If you want to create an event for your friends and family on Facebook but don’t want to share the details with your entire social network, there’s an easy solution: make your Facebook event private. You can create a private event just like you’d create any other Facebook event, and the social network makes it easy to set the privacy of your event whether you’re on desktop or mobile. You can make a Facebook event private either when you’re creating the event, or edit the privacy settings after you’ve created it.
As Facebook explains on its Help Center website, users can create a Facebook event by clicking “Events” in the left menu of the homepage, then clicking “Create” in the top right. From there, they can fill in the event’s name, details, location, and time, and choose the privacy settings for the event. That’s where they can opt to make the Facebook event private. Facebook offers five different privacy settings for events, and each of those gives you a different level of control over who can see and attend your event.
If you create a Public event, anyone can join the event without receiving an invitation. They can then invite others without the host’s approval, and they can also see the event’s description, photos, Wall posts, and videos.
In an Open Invite event, any friend of any guest can join the event without receiving an invitation. They can then invite others without the host’s approval, and see the event’s description, photos, Wall posts, and videos.
In a Guests and Friends event, only people who are invited can join the event. They can invite others without the host’s approval. But anyone who isn’t invited cannot view the event’s description, photos, Wall posts, and videos.
In an Invite Only event, only people who are invited by the host can join the event. No one other than the host can invite others to the event, and people who aren’t invited can’t see the event’s description, photos, Wall Posts, or videos.
A Group Only event is created within a group by a group member or one of its admins. The visibility of the event depends on the privacy setting of the group; events created within Public groups are visible to everyone but only group members can join Group Only events. Events created within Closed or Secret groups aren’t visible or accessible to anyone outside of the group.
How to make an event private from Facebook’s website
When you’ve chosen the privacy setting of your event, click “Invite Friends” to add friends to the guest list. Check the names of the people whom you want to invite and click “Save.” Then, click “Save” or “Create” to finalize the event. Facebook will then take you to your event, where you can share posts, upload photos, invite more guests, and edit event details. While editing the details of an event, hosts of Guests and Friends events or Invite Only events can also choose to prevent guests from tagging the event as a location or viewing the guest list.
How to make an event private from Facebook’s iOS app
If you’re creating and editing your event from one of Facebook’s mobile apps, the privacy settings are the same, but where you’ll need to go to find them is slightly different. To create an event from the Facebook app for iOS, tap the button with three horizontal lines, choose “More” and then “Events,” and tap the plus sign at the top. From there, tap “Privacy” and choose your privacy settings, then tap “Done.” From there, the app will take you to your event, where you can invite guests, share posts, upload photos, and edit event details. To change the privacy settings of an existing event from your iPhone, follow the same steps.
How to make an event private from Facebook’s Android app
To create an event from the Facebook app for Android, tap the button with three horizontal lines, tap “Events,” and then choose “Create” at the top right. Fill in the event name, details, location, date, and time. Below “Privacy,” choose the audience with whom you want to share your event, then tap “Done.” You’ll be taken to your event, where you can invite guests, share posts, upload photos, and edit event details.
To adjust the privacy settings of a Facebook event from the Android app after you’ve created the event, go to the event and tap “More,” then choose “Edit.” Under “Privacy,” tap “Change” and choose the new setting. Then, swipe down to update and tap “Save.”