How to remove Facebook Profile Picture without deleting it?

How to Remove Facebook Profile Picture without deleting it

It is worth noting that Facebook has changed a lot ever since you first registered on it probably a decade ago.

Nowadays, when you sign up to Facebook then you need to upload a profile picture of yourself to complete the process.

Also, Facebook requires you to upload a real human photo rather than something generic which means you are forced to upload a photo that you might not like.

Therefore, people tend to change their profile picture afterward but there is one problem.

In order to change your Facebook profile picture, you need to delete the post through which you uploaded that picture in the first place.

The problem here is that a lot of people might have liked, commented, and even shared your post.

They might feel strange when your post disappears all of a sudden which you don’t want.

In this article, we are going to tell you some of the ways in which you can remove your Facebook profile picture without deleting it.

Also Read: 6 Ways to View Private Facebook Profile in 2022

How to Remove Facebook Profile Picture without deleting it?

It is worth noting that whenever you want to set a new Facebook Profile Picture, it will be shared as a post and all of your friends will come to know about it.

This is something that you can’t avoid because it is a default setting by Facebook.

So in order to remove your Facebook Profile Picture without deleting the post on which you have a lot of likes and comments, you can do the following:

1. Upload a default Profile Picture

If the only problem you have is that you don’t want to delete the post where you “sort of” announced that you have changed your profile picture then you can do that as well.

Instead of replacing your photo with a new one, you simply have to update your profile picture so that the old post also remains on your profile and a new one will get added.

Remove Profile Picture without deleting it
Remove Profile Picture without deleting it

On Facebook, when you go to your Profile and click on your Profile Picture then you get two options:

  • View Profile Picture
  • Update Profile Picture

From these options, you simply have to select the option to “Update Profile Picture” which means you can replace your existing one with a new one.

Upload Photo
Upload Photo

After this, you can upload a new photo to add it as your profile picture on Facebook and everything will be sorted.

This means that you don’t have to delete your old profile picture and this way you can remove your Facebook Profile Picture without deleting it.

2. Select a picture from your Gallery

Another way in which you can remove your Facebook profile picture without deleting it is to select a photo you already have in your gallery on Facebook.

This is a gallery of all the photos you have previously uploaded to your profile as a post or even set it as a profile picture previously.

We believe this is quite a good option when you don’t want to delete your existing post but also want to remove your Facebook profile picture.

To do this, go to Facebook.com and visit your profile.

After that, click on your profile picture and select the option to “Update Profile Picture”.

Set your profile picture from gallery
Set your profile picture from the gallery

You will see the “Update Profile Picture” screen as attached above where you can select a new picture from your past uploads.

As mentioned above, you will still have the ability to upload a new photo but with this method, you can make sure that your old post does not get deleted.

3. Edit your Profile Picture visibility to ‘Only Me’

There is one other option to hide your profile picture with everyone apart from you on Facebook.

This option is available when you click on your profile picture and click on the “View Profile Picture” option.

Click on three dots
Click on three dots

Once you view the profile picture, click on the three dots menu located on the right side of your name as seen above.

Edit Audience
Edit Audience

After that, you will get a list of options where you need to click on Edit Audience.

Change to Only Me
Change to Only Me

Under the “Select Audience” section, scroll down and select the “Only Me” option which means that only you will be able to view your profile picture after this.

Unfortunately, people will still be able to see a preview of your profile picture which remains public but they can’t open the post or view it in full size.

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Conclusion

In this article, we have mentioned the best way to remove your profile picture without deleting it where you can update your profile picture, select one from the gallery or change your audience settings.

With this, we hope that your problem with how to remove your Facebook profile picture without deleting it has been solved.

Abhishek

Abhishek Jariwala is the Founder, Owner, and also Chief Editor at TheAndroidLab and he looks after all the daily stuff that takes place here. If you have any queries related to this site, you can contact him via email at [email protected] or on his Twitter handle.

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