In this article, we will explore effective methods to remove your Facebook profile picture without deleting it. Whether you want to retain the Facebook comments and likes associated with the photo or simply desire a change, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into the step-by-step process.

Some time ago, I shared a clever trick on how to upload a photo on Facebook without the need for editing or cropping. Today, in Practical Resources, I’m here to provide you with a solution or a couple of tricks for those Facebook users who wish to remove their profile picture without losing it along with the associated comments and likes.

To achieve this, let me outline the most sensible and appropriate steps to follow.

Step 1: How to Remove Your Facebook Profile Picture

Begin by logging into Facebook using your regular credentials, which typically include your email or phone number. After entering your password, click “Login” to access your account.

Once you’re on your Facebook timeline, navigate to your profile by clicking on your username or profile picture icon in the blue top bar, typically located on the right side of the screen for desktop users.

Step 2: How to Remove Your Facebook Profile Picture

When you’re on your Facebook profile page, you can proceed with either of the two procedures mentioned below to remove your profile picture without deleting it. (By the way, I’ll also introduce an alternative option that works well in these cases.)

Option 1: Change Profile Picture without Deleting It

The first option involves replacing your current profile photo with another image from your profile photos album. This method allows you to easily remove the existing photo from your profile while selecting a new one. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Hover over your profile picture, and a text saying “Update Profile Picture” will appear. Click on it.
  2. A new window will appear, displaying your profile pictures album. Choose one of the other pictures that were once your profile picture by clicking on it.
  3. Once you’ve selected the image, a new window will open, allowing you to crop or edit it according to your preferences. After making the necessary adjustments, click the “Save” button located at the bottom right of the window.

Voila! With these steps, your Facebook profile page will reload, reflecting the change in profile picture without deleting the original photo.

But what if you don’t want to use any of your existing pictures or prefer to have no profile picture at all? Let me introduce you to the best trick for such scenarios.

Option 2: Uploading a New Image

This trick involves uploading a new image to serve as your profile picture without deleting the current one from your Facebook account. Follow these steps:

  1. While on your profile section, hover over your profile picture to reveal the “Update Profile Picture” text. Click on it.
  2. The “Update Profile Picture” window will open. Here, click on the text that says “+ Upload Photo” located at the top left.
  3. By clicking the above, a classic “File Upload” window will appear. Browse and select the photo you want as your new profile picture on Facebook. This way, you can avoid deleting the existing photo. Once you’ve chosen the image, click “Open.”

By following these steps, you can successfully update your Facebook profile picture without deleting the previous one.


Removing your Facebook profile picture without deleting it is a straightforward process. Whether you choose to switch to another image from your profile photos album or upload a new picture altogether, you can easily achieve the desired result. Implement these methods and enjoy a refreshed Facebook profile while preserving your valuable comments and likes.