How to get rid of Facebook Timeline (and bonus)?

3 Jan

If you don’t like the new Facebook Timeline and want it to removed in lieu of old Facebook Profile page, then you should know one thing – Facebook is not gonna do that, at least not anytime soon. So, can you get the old Profile page back by any means? The answer is – Yes, of course you can. Though the method is not official (in fact is complete opposite to that), it’s entirely harmless way to get the old Facebook Profile back. Read on!

Few hours back, Mashable has done the story that Facebook Timeline doesn’t work on Internet Explorer 7, citing Facebook’s recommendation of using most up-to-date version of browser. So, it’s quite simple, use Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) or less and get rid of Timeline completely, isn’t it? The situation is slightly tricky here – First, if you have Windows 7 then you cannot have IE7 installed and latest version of IE(9) is already installed. Also, older version of software means lesser support, buggy experience and most of the all vulnerability to viruses. Also, in case of Facebook, chat will not work properly.

What’s the best way then? Enter the User Agents! Before you ponder about what it is (the Wikipedia page is not very comfortable to understand), lemme tell about this in brief. User agents are like identification of browsers. Simply put, a server identifies the browser by reading it’s user agent. So if you change the user agent, server will recognize you’re using different browser altogether. Easy!

Now one final question arises? How can you change the user agent? Well, there’s an app for that (or extension to be more precise). Download user agent switchers for Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. It’s simple to install and once installed you’ll get the option to switch/change the user agent of browsers (see images below for details). I recommend using user agent of Internet Explorer 6 to be certain that Timeline doesn’t come up at all.

Chrome ua

Change user agent in Chrome

FF ua

Change user agent in Firefox

IE ua

Change user agent in Internet Explorer.

There are other benefits of using IE6 user agent as well – the news ticker will be gone and the chat will cover entire right part of window when opened, much like good old Facebook. once you set the user agent, just refresh the Facebook tab and see the magic! All this and that too without any issue or security problems. But keep one thing in mind, this no-Timeline thing will only appear for you and your friend will still see the Timeline if on supported browser.

Let me know if you like the trick. Till then, Happy surfing!

8 Responses to “How to get rid of Facebook Timeline (and bonus)?”

  1. Marsha Thompson February 29, 2012 at 06:24 #

    i want to get ride of timeline and never see it again i like my old facebook how do i get ride of it ?

    • Bikas February 29, 2012 at 08:22 #

      Unfortunately you cannot completely get rid of it, as of now. But seeing the trend of roll backs in Facebook after some time, I assume, soon you’ll get an option to disable the timeline – a hopeful guess only.

  2. Gypsy March 20, 2012 at 04:17 #

    This is BS. Timeline installed itself without my consent on facebook. If I can’t get rid of it, I will never use fb again because it is no more than another method by which they are prying into the privacy of users to exploit personal information. This is absolutely validated in the fact that it was installed on my fb without my consent (just there all of a sudden) and that I cannot get rid of it!! I mean, what other “app” do you know of that doesn’t have a “remove” option?? I’m so pissed.

    • Kathy March 29, 2012 at 17:34 #

      Oh so am I to the point I may close my account down

  3. Kat April 9, 2012 at 07:43 #

    So there is no way to get rid of it? At all?
    This solution is just to make yourself see your old page, but others still see Timeline, right?
    Is Facebook really carrying out the forced conversion? I’m pretty sure I didn’t click on it but now I have less than seven days to hide things. I know other people who still have their old profiles.

    Thank you!

    • Bikas April 9, 2012 at 12:48 #

      It’s just a way to see without timeline for you only. Others will continue to see the timeline. Can’t help here.

  4. care skincare July 24, 2013 at 11:44 #

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Many thanks!


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