Switch back to old Facebook profile page layout


Facebook has introduced new layout for profile pages, also called timeline. Then new re-designed look has prominent display of profile display image at the top with huge listing of old facebook updates, photos, videos and more. You can easily switch and upgrade to new Facebook profile page layout. However, few users may not like the new look and want to revert back to old Facebook profile page layout. Do you want to switch back to old Facebook profile page layout design?

Disable & remove Facebook Timeline [this works!]

[Latest information, published on March 17, 2012]

New format of Facebook profiles ‘Timeline’ provide detailed information about you and your activities on Facebook. But majority of users just hate Timeline format of displaying basic Facebook profile information. Till now many ways to remove timeline format have emerged, unfortunately majority of them just don’t work. Here are few, that actually works till now!

1. Using Facebook Mobile version instead of default Facebook website. You can use m.facebook.com instead of www.facebook.com to login and browse Facebook. This will open mobile version of Facebook without the timeline profile format. However, few users may not like too simple format of mobile version of Facebook – so you may try method below for turning of timeline profile format on Facebook.

2. Timeline Remove [Not available now – chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dnedfaenfnkikficknkklbdedlecmpgc – more details at timelineRemove.com website] Chrome extension works like charm. It is a Google Chrome extension that show Facebook profiles in older format instead of timeline format. Once you download and install this Chrome extension, restart Google Chrome and re-login into your Facebook account.

From now on, your Facebook profile and that of your Facebook friends should appear in old profile layout (instead of un-wanted ‘Timeline’ format). Timeline Remove is also available for Firefox users, just head over to timelineRemove.com website and download addon for Firefox browser to remove timeline format.

New Changes: Ticker box, nav bar & timeline layout

[Old information, published on Sept 29, 2011]

1. Facebook has added new elements to design interface of Facebook.com website. Now there is moving new updates ticker box displayed at top right part of the website. It is also displayed at the top of chat box, when chat window is opened and not minimized. While few users find is useful, majority find this ticker box big time distraction. Thankfully, there are ways to remove ticker from Facebook using web browser extensions.

2. Another important change is top blue navigation bar. Now this bar sticks to the top of web browser even when you scroll down. Using web browser extension, you can restore original Facebook blue navbar that does not stick to the top of the webpage.

3. Facebook profile pages has undergone radical makeover with introduction of timeline layout feature. Facebook will automatically upgrade all user profiles to new timeline layout by default. New timeline layout is better than older profile layout – so you may not want to switch back, what say?

How to revert back to Old Facebook profile layout

[Old information, published on Dec 06, 2010]

1. Officially, according to Facebook Help center [facebook.com/help/?faq=19409] “You will not be able to switch back to the old design after upgrading”. So, if you do not like the look of new Facebook profile pages – do not attempt to uprade.

2. However, few users have successfully switched back by using a workaround of deactivating Facebook account for 10 minutes. Checkout procedure to deactivate Facebook account, make sure you only deactivate Facebook account and not delete it – be careful!



  1. My theme got changed to new one automatically and I dint like it.
    Images are too big and clear to be watched during office times.. :P
    Things are mixed up.. Difficult to use… Please FB get me the older theme…otherwise u vl loose ur users…..and it can be the reason for ur downfall :D U can make this newer look optional so that we can switch between new and old looks depending on our mood…;) \m/

  2. So basically the browser tricks only you to make it seem as if your facebook is old but everyone else can see it as a Timeline?

    • 1979mhmmm says

      yeah that’s what it does. and that’s another reason i can’t find anything that actually 100% works! Google Chrome is already a pain in the ass, and it only appears to you as the classic facebook. The only thing that works in the chrome extension that he mentioned is “Don’t let people know when you read your messages” thats the only thing that works 100%,,, damn FaceBook is getting messed up.

  3. Rapier_Tasha says

    They changed my facebook profile to timeline without my permission. I always declined the timeline but when I got on today it was changed to that stupid thing. I don’t know why you think it’s a good idea to make so many changes. Why do you think people don’t use myspace anymore? Too many changes! So, please leave Facebook the way it was before because that stupid timeline is freaking retarded!! It’s harder to use since I have been using the old Fb. (which I like better!) Please, help me change it back. =”(

  4. THANK U! THANK U! THANK U! I have been waiting for this answer for the past week. I made a mistake and turned my boyfriends fb page into the timeline layout and stayed up for 3 hours straight going crazy trying to get it back right! I followed your instructions and IT WORKED!

  5. New look is disgusting

  6. The app which caused my Facebook to go to revert to the new look was Pin Interest. I deleted that app and am now back to the old view which I feel is much easier to read. Unfortunately, next month (I believe March 2012), no one will have a choice and everyone will have to use the new look. :(

  7. Hey everybody,
    The only way to get your old FB page back is to make a new FB account.. I know it’s not the best way… But then you’re sure you’re not seeing timeline anymore! You can delete your facebook account by searching with ‘facebook account delete’ with Google, and then you can find a site with explanation… I did it before and it works!

  8. Hawk Hemingway says

    This works for the home page when you first reactivate but goes back to the timeline when you click on your page, I waited 3o minutes to reactivate-seems like this does not work anymore. Does anyone have a new back door?

  9. Hated the timeline, so I reverted back to the old Facebook design easily. Now I’m happy :)!!

    • How did you do that?? Ive been trying to look it up online and have come up with nothing.

    • Lids Herring says

      Hi Pete,
      How were you able to revert back to the old profile please. I tried the deactivating the account for 10 mins but logged back in only to see the “Timeline” profile still there. Will you please share with the rest of us how you were able to revert back to the old profile. Thanking you in advance for your timely responses.

    • Yah Are you gonna answer our question or not how did you do that?
      how did you switch back?

  10. A big problem have come in the facebook timeline.
    whatever we are posting, i mean any of our updates is not visible in our timeline
    even we can’t see our own updates in our timeline…
    this problem started just after 12 night of 31st dec, 2011
    can anyone help…..

  11. Click For Share | Share Tips Trick Computer And Internet Solutions says

    i think that ways are not works, i was tried it.

  12. Pls give us the option of reverting back to the old settings..Timeline makes my profile appear way too cluttered for my taste!

  13. jan fontaine says

    I am an old age person and used to love face book , but now I am quitting I dont understand this new one and I cant get any of my games , so good bye..
    PS you will probably ignore these comments anyway

    • Hey, dont say that everyone will ignore that comment. I didnt! Get back to facebook even though you dont like the new profile. :)

  14. developers.facebook.com/apps

    If you have updated to the new timeline yourself, you can just go to the above page and delete the ‘app’
    If it has changed automatically, I’m not sure what you could do, but i know deleting this worked for me!

  15. I was able to go back to the old profile layout WITHOUT DEACTIVATING my account. I discovered the technique accidentally. I did try to deactivate but a dialogue box appeared and it said my account cannot be deactivated because I was the only developer of my APP.

    This APP was part of the steps when I switched to TIMELINE. I just deleted it and voila, I am now back to the old but easier on the eyes profile layout.

    • Thanks Elle! I did the same. Ask to deactivate the account on the bottom dialogue box edit the APP and cancel it..that’s it. You don’t have to deactivate the account!

  16. Vishal Rukhane says

    Deactivated and waited ten minutes. Logged back in and I have the old layout back. I was only on the new layout for about ten minutes before doing this so it’s possible it worked because the new setting hadn’t had time to propagate. So as of December 9th, 2010, the method listed above works

  17. Heart Breaker says

    I discovered that how can v get Our Old Facebook =D And em Happy Also

  18. Just sign up for a new FB account using a different email e.g. Yahoo Mail. But, first export FB/old email contacts to email you’re gonna use to sign up for FB. Then you’ll have the old profile and your contacts in one place.

  19. is this moderated ???

  20. I’m wondering if I will still be able to revert to the profile page as myself?

  21. this is really unfair.iwanted my older version facebook back …help me out .even i tried with deactivating my account but still nothing worked out !!! i hate this new one .

  22. Janet Tutt says

    Every since the profile page was changed I have not been able to create an album. It starts to uploan the pictures and the progress bar stops. Anyone else had this problem?

  23. I did not upgrade to new one either because I really dislike it, however this was done automatically. Not Like (((( Want to switch back.

  24. Sharon Inks says

    I do not like the new profile page and I did not want to change but it was done automatically. Why?????

  25. well i hate the new layout and i deactivated mine and it didnt work so they should have left the old alone cause i really do hate the new

  26. jonathan dale says

    hi i have been playing my poker game for a few months now and have like 500000 chips, if i close my account and reopen in ten mins like stated will it take all my chips away? i only want to be able to change my name on here but it wont let me no cause i got the new layout :( any help appriciated!! cheers ppls

  27. i hate this new facebook,and want mine changed back it was clicked on by accident and then we have no choice the hundreds of people i know do not want it is that not a bit high handed of facebook,remember people made you and people can break you

  28. just hate this new profile page layout :( i want old one back..

  29. This isn’t working any more :(

    Looks like they’ve rolled the new layout to everyone. When will they learn? Bebo and MySpace pulled this “compulsary new crappy layout” type rubbish and where did they end up? Dead!

  30. The New Profile is a bummer!

  31. I tried this trick and it worked for about 20 minutes, then Facebook changed the layout back to the new one.

    I totally hate it!

  32. thanks for information. good job!

  33. Well, it worked at first but after a few minutes of perusing around, it changed back to the new profile on it’s own.

  34. did it work for you?

  35. Paul Newman says

    Worked a treat here! Only had to wait to get the confirmation Email from Facebook and I re-activated straight away!

  36. Really new facebook profile sucks..!! i deactivated and waiting 10mins to end as soon as posible

  37. it doesn work… im not able 2 get back to my old profile :(

  38. It worked! :)

  39. i hope this works…10 minutes starts now..

  40. This did not work!!!

  41. Wayne Taylor says

    This worked for me too. However, I didn’t need to wait 10 minutes. Once you’ve done it, sign back in.


  42. I did this. It didn’t work. Well, it did, at first. It went back to the old profile. Then after a while, it reverted back to the new one. Then, I looked back and somehow it had gone back to the old one. Then back to the new one, and back to the old one again. But it mostly stays at the new one. I hate it SO much! I’m going to write hate mail to Facebook.

  43. its not work proper its work for just secend since that day to till now 400 time i alredy try this agian same if some hacker or some scripman can help of our so plz help becoues facebook is just suck now if my acount not be agian like befor so i really stop facebook forever even farmvile i am 100 leavel but do buycot of this fucking if people like of tham so bee of tham

  44. Deactivated and waited ten minutes. Logged back in and I have the old layout back. I was only on the new layout for about ten minutes before doing this so it’s possible it worked because the new setting hadn’t had time to propagate. So as of December 9th, 2010, the method listed above works.

  45. J's PC Repair says

    The method described above DOES NOT WORK!

    I have tried it 3 times now.

    Read this if you don’t believe me:

    There is NO WAY to switch back as Facebook has stopped ALL old ways of doing it and will continue to stop new ways if found.

  46. thank you it works! :)

  47. WRONG. Does not work, un-publishes your managed pages as well. Accept the new profile and just live life…

    That’s all we can do…

    Go team…

    Be pure…..

  48. I got the new Facebook layout but I didn’t like it. It’s so cluttered and just thrown everywhere! So I deactivated my account for 10 minutes and it reverted back to the old layout. Thanks!

  49. I did it and i could bring back my old profile. Thanks for the post!

  50. jee..thanx very much,its work..

  51. i accidently clicked on it not even meaning to i just want the old one back! D:
    the new one is horrible iwant to write an email to the admin of facebook

  52. This works, you probably didn’t wait long enough or had another window open. Its been about an hour, and it hasn’t changed back to the new new version.

  53. The new FB layout does not show the links, the photos and albums that i posted from other peoples pages to my profile. ?

  54. Mime works now. You have to wait for at least 15 min then activate it.

  55. so has any1 managed to get there old page back?

  56. it won’t work. Still go back to the new layout. Do i need to wait longer after deactivated it?

  57. Just dont be a moron and upgrade to the new facebook. That way, you wont have to change back. Problem solved.

  58. i got really excited for nothing, yes it does work – but when you click on your profile again, you get the new layout.

  59. hey thanks it works
    first deactivate ur account n login after more dan 15 mins..
    i got m previous fb acount page.

  60. What’s going on with Facebook’s admin? so sad he did not ask users opinion’s first before changing or make a trial session first, hhmmmm

  61. I’m trying it now, and all I got to say is it better work. Or I will be highly pis**d.

  62. what sam says is true. once u reactivate u see the old layout on home but when u click on profile it shows the new layout.

  63. same with sam, please. . .i want to go back my old page layout :(
    help me please. . .

  64. It doesnt work for me either! Isnt there a more perminant way>

  65. It really works man..Thank for the tips.

  66. That does not work! Tried it. Changes, but when you click the profile again, it sets back to the new one.

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