While Facebook has no doubt improved the lives of millions upon millions of people in the world, it can sometimes be a bit too revealing. Though Facebook serves to connect people around the world, perhaps you don’t prefer everyone you have added as a “friend” to know your private information, such as your birthday.
Maybe you want to see which one of your friends remembers your birthday on their own, without Facebook reminding them. If that’s the case, it’s best you hide your birthday on Facebook. This is certainly possible, and very easy to carry out. You may have thought you couldn’t hide your birthday and your only chance was to show a fake birthday, but that isn’t the case. Not to mention, that would be quite awkward, as users would end up wishing you a happy birthday, when it actually wasn’t your birthday.
You’ll have to adjust the settings on your Facebook account, in order to hide your birthday from being displayed. When you hide your birthday, other users won’t get reminders about your big day, and you can truly see which one your “friends” on Facebook, are true friends. If you only want to hide your birthday from certain people, this is also possible, as you can create custom lists of people to hide your birthday from. In order to get started, and learn how you can hide your birthday on Facebook, follow the simple instructions below.
Adjust Settings to Hide Birthday on Facebook
It will only take a few moments of your time in order to hide your birthday on Facebook. This is very easy to carry out. In order to get started and hide your birthday, follow the simple instructions below.
1. Navigate to the Facebook website.
2. Log in to your account, if you aren’t already logged in.
3. Click on [Your Name] towards the top left of the website. This is the same process you normally undertake in order to view your profile.
4. Click on the About section.
5. Click on the Contact and Basic Info tab.
6. Scroll down to your Birth Date, and click on Edit towards the right.
7. From the drop-down menu, click on Only me.
8. Click on Save Changes.
You’ve now edited your profile, so that no one but you can see your birthday. You’ll note that from the drop-down menu in step #6 you had the option of choosing from Public, Friends, Only me, and Custom. Public means that anyone, even those people who aren’t your friends, can see your birthday. Friends, true to the name, means only your friends can see your birthday. Only me, as you probably inferred by now, means no one but you can see your birthday.
Lastly, Custom means you can customize a specific list and get to decide who does and doesn’t see your birthday. Most users who want to hide their birthday simply choose the Only me option, as described above.
You’ll note that you can apply the settings above to almost anything on your Facebook profile. If there are certain things you want to keep hidden from others, it’s best to choose the Only me setting on your private information. You even have the option to keep things on your Timeline hidden from others, if you wish to do so.
The next time your birthday rolls around, you’ll know who really matters. However, expect to be a bit disappointed, since in this day and age, most people do tend to use Facebook in order to remember the birthdays of their colleagues and friends.