How to Hide Your Age and Birth Year on Facebook

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People have been surprised to find that although it is fun to have Facebook friends wish you “Happy Birthday,” having the year of your birth on your Facebook profile is risky due to identity theft issues but also, who wants to advertise how OLD they are? It’s a privacy thing, no matter what your age. Even when you think it is hidden, when the Facebook Birthday app lists yours as an upcoming birthday it MAY also display your age in parentheses next to your name.  In this video, I show you the two ways you can protect yourself from these things.

 

First you will want to go to your personal Profile and click the About section (or the Update Info button). Find the Basic Info area and click Edit. Change the drop down next to your birthday to display “Show only month and day on my timeline.” Click Save. Then also go up to the little triangle drop down on the top right of Facebook and go to Privacy Settings. Find the Ads, Apps and Websites section and click Edit. Then find the “How people bring your info to apps they use” area and click Edit Settings. UNCHECK any boxes next time items you do not want other applications/people to see. Usually these are all checked by default. I uncheck them all except for website, current location, and education/work. Click Save Changes and you should be safe from prying eyes!

NOTE: Your birth year/age may show to YOU but will not show to others. If you don’t believe me, have someone else look at it, or view the page where you are seeing it. Or log into someone else’s account to see. It can be alarming when commenting on a news website article or elsewhere and see your age displayed but rest assured you are the only one seeing it, because you are logged into your Facebook.

UPDATE 1/12/14 Click on Update Info on your personal Timeline and click Edit on Personal Info. Next to Birthday and the YEAR change the audience to ONLY ME (the lock symbol) and keep the month/date as Friends if you like.

Hide Your Birth Year on Facebook

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  • Roibbi January 9, 2013, 3:06 pm

    i had all that done on my profile page and the other but it still shows my age! is there another way to change it out of the calendar page? Thank You!

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    • Karen Clark
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      March 26, 2013, 7:05 pm

      Are you sure it is showing to everyone – it is likely only showing to YOU, not to anyone else.

      Reply
  • lynne evans January 14, 2013, 5:52 am

    i am not computer savy…did what you said…unfortunetly still have year and age showing on events calendar

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    • Karen Clark
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      March 26, 2013, 7:05 pm

      That will only be visible to YOU.

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      • Ruth April 15, 2013, 6:24 pm

        Karen Thank you so much. I wanted to hide my year so I followed the instructions on FB but the year kept showing… I’m glad you said that I’m the only one who can see it.. FB should have that included in their instructions!

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      • rachel March 9, 2014, 1:33 pm

        it is still visible on my friends phone calender… i have tried to change all the settings and it wont go away. what am i doing wrong?

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  • YouGotta'BeKiddingMe March 19, 2013, 6:33 pm

    On certain sites, the age is posted when I post a comment. I have it set to “DO NOT DISPLAY AGE”—doesn’t matter. Facebook SUCKS.

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    • Karen Clark
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      March 26, 2013, 7:21 pm

      Check again – log out of your Facebook and go see the comment you posted – is your age showing? If not then no one else sees it either. Or sign in with a friend’s FB and view it, or just have a friend check for you. If you have it set to not display age, FB takes that as “only me” which is not visible to anyone but you – you are seeing it but no one else is. Good luck!

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  • Elizabeth March 20, 2013, 11:10 am

    Hello Karen ~ Thank you for the information. I found that when I make a comment on a website – e.g. mindbodygreen.com, my age appears next to my Facebook photo. I have turned off everything that I can find in my Facebook privacy file and do not know how to keep my photo and age from appearing on other websites. Suggestions? Thank You! ~~ Elizabeth

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    • Karen Clark
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      March 26, 2013, 7:09 pm

      It is because by default FB has it set to be visible but when you click it to be only visible to “only me” it will always show to YOU. It isn’t visible to others on that site. Try logging out of FB and looking at your comments, or have someone else check. No worries!

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  • jim March 23, 2013, 6:45 am

    With recent (March 2013) updates to Facebook, even when selecting “don’t show birth year” I still see my age displayed when I post on sites that use Facebook for comments. So I just changed my birth year to 1907.

    That way, people will think there’s a bug with Facebook. Which there is.

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    • Karen Clark
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      March 26, 2013, 7:05 pm

      You will only see that yourself – others won’t. Test it with another account or ask a friend to see!

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      • m April 9, 2013, 5:18 pm

        Thanks for this tip! I thought I was losing it but checked the site again in a different browser and it didn’t show up. phew.

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  • j9 April 12, 2013, 9:43 pm

    I did the 2 things you recommended but my birth year still shows in the small vertical timeline on the right side of my home page and when i click the born area it gives the day and year of my birth.

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    • Karen Clark
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      April 17, 2013, 5:54 pm

      Yes this is because it is visible to YOU. Log out, or log in with someone else’s account or have a friend check. They will not see it, only your account will.

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  • Please Help May 29, 2013, 11:56 am

    I recently signed up for Facebook but never posted any stories. I finally think I fixed it so that it doesn’t show my birth year, but it suddenly started showing a year that is just a few years from my birth year on my timeline. In other words, my timeline in reverse order has “Born” without the date, then this other stupid year, then the present year. I never added any Life Event that could be attached to it. That extra year they included out of nowhere has no stories attached to it and certainly Facebook wasn’t even around then. There is no option to delete that year. It seems that Facebook is angry that it couldn’t show my birth year, so it chose a year close to it that I see no way to delete. Including that year seems to just have the function of making me look old. Please help. Please give detailed instructions for deletion, because I don’t know my way around Facebook very well yet. Thanks in advance.

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    • Karen Clark
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      June 8, 2013, 12:59 am

      Wow that is very strange! Try going to the Activity Log. On your Timeline/profile you will see the Activity Log button on the lower right corner of the cover image. Click and then find the time frame where FB inserted something. You may need to click on the dates/months on the far left to scroll back that far. When you find something you want to remove, click on the little pencil to the right of that item and either Delete or mark Hidden from Timeline. That should do it!

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  • Alok Kumar June 4, 2013, 6:49 am

    Thanks for this tip!

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    • Karen Clark
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      July 3, 2013, 2:48 pm

      You’re very welcome!

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  • Mizuhashi Uchiha June 30, 2013, 9:17 pm

    I lol at the frequent comments saying “I can still see my age, wah wah!”. Seriously, like Karen said, it’ll be only visible to you. If you’re afraid, you can easily make a new facebook account, add yourself with that new account and see for yourself. Such a thing isn’t necessary though because Karen’s method works.

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    • Karen Clark
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      July 3, 2013, 2:48 pm

      THANK YOU for the validation. LOL

      Reply
  • Wilma Russell July 25, 2013, 12:00 am

    Hi Karen,
    I followed your instructions and I think I am okay with my age being hidden. Yet when I type a friends name i.e. John Doe and you can click again on John Doe and it shows “Friends of John Doe” my photo and name AND age come up on a short list with other info. Do your instructions cover ALL of the areas on FB to hide one’s age?
    Thank you.

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    • Karen Clark
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      September 10, 2013, 10:24 pm

      YOU are the only one seeing that. :) If you’ve followed the instructions no one else will.

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  • Jeremy July 27, 2013, 2:05 pm

    I am often shocked at how much information some people share on their Facebook profile. I guess some people are more paranoid than others, but seriously it’s alarming the kind of information you can glean from a stranger by poking around their online profiles. It all seems like bits and pieces until you start to piece it together and that’s just what an identity thief would do. Thanks for the post on how to do this! Now I have somewhere to refer people.

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    • Karen Clark
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      September 10, 2013, 10:24 pm

      You’re welcome! And I hear ya! Crazy!

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  • Lan Tran August 7, 2013, 10:03 pm

    Hi can you show us how to do this in the new privacy settings version that was recently updated? It doesn’t look like your video.

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    • Karen Clark
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      September 10, 2013, 10:27 pm

      I will update it soon but here ya go:

      Go to profile/timeline
      Click on Update Info
      Go down to Basic Info and click Edit
      Under birthday click the drop down menu to show Only Month and Day
      Click Save

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  • senara sudasinghe January 27, 2014, 7:22 pm

    thank you so much for the instructions!

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  • yhanie February 4, 2014, 5:29 am

    i do not have the default setting that gives you option how to hides the age, i only got to set my birth year in only me setting but when i search my account it still shows how old i am, what can i do?

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    • Karen Clark
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      February 5, 2014, 10:10 am

      It is only showing your age to YOU. Ask a friend if they can see it.

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  • jp February 5, 2014, 7:33 pm

    Do you have an update for the current version of facebook? Mr. Privacy invasion Mark Z. has changed the basic info section. I have no idea why but it doesn’t let you change or there is no drop down choice to choose to just show month and day. I have changed the year to another year but on the timeline I have no idea how they know my true birth date. So in basic info it has the year I changed it to but on timeline it has my actual birthday???? help

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    • Karen Clark
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      February 5, 2014, 9:15 pm

      Yes in the newest version you have 3 drop downs – month, date, and underneath that, the year. To the right of the month and day, set it to Friends. To the right of the year, set it to Only Me. You will see it because you are you, but your friends or anyone else won’t see your year or your age.

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  • debu datta February 25, 2014, 11:16 am

    My basic information sector have no edit option. So how can I close my birth year in facebook

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    • Karen Clark
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      February 26, 2014, 9:09 am

      Try going to your main Facebook profile/timeline and on the cover image click on Update Info, that puts it in edit mode. Find the area where birthday is listed and hover over your birthday and the Edit link appears. Click that and then change the year to the Lock symbol for Only Me. Hope that helps!

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  • mike March 15, 2014, 11:08 am

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for the video, my sister just joined FB and this is very helpful. It could use an update however since the second part of video has been updated/changed and modified to confuse us casual users into thinking we are safe from data miners of our personal info.

    Yours,
    MikeC

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    • Karen Clark
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      March 15, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Did you see the UPDATE at the end of the blog post? I do need to update the video and will do so asap.

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  • Josh March 15, 2014, 4:43 pm

    When I follow your instructions (thank you btw) I do not have an “edit “button where yours shows in the video. Do you know why this might be? Thanks

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    • Karen Clark
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      March 15, 2014, 7:04 pm

      Did you read at the end of the post where it says UPDATE – that should help!

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  • suzanne March 17, 2014, 8:46 pm

    hi there, I cannot edit my birthday under about me…it has ability to edit all sections except name , birthday and year, there are no drop boxes either….i tried hovering over birthday and year and it only give ps me option to copy….
    cant figure out how to edit…thanks

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    • Karen Clark
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      March 18, 2014, 8:07 pm

      Hmmm – Did you see the UPDATE at the end of the post? You should be able to see the little drop down on the right. Unless your browser is small and you need to scroll? If you are trying on your iPad that may not work…

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  • Jason Verstraeten April 13, 2014, 9:31 pm

    When I go to edit when it shows my birthday it does not give me any option to hide year it just has public ,friends,and more options .i click on more options it goes right back to public ,friends.please help

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    • Karen Clark
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      May 14, 2014, 10:03 am

      Is there one that says Only Me?

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  • Al May 14, 2014, 5:13 am

    I had settings activated that stopped people knowing it was my birthday. This year, Facebook has seemingly overridden these and sure enough, the info is public again. I’ve always stuck up for FB, being a brilliant, free tool, but I find this absolutely disgusting and I’ve deactivated my profile.

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    • Karen Clark
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      May 14, 2014, 10:03 am

      Well if you have deactivated then it is too late to test but are you sure it is public and not only visible to you? Test it out in a friend’s account, but double check your settings first, if you do indeed still have your account.

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  • Eydie May 19, 2014, 4:05 pm

    When I edit basic info. there is no drop down menue that shows, only month & date or any other choices, I can only change my birthday and year. Please help?

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  • Denny June 13, 2014, 12:55 pm

    Neither one of the two places that you show to adjust who sees your age are the same on my Facebook account.

    I am new to Facebook so perhaps the format has changes since your post.

    You have addressed the first ares in your 1/12/14 update however the second area that is accessed by the drop down triangle menu is not the same on my account so your directions will not work.

    Do you have an update for this second area to hide age and other info that I don’t want others to see.

    Thanks for your help

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    • Karen Clark
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      June 21, 2014, 2:57 pm

      These are the most recent instructions from FB. I wonder if you’ve tried too many times and need to wait a bit?
      -
      To edit your birthday:

      Go to your Timeline and click Update Info on your cover photo

      Scroll down to Basic Information and click Edit next to Birth Date or Birth Year (you’ll need to hover over the info you want to edit for the Edit option to appear)

      Use the dropdown menus to adjust your birthday

      Click Save Changes

      There are 2 audience selectors next to your birthday: one for the day and month and one for the year. Friends won’t get a notification about your upcoming birthday if you don’t share the day and month with them.

      Note: There’s a limit to how many times you can change your birthday so if you’ve just recently changed it, you may have to wait a few days before you can edit it again. You can change who can see your birthday by adjusting the audience.

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  • CW August 24, 2014, 7:50 am

    Excellent video! Totally helped me. Thank you!

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  • Ellen September 30, 2014, 10:54 am

    There is no option to “show only month and day on my timeline”. I’ve put the year “for me” only and saved it and taken off birthday in the app that others can access but the year is still bold (as opposed to my age which is gray) on my timeline. Is there such an option to show only month and day on my timeline anymore?
    Thanks.

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    • Karen Clark
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      October 10, 2014, 10:40 am

      Are you sure that others can see it? If you are seeing it, it is because it will always be visible to you. You would need to ask a friend to check from their account and show you because if you’ve marked it as only me then no one but you should be able to see it.

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