How do you edit privacy settings for Facebook photo albums?

Over the past few years, Facebook has gotten a lot of — in many cases, well-deserved — flak for fiddling with users’ privacy settings without warning. And even though we all need to take a step back and remember that we’re getting exactly what we’re paying for from the free service, the ever-looming specter of uninvited parties (employers, parents, college admissions officers, etc.) being able to see content on our Facebook walls that we intend to keep private can really hinder our enjoyment of the service.

The easiest fix? Don’t go putting content on Facebook (or the Internet at large) that you suspect may prove embarrassing in the wrong hands — especially photos! Even if your Facebook privacy settings seem to be defending your content from being viewed by an unwelcome audience, there’s really nothing to prevent members of your intended audience (friends, coworkers, or fellow aspiring jackasses) from passing along such content to people outside of your inner circle.

Especially when it’s April Fool’s Day, you know?

That being said, you may still want to restrict content — embarrassing or otherwise — from the eyes of the general Facebook population. Want to edit the privacy settings for your Facebook photo albums? It’s simple!

How to Edit Privacy Settings for Facebook Photo Albums

  • In your Timeline, click on Photos (between the Friends and Map links at the very tippy top).
  • Click on Albums (upper right-hand corner)
  • Find the album for which you’d like to modify privacy settings, and click on the little icon you’ll find beneath it.
  • In the resulting drop-down menu, select your intended audience (public, friends, only you, custom, close friends, or a designated group), and you’re done!

Facebook: Edit Privacy Settings for Photo Albums

You can edit privacy settings for images in your Timeline Photos and Mobile Uploads albums on an individual — rather than album-wide — basis.

Keep in mind that images in the default Cover Photos album remain public. Create new albums if you want to include those ill-advised photos of you gulping down tequila shots on your lunch break from the office or that time you and the other guys from the football team took turns trying on your sister’s prom dress. (Not that I’m judging, but how come chess club shenanigans don’t usually end up with equally embarrassing photo ops?)

Even if you don’t post your own cringeworthy photos online, you do have to be aware that — thanks to smart phone proliferation — everyone has a camera these days. If someone else has posted an image of you that you’d rather not be associated with, you can ask them nicely to take it down, ask them nicely to edit privacy settings per above, or you can remove your name as a tag.

If only there were a way to edit privacy settings for real life. Maybe someday? In the meantime, be on your best behavior whenever in the company of others!