How to Delete Facebook Posts in Bulk

Use the Manage Activity tool to do a mass removal of old posts

If you've had a Facebook profile for a long time, or if you've simply been in the habit of posting a lot on your Facebook Timeline, you might start thinking about cleaning it up by deleting some of those unnecessary posts.

However, deleting Facebook posts one by one is a very time consuming process. Instead, here's how to delete all Facebook posts and do a mass removal of your old social life.

Bulk deletion of Facebook posts can be done via Facebook.com in a web browser as well as via the official Facebook mobile apps for iOS and Android. Instructions are provided below for both web and mobile app platforms, but screenshots are only included for the web version.

How to Select Multiple Facebook Posts to Bulk Delete Them

The first step to deleting your old Facebook posts is to select them (up to 50 at a time). There are a couple of ways to do that, including filtering posts if you want to delete something specific.

  1. In a web browser, head to to Facebook.com and sign in to your account. select your name in the top of the left sidebar or in the menu bar to go to your profile.

    On the app, tap the Profile icon at the top of the screen for iOS or Android apps.

    Facebook.com showing path to user profile
  2. On Facebook.com or the app, select Manage Posts directly beneath the post composer. Your posts are shown to you in a grid-like format of thumbnails on Facebook.com or as full posts on the app, from newest to oldest.

    Facebook.com showing the Manage Posts button
  3. On Facebook.com, filters are located in the left column. Select posts by Anyone, You or Others. You can also select Only posts I'm tagged in and specify a date.

    On the app, tap Filters at the top to reveal the filter options. Use the filter drop-down lists to select the date they were posted, who they were posted by, the privacy setting of the post and only posts you were tagged in.

    Facebook.com showing the options for selecting posts in the Managed Posts section

    Take advantage of the filtering options to help you find the posts you want to delete. The filters are especially helpful for finding old posts fast without having to spend time scrolling down through your Timeline.

  4. Select the square check box in the top right corner of any post thumbnail you want to delete on Facebook.com. On the app, tap the circular check box to the left of any post you want to delete.

    When you've chosen all the posts you want to delete, select Next at the bottom of the screen on Facebook.com. On the app, tap the trash can icon in the bottom of the screen.

    Selection of posts to delete in Facebook

    You can only select up to 50 posts to delete at a single time.

    To view the full post on Facebook.com, select the post thumbnail. A window appears showing you the full post so you can make a better decision about whether you want to keep it or delete it.

  5. On Facebook.com, select Delete Posts > Done. On the app, tap Delete from the menu that appears.

    Delete posts screen on Facebook.com

    Deletion is permanent. If you don't want to permanently delete these posts, you can hide them instead so they no longer appear on your profile Timeline. Select Hide Posts on Facebook.com or tap Hide from timeline on the app. You can always unhide these posts by navigating to your Activity Log on your profile and then select the Hidden From Timeline tab.

Can't Delete Some Posts?

You might notice that when you try to delete some posts, the deletion option is grayed out and you are only able to select the hide option. This might occur for certain posts like profile picture updates, posts that weren't created by you, or posts with particular privacy settings.

For posts you're unable to delete via the manage posts option, you can still go ahead and delete them individually. Just find them on your Tmeline, select the three dots in the top right corner of the individual post and select Delete.

Consider limiting your past posts in your settings so previous posts you've shared with friends of friends or the public are changed to be shared with just your friends. On Facebook.com, select the down arrow then choose Settings > Privacy > Limit Past Posts. Select Limit Past Posts to confirm. This setting doesn't appear to be accessible via the mobile app.