Everyone likes to google themselves once in a while, but what you find is not always all that great. That’s especially true if one of the first results is your very own Facebook profile in which you posted quite a lot of personal images in the past. This can get really embarrassing when you’re applying for a new job.
But don’t fret: It’s really easy to make sure your Facebook profile disappears from search engines – and all it takes is three simple steps:
1. Finding the right menu
Your profile link, friends, and notifications – there are a lot of different links in the Facebook top bar once you’re logged in. Luckily finding the right item is not too hard: you’re looking for the small arrow in the right corner of the blue bar on top.
2. Switching to settings
The dropdown menu is quite extensive. Most are probably rather irrelevant for you though. What you are looking for is the option “Settings”, which can be found almost at the bottom of the menu. Select it and click on “privacy” once the next page has finished loading.
3. Disable search engines
The page that you’ll see now holds a lot of interesting options concerning your Facebook privacy so take your time and go through it thoroughly. You cannot only decide who will see your posts but also from whom you can receive friend invites and more.
The option that we were looking for is here as well. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will find the question “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?” The answer you want to give is of course “no”.
To make sure Facebook knows that as well click on “Edit” and untick the checkbox next to “Allow search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile“. To make sure everything is saved correctly click on “Close”.
That’s it! Your Facebook profile should now disappear from Google and other search engines. It will not however block it from appearing in the Facebook search though – so really take your time going through those privacy options.
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