App Privacy Settings & Your Info
Control Your Privacy Settings for Apps
On Facebook, your name, profile picture, gender, username, user ID (account number) and networks are publicly available. Apps also have access to your friend list and any info you choose to make public. Learn more about public information.
To manage your settings for each app you’ve installed:
- Click at the top right of Facebook and select Settings
- Click Apps in the left menu
- Find the app you'd like to manage and click Edit
- Adjust who can see activity that the app posts on your Timeline and in News Feed using the audience selector next to Visibility of App
Apps can only publish stories to people within the audience you choose. Learn more about how privacy works for apps, games and websites.
Before installing an app, the app install screen will allow you to view or control who sees the activity the app posts to Facebook on your behalf. After you install an app, you can view and manage its settings in your app settings or the My Apps page in the App Center.
To get to your app settings:
- Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings.
- Select Apps in the left column. From here, you can manage settings for each app you've added.
To change who can see your app activities from app settings:
- Click Edit next to the app whose settings you’d like to change.
- Next to Posts on your behalf, modify who sees posts the app makes on your behalf using the in-line audience selector.
Note: Selecting a different audience for your app activity will only change who can see new stories the app posts for you on your Timeline. The audience for previously shared stories will stay the same. This setting only controls the audience of posts on Facebook, not posts within the app itself.
To turn off apps, plugins and websites:
- Click in the upper-right corner of any page and select Settings
- Click Apps in the left-hand column
- Under Apps you use, click Edit > Turn Off Platform
Note: You may lose information about apps (ex: high scores, favorite places). This info can't be recovered. Learn more about sharing with other websites and applications.
When you share something on Facebook, anyone that can see it can share it with apps and other people. To control what info other people share with apps, go to your App settings page and adjust your selections:
- Click Edit under the Apps others use section
- Check the box next to the information you want to be accessible to apps your friends use
- Click Save Changes
Learn more about sharing with other apps and websites.
You can also remove an app from your settings. To do this:
- Click at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
- Select Apps in the left menu
- Click x to the right of any app you'd like to remove
Once you confirm you’d like to remove the app, it should no longer be able to post to your Timeline. Past stories from the app may still be on your Timeline.
Note: The app may have stored info from when you used it. Contact the app directly to ask that they delete any info they may still have.
Block Apps and App Invites
When you block an app, it won't be able to access any information about you from Facebook or send you any requests.
To block an app from your settings:
- Click in the top right corner of any Facebook page and select Settings.
- Click Blocking in the left column.
- Look for the header Block apps and enter the app name. You can unblock them by clicking unblock to the right of their name.
If you received a request for an app and you want to block the app:
- Go to the App Center.
- Click x next to the request.
- Click the Block [App Name] link > Confirm.
The app may have stored info from when you used it. You can contact the app directly to ask that they delete any info it may still have.
If you want to ignore all app invites from a specific friend:
- Click at the top-right corner of any page and select Account Settings
- Click Blocking in the left menu
- In the Block app invites section, enter the name or email address of the person you want to stop receiving app invites from
People will not be notified when you block them.
If you block someone on Facebook, you'll still be able to see content that person has created within an app, but you shouldn't be able to interact with that person and they shouldn't be able to interact with you through that app.
Keep in mind that apps aren't built by Facebook and are operated by outside developers. If you're still able to interact with someone you blocked on Facebook within an outside app, you'll need to contact the developer of the app.
Facebook isn't responsible for the support provided by this developer but we work to ensure that all outside developers are following our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. If you find that the developer is unresponsive to your inquiry, please report the app.
Learn How Apps Interact with Your Info
Apps use the info you provide to personalize your experience and connect you with your friends.
When you install an app, you give it permission to access your public profile, which includes your name, profile pictures, username, user ID (account number), networks and any info you choose to make publicly available. You also give the app other info to personalize your experience, including your friends list, gender, age range and locale.
If the app needs additional info to work, such as your email address or birthday, it must explicitly request it. An app may ask for additional info later when you’re using a feature of the app that requires it. You'll have the opportunity to accept or deny the app this info, though doing so may limit what the app can do.
The Developer's Principles and Policies restrict how apps can access this info.
Just like a signup form, some apps may ask for info before you can use them. Each app is different, but they all use your info to improve your experience in the app.Some of the most common uses of this info are to:
- Help you find friends that also use the app or game
- Personalize the content in the app so it's more interesting or relevant to you
- Make it easier to share things with people on Facebook
- Speed up the signup process so you can start using the app right away
Apps are not allowed to transfer your info without your consent or use your info for advertisements.
- Your name, user id, username, profile picture, gender and network in order to identify you
- Your age range, language and country in order to personalize the experience
- Other info that you choose to make public
Websites and mobile apps that use Facebook Login must now ask separately for permission to:
- Access your profile information to log in or sign up
- Share activities back to Facebook
You can also choose to skip sharing altogether by choosing Skip as an option when a mobile app or website asks for permission to share. You may also choose the audience you share to, whether it's to Friends, Only Me or a custom audience. This gives you more control over how and when you choose to share app activities back to Facebook.
When you first add an app to your Timeline, the app will ask you for permission to access certain information that's required in order for the app work. For example, if you’re trying to use a family tree app, it might ask you for permission to access your family and relationships so it can create your family tree for you. As you continue using the app, it may ask you permission to do things like post to your Timeline to make the experience of using the app even better.
Friends who've blocked certain apps won't be visible to you while you're using that app. People can also adjust their app privacy settings so that their information isn't available to the apps, games or websites that their friends are using.
Apps are often only useful if they can interact with information that you or your friends have shared. For example, if you'd like to use a birthday calendar app to set up a master calendar of all of your friends' birthdays, the app won't be useful if your friends choose not to share that information. However, keep in mind that apps are obligated to respect the privacy settings you’ve chosen for your account. This means that people who are using an app will not be able to see information you’ve shared on Facebook that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to see when browsing the site.
You can control which of your information is available to apps and websites when your friends use them by going to the How people bring your info to apps they use section on the Apps, Games and Websites page. To get to that page:
- Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Privacy Settings
- Next to the Apps and Websites heading, click Edit Settings
Once you've removed an app from your Timeline, it'll no longer be able to access any of your information going forward (unless you're allowing your information to be accessed through your friends via the Apps others use setting).
To prevent a specific app from accessing any of your information, you can block the app.
Keep in mind that if you'd like the information that you've shared with the app to be permanently deleted from their records, you'll need to contact the developer directly.
No. Deleting an app from your Timeline simply means that it'll no longer have access to any new information that you share. If you'd like a developer to permanently delete all of your information, you'll need to contact the developer directly.