How to change date of birth on Facebook – Simple method

When you sign up to Facebook, users are required to enter in a variety of personal details including their name, email address and date of birth to name but a few. After you’re all signed up and established on the platform, you are then able to amend some of this data.

The piece of data that we’re going to focus on in this article is your date of birth and how you go about changing it. The process is slightly different depending on whether you’re using Facebook on a desktop computer/laptop via a web browser or on the mobile phone but it’s a fairly simple one regardless.

How to change date of birth on Facebook – On a web browser

After signing up to Facebook with an incorrect date of birth, you may realise that on one random Tuesday in March that a bunch of your friends start wishing you happy birthday. This will be because notifies you when it’s any of your friends ‘birthdays’. Your first port of call should be to change your date of birth and we are here to tell you how.

To change your date of birth on Facebook if you’re using the platform on a desktop computer/laptop, then please follow these steps:

  1. Log on to your Facebook account.
  2. Select the downward arrow on the top right hand side of the screen and select ‘see your profile’ from the drop down menu.
  3. Select ‘edit profile’.
  4. Scroll down and select ‘edit your about info’.
  5. Select ‘contact and basic info’ from the left hand side menu.
  6. Scroll down until your see your birthday and select the pencil icon to the right hand side of it.
  7. Amend your date of birth so it is reflective of your true date of birth and select ‘save’.

You will also be able to change who is able to access this information on this page. You are able to select from everyone on Facebook, your friends or only you. If you really want to you can customise this so only certain friends can see it.

How to change date of birth on Facebook – On the mobile app

If you are looking for a quicker way to change your date of birth on Facebook then using the mobile phone app is the way to go. In order to change it while on the app, please follow these instructions:

  1. Log on to the Facebook app
  2. Select the three lined icon on the bottom right hand side of the page and select your name.
  3. Select ‘edit profile’.
  4. Scroll down and select ‘edit your about info’.
  5. Scroll down to basic info and select ‘edit’.
  6. Use the drop down lists to amend your date of birth and then select ‘save’ at the bottom of the page.

It is worth noting that regardless of which method you use to change your date of birth you are only able to do this once during your time on Facebook. If you want to change it more than once then your best bet is to contact Facebook’s support team who may be able to help you.

How to amend who can see your date of birth on Facebook

There are many things that you can make visible or invisible on your Facebook profile and your date of birth is no different.

Understandably, some people would rather keep their age private or at least hidden from the entire world. Facebook allows users to either make their date of birth accessible to everyone on the platform, your friends or just yourself. On top of that, it’s an easy setting to find.

To change your visibility settings in regards to your date of birth on Facebook while using it on a desktop computer/laptop, follow these instructions:

  1. Log on to your Facebook account.
  2. Select the downward arrow on the top right hand side of the screen and select ‘see your profile’ from the drop down menu.
  3. Select ‘edit profile’.
  4. Scroll down and select ‘edit your about info’.
  5. Select ‘contact and basic info’ from the left hand side menu.
  6. Select the icon to the left of the pencil icon next to your birth date and select how visible you want this information to be.
  7. Select the icon to the left of the pencil icon next to your birth year and select how visible you want this information to be.
  8. Once you are happy with your changes, select ‘save’ to confirm your new settings.

Some people may want their birth date to be visible to their friends but their birth year to be kept private. This is easily done and will allow users to still receive birthday messages from their friends without giving away their actual age.

Conclusion

To conclude, changing your date of birth on Facebook is a really simple process, like clearing your Facebook cache or trying to see who viewed your profile. Hopefully, the instructions that we’ve provided above help you to get to the correct part of Facebook in order to make this change. Just make sure that you get it right when you don’t get on the correct page because Facebook will only allow you to make this change once.

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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