How to Delete a Photo from Facebook

Permanently remove pictures from your Facebook profile

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.

Illustration of Magic wand flying across a Facebook profile, deleting photos
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These instructions apply to the desktop version of Facebook, which rolled out in early 2020.

How to Delete Your Profile picture

Your profile picture is the image that appears at the top of your profile page and as a small icon next to your messages, status updates, likes, and comments. Here's how to delete it.

  1. Go to your profile page on Facebook and click your profile image.

    Deleting a Facebook profile picture.
  2. Select View Profile Picture.

    Deleting a Facebook profile picture.

    If you want to change your profile image without deleting it, select Update Profile Picture. You can choose an image you already have on Facebook or upload a new one from your computer.

  3. Click the three-dot menu next to your name.

    Deleting a Facebook profile picture.
  4. Select Delete Photo.

    Deleting a Facebook profile picture.

How to Delete Your Cover photo

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

It's easy to delete your Facebook cover photo:

  1. On your profile page, click your cover photo (the large one behind your profile image).

    If you want to change your cover photo but not delete it, go to your profile page and click Edit Cover Photo. Click Select Photo to pick a image already in your account. If you want to upload one from your computer instead, select Upload Photo.

  2. Click the three-dot menu next to your name.

    Deleting a Facebook cover photo.
  3. Select Delete Photo.

    Deleting a Facebook cover photo.

How to Delete 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.

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, clicking the three-dot menu next to the date, and choosing Delete Photo.

  1. Select Photos on your profile page.

    Deleting a Facebook album.
  2. Click the Albums tab and select the album you want to delete.

    Deleting a Facebook album.
  3. Click the three horizontal dots next to the Grid View and Feed View buttons.

    Deleting an album on Facebook.
  4. Choose Delete Album.

    Deleting an album on Facebook.
  5. Confirm by pressing Delete Album again.

    Deleting an album on Facebook.

Hide Photos On Your Timeline and Delete Photo Tags

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

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.

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.

  1. On the menu bar at the top of Facebook, click the small down arrow on the upper right. Select Settings & Privacy.

    Viewing an Activity Log on Facebook.
  2. Select Activity Log.

    Viewing an Activity Log on Facebook.
  3. Click Filter on the left.

    Viewing an Activity Log on Facebook.
  4. Select Photos You're Tagged In, and then Save Changes.

    Viewing an Activity Log on Facebook.
  5. Select the menu button next to the post you want to hide. Choose Hide from Timeline or Report/Remove Tag.

    Viewing an Activity Log on Facebook.