How to Hide Facebook Friend List from Others?

How to Hide Facebook Friendlist

Privacy, one of the reasons which made some issues out of facebook but later FB got a lot of new settings for a user’s privacy. Now, a user has his control on almost everything in his profile, status, photos, albums etc. The user has the control of what he wants to share with everyone, friends, friends of friends etc. You can even manually hide a status from a single person or more. Did you know that you can even hide your friend list? If don’t then read on.

If you don’t want strangers to see your friend list then you can just hide it from them. It is very easy. You can use the enhanced Facebook privacy settings to modify your friend list’s visibility based on your choice.

Hide facebook friend listNow, one thing which I have noticed when you keep your profile friend list public, many people see the list and start adding friends blindly. And seeing common friends, other friends usually accept the request. Especially, it’s kind of embarrassing when your female friend inform that some mutual friend sent her friend request. It’s better to let friend list be visible only for you and hidden from others.

This guide has been updated in 2013 to match the new Facebook privacy settings, as Facebook made major changes in settings. So, follow this new tutorial and hide your Facebook friend list from others:

  • Login to your Facebook account.
  • Go to your Profile page
  • Click on Friends

Hide Facebook Friends

Now, on your Facebook friend list page. simply click on manage icon at the top right & click on Edit privacy. From here you can control who can see your Friend list and who can’t. I usually keep it list visible to me only, as this is better for privacy of my friends and I don’t want them to be bombarded with unlimited friend requests.

Check out this screenshot for better understanding:

Manage Facebook friend list privacy

Facebook Friend list Privacy


If you don’t want anyone to see your Facebook friend list, keep the Who can see your friend list setting to Only me. Though, keeping your Facebook friend list visible for others is your choice, but my suggestion would be keep it hidden for better privacy of your friends. Here is a video tutorial for the same:

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COMMENTs ( 14 )

  1. Charu says

    Hey, now when I go to my friends list, it doesn’t show me any options. Any update on how to change the settings currently?

  2. moses says

    I dnt c any edit box wen I go to friends list wen I m gng to hide my friends list hw can I hide help me frnds..

  3. Bill Pannifer says

    Thanks for your help with this. I have hidden my main friend list. If I then create custom lists of some of those friends, will they be able to see who is on that custom list, or is that hidden too? Any help appreciated!

  4. Geet says

    could u explain the procedure to hide the list for android fb app.. it is impossible.. i have tried everything

  5. Meghan says

    Do you know if there is a way to keep me from being listed on other’s friend lists? I can hide my friend list, but can I change the settings so that I don’t show up on others?

    I think this used to be a setting, but in simplifying the privacy settings, they did away with some of the control options we used to have.

    Thank you,

  6. Anjali says

    Facebook privacy setting has been changed so please help me to how i hide my friend list on facebook

  7. Devendiran says

    In the new facebook page layout, go to ur timeline > click on ur “friends” list button, on the top right corner u can see EDIT, then go to that and choose ONLY ME…

  8. Atif says

    Great Information about how to hide friend list in Facebook. It is so much necessary to protect your privacy from others. Thanks for nice tip