Question from Lois: Hi Rick. I need your help.
I just noticed that people can see my birthdate when they look at my profile on Facebook.
I really don’t want strangers (or even Facebook) knowing when my birth date is. I don’t even want my friends to know when it is.
Can you tall me how to completely remove my birth date from Facebook?
Rick’s answer: Lois, Facebook requires that every account have a birth date associated with it, therefore they won’t allow you to delete it outright.
I’m afraid you’ll have to leave it on there as long as you want to keep your Facebook account open.
But that being said, you can easily change the privacy setting for your birth date to prevent everyone but yourself from seeing it. And by the way, I think that’s a very wise move!
Just follow the steps below that match the device you’re using to hide your birth date on Facebook.
Follow these steps if you use Facebook in a web browser on a laptop or desktop computer:
1 – Log in to your Facebook account.
2 – Click on your name to display your Timeline page.
3 – Click the About link.
4 – Hover your mouse over your birthday, then click the Edit your contact and basic info link after it pops up.
5 – Hover your mouse over the Birth date field and click the Edit link after it pops up.
6 – Click the icon on the right side of the Month/Day line and select Only me.
7 – Click the icon on the right side of the Year line and select Only me.
8 – Click Save changes.
Follow these steps if you use the Facebook app on a mobile device:
1 – Open the Facebook app and log in to your account.
2 – Tap the Menu icon (depending on your version of the app it looks like three horizontal lines or three vertical dots).
3 – Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.
4 – Scroll down and tap Privacy Settings.
5 – Tap Manage your profile.
7 – Scroll down to the “Basic Info” section and tap the Edit link.
8 – Tap the Privacy icon at the end of the Birthday line (that’s the line that contains your birth month and day).
9 – Tap More Options, then select Only me.
10 – Tap the Privacy icon at the end of the Birthday Year line.
11 – Tap More Options, then select Only me.
That’s all there is to it. Now you will be the only user on Facebook who can view your birth date!
I hope this helps, Lois. Good luck!
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