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Facebook Profile Picture: How to use the new tool, Photo Guard

Facebook on Wednesday announced it is piloting new tools that can prevent misuse of profile pictures. The social giant said that the feature, Photo Guard was rolled out after feedback they received from users of the platform.

The new feature gives more control to users by limiting who can download and share their profile pictures.

Aarati Soman, Facebook Product Manager, announced the new Photo Guard tool, aka Profile Picture Guard.

Additionally, she revealed Facebook is also introducing designs to profile pictures which the company’s research has shown helpful in deterring misuse.

Facebook says users will start seeing a step-by-step guide to add an optional profile picture guard, and that once applied, the profile photo can no longer be downloaded, shared, or sent in a message on Facebook.

Additionally, people who are not friends on Facebook won’t be able to tag anyone, including themselves, in your profile picture.

Facebook also says that it will prevent others from taking a screenshot of your profile picture on Facebook where possible.

This feature is currently available only on Android devices.

With the new Photo Guard, users who opt for the tool will see a blue border and shield around their profile pictures as a visual cue of protection.

How to use the new Facebook Photo Guard feature:

Method 1

Refresh your News Feed, and you may see a message (pictured below), prompting you to Help Protect Your Profile Picture

  1. Tap Turn On Profile Picture Guard
  2. You will then see a screen explaining the benefits of the Profile Picture Guard
  3. Click Next
  4. You will then see your current profile photo, complete with the shield symbol, with the option to Save

ImageFile: How to use the new Facebook Photo Guard feature method 1

Method 2

  1. Open your Facebook profile.
  2. Tap your profile photo
  3. You will then see the option (pictured below) to Turn on profile picture guard
  4. If selected, you will get the option to Save, and then see your profile photo with the shield symbol

ImageFile: How to use the new Facebook Photo Guard feature method 2

As for the ability to add a design to your profile photo, the option shows up as a prompt on your News Feed, just like Method 1 above.

You will see the message Add a Design to Your Profile Picture, followed by the option to Add Design.

Once you tap this, you can then select from a range of design overlays, and then click Next. The steps are pictured below.

ImageFile: Add a Design to Your Profile Picture

Facebook says that these designs will make it easier for users to report misuse of their profile picture.


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