How to lock Facebook profile on iPhone or web (2024)

Written By Ankur Reviewed By How-to iPhone 4 Min Read

Key Takeaways

  • To lock your Facebook profile on iPhone, launch the Facebook app > Go to your profile > Tap the three-dot icon next to Edit Profile > Select Lock profile > Tap Lock your profile when prompted.

Facebook’s profile lock feature adds a security layer and protects your photos, stories, and posts from everyone who is not on your friend list. In short, it gives you more control and privacy from strangers.

Initially, it was launched for women’s safety on the platform, but regardless of gender, you can now use this feature to lock your Facebook profile using its app or website. Let me tell you more and show you how to do it on iPhone, iPad, and desktop.

What happens when you lock your profile on Facebook?

After you lock your profile, here is what happens;

  • Only your Facebook friends can see your photos, posts, stories, profile pictures, and cover photos.
  • All your old Facebook posts that were public will automatically change to a friends-only view.
  • You can’t make new posts with ‘Public view’ as its setting.
  • It will automatically enable two privacy features, namely – Timeline review and Tag review.
  • Only a limited part of the about info will be public. To be precise, ‘people who are not your Facebook friends will see a maximum of five profile details.’

Note: Currently, this feature is not available in all countries.

How do I lock my Facebook profile on iPhone using the app?

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Menu at the bottom right and go to your profile → Tap the three-dot icon next to Edit Profile.
  3. Select the Lock profile option.

    Go to your profile, tap the three-dot icon, Lock Profile
  4. Tap Lock your profile when prompted.

    tap lock your profile on facebook
  5. Once your profile is locked successfully, the option will grey out.

Note: If you do not see this option, please update the Facebook app. I also noticed that if you have zero Facebook friends, you might not see this option. Finally, you may also follow the above steps on your iPhone via browsers like Safari or Chrome.

How to lock your Facebook profile on a web browser

You can use this method on both your iPhone and desktop. I have used the desktop to demo it.

  1. Visit the Facebook homepage via any preferred web browser.
  2. Log in to your profile → Navigate to your profile to proceed.
  3. Click the three-dot icon under the Edit profile option.

    Click the three-dot icon in your facebook profile
  4. Select Lock profile from the drop-down menu.

    Select Lock profile from the drop down menu on browser
  5. Finally, hit Lock your profile.

    Click Lock your profile on Facebook
  6. You’ll see a display box confirming you’ve locked your profile. Click OK to go back to your profile.

    Click OK to lock your profile

What to do if locking the Facebook profile is not available for you?

As mentioned above, the feature is not available in all countries. Thus, if you can’t find this option, the feature isn’t available in your region. However, you still have multiple tools to protect your privacy.

See and tweak Facebook’s privacy settings on your iPhone by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Facebook app → Tap the Menu icon (three-line icon with your DP) at the bottom right.
  2. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.
  3. Tap SettingsPrivacy settings.
  4. From here, you can change them as desired.
  5. Note: In step 3, you may also tap Privacy shortcuts to see several options.

    Facebook Privacy settings on iOS app

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I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.
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