This week’s #SocialMediaMinute will cover how to make your cover photo private to the public on Facebook.

In my previous tutorial on hiding and limiting past Facebook posts and making albums private I mentioned how you couldn’t make cover photos private on Facebook.

That’s all changed now!

Facebook seems to be taking its users’ privacy a lot more serious to keep them on the platform. One of the most popular tutorial request I receive is about Facebook cover photo privacy.

Let’s explore how to make Facebook cover photo private, step-by-step.

Why Make Cover Photos Private?

It’s important to mention that your current cover photo cannot be made private! As in the one you have currently uploaded will always be visible to the public.

My thoughts are Facebook does not allow this because it would ruin the profile visitors’ experience and they wouldn’t know what to do with the leftover visual real-estate.

While the steps to make Cover Photos private on Facebook is fairly simple, unless you’re really looking for it, or still believe this is not possible, most of us will have all of our old Cover Photos visible to the public.

Here are some common reasons why someone might choose to make their cover photos private:

  1. Privacy Concerns: Some individuals are cautious about what personal information and images they share publicly. A cover photo can sometimes reveal personal details like location, family members, friends, hobbies, or interests that a person might not want to share with everyone.
  2. Professional Boundaries: Professionals might use social media platforms for networking and prefer to keep personal elements like family photos private. This separation helps maintain a professional image online.
  3. Security Reasons: Photos can sometimes be used for malicious purposes. For instance, they can be manipulated or used to gather personal information. Keeping them private reduces such risks.
  4. Avoiding Unwanted Attention: High-quality or attractive photos might draw unwanted attention or comments. Some users prefer to avoid this by limiting who can see their photos.
  5. Control Over Online Presence: Users might want to control how they are perceived online. By making cover photos private, they can manage their online image more tightly, showing only certain aspects of their life to the public.

In summary, the decision to make cover photos private is often a personal one, influenced by a desire to control one’s digital footprint and protect personal information from being accessed by a broader, potentially unknown audience.

Video Tutorial: How to Make Facebook Cover Photo Private

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How to Make Cover Photo Album Private

Now, as your current Facebook Cover Photo will be public, you can still go through each of your older Cover Photos and make them visible to friends only or only you.

This will essentially make your cover photo album private.

If you’re like me and have been on the platform for awhile now, you’ll most likely have cover photos you’d like to hide from the public but keep around for sentimental reasons.

While it may be best to store those photos on a hard drive and take them offline, there’s finally an option within Facebook to make Cover Photos private.

Takeaway: Can You Make Your Cover Photo Private?

I cannot stress the importance of having a clean and publicly presentable Facebook profile. So, knowing how to make Facebook cover photo private is crucial.

With the increase in hiring managers creeping on potential applicants social profiles, making sure you know exactly what they (and your family members) have access to will help keep you out of trouble.

What are your feelings on Facebook privacy? Do you feel protected on the platform? Let me know in the comments below.

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