How to turn on Facebook’s profile picture guard

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Learn how to prevent your Facebook’s profile picture from being misused by turning on profile picture guard.

If you are among the people who feel insecure uploading profile picture on Facebook, then turning on profile picture guard can make you feel secure to some extent. This feature is currently available only in India. According to Facebook, turning on this guard will protect your profile picture in these ways:

  • Nobody can share, download or send your profile picture in a message.
  • Nobody can tag except you and your friends.
  • On Android devices, Facebook will prevent others from taking a screenshot.

Secure profile picture with profile picture guard

Adding a profile picture guard is easy. When you turn on, a blue border with a shield will be displayed around your profile picture. Currently, there are three ways to turn on:

  • Selecting the notification in the News Feed
  • Activating by going to your profile page
  • Turning on through your friend’s update

Selecting the notification in the News Feed

When browsing the News Feed, you may see a notification to turn on the guard.

Facebook’s profile picture guard notification
Refresh your News Feed to receive notification.

Select Turn On Profile Picture Guard and you will be explained how it helps to protect your profile picture in the next screen. Select Next to activate it.

Facebook’s profile picture guard features
Benefits of Facebook’s profile picture guard.

On Android, when going to the profile page, the notification may display.

Activating by going to your profile page

For the desktop version, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your profile and click the profile picture (not Update Profile Picture).
  2. Hover over your profile picture and click Options present at the bottom > Turn on profile picture guard.
  3. Click Save in the preview displayed.
Turn on Facebook’s profile picture guard on the desktop version.
Turn on Facebook’s profile picture guard by clicking the profile picture.

On Android, go to your profile and tap profile picture. Then, tap Turn on profile picture guard > SAVE. Unlike Android app, there isn’t an option on iOS app to turn on the guard. But you can turn on by logging into facebook.com in the mobile browser and tapping the profile picture.

Turn on Facebook’s profile picture guard on Android.
Tap your profile picture on Android to turn on profile picture guard.

Turning on through your friend’s update

When your friend opts-in to protect the profile picture, you will see in the News Feed that your friend is protecting the profile picture with the guard and a Try it link will be displayed at the bottom of the picture. Select this to opt-in.

Turn on Facebook’s profile picture guard through friend’s update in News Feed.
Click “Try it” to turn on guard.

To turn off, follow the above steps and select Turn off profile picture guard from the Options menu on desktop version or tapping the profile picture on mobile versions. You can also add an extra design layer when turning on the guard to further safeguard your profile picture.

16 comments:

  1. Dyamo

    Hi I em from Philippines and i want this feature be applied on my facebook DP is there any way to access this even of em not living in India ? Advance thanks for the response

  2. Ravi

    Flaw in facebook profile photo protection/shield/guard. If you want to capture a photo which is protected, follow these steps:
    1. Click on photo to zoom it.
    2. Click on search icon next to 3 dots (menu) on the top.
    3. Click back button of your mobile twice or click back arrow present in the top left of facebook.
    4. Now the photo is unprotected, perform the screen capture action of your mobile.

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