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How to Hide Facebook Friend List from Others?

How to Hide Facebook Friend List from Others?

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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. How to Hide Friend list on Facebook

Now, 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 friend usually accept the request. Specially, it’s kind of embarrassing when your female friend inform that some mututal 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 Edit icon at the top and 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:

Facebook Friends Privacy setting

I usually keep it to Me, and you can share your friend list with specific list or friends by selecting custom and adding the list and user. 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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Article by Harsh Agrawal

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  • Arup Ghosh

    I have done this long ago. Showing friend list to strangers causes lots of trouble sometime.

  • moses

    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..

  • Bill Pannifer

    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!

  • Geet

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

  • Meghan

    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,

  • Anjali

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

    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Anjali Thanks for reminder and I have updated the article with new screenshots.

  • Devendiran

    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…

    • Crystal

      I do not have an edit icon when my friends page pulls up.

  • Atif

    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


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