How to Delete Older Wall Posts From Facebook Even Though You Can’t See the Edit Button

comment 8 Comments Written by Cynthia on October 27, 2008 – 5:18 am

*** UPDATE (Oct 21, 2009) – This is a really outdated post. You should check out my other post on How To Delete All Facebook Groups And Wall Posts From Facebook Using Imacros ***

When I first wrote this article, only the 10 most recent posts were editable. But a few hours later, every post was editable! I suspect it’s just something Facebook is working out for the profiles. So, either be patient and wait until Facebook gets to your profile, OR follow the trick below.

If you’re frustrated that you can’t delete older wall posts because the “edit” button for story options doesn’t appear for you to delete your post, you’re not alone. Someone posted a similar question in Facebook’s Help Center last month, and the problem still hasn’t been fully fixed by the Facebook team.

A lot of you are worrying that without the story edit button, you’d have to be deleting your posts every few days or they become permanent. I found out today that it’s not true. You can delete your older posts, but there’s a trick to it. I’ll walk you through it.

Before you begin, I suggest you open up Firefox. The delete function doesn’t seem to work in Google Chrome.

Try this first

There can only be 10 editable posts (these can be wall posts, comments on photos, notes, events, etc.) in your mini-feed. Count down from the very first post to the 10th post. When you hover on the side of the 10th post, the edit button should appear. But when you hit the 11th post, the “edit” button should not appear. Before you think – damn it I can’t delete my older posts! – delete the 10th post. Then see if you can delete the 11th post. If not, REFRESH the page and try again. You should now see the “edit” button appear for the 11th post.

This method is not perfect. You can’t just delete random wall posts from any date. You have to go in order from the top, making sure there are only 10 posts at a time that you’re keeping. But there’s an easier way.

Easier way to delete posts

Right under the status bar, and before your posts, there is a heading: All Posts, Posts by <your name>, Posts by Others, Settings.

Click on Posts by <your name>. That way the 10 editable posts include all of yours, and not your friends’ wall posts. From my experience, you can only delete about 2-4 posts at a time, and then you’d have to refresh the page, and do it again. I recommend Firefox because you can delete more posts before having to refresh, whereas with IE, after 1-2 posts, you’d have to hit the refresh button. It’s just much faster with Firefox.

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8 Comments on “How to Delete Older Wall Posts From Facebook Even Though You Can’t See the Edit Button”

  1. Check this out, I tried your first option…but messed up. I clicked on the first post and then hit delete on my keyboard and all was gone…Sweet, sometimes mistakes can be good ones. All my posts are gone……….

    By Connie on Mar 14, 2009 | Reply
  2. Fix that facebook typo, yo.
    Did you know, there is a way to delete posts that you have made? No? Well then, congratulations on your use of google my friend, you’ve come to the right place. That’s right, no more having to live with posts like, “I hate being a man, maybe I should go ahead with that operation after all.” It’s easy, just follow these steps.

    While logged in with the offending post or status update blaring in your face:

    1. Click ‘Profile’ at the top of the page.
    2. Hover over the nasty little post and you will see a ‘Remove’ button appear on the right.
    3. Click that thang.

    Done, and done. The offending post hath been stricken from the record, and calm has once again returned to your facebook page.

    By erazamankini on Jun 20, 2009 | Reply
  3. Can’t find delete button anywhere. I COULD delete the comments with the posts but not the posts themselves. And there’s nothing under my status bar except posts. No selection option. Help! I really want to delete some posts…

    By Elisabeth on Jul 24, 2009 | Reply
  4. Elizabeth is correct. Facebook seems to have changed yet again; instead of the “delete” button appearing at the upper right of a post, a “Hide _____ (the name of the poster)” appears. Clicking that option prevents anything by that person from being seen on your wall. So we’ve “progressed” from no way to delete all posts to no way to delete individual posts. Having to delete a friend instead of only one post by a friend is not progress.

    By Charles on Aug 17, 2009 | Reply
  5. Following up on my previous comment, what I described applies to the home page. Individual comments can be deleted on the profile wall. Sorry for not being specific.

    By Charles on Aug 17, 2009 | Reply
  6. You can remove it from the wall yes, but how do you remove it from the newsfeed.

    By angell on Sep 7, 2009 | Reply
  7. I want to know how to delete all at once… it is really no good that you have to delete one by one. Does anyone know how i can delete all?

    By Carla on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply
  8. Hey everyone,

    This is a really really really old post.

    Please check this post for deleting wall posts:
    http://www.cynthiaperla.com/facebook/460/how-to-delete-all-groups-and-wall-posts-from-facebook-using-imacros.html

    By Cynthia on Oct 22, 2009 | Reply

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