Facebook Phone Number Privacy Setting

Facebook is awesome but you may not know some privacy settings they have set by default.

So let’s start by say you WILL WANT to check this.

  • This applies only to people who have a Facebook account.
  • This applies only to people who have shared their phone number with Facebook.
    • Even if you are sure you haven’t you might want to check any way!

Ok, what is the big deal? Facebook makes your phone number searchable publicly. See the first picture. If you are my friend and know my phone number you can just put it into the search bar and it will return my Facebook profile. For my own security I have blurred out my full phone number but you can see my profile picture is the same, so hence it is me. Any one on Facebook (even people who aren’t my friends) can do this.

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Searching my phone number returns my Facebook profile.

So where do I find this setting?

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Click at the top right on the lock and expand to See More Settings.

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Find the “Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?” and click “Edit”.

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Right now it probably says “Everyone”

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Change it to “Friends” or “Friends of Friends” (your choice).

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Click “Close” to confirm change.

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Now it says Friends (or Friends of Friends) and you can now go about your daily operations of stalking your friends’ Facebook timeline.

Practical Application

In closing, how is this practical? Hypothetically you are actively dating online. You get to the point that you exchange numbers with someone so you don’t have to use the default dating app or site to communicate with that person. Let’s say you want to exchange a your phone number but not really your Facebook profile.

Some people share WAY TOO MUCH publicly on their Facebook profile.

If you have just shared your phone number it takes about 5 seconds to copy that and post it in any Facebook search via web OR mobile and it will return your profile. Good job! Now that profile picture that is not so flattering of you is viewable by that person and they have just changed their mind about going on a first date with you. That cover image of your whole family, YEP, viewable. By default profile pictures & cover images are set to public unless you specify otherwise.

Dating Philosophy

As you meet people and the progression of the funnel ends you should know you want to date someone by the 3rd date (estimate) and then you agree to date exclusively. I hate spending so much time texting because it’s not until that face-to-face meeting (1st date) that you know if you want to continue talking to them. What happened to actually meeting people in person for dates? It would eliminate so many steps above. Online dating has turned men shallow and women scared of predators and rapist. I am the most honest respectful gentleman you will meet but you have to actually meet me before you can decide that for yourself. Online in pictures and text I can be “whoever” I want…Or whoever you want me to be. It’s hard to fool somebody in person. This virtual meeting people is driving me crazy. This philosophy is based on what I ‘have to’ do just meet someone! It’s somewhat satirical but plenty of truth behind it as well. At any point along the exclusive line that it goes sour, it’s back to SQUARE ONE.

dating philosophy


  • Dating Site
  • All possible matches
  • The ones you like
  • The ones that like you
  • Mutual Match
  • In-app chatting
  • Phone # swap
  • Texting
  • Phone call
  • 1st Date
  • 2nd Date
  • 3rd Date
    • At this point you should know whether you want to continue dating them and should decide together to date exclusively
  • Date exclusive
  • Engagement
  • Marriage
  • YEAH!!!

At any point after dating exclusively you decide to break up it’s back to SQUARE ONE!

  • Dating Site
  • Dating Site
  • All possible matches
  • The ones you like

Photoshop Shared Editing #4

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To see the rules of this project go here. This is the Shared Editing #4 original. It is Clash of Clans inspired. Already starting on the beach. How will this end?
A coloring book?

And Final! Sorry it took so long. That was Jason’s fault.




Photoshop Shared Editing #3

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The original is the plastic figure. As you can an edit was made to enter that figure into Mario. Let’s see what happens!


Photoshop Shared Editing #2

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We are at it again. Here is the original image. The GIF file below will show the updated process. Check back for more and I will keep the album below updated with each revision. Enjoy. Comment for suggestions and you might see them in a future revision.

Photoshop Shared Editing #1

This is the animation that I will keep updated with the current edits to this. See how the edits are done below. Add your comments for edit suggestions to see if Matt or Jason will include them in a future revision.

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original image

Matt started off the project by picking the picture to the right. We then take turns editing the picture and modifying it in some way. See the gallery below of each modification. The updates are alternating between Matt and Jason starting with Matt. The file names are listed by revision number and name of person to revised it. (0 Original.jpg, 1 Matt.jpg, 2 Jason.jpg, etc…)

You can also see the facebook album at go.icwnow.com/MJphotoshop1


Here is the source images, comparison, and rules for this project.

source images for whole project

source images for whole project

Comparison of original and final revision

Comparison of original and final revision

Rules to Live By

Rules to Live By