Organizing and participating in Facebook events is as integral to the social media experience as joining a group or posting a status update. While setting up an event can be quite straightforward, adjusting its privacy settings – specifically, changing it from private to public – can be a bit of a head-scratcher. Let’s break down this process and make it as easy as ABC.

The Nitty-Gritty of Event Privacy on Facebook

Before we dive into the how-to, it’s important to clarify one key point: once an event has been created on Facebook, its privacy settings can’t be changed. In other words, if you’ve created an event as private, it can’t be switched to public after the fact. Don’t panic though; there are still ways to navigate around this!

Method #1: Setting Privacy When Creating Your Event

The best way to ensure your Facebook event is public from the get-go is to set it as such during the creation process. This not only makes your life easier but also saves you the hassle of dealing with a private event that you’d like to make public. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to Facebook.
  2. On the left side of your homepage, click on “See more”.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select “Events”.
  4. Click on “Create a new event”.
  5. Before finalizing your event, look for the “Privacy” option.
  6. To set the event as public, select “Public”.

That’s it! Your event is now public, and you can make any additional adjustments or go ahead and publish it.

Method #2: Recreating the Event

If you’ve created an event as private and later decide you want it to be public, there’s only one solution: recreate the event. While this might be a bit tedious, it ensures your event’s visibility is as you intended. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Facebook and navigate to the Events section as before.
  2. Follow the same process for creating a new event.
  3. Make sure to set the event to “Public” under the “Privacy” settings before finalizing.

Don’t forget to invite all the attendees from the previous private event and perhaps include a note explaining why the original event was canceled.


Whether you’re planning a community get-together, a fundraising drive, or a virtual book club, Facebook events can be a powerful tool for rallying people around a cause or activity. Remember, the key to avoiding privacy mishaps is to double-check your settings when creating your event. If you happen to set it as private by mistake, don’t worry – you now know how to navigate this minor hiccup! Happy event planning!


What if I don’t want to recreate the event but need more attendees?

If your event is private and you’re hesitant to recreate it, there’s still a way to potentially boost your attendance. Encourage your current attendees to invite their friends, thereby expanding your reach even within a private setting.

Can I change my event from public to private on Facebook?

Surprisingly, you can change an event from public to private even after creation. To do this, go back to your event, click on the “Edit” icon or button, then select “Private” under the “Privacy” settings.