James Mayes

Blog: How many apps can access your Facebook profile?

In Facebook, Facebook tips, Social Media on February 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I intended recently to remove a Facebook app from BranchOut – it’s a recruitment tool, but one that so far seems more interested in spamming profiles than delivering value.  I then thought I’d blog about the methods, only to discover Andy Headworth had beaten me to it.  Great minds and all that. I’m not annoyed 😉 I’ve got a slightly different method – but I also want you to consider the other apps you find in there…

I try to keep an eye on the apps I install or authorise – after all, they all represent a potential security risk.  Even so, I was surprised to find 65 non-Facebook applications can access my profile. All were things I’d authorised at various points, but even so – at least 30 of them hadn’t been activated in the last 6 months (yes, Facebook shows you that).

Facebook Account Menu

The list of apps that have access to my details, or can post on my behalf, is now much smaller.

Want to sort yours out? Here’s what to do. Click on the Privacy Settings option. You’ll get a view of how different things on your account are shared – and indeed, while you’re here – check you’re happy with those settings.  For checking on your installed apps, the button you want is to the bottom-left of your screen.


Once you’ve found this, click on Edit Settings. You’ll see a short summary of the most recent apps in use, plus some other privacy settings. Instant Personalisation is one I blogged about recently, thought it’s not yet live on my account. Next to the short list of recent apps, click the Edit Settings button – you’ll see the full list. Facebook shows you when they were last used, and gives you the option to edit settings for each one. Next to the edit option though, there’s a little blue cross – click on that, you’ll get the option to remove the app completely.

In less than 10 minutes, I went from 65 apps to 39. I have a few things to check, but a load more may soon disappear too.  How many did you have?  More than you thought, I’d wager. Let me know in the comments!



  1. Nice one Hames. It’s the thin end of the wedge and the start of the slippery slope if we let these things slide. As it were, so to speak, to coin a phrase.

  2. Sorry, James not Hames.

    I’m a blithering idiot.

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