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How to Lock Your Facebook Profile From Non-Friends

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The Facebook "profile lock" feature not only looks cool, but it also helps secure your profile from nosy strangers.

The Facebook "profile lock" feature not only looks cool, but it also helps secure your profile from nosy strangers.

What Does a Locked Facebook Profile Look Like?

Have you ever encountered a locked Facebook profile? If you have, you can easily notice the difference between a locked profile and a normal profile. A locked profile doesn’t display any posts at all—even public ones!

While you will still see the user’s profile name and photo, you won’t be able to scroll down and view the user’s public timeline. Instead, it will only display a notice that displays a message like this: “This user locked his profile.” The information that you can view will be very limited.

You can see the difference between the two profiles below:

Standard Profile vs. Locked Profile

Standard Profile vs. Locked Profile

What Happens When a User’s Facebook Profile Is Locked?

With a locked Facebook profile, the user’s content becomes restricted, especially to people with whom they are not connected. If you are trying to view a certain user who is not your Facebook friend, the information that will be displayed on that user’s profile will be very limited. The only way to view more information is to add the user as a friend.

You can, however, view your mutual friends. You can also message the user via Messenger.

Advantages of Locking Your Facebook Profile

One of the main advantages of locking your Facebook profile is privacy. You can prevent strangers and even certain people that you know (but are not exactly friends with) from prying into your timeline and post activity.

Sure, you can restrict your posts and limit your audience visibility but with a locked profile, you won’t have to set those things up for every post that you make. Every post that you publish on your timeline including those that you’ve set to be viewed as public will be kept hidden from people with whom you are not Facebook friends. This gives you some peace of mind knowing that you can post without constantly worrying if you have set your privacy settings correctly.

Furthermore, with your profile locked, only friends will be able to see your full-sized profile photo and cover photo. Your stories also won’t show up to strangers.

How Do You Lock Your Facebook Profile?

Locking your Facebook profile is a fairly simple task. You simply need to open your Facebook mobile app and do the following steps:

  1. Press the “Menu” icon on your Facebook app, then tap on your profile name to get a full view of your profile.
  2. Once you are on your profile, click the three dots icon that’s located right next to the “Edit Profile” button. Doing so should display the profile settings where you can view your account status, archive, activity log, etc.
  3. Under “Profile Settings,” search and select the option for “Lock Profile.” It should then ask you to review and confirm your action. Confirm it by tapping on “Lock Your Profile” and once you see a message that says “You locked your profile,” just tap OK and your profile is now locked!

If you want to have some sort of preview as to how your profile would appear to non-friends, just use the “View As” option which is also available under profile settings.

Note: The steps listed and shared above were carried out on the Facebook app for iPhone that’s running on iOS 14.6. Therefore, the process may slightly vary if you are using a different device such as an Android phone or PC.

Select "Lock Profile" and make sure to confirm your selection.

Select "Lock Profile" and make sure to confirm your selection.

How Can You Lock Your Facebook Profile If the Profile Lock Option Isn’t Available?

If you tried following the above-mentioned steps and didn’t see the “Lock Profile” option anywhere under profile settings, it is likely that said option is not yet available in your region. If this is the case, you can try the following workaround:

  1. Check your Facebook app and make sure that it is updated to the latest version that’s available for your device.
  2. Download a VPN app and turn it on. Switch your VPN region to either the US, India, or United Kingdom. You can use any reliable and secure VPN app that’s available on the app store.
  3. Once your VPN is turned on, go back to the profile lock steps above and repeat the entire process. The “Lock Profile” option should now be visible.

Do note that this workaround may or may not work, but it’s worth a try, especially if you are already using a VPN on your mobile device. What’s good about this workaround is that you can keep your profile locked even if your VPN is already switched off.

Enjoy More Privacy With a Locked Profile!

There you have it!

With a locked Facebook profile, you can enjoy more privacy as you go with your usual social media activities. If you haven’t tried this feature yet, it is definitely worth checking out. Besides, you can easily disable the feature if you want to go back to your default privacy settings.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Kent Peligrino