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How to Hide Facebook Profile from Search Engines Like Google

Written by Thirumalraj

Search engines such as Google display links to your FB profile and publicly available information by default.

If you do not want search engines to display a link to your profile, follow the steps below.

Remember that search engines can still show your profile’s publicly available information.

The devices I use here are an Android phone, a PC, and iPhone. Let’s begin.

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Hide Facebook Profile from Search Engines (PC)

If you’re using a PC, follow these steps:

Log in to your Facebook account.

Hit your profile picture in the top right.

Click on Settings & privacy > Settings.

Hit Privacy on the left sidebar.

You can see “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile” on the right.

When you click on it, you will see a checkbox. Uncheck it.

In the popup, click Turn Off.

That’s it. The search engines will reflect the change in a few weeks.

Notes:

  • People can still find you on Facebook using your name even after following the above steps.
  • To revert, check the checkbox.

Hide Your Facebook Profile from Search Engines (Android or iPhone)

Here are the steps:

Open the Facebook app.

Hit the Menu (three horizontal lines) at the top if you’re using Android or the bottom if you’re using iPhone.

Go to Settings & privacy > Settings.

In the Profile section, tap Profile settings.

In the Privacy section, tap Privacy.

In the “How people find and contact you” section, you can see “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile.”

Hit it and then turn the toggle switch off.

Now you can see this message: Are you sure you want to disable public search? Turning this off means that your friends may not be able to find your profile if they use a search engine outside of Facebook.

Select Disable from the popup.

That’s all. The search engines will reflect the change in a few weeks.

Notes:

  • People can still find you on Facebook using your name even after following the above steps.
  • To allow search engines outside of Facebook to display a link to your profile, turn the toggle switch on.

That’s all.

Thanks for reading.

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