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How to Hide Facebook Friend List from Others

Privacy is one of the big concerns of Facebook, but recently FB implemented a lot of new settings for maintaining a user’s privacy.

Now, a user has control on almost everything in their profile (e.g. status, photos, albums etc). The user also has the control of how they want to share material (e.g. with everyone, friends, friends of friends, etc). Users can even manually hide a status from specific people.

Did you know that you can even hide your friend list? It’s true.

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

Hide facebook friend listOne thing which I have noticed when you keep your friend list public is that many people see that list and start adding friends blindly.

And seeing common friends, other friends usually accept the friend request. It’s kind of embarrassing when your female friend informs you that some mutual friend of yours has sent her a friend request.

It’s better to let your friend list be visible only to you and hidden from others.

This guide has been updated to match the new Facebook privacy settings, as Facebook made some major changes recently. 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

Now, on your Facebook friend list page, simply click on the “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 visible to me only, as this is better for the privacy of my friends because 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”.

(Keeping your Facebook friend list visible for others is totally your choice, but my suggestion would be to keep it hidden from the privacy of your friends.)

Here is a video tutorial on how to do this:

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A blog scientist by the mind and a passionate blogger by heart ❤️. Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and Cryptocurrency space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud and CoinSutra, and a Speaker at Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. He has won numerous awards for his work at ShoutMeLoud. Life motto: Live while you can! Teach & inspire while you could & Smile while you have the teeth.
  • 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

  • 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…

    • Crystal says:

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

  • Anjali says:

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

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

  • 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,

  • Geet says:

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

    • Deepanshu says:

      You can do the same using browser. Go to the website using brower and then change the privacy from their.

  • 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!

  • 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..

  • Arup Ghosh says:

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

  • Nik says:

    If I hide my friends list, will people see the “Nik is now friends with _____” update?

  • 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?

  • eviemorris says:

    I have my friend’s list set to public but it doesn’t show on my profile…why?

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