How to Keep Your Anonymous Facebook Profile Truly Anonymous

If you have an anonymous Facebook account and want to keep it, you need to be careful what you do online. Facebook constantly monitors your actions so that it can suggest pages we might like or friends we might know.

Keeping your Facebook profile incognito can be tricky, but these tips will help you keep an anonymous account private…

Lock down your Facebook privacy settings

After creating an anonymous Facebook account, you should adjust your privacy settings to ensure that it is not discovered by acquaintances. In these settings, you can customize who sees your messages, who can see your friends list, and who is allowed to add you.

This will allow you to keep your profile as private as possible. But you’ll still need to be careful who you add to your friends list.

Change post privacy settings

Facebook privacy settings

You can adjust privacy settings for all future posts in your Facebook settings.

To set your privacy level for all future messages:

  1. Click it small triangle icon in the the upper right corner from your Facebook News Feed page.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Private life.
  3. In the Your activity section, select Edit beside Who can see your future posts.
  4. To select Friends.

This means that only people who are your friends will see your posts.

While this will change who sees your future content, any past posts you’ve shared on your new account may have been visible to the public.


To change the visibility of your old messages, you can select the option Limit past posts on the same page.

This will ensure that only people on your friends list will see posts you’ve shared in the past.

How to Limit Friend Requests on Facebook

Facebook privacy settings for friend requests

When your Facebook account is brand new, anyone can send you friend requests. However, you can change who can send you requests by re-entering your privacy settings.

To change who can send you friend requests:

  1. Click it small triangle icon in the the upper right corner from your Facebook News Feed page.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Private life.
  3. Under How people find and contact yougo to Who can send you friend requests.
  4. To select friends of friends.

By selecting “Friends of Friends”, you only allow friends of people on your friends list to add you. Previously, there was a setting to completely block friend requests, but Facebook has removed this option. So “Friends of Friends” is the most private option you have.

Whether your Facebook profile is anonymous or not, it is important that you personally review your friend requests and know who you are confirming as a friend.

Change the visibility of your friends list on Facebook

Screenshot of Facebook's privacy settings page

Another way to lock down your privacy settings is to change the visibility of your friends list.

Changing this setting so that only you can see your friends list helps prevent “creepers” from going through your friends to find commonalities such as hometowns or workplaces. It will also help keep your identity private.

To change the visibility of your friends list:

  1. Click it small triangle icon in the the upper right corner from your Facebook News Feed page.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Private life.
  3. Under the How people find and contact you section, go to Who can see your friends list.
  4. With the drop-down menu, select Just me for optimal privacy.

Are you bombarded with friend requests on Facebook? If you want more information about privacy and friend requests, check out this article on hidden Facebook friend request settings.

Always use a fake name

Facebook likes to connect us using a “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” type of digital monitoring and recommendation. The company monitors people we’ve added in the past and recommends new friends based on our current friend list.

When you use your real name and real photo, it makes it easy for random people, like that annoying friend from college, to find you on Facebook.

To keep your identity incognito, you must select a name that does not resemble your real name.

You should also avoid using your nickname for your Facebook ID if it is common knowledge in your social circles.

Limit the disclosure of your personal information

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On Facebook, you have the possibility to share your place of work and your previous studies in your bio.

When you add this type of information to your profile, you are more likely to be discovered by people you have met in these places.

To keep your profile private, you can leave this section blank or have fun with it. It’s time for a little humor—you can add a workplace from your favorite TV show or movie.

If you don’t want to wake up to ten friend requests from former co-workers or classmates, we suggest keeping the real information about your workplace and education to yourself.

Be mindful of your interactions with family and friends

Every time you comment on a friend’s photo, write a happy birthday message on someone’s wall, or like a post, you increase the chances of your anonymous Facebook profile being discovered by mutual friends.

One of the fun things about having Facebook is interacting with others, but if you want to stay truly anonymous, we suggest private messaging your friends instead.

Limit your participation to groups or pages in your hometown

If you live in a small town or village, your anonymous Facebook account may be discovered through groups or community pages. Facebook especially likes to boost activity from people who haven’t posted in a while, and you might appear on other group members’ timelines.

If you want to keep your profile private, avoid posting or commenting publicly on public pages or groups.

Share personal details carefully

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If you want to protect your profile privacy, be careful what you share on Facebook. Sharing information about your hometown, real name, or other sensitive information can cause your identity to become public knowledge.

Of course, there are general rules about what information you should never share on social media. But in order for an anonymous profile to remain anonymous, you must be extremely vigilant.

We should always “think before you click” on social media. Sometimes it’s not, but having an anonymous profile will make you more aware of what you like and share online.

Is an anonymous Facebook profile right for you?

After using your anonymous Facebook account for a few weeks, you may decide that being incognito online isn’t for you, and that’s okay.

However, if you need a break from the people in your life or are concerned about privacy, this type of account may be just what you need to feel comfortable on social media.

But if all that caution seems a bit too much, you might consider locking down the privacy of your current profile and drastically reducing your friends list.

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