about to share on the social network visible only to specific users or lists? Then expand the drop-down menu located at the top left and which you can access after tapping on A costa are you thinking? and first select the item Other … and then the item Some friends in particular from the screen that appears.
Now type the name of the friend or list of friends to whom you want to make the post visible in the Include field :, press the arrow at the top left to save the changes and proceed with the publication.
If, on the other hand, you are interested in limiting the viewing of a post that you have already shared on your profile, just press the arrow located at the top right of the same and choose the Edit privacy item from the menu that appears. Easy, right?
Avoid appearing in searches
You can also exclude your data from searches that are performed internally on Facebook and Google. To do this, click on the button depicting an arrow located in the upper right part of the blue Facebook bar and then click on the Settings item in the menu that is shown to you.
Then click on the Privacy item located in the left sidebar and change the following settings by clicking on the Edit item located next to each of them and then selecting the Friends option from the menu that is shown to you.
- Who can search for you using the email address you provided?
- Who can look for you using the phone number you provided?
Locate now the entry Do you want search engines outside Facebook to redirect to your profile? , click Edit and choose the No option from the menu that is shown to you.
You can also block people you don’t know from sending you friend requests. To do this, you just need to locate the option Who can send you friend requests? present in the section Who can contact me? always attached to the Privacy section of the Facebook settings, click on Edit and select the item Friends of friends from the drop-down menu located on the side.
You can activate the options to avoid appearing in Facebook searches even from your smartphone or tablet, using the official app of the social network. To do this, tap on the button with the three lines located on the right side of the app screen, tap on Settings and then on Account Settings .
Then, select the item Privacy , locate the items Who can search for you using the email address you provided? and Who can look for you using the phone number you provided? , press on it and, in both cases, choose the Friends option .
Regarding the impossibility of finding your profile through the searches carried out on Google, locate the item Do you want search engines external to Facebook to redirect to your profile ? . Finally, click on the Confirm button .
For the ability to block people you don’t know from sending you friend requests, find the Who can send you friend requests? Option . , press on it and tap on Friends of friends .
Block a person
Yes desktop and mobile
Would you like to understand how to make yourself invisible on Facebook because a specific person is bothering you in a serious and continuous way? Well, why don’t you permanently block it from your diary and Messenger? To do this, just use the Facebook Block function which, I want to make you aware of it, also removes friendship. So, use this solution only in extreme cases and not, for example, so as not to be disturbed while looking at the photos of another friend!
To block a person on Facebook, all you have to do is connect to his profile, press the button (…) located at the top right and select the Block item from the menu that appears. For more details on what to do, see my tutorial on how to block a friend on Facebook.
Deactivate the account
Another good way to make yourself invisible on Facebook is to deactivate your profile temporarily, in order to hide it from the public eye but not permanently delete it. To do this, click on the arrow located in the blue bar at the top right of the Facebook home and select the Settings item from the menu that appears.
On the page that opens, select the Protection icon located in the left sidebar, go to Deactivate your account (by clicking on the Edit link next to this item) and proceed with deactivating 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 first on the Close button and then on Deactivate / Deactivate now (at the bottom of the page) to deactivate the account. .
Once these steps have been carried out, your profile will “disappear” from Facebook and can no longer be visited or tracked by other users (some of your comments or photos may still be visible by friends).
When you want to reactivate your profile and go back to using Facebook, all you have to do is connect to the home page of the social network and log into your account normally. 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.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to act from your smartphone or tablet, you can carry out the same operation as seen above by starting the Facebook app, pressing the button with the three lines and selecting the item Quick links to privacy . Then press on Other settings and tap on Protection from the menu that appears.
In the screen that opens, step on the item Deactivate which is located at the bottom right, type the password of your Facebook account and then press the Continue button to confirm the deactivation of the profile.
To resume normal use of your profile and Facebook, all you have to do is start the official app of the social network on your smartphone or tablet and log into your account normally. Even if you are mobile, you will find everything exactly as you left it.