Remove Facebook profile from Google Search


Do you want to block your Facebook account from appearing on Google Search? If your Facebook profile is set to public, anyone can search for and discover it using simple Google Search. Many users have Facebook profile strictly for private networking with friends and family members. In such case, they may not want their Facebook profile showing up in Search results. You can easily block search engines from accessing your Facebook account details by modifying privacy settings.

Disable Facebook profile listing in search results

1. Login and open your Facebook account. Click down arrow at top right side and then click Privacy Settings option. This will open Privacy Settings page ( from where you can edit various options for your Facebook account.

2. On “Privacy Settings” page, scroll down and click “Edit Settings” link next to “Ads, Apps and Websites
Manage your settings for adverts, apps, games and websites” option.

3. This will open “Ads, Apps, Websites” settings page with disclaimer message at top “On Facebook, your name, profile picture, gender, networks, username and user id (account number) are always publicly available, including to apps. Also, by default, apps have access to your friends list and any information you choose to make public.”

4. Now scroll down and look for “Public Search” section [Show a preview of your Facebook timeline when people look for you using a search engine], click Edit Settings button to continue.

5. On next page, click to uncheck (no tick) on “Enable public search” option. This option controls whether your Facebook profile will appear in search results when someones enter your name in search engine like Google, Bing, Yahoo. Then you should see confimation box, click confirm to activate new settings of blocking search engines from accessing your account.

Please note: even after disabling public search option – your profile may still appear in search results. Majority of search engines cache results, hence Facebook profile will be visible till search engine deletes its search cache data (which may take few days to weeks). [Updated Article, Sept 2012]



  1. i love you mac write back to me did you come to school to day i miss you lol..

  2. plz help i already edited my privacy settings but when i type my name in google all what i commented and my quotes appear in block letters .though i cannot be seen in facebook but when i type my name in google all what i commented appears this is so embrassing plzzz help….

  3. How long does it take for Google to remove your facebook profile from searches? Because i recently deleted my facebook and Google still shows my profile when i searched my name

  4. You name will still appear because google and other search engines have your information already cached and stored on their systems. It will take a while for this to be removed from their systems or search engines.

  5. New window of facebook.
    1. Go to Accounts on top right corner > Privacy settings > Applications & Websites (bottom left corner) > Edit ur settings > Public search settings.
    Here u can disable ur search ability..

  6. Thanks a lot for the info. I have been using Facebook for a while now. After reading your post, I feel that it’s important to change my profile settings. Thanks again.

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