How to Upload Pictures Privately on Facebook

by Aaron Wein
Image courtesy of Facebook

Facebook helps you share photos with friends, but you can also use it as an online storage service -- uploading and saving all of your pictures first, and then deciding if, when and with whom you want to share them. In addition to sharing with specific groups or people, Facebook provides an option to make photos only viewable to you. You can set this option on newly uploaded photos or photos you've had on Facebook for any period of time.

Step 1

Log in to Facebook and click "Photos" in the left-hand column under the Favorites heading to open a page displaying your photos.

Step 2

Click the "+Add Photos" button at the top of the page to open a new photo upload window.

Step 3

Click the privacy drop-down menu to the left of "Post Photos" and select "Only Me" to ensure that the photos won't be viewable by anyone except you.

Step 4

Click the "Add Photos" button to open a photo selection dialog box.

Step 5

Locate the photos you wish to upload, hold "Ctrl" and click each photo. Release "Ctrl" after you have selected all of your photos and click "Save."

Click "Post Photos." The photos post to your Facebook page after the files finish uploading.


  • You can also change the privacy of your existing photo albums. Open an album and click "Edit" above the photos. Click the gray drop-down menu at the top right of the photos and click "Only Me." Click "Done" to save the changes.
  • Change the privacy settings for a single photo by opening the photo and clicking "Edit" on the right. Click the downward pointing arrow to the left of "Done Editing" and click "Only Me." Click "Done Editing."


Photo Credits

  • Image courtesy of Facebook

About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

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