How to enable Facebook Profile Lock for your Facebook account

June 6, 2020

To give you more control over your social networking experience, Facebook has added a new security feature. It lets you control your privacy via a Lock function. So, if you are interested in knowing how to lock your Facebook profile, read this post. It will help you to enable Facebook Profile Lock for your account.

How to enable Facebook Profile Lock?

When you enable the Facebook profile lock, only your friends will be able to see your photos and read posts. Stalkers will not have any access to your content and they will not be able to download or zoom in to your profile picture and cover photo, like before. Here's a detailed guide on how to lock your profile in Facebook.

  1. Visit the m.facebook.com website.
  2. Enter your email ID and password to log in.
  3. Go to your profile.
  4. Tap More options.
  5. Choose Lock your Profile option.
  6. Press the button again to confirm.
  7. Verify if the profile is locked.

If you notice the shield icon next to someone's profile, it means that person has chosen to lock his profile and show a limited view of his profile content to people he is not friends with on Facebook. If the same feature is not available to you, take the following action.

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How to lock Facebook profile?

Visit m.facebook.com on your mobile or your PC.

Enter the email ID and password to login.

Click on your profile picture to go to your Facebook Profile page.

Adjacent to it, you’ll find ‘More’ option (visible as 3 horizontal dots).

Tap the ‘More’ button and scroll down to find ‘Lock Profile’ option.

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Enable Facebook Profile Lock
Enable Facebook Profile Lock

When seen, select the option.

Facebook Lock Profile Button
Facebook Lock Profile Button

You’ll be directed to a new page that explains what will happen when you lock your profile.

What happens when you lock Facebook profile?

When you lock the profile, only your friends will see,

  • Your full-size profile picture or cover photo.
  • Your Photos and posts on your timeline, Stories.
  • Any posts you had previously chosen to share with the Public will automatically change to ‘Friends’.

Also, Timeline review and tag review will be turned on.

Locked Profile
Locked Profile

People you don’t know or who aren’t friends with you will see a blue badge on your profile.

Locked profile notification
Locked profile notification

When you check your profile after locking it, you’ll see a blue badge as shown in the screenshot above. The procedure for how to lock Facebook Profile on Android remains more or less, the same.

Similarly, if you feel like making your Facebook Profile public again, you can undo this change. To unlock the Facebook profile, follow the same procedure as above but instead of ‘Lock Profile’ option, select, ‘Unlock’ option.

Unlock profile
Unlock profile

When you do so, you’ll see a cross marked against the profile lock option, indicating the Facebook Profile has been unlocked.

Remove Facebook Profile Lock
Remove Facebook Profile Lock

Facebook Profile lock available country list

Lock Facebook Profile iOS feature is now live and available to most of the users worldwide. However, some regions like Philippines haven't received this update yet. Hope they'll get it sometime soon!

Why Facebook profile lock is not available?

The Facebook profile picture lock system is not available on Facebook for iOS app/ Facebook for Android app or Facebook.com. To enable a Facebook profile lock for your account, you’ll need to switch to the Facebook mobile website (m.facebook.com). Then follow the instructions given in the post above.

That answers how to lock Facebook profile 2020 question. Have any more questions for us? Write them in the comments section below!

Update: Facebook now offers a much simpler way to activate profile lock from your Facebook mobile app. Read how to lock profile in Facebook via Smartphone.

Settings & Privacy
Settings & Privacy

Simply tap the Menu (visible as 3 horizontal bars) and choose Settings & Privacy > Settings.

Profile Locking
Profile Locking

Scroll down to Privacy section and select Profile locking.

Lock Your Profile Button
Lock Your Profile Button

Tap Lock your profile button at the bottom of the screen.

IMPORTANT - The feature is still not available in the Philippines region. The news was confirmed by our readers.

Hope it makes sense!

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8 comments on “How to enable Facebook Profile Lock for your Facebook account”

  1. Hello @Hemant Saxena
    i still cant lock my facebook profile, i followed all of your steps but weird, i still cannot find this word profile locking' or whatsoever in order to lock my profile :((( does it needs to update my facebook to have that option or what? Thanks

  2. @Arianne Carandang, in your Facebook app, click Menu>go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Scroll down to Privacy section. There, you should find an option reading Profile Locking. Use it to lock or unlock your profile.

  3. @Raeesah, you can now lock your profile directly from your Facebook mobile app. Simply tap the Menu (visible as 3 horizontal bars), choose Settings. Scroll down to the Privacy section and select the Profile locking option.

  4. @Guribahi. if you are using an iPhone, simply tap the Menu (visible as 3 horizontal bars), choose Settings. Scroll down to the Privacy section and select the Profile Unlock option.

  5. I followed every steps, but I didnt see any "Lock my Profile" option in my account. What should I do? Would be appreciated if you can email me the answer.

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