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How to disable Facebook Timeline (Step-by-Step)

As you might have heard, a new load of changes are coming to Facebook and one of them is the so-called Timeline. I already put together a guide that details how to enable the feature, all explained step-by-step, but there is also a chance that after trying it, you might not like it. One of the reason could be because you realized that your new Timeline page will only be visible to developers and no one else, unless you give them the specific URL to view the new profile design from another computer (e.g., http://www.facebook.com/USERNAME?sk=timeline). For whatever the reason, if there is an ON switch, there is always an OFF switch too — use the steps below to get rid of Facebook Timeline.

Follow these steps to disable Facebook Timeline

Really Important Update: Facebook does NOT allow users to revert back to the old profile style and eventually every user is going to get upgraded to Timeline. The step below worked in the past if you created an app to enable Timeline, otherwise you won’t see the Edit App button. Alternatively you can use a trick to get around Timeline — Check it out.

1  Head over to the Facebook developer web page, log in and click on Edit App.

Remove Facebook Timeline - Edit App

2  On the left side of the screen, click Delete App.

Delete App

3  In the dialog box, click Confirm and the just click Okay.

Confirm Disable Facebook Timeline

Done! You just learned how to remove Facebook Timeline from your profile.

As you see, the process wasn’t difficult at all. Now, if you change your mind, you can always get it back by going through the previous step-by-step tutorial.

Dec. 15, 2011 update

Sadly now that the feature is available worldwide, the company is not letting users to revert to the old profile style. Once you’ve been upgraded there is not a way back. 

This guide to disable Facebook Timeline you’re reading today worked in the past because the new designed was in its beta stages, now that the social network giant is making the feature available to everyone, it is unlikely that what’s described above will work.

You can always learn how to get started with Timeline, you may find out that it is not as bad as you think.

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Terenboland

    I accidentally disables Facebook timeline trying to figure out why it wasn’t showing up when I was on a different computer and can’t get it back :(

  • Scott

    How does deleting apps have anything to do with the new timeline?

    • mhweb

      Of course that on time when this feature comes out, there is going to be a cleaner way to deal with this problem, for now this worked out for me and many other people.
      Thanks for your comment!

  • Alisia Sipe

    Thank you!

    • mhweb

      You are welcome, thank you for leaving a comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Keller/100000835471895 Ed Keller

    Awesome help!  I tried the timeline and hated it.  Couldn’t figure out how to reverse it until i found your site.  Thanks. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Keller/100000835471895 Ed Keller

    Thanks…I tried the timeline app and hated it.  Couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it until I found your site.  

  • Alliemckenna2

    when i pressed “Edit App” it went to a page saying “Page not found”
    why did this happen?

  • Hellothere

    THANK YOU

  • ughhhh

    all this help did was make me sign up for it, and then say that the page could not be displayed when trying to delete it. thanks. thanks a lot.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brandonbruyette Brandon Bruyette

    I deleted it, but timeline is still working. How long does it usually take to disable?

    • mhweb

      I shouldn’t take too long, but remember that this is just one way to disable it, the feature hasn’t come out yet and the company haven’t officially said if users will be able to opt-out.
      Thanks,

  • http://bangjasmin.blogspot.com/ Bangjasmin

    Thanks,……many help………

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1035733418 Fatih Özdemir

    Nice! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1035733418 Fatih Özdemir

    Nice, thank you! :-)

    • mhweb

      You are welcome, thank you for the comment!

  • Carl

    thank you soooooo muchhh, now i love facebok again…

    • mhweb

      I am glad it helped, thank you for your comment!

  • Desya00

    I have done this for a couple of months, deleting the app and etc. but today it returned to a timeline form. how do I disable it? I do not have any apps when I click on the Facebook developers app though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charliewhisky Charlotte Ward

    I havent used developer and I havent created an app but logged in this morning and now I have facebook timeline? How can I get rid of it and go back to the original when I havent got an app to delete??

  • Joangelaofficial

    I use this then deleted the app. now, it turned to app again all by itself. now i don’t know how to put the old facebook back. :(

    • mhweb

      Joangelaofficial I can understand your frustration and I thank you for leaving your feedback but apparently once it is official and Facebook Timeline is enabled, there is not way to remove or disable it. Before this guide worked because Timeline was in the BETA stages and now it is in its prime time.
      Thanks,
      PS: If there is a workaround to disable the official released of Facebook Timeline, I will publish it ASAP!

      • bib

        well, that helped me a lot. so I am going to have that timeline forever… great :( Will the timeline appera to other users too?

      • http://www.facebook.com/kimberlyjereza Kimberly Jereza

        Please do .. because I really hate Timeline and I have the same situation as Joangelaofficial ..

      • http://www.facebook.com/Ajewell77 Angel Jewell

        OH NO!! So were stuck with it!! AHHH lol Oh well, guess I will get used to it :-/ it takes too long to lad is why I dont like it , its like loading your ENTIRE Facebook history! I have been on FB since 07 so I have quite a bit of history…. It is kinda neat taking a stroll down memory lane though… AND the grouping of comments is kinda cool too… O well.. thanks …

        • blueberry

          it is  annoying as it is interesting..only time will tell but as for now.. hmm this timeline of a thing…

          • Al Gray

            I just tried running MSIE version 7 (yes, this pc is SO old) and facebook opens with my old original profile layout – try MSIE 7 folks and your luck’s gonna be in. Don’t know if it works on MSIE8, but no harm in trying, eh? =o))

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000284310063 ‘Ani Yo

        oooh yes please omg you would be a hero if you manage to do it & get rid of that damn ticker app too 
        god i hate them both with a passion!!!

      • Epfjep

        mhweb, I really appreciate you are helping us!!! Thanks :D

        • mhweb

          It is always my pleasure trying to help. I do really appreciate visiting and leaving comments.

          Thanks,

      • Realest180

        I HATE THE TIMELINE>>>>>>>>>I ABOUT TO QUIT FB CAUSE I DISLIKE IT SO MUCH

  • bibi

    I’ve deleted the app but the timeline is still working. What should I do? 

    • Cc

      same as mine

    • mhweb

      The problem is that Facebook is now making impossible to disable Timeline, before it worked because it was in beta. If there is a way to disable/remove Facebook Timeline in the future I will publish it ASAP!
      Thanks,

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alyas-Story/1171140465 Alya’s Story

      its not a thing and they r just saying a bla bla bla

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003063363437 Asia Sshh

      ya my timeline is still working :( the sad thing is , timeline is fucking up so bad , really ! like 3 days now , i cant see my recent statuses and i cant see comments and stuffs , oh I HATE IT ! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Fox/661817845 Tony Fox

    Ok so i didnt use an app to get timeline so theres no app to delete so how the fuck do i get rid of timeline????????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Fox/661817845 Tony Fox

    Ok so i didnt use a app to get timeline and it dosnt show up in my list of apps….. the developer page does nothing for me so how the hell do i get rid of timeline???????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Coolujwala

    I’ve deleted the app but the timeline is still working. What should I do?

  • kye

    didn’t change a thing.. nothing happen to the timeline.. how can i get my old wall back ?? ):

  • Babyblue2701

    I’ve deleted it and it worked, but it showed up again after a month or two.. what shoud I do, I really don’t like it???

  • mhweb

    Hello Babyblue2701 thank you for your comment and I hear your frustration. Apparently Facebook is making impossible to disable the Timeline feature after the feature is officially announced. This guide worked before because the feature was in the beta stage.
    Thanks,
    PS: If there is a workaround I’ll publish it ASAP!

  • mhweb

    Hello kye thanks for your comment, apparently Facebook is making impossible to disable the Timeline feature after the feature is officially announced. This guide worked before because the feature was in the beta stage.
    Thanks,
    PS: If there is a workaround I’ll publish it ASAP!

  • mhweb

    Hello Coolujwala thanks for your comment, apparently Facebook is making impossible to disable the Timeline feature after the feature is officially announced. This guide worked before because the feature was in the beta stage.
    Thanks,
    PS: If there is a workaround I’ll publish it ASAP!

  • mhweb

    Hello Tony Fox thank you for your comment and I hear your frustration. Apparently Facebook is making impossible to disable the Timeline feature after the feature is officially announced. This guide worked before because the feature was in the beta stage.
    Thanks,
    PS: If there is a workaround I’ll publish it ASAP!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ajewell77 Angel Jewell

    I thought something was weird! I actually had it disabled and it was for a few days then all of a sudden about a week ago it went back to timeline just out of the blue! I guess this explains why :-/ Oh well …

    • mhweb

      Angel thanks for your comment, and yeah it is sad that Facebook is not giving users the change to opt-in or out for Timeline. But not all is lost, if users start complaining about the feature the company might change its mind.
      Thanks,

  • Ghie Mac

    I don’t like timeline .. made me dizzy 

    • mhweb

      Hopefully the company will hear users opinions and do something about it!

  • Flamenco Bailarin

    the page doesn’t appear, when i enter the link, different page appear

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  • Iwanna

    i dont see timeline under my apps,what should i do ?

    • mhweb

      It seems that Facebook decided NOT to allow users to roll back to the old profile.

      Thanks,

  • Ennaid31

    OMD! IT STILL WORKS! EVEN THOUGH I ERASED ALL MY APPS!

    • mhweb

      Ennaid31 thank you for your comment, so far it seems that Facebook is not going to let users go back to the old profile. This worked before because Timeline was in beta the stages.

      Thanks,

  • xieg

    I know how to disable it :D

    Clone your Facebook Account then delete the other one :DD

    • mhweb

      Cool tip xieg, but the problem is that some time in the near future, Facebook is going to upgrade your profile anyways. It is just the matter of time until the current profile designed disappears.
      Thanks for your comment.

  • BhenZ_pogs

    I did all the possible solution but still working.. haaayyy.. i do regret what i did to my profile..

  • Molham Rifai

    this is suck   i dont like it 

  • Lil_crissyjoy28

    I hFistAppte this .. I don’y like TimeLine ..

  • Lil_crissyjoy28

    I hate this .. I don’t like Timeline ..

  • mhweb

    I hear your disappointment BhenZ, let just hope that Facebook sees that many users don’t like this new new feature and offers a way to roll back.
    Thanks for your comment.

  • Anonymous

    Facebook is getting so annoying.  This is something I willingly signed up for.  How dumb am I?  It seemed like fun at first.

    • mhweb

      I know your frustration, but don’t beat yourself up because eventually Facebook is going to upgrade everyone and so far there is not a way around it unless, of course, you switch social networks.
      Thanks,

  • M0ni24

    i can’t find that edit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001214703476 Nelson Muntz

    i freakin hate Facebook Timeline srsly.. i want back my old Facebook! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mensur.pelinkovic Mensur Pelinkovic

    It also happend to me i have deleted the app i have made.. But timeline is not disable.. Please i don’t like it .. it’s bulls**t

    • mhweb

      So far Facebook is not letting people roll back to the old profile, once you have it, you have it. Also it is likely that the company is going to upgrade everyone in a near future. So this means that if any of us is lucky enough to figure out a way to disable Timeline, I wouldn’t matter because, like I said, eventually everyone is going to be switched over.
      Thanks for your comment Mensur.

  • Avrilfanever

    er… I havent got “Edit App” … WHAT SHOULD I DO?? I hate time line :@ 

    • mhweb

      So far, now that is available worldwide, there isn’t seems to be a way to disable Timeline.

      Thanks,

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000191025004 Lance Uy

      On dec 22 ,every profiles will be a timeline whether you like it or not.Cause that is the newest look of facebook.

      • mhweb

        Thank you so much for the TIP Lance Uy.
        Well… There you go everyone!

    • Patrickosijek

      yes and i havent got edit app —.—

    • Arielleira

      i hate timeline….. pls teach us how to disable it… grrrrrrrrr

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000272942735 Yumi Chiaki

    Oh wow so nice to know that were stuck on this TIMELINE sucks s**t!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000882076787 Meni Kritikou

    months ago i enabled timeline and because i didn’t like it i did what you say. edit app and delete, and then timeline was disabled. but now it came back again. IF someone uses firefox, download user agent switcher for firefox. (go tools-> default user agent-> and you pick ie 6,7 or 8. then timeline is disabled. i did this and it worked.)  but does someone know what can i do about google chrome?

  • Chieflady1934

    I don’t like it because my page keeps jumping back up to the top when I scroll down to read..it won’t stay in place for me to read anything..it never did this with the old page.

  • Judel

    Haha oh haha I did the right decision not to enable my timeline 

    • mhweb

      Facebook’s plans is to enable Timeline on everyone’s profile. So it is just a matter of time until you get it too.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • Adroithunter

    huhuhu , there’s no way out .. -.-

    • mhweb

      Hello Adroithundter, thank you for your comment. And not there is not a way out… I know it is disappointing.

      Thanks,

  • Karey_sarmiento

    I have a lot of Apps but then when I go to that page it says “No Apps Found”..
    This is not helping me.. can you do something about it? 

    • mhweb

      Hello Karey, just so you know Facebook Timeline is the way that the company wants to go, so if you switch to the new profile that’s the way it will stay. There is not a way back other than trying a temporary trick — check the link in this article.

      Thanks,

  • Syedgoush

    no i didnt get edit option , only option there is    +create New App 

    so what can i do ……..?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=812887976 Monique Duncan

    I have no edit button… and on the left side of the developers page.. it says no apps found.  

  • Mayre_france

    I did’nt saw the edit app that your telling. How can I see it? I want my old facbook profile back.

    • mhweb

      Mayre, you won’t see the Edit App button if you didn’t register an app to get Timeline in the first place.
      Facebook doesn’t allow to disable Timeline.
      Thanks

  • Bido Star95

    i don’t have edit app !!!!!! so ??

  • Verlouartuyo

    I did this. but it didn’t work.. :(

  • Angie

    HATE THE TIMELINE, AND I CAN’T CHANGE BACK TO MY OLD PROFILE, THINKING OF LEAVING FACEBOOK, FOR THAT REASON. WHY DO THEY HAVE TO RUIN EVERYTHING LIKE MYSPACE DID??????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001275847266 Kate Anne Roman

     I’ved Done to follow how to disable the facebook timeline .. And my process has been done, but my timeline is still there .. What Do i do ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001275847266 Kate Anne Roman

     I’ved Done to follow how to remove the timeline .. And my process has been done! But, what do i do ? my timeline is still there .. :(

  • Jazmyn_stowe

    how do i take it off?

  • Raegela

    everyone hates timeline..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000398142914 Dae Hyun

    There’s no “Edit App” . Grrr ! I can’t still remove it . ><'

  • Sandy

    i can’t find ” edit” button

  • ian

    my apps have no “Edit app” Please help ? 

  • BELLEZA

    THIS DOESN’T WORK ><
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  • alex

    hey pls help me i dont have the edit button only a “create new app” and i have that timeline at my profile 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000712873074 Amy Boudreaux

    I did everything that was told to do but still have timeline….. HELP

  • Nayna

    i havent got edit app….  wht can i do 2 get it? plzz tell…

    • mhweb

      Sorry, once upgraded you cannot revert. What you read in this article was possible before Timeline became available to everyone.

      Thanks,

  • theartistsdilemma

    I already followed the steps but nothing happened.

  • Arielleira06

    timeline so STREESFULL…
    i cant see all my notification… my post.. and my frnds post 
    pls pls pls,,,, I HATE YOUR TIMELINE app.

  • Tbear1215

    ihate the timline . plz delete !

  • Wendy

    Hate it hate it hate it hate timeline!!!!!

  • Aldrin_coolits27

    Why I cant? Im not a Developer T_T I have no Apps..

    • mhweb

      You cannot because it seems that you didn’t enable Timeline through the developer settings. But anyways it doesn’t matter anymore, because that is Facebook future and there is not way to disable Timeline now.
      Thanks,

  • FATEHGUN99

    HOW SHOULD I DISABLE MY TIMELINE????????????????? I DON’T LIKE MY TIMELINE I WANT IT TO BE THE SAME AS IT WAS AS AS BEFORE!!!!!!

    • mhweb

      Think of it as Facebook Timeline being the next version of the social network and you cannot downgrade.
      Thanks,

  • http://www.facebook.com/ANGELGURL2479 Sean N Pamela Steverson

    i dont have an edit app i hate time line how else to get rid of it !!!

  • sleighty30

    new option if u are running mozilla add https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/user-agent-switcher/ once added go to file top left, click default user agent, go to internet explorer option and choose 6 or 7 , when u return to facebook if will bring old facebook back up, only via your computer, if u log in else where timeline will appear

  • http://www.digitalangeldonnadj.com/ MessiahMews

    Nothing shows on the left side of the screen.  And this idea DOES NOT WORK!

    • Dionaletsalorio

       yeah you right nothing shows on the left side of the screen!!! i hate !!!!

  • Faraz_memon40

    yeah i havent got timeline…………i juxt hate timeline,…………….plzzzzzzzzzzzz telllllllllll meh what shouid i do??????????????

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amiee-Brewer/663257045 Amiee Brewer

    i hate the timeline.. will only let you share 98 thing for the farm.. i give out like 200 can of water alone.. have to break it up.. really hard too see.. everyone hates it.. really bad idea.. 

  • Mwaiting226

    i dont see the edit app option on develepors page…what to do now

  • DIETHER INGCO

    can u give me some link to remove timeline PERMANENTLY ? 

    PLEASE ! THANKS

  • Sands

    my friends hate it. Fortunately, I did not click on the button that enables the application. 
    Friends even don’t want to use facebook, because it got boring, not interesting anymore.

  • Judis_girl

    i hate that we have no choice in this!  I absolutely HATE the new timeline!!!  FACEBOOK needs to stop “fixing” things that aren’t broken and worry about all the things that are!

  • mhweb
  • http://www.facebook.com/joyce.mercierbechamp Joyce Mercier Bechamp

    FACEBOOK ….. PLEASE STOP, DON’T CHOOSE TO BE A BULLY!! ALL I WANTED WAS A CHOICE WITH REGARDS TO YOUR TIMELINE. I HAD 1 WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2011 TO CHANGE MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT OVER TO THE NEW TIMELINE!! MY MOOD WAS NOT VERY CHEERFUL BEFORE THE HOLIDAY SEASON!! I WANT MY PREVIOUS FACEBOOK PAGE BACK, PLEASE. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THE CHOICE!! WE SHOULD NOT FEEL LIKE WE HAVE BEEN BULLIED!! ……..

  • Shiu07

    WHEN I LOG IN MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT, I WAS SHOCK THAT AUTOMATICALLY MY PROFILE WAS CHANGE, IT CHANGED TO A TIMELINE PROFILE, BUT I HAVEN’T PUBLISH IT YET. IF OTHER PEOPLE VIEW MY PROFILE THEY CAN SEE THE NORMAL ONE, BUT TO ME IT WAS STILL A TIMELINE. CAN I GET RID OF IT, IS THERE A “DO NOT PUBLISH” THING HERE?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Prakash-Jayant/100002848376466 Jay Prakash Jayant

    can u give me some link to remove timeline PERMANENTLY ? 

  • sohail ahmad

    I like it…………………….

  • Jeszannevolante

    I hate timeline..Please back the old background or wall of Facebook..

  • Moriah93ohio

    I have the same issue right now. I dont understand what the hell happened. I dont want TimeLine Preview. I just want to see my old profile. I don’t see a Do Not Publish anywhere. I hope there is a way to stop this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531356076 Peter Watts

    Seems hundreds of 1000′s of people do not like timeline views – here is a site with browser plugins that disable it: 
    http://www.timelineremove.net/

    Sadly Fb does not seem to be listening to part of it’s user base!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/toplaydead Ahmet Korkmaz

    How to timeline remove for http://www.facebooktimelineremover.com plugin download and disable.

    • Rohan

       this only means that your computer can’t see it… if you use any other computer… or even another browser it comes right back… sure it works fine for that one computer and browser but i want mine timeline off forever on all computers not just mine

  • Evelyn Rico

    I’ve been trying to remove my timeline for over 2 days and nothing is working. i guess if i cant find any solution i might as well delete my facebook account. Its as simple as that. If they want to play hardball i guess i will.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1425056577 Jolly Hansen

       go to the bottom of the page and pick your browser..   http://www.timelineremove.net/

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  • M-fakhar

    there is no edit app options

  • cumi

    i hate the timeline application in facebook..just give us the freedom whether to use it or not..!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monica-Monique-MW/100003656843312 Monica Monique MW

    Dear facebook developer, dont you realizes that there are thousands, maybe millions people hate that timeline?? why dont you do something about it? Do you want your user to stop using facebook because of hating those timeline? it was such a pain to my eyes seeing those timeline covering my profile, as a proffesional, you should provide settings that allow people to choose wheter to use it or not.. I love facebook before, now i started to hate it 

  • http://www.facebook.com/manggui Waug Guite

    instead of complaining or talking **** on someone’s hardwork, why don’t you guys just stop using facebook? or edit your own setting in your own timeline? you can customize your timeline as you wish so, why complaining

  • Tausha0030

    i hate time line i never wanted it but some how it showed up and i been trying sitting here for 2 f’ing hrs trying to go back to my old page make it easy to go back its fuckiing driving me mad, hate hate hate hate HATE it x’s a million hate it, make it easy for us to get our old page back

  • Berrie_angel16

    Yo,Timeline SUCKS *big time* ,
    wtf I mean how can they even think of enabling effing timelines on every profile without even asking The User ! has he or she got no rights to decide what his or her profile shud luk like ! this is ridiculous !
    Get the Old profile back ! Idk anythinggg :’(