How to Delete a Photo from Facebook

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Facebook allows you to hide images without actually removing them, as well as the ability to permanently delete any of your uploaded images, and even entire albums of photos. Below are the different types of photos you might run into on Facebook and how to delete them.

Profile picture

This is the image you choose to represent yourself at the top of your profile page and appears as a small icon next to your messages, status updates, likes, and comments.

  1. Click your profile image.
  2. At the very bottom of the full-size picture, click Options.
  3. Click Delete This Photo.

If you want to change your profile image without deleting it, hover your mouse over the profile photo and click Update Profile Picture. You can choose an image you already have on Facebook, upload a new one from your computer, or take a brand new photo with a webcam.

Cover photo

The Cover Photo is the large horizontal banner image you can display on the top of your profile page. The smaller profile picture is inset into the bottom left of the cover photo.

It's easy to delete your Facebook cover photo:

  1. On your profile page, hover your mouse over the cover photo.
  2. Choose the button called Update Cover Photo at the top left.
  3. Select Remove.
  4. Click Confirm.

If you want to change your cover photo but not delete it, return to Step 2 above and click select Select Photo to pick a different image you already have on your account. If you want to upload one from your computer instead, click Upload Photo.

Photo albums

These are collections of photos that you have created and are accessible from your profile page. Others can browse them when they visit your page, provided you have not set the photos as private.

  1. Click Photos on your profile page.
  2. Click Albums along the top.
  3. Click the album you want to delete.
  4. Click the small settings icon next to the Edit and Tag buttons.
  5. Choose Delete Album.
  6. Confirm by clicking Delete Album again.

You can't delete albums that were created by Facebook like the Profile Pictures, Cover Photos, and Mobile Uploads albums. You can, however, delete individual pictures inside those albums by opening the picture to its full size and navigating to Options > Delete This Photo.

Photos as updates

Individual photos that you uploaded to Facebook by attaching them to a status update are stored in their own album called Public Photos.

  1. Access Public photos by going to your profile and choosing Photos.
  2. Select Albums.
  3. Click Public.
  4. Open the image you want to remove.
  5. Click the Options link at the bottom of the picture.
  6. Choose Delete This Photo.

If you want to remove the picture without going into the album, you can just find the status update and open the image there, and then return to Step 5 above.

Hiding photos from your news feed

You can also hide photos you've been tagged in to prevent people from seeing them on your news feed.

  1. Open the picture.
  2. On the right side, above any tags and comments, click the settings icon (it appears as three horizontal dots).
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Hide from timeline.

You can find all the photos you've been tagged in by clicking Activity Log that appears on your profile page in the lower right of your cover photo. In the left side pane, click Photo Review.

Deleting photo tags

If you don't want people to easily find photos you've been tagged in, you can untag yourself. Removing tags with your name does not delete those photos but instead removes reference to you from the photo.

  1. On the menu bar at the top of Facebook, click the small down arrow next to the question mark.
  2. Select Activity Log.
  3. Choose Photos and Videos in the left pane.
  4. Click the checkbox for each image you no longer want to be tagged in.
  5. Choose the Report/Remove Tags button at the top.
  6. Click Untag Photos.