Get Back to The Old Facebook Profile - Disable Facebook Timeline?

Facebook recently released Timeline feature to help you tell story to friends. It's claimed that Timeline is a new kind of profile to let people know about you as quickly as possible by sharing your Facebook videos, videos and events. But many people need time to accept and use it (also the time to make Facebook videos and upload for Timeline?). Let's hear the voice of Facebook users like us:

  • I wanna remove my Facebook Timeline. I hate it. Please, how can I remove or delete Facebook Timeline.
  • How do you get rid of Facebook Timeline if you haven't published it yet?
  • How to get rid of Timeline profile on facebook?
  • How to disable Facebook Timeline? I want get back to the old Facebook.

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All right, if you don't like Facebook Timeline, you are not alone. Some users even announced that they would delete their Facebook account and switch to Google Plus. But Facebook knows you won't. Most your friends are on Facebook and you may eventually get used to it. What you can do now is to adjust Timeline profile, make it work in your way, and wait for the updates. For example, disable the ticker and chat.

Good news is that you can temporarily disable Facebook Timeline. To date, Facebook Timeline doesn't support Internet Explorer 7. Therefore, by pretending your web browser to Internet Explorer 7 with 'User-Agent' text, you can disable Facebook Time temporarily. I say that because Facebook will fix that issue and make Timeline compatible with Internet Explorer sooner or later.

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How to Disable Facebook Timeline

Internet Explorer

Lucky you if you are using Internet Explorer 7. But since you are here, you are probably using IE 8 or IE 9. And you are suggested using Chrome or Firefox and following the methods below to disable Facebook Timeline.



Just install the User Agent Switcher Extension (free) to switch User-Agent to Internet Explorer 7: Go to "Tools > User Agent Switcher > Internet Explorer > Internet Explorer 7. Now you get back to old Facebook style. Also install F.B. Purity (free) browser extension to fix most of the display glitches on Facebook.


It's easy to deactivate Facebook Timeline with Safari. Just follow these steps:

1. Open Safari and go to "Preferences > Advanced" and check the box before "Show Develop menu in menu bar" option.

2. Now go through "Develop > User Agent" menu and choose Internet Explorer 7 as the User-Agent for your browser. Note that the Develop menu could be accessed on top of Safari for Mac, while by clicking the settings button on the right.

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It's more difficult to get rid of Facebook Timeline by using User-Agent of Internet Explorer 7. You need to execute some commands.

For Chrome in Windows Vista and 7

Copy and paste these codes to a text editor and save as UseAgentSwitcher.bat, then double click to run. Note that this is also a temporary change. When you restart Chrome, the User-Agent will return to normal.

"%USERPROFILE%AppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe" --user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)"

For Windows XP, the code is a little bit different, and do remember to close all Chrome windows before run the file.

"%USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe" --user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)"

For Chrome in Mac

You should open Terminal searched by Spotlight, and input the following command (in one line).

/Applications/Google Chrome --user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)"


To switch Use-Agent in Opera, enter "opera:config#ISP|Id" into the url/address bar, then enter this string "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)" and click "Save". To restore, click Default instead. You need to restart Opera to take effects.

Bingo! Now you get your way to disable Facebook Timeline in these browsers. Before connecting to Facebook, visit to make sure the browser giving right User-Agent. The result should be "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)". Although get Timeline off Facebook temporarily, there may be issues for websites other than Facebook. In such cases, you could cancel the switch, revert to the default User-Agent and restart your browser to fix the problems. Alternatively, install extra FB Purity (free) to get rid of gaps and glitches.

In short, it's a good idea to learn more about Facebook Timeline. After going through all its features, you may start loving it, and don't forget to make a wonderful Timeline with Facebook videos, photos and events.

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Dec 22,2015 21:04 pm / Posted by Clausewit Karl Von to Tips

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i hate this
me too ! it so very not good
Ramashankar dhuria
I'm not interested with time line( )
if u activated timeline u can't delete fb account permanently when u need
People like you need therapy. One word not three & you're probably one of those idiots that would jump into the fire. So! Go & jump into the fire...
i hate timeline i wana to gp bach my old facebook profile
Actually I did try the method above (for Safari) and unfortunately nothing happened. Is there something I'm not doing?
Timeline is slow, takes up more RAM, and shows much less information. Facebook is initiating it because burying your information under an equal amount of cluttered interface allows them to remove your information much less obviously. Simply, they don't want to host your data - among their primary purposes as a website - and they're trying to get rid of it on the sly
Timeline reminds of that juvenile MySpace crap - oh, the horror.
lol....what good is complaining to this page about the article, and do what it says if you're so bothered by the change.....other than that just 3 words...THER...A...PY
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