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Face­book Settings

Face­book offers a mul­ti­tude of con­fig­u­ra­tion options. It‘s not always easy to keep track of all the var­ious set­tings offered and to select the best set­tings for your pur­poses. Our check­list is meant to assist you to pro­tect your account and all your pub­lished infor­ma­tion in the best pos­sible way.

We have tried to draw up as uni­ver­sally applic­able a set of instruc­tions for pri­vate users as pos­sible. Nev­er­the­less, the indi­vidual con­fig­u­ra­tion options and set­tings may differ in spe­cific cases. This check­list refers to the Face­book set­tings avail­able as at 21th July 2023 as dis­played in a desktop com­puter browser.

As a rule, the set­tings described here are auto­mat­i­cally adopted in the Face­book app. Depending on your smart­phone and oper­ating system though, there may be some addi­tional set­tings in the app which are not dis­cussed here.

To dis­play the Face­book account set­tings, click the arrow icon in the page header, and select the «Set­tings & Pri­vacy» and then «Set­tings» entry from the menu.


Accounts Center – Profiles

Here you can find all your accounts regarding Insta­gram, Face­book and Horizon.

Accounts Center – Con­nected experiences

Cat­e­goryOur Rec­om­men­da­tion
Sharing across profilesDepending on your requirements
Log­gings in with accountsSpecify, which accounts can log in to other accounts

Accounts Center – Accounts

Add or remove accounts from this Accounts Center.

Accounts Center – Per­sonal details

Cat­e­goryOur Rec­om­men­da­tion
Con­tact InfoUse a free address without any indi­ca­tion of your iden­tity (e.g. ferrari397@gmail.com). Option­ally, you can also reg­ister a mobile number, which will then be required for log-in con­fir­ma­tions as necessary.
BirthdayShows the reg­is­tered date of birth
Iden­tity confirmationNot required in Switzerland
Account own­er­ship and controlDepending on your requirements

Accounts Center – Pass­word and security

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur Rec­om­men­da­tion
Login & recovery Change pass­wordManage your pass­words out­side of Face­book, for instance using a pass­word manager.
Two-factor authen­ti­ca­tionActi­vate
Saved loginDetails oft he saved logins
Secu­rity checksWhere you’re logged inList is auto­mat­i­cally cre­ated by Facebook
Login alertsActi­vate for all accounts
Recent emailsEmails received
Secu­rity CheckupCheck your accounts for secu­rity here

Accounts Center – Your infor­ma­tion and permissions

Cat­e­goryOur Rec­om­men­da­tion
Search his­toryDepending on your requirements
CookiesDepending on your requirements

Accounts Center – Ad preferences

Depending on your requirements

Accounts Center – Payments

Cat­e­goryOur Rec­om­men­da­tion
Ads pay­mentsDepending on your requirements
Meta PayRequired for cer­tain games and activ­i­ties. Encryp­tion and secu­rity are of good quality in accor­dance with common standards.

Your Face­book information

Here you can view or down­load your infor­ma­tion and delete your account.

Pri­vacy – Pri­vacy Set­tings and Tools

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Pri­vacy shortcutsCheck a few impor­tant settings
Depending on your requirements
Manage your profileDepending on your requirements
Learn more with Pri­vacy Center Details of all the accounts in Meta
Your activityWho can see your future posts?Friends
Review all your posts and things you‘re tagged inActi­vate
Limit the audi­ence for posts you‘ve shared with friends of friends or Public?Limit Past Posts
Who can see the people, Pages and lists you follow?Friends
How people can find and con­tact youWho can send you friend requests?Everyone
Who can see your friends list?Only me
Who can look you up using the email address you provided?Friends
Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?Friends
Do you want search engines out­side of Face­book to link to your profile?Don‘t acti­vate
How you get mes­sage requestsPoten­tial connectionsDepending on your requirements
Other peopleDepending on your requirements

Pri­vacy – Pro­file and tagging

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Pro­fileWho can post on your profile?Only me
Who can see what others post on your profile?Only me
Hide com­ments con­taining cer­tain words from your profileDepending on your requirements
Tag­gingWho can see posts that you're tagged in on your profile?Only me
When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audi­ence of the post if they can't already see it?Only me
ReviewingReview posts that you're tagged in before the post appears on your profile?On
Review tags that people add to your posts before the tags appear on Facebook?On

Pri­vacy - Public posts

Depending on your requirements

Pri­vacy - Blocking

You have var­ious options to block people, invi­ta­tions, events, etc. without any effects on your security.

Pri­vacy – Stories

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Sharing optionsAllow others to share your public sto­ries to their own stories?Don’t acti­vate

Pri­vacy – Reels

Depending on your requirements

Pri­vacy – Reac­tion preferences

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Hide number of reactionsOn posts from others
Depending on your requirements
On your postsDepending on your requirements

Noti­fi­ca­tions – Noti­fi­ca­tions settings

Cat­e­gorySub-cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
What noti­fi­ca­tions you receiveDepending on your requirements
How you receive notificationsBrowserDon‘t acti­vate
EmailDepending on your requirements
SMSDon‘t acti­vate

Lan­guage and region – Lan­guage and region settings

Depending on your requirements

Apps and web­sites – Apps and websites

Depending on your requirements

Busi­ness inte­gra­tions – Busi­ness integrations

Depending on your requirements

Videos – Video settings

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Video default qualityDepending on your requirements
Auto­play videosDepending on your requirements
Always show captionsDepending on your requirements
Cap­tions displayDepending on your requirements
Video default volumeDepending on your requirements

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