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How to make a new or existing post on Facebook shareable

How to make sure the right eyes see your content.

Published onMarch 12, 2024

Facebook encourages us to share everything about our lives, but some things are best suited to particular audiences. For example, your mother or your boss doesn’t need to know about that amazing party you went to last night, where you were so drunk that you went home with a traffic cone. When posting something, ask yourself, “who needs to see this and who doesn’t?” Here’s a rundown on the various Facebook privacy settings and how to make a Facebook post public.


To set a Facebook privacy setting to make it shareable, open the Facebook post box in either the desktop website or the mobile app, and click the small Public box below your name. This will show you the various privacy settings available. Choose one, and it will update the post.


How to make your post shareable on Facebook

If a post is already published, it’s very easy to go back in and change the privacy setting. There are some routes to the same destination here:

  • On your profile page, click on the three-dot hamburger under the Edit Profile button and select Activity Log in the dropdown menu.
  • Navigate to Your Facebook activity and click on Posts, then on Your posts, photos and videos.
  • Select the posts you want to let others share.
  • Click on the Change Audience button just above the list of posts.
  • Select Public and click Confirm.
  • Finalize by clicking on Change Audience when prompted.

How to make a Facebook post shareable when posting

To make a Facebook post shareable when posting, begin by navigating to your Facebook feed and follow these simple steps:

  • Click on the Create post box, located below Create story option and the stories from your friends.
  • Select privacy setting box under your name.
  • In the  Post Audience section, click on Public and select Done. Alternatively, you can change your future posts to Public by clicking on Set as default audience and hitting the Save button.

Follow these similar steps when you want to set your post public on mobile phone.

How to let others share your posts on their Stories

Sometimes your posts would resonate with others so much that they’ll want to share it on their Stories. Here’s how you can let them do just that:

  • On your profile page, click on the three-dot hamburger under the Edit Profile button and select Profile and tagging settings
  • Switch on the toggle for Allow others to share your posts to their stories? section.

How to make Facebook posts shareable by default?

If you want to maximize the shareability of all your future posts, you can set the Default audience settings to Public. Here’s how you can do this:

  • Click on your profile icon with the downward-facing arrow in the top right corner of Facebook and select Settings & Privacy.
  • From the drop-down menu, choose Settings.
  • On the left-hand side bar, scroll to navigate to Default audience settings. 
  • Choose Public.
  • Confirm Changes.


No, you cannot share other people’s private posts on Facebook. They might have set their Post Audience to limit for friends or other options.

Every individual on Facebook can see or share more from you when you have made your posts shareable. If you wish to revert to more privacy, follow the steps above and change the setting to Friends or Only me.

If your default settings when sharing posts isn’t set to Public,  then Facebook automatically takes away the share button.

Yes, people can share your public posts on their own timeline, on their friends’ timelines, in groups they’re a part of, or on pages they manage. However, if your post is set to a more restrictive privacy setting (such as friends only or a custom list), then only the people you’ve allowed to see the post will be able to share it. If your post is public, anyone who can view it can share it with others.

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