How to remove your Facebook profile from Google (and other search engines)

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Facebook allows search engines like Google to index your profile and publicly available information. But if you don’t want people to be able to search for your social profile outside of Facebook, you can choose to delete it. Here’s how.

First of all, head to Facebook site using your Windows 10, Mac, or Linux desktop browser and sign in to your account.

Next, click on the arrow in the upper right corner of the social network to display a drop-down menu, then select “Settings and privacy”.

Open settings on Facebook website

Go to “Settings”.

Select the Settings option on the Facebook website

Select “Privacy” in the left column.

Visit privacy settings on Facebook

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and under the “How people can find and contact you” section you’ll find an option called “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?” “

Visit the option to remove the Facebook profile from the search engine

Click the blue “Edit” button next to this option.

Change search engine settings on Facebook

Uncheck the box next to “Allow search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile.”

Uncheck the search engine settings on Facebook

In the following pop-up message, click “Disable”.

Click the Disable button to block links with search engines on Facebook

Finally, select the “Close” option to save your new preference.

Click the Close button to save the search engine settings on Facebook

That’s it. From now on, Facebook will prevent search engines outside the social network from linking your profile in their results.

To note: This setting will take at least a few weeks to take effect. Even after Facebook processes the request upon completion, your information and profile link will continue to exist in search engine cache and appear in search results. Once Facebook passes the updated preference to sites like Google, Yahoo, and Bing, it will take some additional time for them to reflect the changes.

Additionally, while search engines can no longer link your profile directly in results, they can crawl your publicly available information, such as posts and your full name. Due to this flaw, anyone with the right keywords can still locate your Facebook profile through search engines.

To further reduce your digital footprint, you can limit the visibility of your posts and lock your Facebook account.

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Rosemary S. Bishop