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How to unlock your Facebook profile?

Time Required to complete the processes10 – 20 minutes
Skill LevelBeginner
Estimated Cost$0

When you lock your profile, only your friends can see details regarding you such as your profile photo, timeline posts, stories, etc.

The people from outside can only see very little detail about you. Locking your profile is good for privacy reasons.

Why you should unlock your Facebook profile?

If you want to reach out to someone, then they won’t be able to see details about you.

It becomes difficult to create trust on Facebook if the other person knows little about you.

So, if you don’t want that much privacy, then it’s better to unlock the profile.

Then you can reach out to many people around. If you use to post on your timeline, then it can be seen by many people which is not possible when you lock the profile.

How to unlock your locked Facebook profile?

Here is a step-by-step guide to unlocking your Facebook profile.

1. Open the Facebook app and click on your profile photo

Click on the Facebook app icon on your mobile.

You can also use the desktop version of Facebook for this.

In this guide, we’ll use the Facebook app instead.

After you’ve opened the Facebook app, log in to your account if you haven’t already.

Click on your profile photo.

2. Click on 3 horizontal dots

After you’ve tapped on your profile photo on the top navigation bar, your profile page will open.

You can see 3 horizontal dots next to your profile name. Click on it.

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3. Click on Unlock Profile

Now, you can see the Profile Settings.

Profile Settings include options to Edit Profile, Archive, View As, Unlock Profile, etc.

Click on Unlock Profile

Click on Unlock Profile to unlock your profile.

4. Click on Unlock

After you’ve tapped on Unlock Profile, a page will open which mentions the current status of the locked profile.

A locked profile has the following privileges.

  • Only friends can see the photos, posts, and stories on your profile
  • Only friends can see your full-size profile picture and cover photo
  • People can still search for you and send you friend requests.

As you now want to unlock your profile, click on Unlock.

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5. Click on Unlock Your Profile

After you’ve tapped on Unlock, a page will open which mentions the privileges of an unlocked profile.

An unlocked profile has the following privileges.

  • More people may see the photos, posts, and stories on your profile.
  • More people may see your full-size profile picture and cover photo.
  • You can share photos, posts, and stories with anyone.

Now you will be prompted to confirm unlocking your profile.

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Click on “Unlock Your Profile“.

Once you have unlocked your profile, click on OK to complete the process.

Facebook profile unlocked

Your settings will return to the way before you locked your profile.

Any privacy settings you changed after locking your profile will stay the same.

How to lock and Unlock Facebook profiles?

Here is an easy video for you to lock and unlock your Facebook profile.


How to unlock others locked Facebook profile?

No, you cannot unlock the Facebook profiles of others. They have locked it so that they do not get contacted by people that they don’t know. 


Locking a Facebook profile is the choice of the user. However, if you need to unlock the profile, it is an easy task as mentioned in the guide.

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