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How to Control What Appears on Your Facebook Timeline

Oct 30, 2015

While you can easily manage what you post on Facebook and who can see those posts, you can't necessarily control what others post about you. If you've been tagged in an unflattering photo, it's probably already shown up on your profile before you've had the chance to un-tag yourself.

However, there is a way to hand-pick exactly what appears on your Timeline, giving you more control over what people see when they look at your page. This feature only controls what appears on your Timeline—posts that you're tagged in will still appear in search, the News Feed, and other parts of Facebook.

Here's how to do it on a laptop or desktop computer:

  1. Click on the dropdown arrow in the upper righthand corner. Then choose "Settings."
  2. You should see a menu along the left side of the screen. Click on "Timeline and Tagging."
  3. This is where you can tweak who can see posts that you're tagged in, who can see posts on your timeline, and more. In the first subsection called "Who can add things to my timeline?"there's a field that says "Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?"
  4. Click the "Edit" button on the righthand side.
  5. Now, you should see a description of a feature called "Timeline Review," which lets you review items before they appear on your timeline. Make sure the box says "Enabled."

Here's how to do it on your phone:

  1. Press the "More" button in the bottom right corner and choose "Settings."
  2. Then select "Account Settings."
  3. Choose "Timeline and Tagging" from the menu.
  4. In the first subsection called "Who can add things to my timeline?" choose the field that says "Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?"
  5. Make sure this is switched to "On."

Once this feature is turned on, you'll be able to approve posts you want on your Timeline by viewing your Activity Log. You can access the Activity Log by pressing the dropdown arrow in the upper righthand corner on Facebook's website or by navigating to More>Settings>Activity Log in the mobile app.

Check Out How Facebook’s Fancy New Digs Compare to Their Old HQ

An aerial of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park CA on the San Francisco Bay.
Main Headquarters: An aerial of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA on the San Francisco Bay.Steve Proehl—Corbis
An aerial of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park CA on the San Francisco Bay.
An aerial view of Facebook's new campus, an expansion of its current headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The LEED-certified building, known as MPK 20, has a 9-acre "green roof."
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The roof of the new campus contains a half-mile walking loop for employees and over 400 trees.
Buidling 10 stands on the Facebook Inc. campus in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Dec. 2, 2011.
The new Facebook headquarters, known as MPK 20, opened this spring
Facebook employees are shown on the campus in Menlo Park, Calif., Friday, March 15, 2013.
The lobby of the new campus is entered from the roof.
A general view of the outdoor lunch and relaxtion area at the old Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, California on May 15, 2012.
A view of the MPK 20 roof at night, which is topped by a massive garden
A Facebook Inc. employee works on a laptop computer at the company's old campus in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Dec. 2, 2011.
Facebook employees took to Instagram to show off parts of their new digs, such as this artwork in the MPK 20 building.
A Facebook employee walks past The Facebook Wall at the old Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. on March 15, 2013.
Colorful artwork adorns many of the walls at Facebook's new campus.
The desk is staffed inside the lobby area of the old Facebook Inc. campus in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Dec. 2, 2011.
The Frank Ghery-designed staircases are designed to be bring in lots of natural light, as opposed to the claustrophobic stairwells of traditional office buildings
Main Headquarters: An aerial of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA on the San Francisco Bay.
Steve Proehl—Corbis
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