How to remove your home address and cell phone number from Facebook

How to remove your home address and cell phone number from FacebookWould you like to keep your home address and phone numbers from prying eyes on Facebook personal profile?

Would you like to remove this information entirely from your Facebook account?

This past week, we received a phone call from a very concerned Facebook user that had entered her phone number and address when she signed up for her Facebook account. She didn’t realize that her information was public until someone told her. She wanted to know how she could completely remove this information from her Facebook personal profile.

Facebook has changed the way users can manage the privacy of personal information over the years. There are steps you can take to control your privacy. Let’s take a look at how to remove your address and phone number from Facebook and also examine why you might like to leave your cell phone in your account to be used for an extra layer of security.

3 steps to remove your address and phone number from your Facebook profile

  1. Log into your Facebook account and click the “About” tab under your Timeline image or the “Update Info” button.Step One
  2. On the next page, locate and click the “Contact and Basic Info” in the left column.
  3. On the “Contact Information” page, place your mouse over each section you would like to change, and you will see an “edit” link. Click that link to make the edits.
    • You will have the option to remove your phone number and address.
    • You may also change the settings of each to “Only Me.”
    • Be sure to click the “Save” button after each edit.
      Step Two

Privacy Vigilance

The most vigilant step you can take to ensure that your personal address and phone number are kept private and secure from prying eyes and third party developers is to be sure that they will not have access to it. Experts advise that if this private information is in your Facebook profile, to remove it.

Only me

Facebook Security: Login Approvals and Your Cell Phone Number

Before you remove your cell phone entirely from your Facebook profile, you may like to consider leaving it there and setting the visibility to “Only Me” so that you can use Facebook’s Login Approvals.

What are Facebook Login Approvals?

Facebook Login Approvals are an extra layer of security. By activating this setting, you will be required to enter a code that Facebook sends to your mobile phone via text message whenever you log in to the site from a new device. By doing this, you can be sure that no unauthorized logins take place on your account.

Facebook Login Approvals

How to Enable Facebook Login Approvals

Facebook security settingsTo enable this extra layer of security option:

  • Go to Settings
  • Locate “Security” in the left column
  • On the Security Settings page, locate “Login Approvals” and click edit.
  • Check the box next to “Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers.
  • Click save
  • Facebook will send you a text message with a verification code to make sure you are able to receive the text messages.
  • After you have entered the code, Facebook will follow up with an email notifying you that Login Approvals has been activated. You will need to enter a security code each time you log in from an unknown browser.

Facebook Login Approvals

Who Can Look Me Up?

If you do opt to leave your cell phone in your Facebook account to use Facebook Login Approvals, there is one more setting that you will want to make sure is set under “Who can look me up?”

  • Go to Settings
  • Locate “Privacy” in the left column.
  • On the Privacy Settings and Tools page, locate “Who can look me up?”
  • Locate “Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?, and click the “Edit” link.
  • You will have three options, Everyone, Friends of Friends and Friends. Select Friends and save.

Who can look me up?

Take Away

With a few simple steps, you will be able to remove your home address and cell phone number from Facebook to ensure that prying eyes do not collect your personal information. You may choose to leave your cell phone number in your account for Facebook’s Login Approvals and then set your privacy settings to limit who can look up by your cell number. Your friends will still be able to look you up by your phone number, but others cannot.

Fascinated with the growing potential and power of the Internet, Robin founded R & R Web Design LLC in the Chicago area in 2000. As creative director, she is passionate about helping others reach their Internet objectives through a strategic online presence with results driven custom web design, ethical SEO, and social media marketing.

This article was published on: February 20, 2014 and was last modified September 6, 2017
33 comments on “How to remove your home address and cell phone number from Facebook
  1. Thank you for this important information. As always, your knowledge and way of imparting it allows me to follow your steps. So glad we connected a few years ago. Roz

  2. This led me to go back through all my FB settings. Happily I had been careful from the start and had never entered addresses, nor numbers publicly. But it’s reassuring to go back through the exercise. Thanks for the detailed instructions, Robin. As always, perfectly explained!

    • Sharon, you are very welcome. I’m glad to hear that you did not have this information entered nor the numbers public. There are so many changes over the years that it is always a good idea to check from time to time.

  3. Alexandra McAllister says:

    Thanks so much for this info Robin. I have bookmarked this and will perform the changes on my facebook account.

  4. Nate Leung says:

    Hi Robin,

    Very good tips on removing personal information off Facebook. I did this a few years ago, and now have peace of mind! Thanks for sharing Robin!

  5. Robert says:

    This is wonderful information! It’s important not to have your personal stuff readily available for anyone to see. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Robin when I saw your post I immediately went to my FB to make sure that I hadn’t filled in that section. Pleased to see that I kept that information private. What a good reminder to us all.

  7. veronica says:

    Thanks for this information! You hear so many stories of how people’s personal information gets misused

  8. Joan Harrington says:

    Awesome info Robin! Good to know! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  9. Thank you for writing this information. I went through this step by step. I knew my phone and address were not included in my information. However, so many friends have had their FB account hacked, that I added my phone, verified it and enabled Login Approvals.
    I feel better already, and all thanks to you!

    • Ana Maria, that is great news. I know that many people are opting not to include their cell phone numbers because they are concerned about privacy. They don’t realize that when the settings are set to “Only Me” for the page, the cell phone number will not be public on the page.

      Login Approvals do offer the peace of mind knowing that no one can login without the text code approval. I’m so glad to hear that you were able to set it up and that you now have that peace of mind. I appreciate you letting me know!

  10. Dawn Lanier says:

    Great post and very useful information. I am sharing this 🙂

  11. Pat Moon says:

    Thanks for this info. I did not realize my phone number was listed on my FB account. I removed it as you suggested. We do not have texting set up on our cell phones because we don’t have cell service available at our house. We live in the mountains. So I cannot receive text messages. Great blog.

  12. Judith Cox or Judy Cox says:

    I have started receiving notification’s on my cell phone I DO NOT wish to get these. I tried every way to take my cell phone off but cannot find the correct way to do this.

    I was told when I gave it to face book it would not be used in any way, now I’m beginning to wonder.

  13. Hi Judy,
    I’m sorry to hear that you are having problems removing your cell phone number from your Facebook profile. Did you try deleted it by going to:

    About > Contact and Basic Info > Contact Information > Mobile Phones? When you roll your mouse over the area where your cell phone is listed, you should get a blue “Edit” link. Click that link and you will be able to delete your cell phone.

    If you would like to leave your cell phone in your account and turn notifications off for your cell phone:

    Go to Settings > Account Settings > Notifications > Mobile.
    Turn on or off the things you want or don’t want to be notified about.

    I hope this helps.

    ~ Robin

  14. Rich says:

    Hi there, I’m setting up a business Facebook page but can’t seem to delete the address option? I cam across your web site whilst trying to find a definitive answer? I have the business under Companies and Organizations, as I thought that would give me an option, rather than use local business! Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    Cheers

    Rich

    • Hi Rich,
      Thank you for stopping by. If you do not want to show your business’ physical address on your Facebook page, you do have some options. You will not want to choose a local business.

      ~ Robin

      • Richard says:

        Hi Robin, Thanks for your reply! I actually managed to find the option to not leave a physical address! The next problem to overcome was to disable the comments feature! I found a workaround that may be useful for you and/or your subscribers or readers?

        And my last problem I have on my personal Facebook page, is being able to delete photo albums! I searched and searched but even though the tutorials online show an option to delete albums, I only have the option to delete one photo at a time! I’ve since decided to step away from using my personal Facebook page, as they make it difficult for a reason or hidden agenda!

        Thanks again for your help!!

        • Hi Richard,
          You are very welcome! I’m happy to hear that you were able to remove your physical address from your Facebook personal profile and that you solved the disable comments feature.

          I haven’t deleted an entire photo album on my personal profile. Have you tried the directions from Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/help/152153388188974?

          ~ Robin

          • Richard says:

            Hi Robin, Yes, I tried that and the only options available are the following:

            Download Album
            Embed Post

            In searching, it seems other people are having the same issues! I contacted Facebook for an explanation, but heard nothing! I’ll have to do it manually, when I have a good few hours to spare!! In the meantime, I’m staying off of Facebook for a break to concentrate on other more important work!

            Cheers!

            Rich

            • Hi Richard,
              I’m sorry to hear that didn’t work out. Hopefully, Facebook will get back to you with a solution. If you do find a solution, please let me know?

              Cheers!
              Robin

  15. annoni says:

    I need to know from google not from facebook.

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