How to Stop Facebook Uploading your Phone Contacts


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Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family, as well as keeping up with news and joining cool groups. There is one irritating feature though; Facebook stores all your phone contacts on their servers. You may not remember it but, at some point, you gave Facebook permission to do this through an opt-in feature. Luckily, there is a way that you can disable this feature and then remove all your contacts from the Facebook servers.

How to Remove Contacts From Facebook Servers :

We’ll show you two ways to do this – one method on Android and one on the iPhone or iPad.

iOS :

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Facebook app , Tap the Menu button
  2. Tap on Settings and Privacy
  3. Tap on Account Settings > Tap on General
  4. Tap on Upload Contacts and switch it to Off
  5. That should now stop Facebook from continuously uploading your contacts onto their servers 

But what do you do about the information they already have stored ? That’s simple, we just remove it. Here’s how.

How to Remove Contacts Already Uploaded :

  1. First, follow the appropriate steps above for your device
  2. Now open your web browser on your device
  3. Go to the Facebook Contact Management page [ ext link ]
  4. You will see a list of all the phone contacts that have been uploaded , click on Delete All
  5. You will be asked to confirm this, with a message warning you that, if still have Continuous Updating enabled, the contacts will simply be uploaded again. Click on Delete

Android :

  1. On your Android device, open Facebook
  2. On the top right of the screen is a Menu button ,tap on it
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap the option for Settings and Privacy
  4. You will see another menu, tap on App Settings
  5. Look for the option that says Continuous Contacts Upload and disable it

You should find that none of your iPhone or Android phone contacts are uploaded to Facebook ever again. One word of note; if you reside in the EU or the EEA, on May 25th the new General Data Protection Regulations come into effect and you must be asked to provide specific consent for this type of data to be uploaded – watch this space as Facebook should contact you to ask you if you still wish to be opted in to this feature.

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