You might be surprised…(or not) to know that Facebook stores our mobile phone numbers with or without our permission.
If you have an Facebook app on your phone at one stage, you may have inadvertently allowed it access to your private contact list on your phone. And if you now go to your Facebook account and click on “edit friends” under your Account drop down, and then click on Contacts with the mobile phone icon, you might be shocked to see all the mobile phone numbers from not only all your Facebook friends up there, but also all your contacts listed in your mobile phones contact list.
That really bothers me. Because my friends in my mobile phone contact list did NOT give me permission to upload their phone numbers to Facebook, and I don’t remember ever allowing it to happen. This has been going on for quite some time, I remember seeing phone numbers at least from my Facebook friends up there over a year ago.
There a sort of fix, but really it will only work if your friends are all aware of it also. Because even if you delete all your mobile phone contacts phone numbers from your profile, whoever then has your phone number in their phone, may have uploaded it to Facebook without even knowing it also.
Here’s an “How To” on how to disable this and reverse it at least in your profile.
Firstly go to your mobile phone Facebook App if you have one, click on the friends icon in the main index page, and then go to the send to arrow top right side of the screen click and then click “Sync Contacts”, don’t worry it won’t sync automatically, make sure both syncing and Replace Photos is OFF and then exit out of that. Mine was off actually for your information, but I still saw people I know on that list who were not listed as my Facebook Friends.
Then go to your Facebook account and click on your name top right and then “edit friends” from the drop down. as per the pic below. Then go to top left side of your friends page, you will see contacts with a mobile phone icon click it and wait…..all your friends phone numbers and some others that have a friend button next to them, meaning they are not listed as your Facebook friends but they still show up on this list…
Follow Me on Twitter! Click here → @_LeonieGSmith
To delete your friends listed in your private mobile phone book from this list, go to the right hand side of the contact page on Edit Friends/Contact where the phone numbers are all listed and click the “visit this page” (see pic below) and follow the instructions there. When its done and you return to the “Edit Friends” page then to contacts page, you should see all your personal friend from your mobile phone contact list, that were listed removed, and only your Facebook friends there, with all their phone numbers….
Ok now you have to make sure you don’t have YOUR mobile phone listed on your profile. Go to your main public profile page, and click the “Edit Profile” Button on the top right hand side. Then go to Contact Information on menu top left side,(see pic below) click and check next to mobile button to make sure it is not listed there.
The only real way you can ensure that your mobile phone number is not listed on Facebook is to pass this information around to people you know have your number listed in their phones…sigh…Facebook need to change this. I believe its a terrible violation of privacy, especially when most people have not given permission for others to upload their phone numbers to Facebook and online. I was particularly worried about my kids. And will be checking their and my husbands computer asap! as should you! Let me know if you have anything to add, or have any problems in comments.