Delete friends on Facebook

How to Unfriend Someone on Facebook

By Carolyn Abram

It happens to everyone: After a while, you start to feel like a few people are cluttering up Facebook for you and want to unfriend some. Maybe you just feel like you have too many friends, or maybe you and a friend have legitimately drifted apart. Maybe you had a big falling-out and just need a break. Don’t worry; you can unfriend just like you friend people.

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To unfriend someone, do the following:

  1. Go to the person’s Timeline.

  2. Click the Friends button.

    A menu appears that is for assigning people to Friend Lists. The last item in this list is Unfriend.

  3. Click the Unfriend link.

    A window pops up asking if you’re sure you want to remove this friend.

  4. Click the Remove from Friends button.

    Take a moment of silence. Okay, that was long enough.

People aren’t notified when you unfriend them, but people who care about you (that is, family, close friends) have a tendency to notice on their own that, hey, you’re not in their list of friends anymore. This can sometimes lead to awkwardness, so it might be worth using your privacy settings to further limit these people’s knowledge of your life before you unfriend them.

Lots of people go through periodic friend-cleaning. For example, after changing jobs or moving, you may notice that you want to keep in touch with some people from that chapter in your life; others, you just don’t. Unfriend away.

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“How can I delete all my friends from my Facebook friend list?” Lately a few people have asked me this question. The first thing I wonder about it is: “why do you want to unfriend all your FB friends?” —but the online social networking, as we know it, could really get to one’s nerves –and people feel compelled to start all over again. In such cases, you may consider deactivating your Facebook account.

But if you don’t want to deactivate and want to remove all friends… then the answer is that so far Facebook has not provided any quick way to accomplish this goal.

There are third party scripts available out there but I do not recommend using any such scripts because these programs may compromise your account information. So, there is no one click solution to the problem. You will have to delete friends one by one manually.

Quickly Delete Multiple Facebook Friends: Update- September 2014

Unfortunately, Facebook is taking all the options away that allow easier deletion of multiple friends. At present the easiest way is that you click on “View Activity Log” button given on your cover photo.

Facebook Timeline Activity Log Button

Now click on MORE option given in the sidebar. This will reveal Friends option. Click on Friends to see the list of all your friends.

Friends link in Activity Log

Against each of your friend, there would be a pencil icon. Click on it and you’ll get option to Unfriend. Click Unfriend and then confirm to remove friend from your list.

Quickly Unfriend Multiple Facebook Friends: Update – March 2014

Facebook keeps on changing its interface -so the older methods of doing something keep getting useless. The latest method is as below:

Log into your Facebook Account and then go to your Timeline.

Click on the Activity Log button positioned in the bottom-right corner of your cover image.

Facebook Timeline Activity Log Button

On Activity Log page, you’ll find a sidebar on left-hand side. In this sidebar, under Photos, Likes, Comments, you’ll see MORE link. Click on this link and you’ll get more choices. Now click on Friends link.

Upon clicking Friends link, you’ll all your activities related to making friends and unfriending them.

Friends link in Activity Log

Here you can unfriend any of your friend. But when you’ll do so, Facebook will pop up a box and ask you to confirm your acting.

Good news is that we can get rid of this confirmation box and thereby we can rather easily delete lots of friends. Let’s see how.

In your browser’s address bar, remove www part and type m instead. Be careful and don’t change anything else in the address. Now press enter to go to mobile version of the same page.

Remove www and write m in its place.

On the mobile version, you’ll see an unfriend link under the name of each of your friends. Click unfriend link. In mobile version Facebook doesn’t ask for confirmation and therefore unfriending is just a one-click-affair.

Click on UNFRIEND link to quickly remove friends from your list.

I hope this helps you! You may also be interested in reading my article on Simplifying your Facebook Life

Following are older methods, they don’t work anymore.

Delete Multiple Facebook Friends: Update – 2013

Go to your friend list. Take your cursor on the “Friend” button available next to the name of the friend you want to unfriend. A drop-down menu appears with “Unfriend” option given at the end.

Quickly delete multiple friends from Facebook. Step 1

Click on the “Unfriend” option to delete that friend from your list. Facebook will show a box for confirmation. Click “Remove from Friends” button.

Quickly delete multiple friends from Facebook. Step 2

Now comes the real trick. Facebook will show you a box saying that so and so friend has been deleted from your list. If you will click the OK button given on this box –the page will reload and will slow down your further “unfriending” process. So, you don’t click this OK button and straightway go to the next unfriend option! Simple –isn’t it?!

Quickly delete multiple friends from Facebook. Step 3

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Before you know it, your Facebook page can become a haven for people you don’t speak to any more, annoying parents you once chatted to at the school gates and ex-work colleagues who love boasting about their ‘wonderful’ life. Let’s face it, the people you mingle with in the digital world can have a serious impact on your health and happiness.

Here are a few familiar faces you should probably say a virtual goodbye to:

1. The Showoff

Yes, while it was fun at first to be really nosy, looking at their holiday snaps and seeing what they were up to, their constant posts about what a wonderful life they have makes you feel as if your life is inadequate. Ditch anyone that makes you feel guilty about the things you’re blessed with, or people that make you feel super unpopular.

2. The Arguer

It’s time to say goodbye to the people who just use Facebook as a platform to start arguments. They often have controversial views that just result in a long timeline of people bickering with one another. Delete those who use the site to post offensive things simply to antagonise you, it’s not worth it.

3. The Reality TV contestant

They air their dirty laundry all over their Facebook page, with no privacy spared – and they sometimes even go as far as arguing with their partners in a public message. Although at times it can be undeniably fun to watch drama unfold, if you’re looking to lose some drama in your life, this could be a good start.

4. The Cryptic Coder

Who’s worse than the person airing their dirty laundry? The person that does it but doesn’t give anything away. This person stays pretty private, but in the most over-the-top and public way possible. ‘I’m so angry – I can’t believe some people and the lengths they go to.’ What lengths? What person? Who’s done what? Tell me now! These people do it to cause drama and draw attention, and you shouldn’t be giving in to them. Wave goodbye and remove them from your life.

5. The Gamer

We all hate those annoying invites to play things like Candy Crush, but they can be pretty addictive. Stop all communication with people you don’t really know that send you annoying gaming requests, it’ll stop you spending all your spare time playing addictive puzzles online. If it’s someone you want to remain friends with, just give them a little warning that you don’t like it.

6. The OTT Parent

You know the one – the dad who just loves to show off about his children’s achievements or the grandmother that can’t stop posting whole photo albums of her grandchildren. Okay, we get it: you love your children, and the odd photo is cute, but please stop bombarding my timeline with your perfect family!

7. The Criticiser

They are always the first person to criticise what you’re doing or what you’ve said. ‘Wow, that really can’t be good for you,’ they write, when you post a picture of that amazing dessert you’ve just scoffed, or ‘I think you’re so wrong,’ when you post an opinion about current affairs. It’s great to have some debate – to an extent – but never let someone else dictate how you should use your Facebook page. If they don’t like it, do them a favour and swiftly unfriend them.

8. The Boss

We’re not quite sure why you’d have your boss on Facebook anyway (unless you really are BFFs), but we strongly recommend you deleting them. Okay it could get pretty awkward at work, but do you really want them seeing everything you’ve been up to? They’ll start piecing together things like your late night out with friends and the fact you were 10 minutes late into work the next day.

9. The Stranger

We can guarantee you won’t speak to most of your Facebook friends in real life, so have a digital spring clean and remove a few that you really wouldn’t miss. That way, your Facebook becomes a place where you can keep in touch with those you really want to hear about. Trust us, those you delete probably won’t miss you either.

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You’ve had it happen to you. You’re walking, going about your business, when suddenly you see a familiar face in the distance. You have no issue offering a friendly smile, maybe even saying hello, however there’s a disgusting amount of tension, and instead of making eye contact, one of you looks straight ahead or hides behind your phone in an effort to avoid the other.

And all of this because you deleted them from Facebook. To this I say:

Big. Deal.

When Facebook first became popular it was of social protocol to immediately add someone you had just met, anyone you had met. Saw them across the room at a high school party? Add them! Bumped into them that one super fun time at that really awesome place? Add them! The friend count was an endless list of people you didn’t care about, but you wanted them there anyway. Seven years onward we experience the exact opposite – we put thought into who we add on Facebook and pride ourselves on limiting access to our profile. How many status updates have you seen recently that read something to this effect: “Just did a Facebook cleanse and deleted 200 friends! You made the cut!” Oh happy day.

The act of deleting a friend is ambiguous. To one person it’s a passive-aggressive technique to provoke a reaction; to another it’s a way to protect their privacy; and then there are those brilliant people who only add their actual friends (what a foreign concept). To me it’s usually as simple as this: if Facebook didn’t exist, would you have that much access to my life? If not: goodbye.

I don’t mean, oh-hey-nice-knowing-you-I-hope-I-never-see-you-ever-again goodbye. I mean an online goodbye. Deleting someone from Facebook doesn’t have to mean deleting them from your life. Just your online life. Many say that if they wouldn’t stop and say hi to someone they have on Facebook then that person is a perfect candidate to be deleted. I’d like to propose the opposite for consideration. There should be no reason you can’t publicly acknowledge a friend of Facebook-past (unless the delete was malicious and deliberate).

Allow me to preface this brief anecdote by acknowledging that there are obvious differences between deleting an old flame and an old friend, but hear me out. This past summer while at a bar in Toronto, I bumped into a first-year fling. After the obligatory hug and awkward small-talk, he said ten words that made me wish I had another round of Früli beer on the way, “I couldn’t help but notice you deleted me from Facebook.” Yes. Yes I did. For one, he no longer goes to Western. Secondly, we hadn’t spoken in almost two years. That was reason enough for me to conclude the lackluster story of our online friendship. I suppose he assumed that I held some sort of animosity toward him because I removed his access to my profile, and because when it comes to deleting a past flame it’s usually a bitter cry for attention. This wasn’t the case at all. It was as simple as me not thinking it was important for him to have access to the pictures from my birthday extravaganza, my family outings, or the posts from my friends.

If you’re never going to write on their wall, if they’re never going to write on yours, if it would be awkward to like a photo that they’ve recently uploaded; how can one honestly be offended by being deleted?

This is where we get into confusion about deleting friends from Facebook: people take it way too seriously. Facebook is not, I repeat not, real life.

And yet the Facebook delete is made to be much more complicated than that.

When did we start validating our real life friendships by our online friendships? It’s as though if it doesn’t happen on Facebook, it never really did. “It’s not official until it’s Facebook official,” reads a large amount of birthday wishes. That’s a scary thought. When we feel like we need to add someone as a friend or maintain their access on Facebook in order to substantiate our interactions in reality, haven’t we reversed the natural process?

There are certain Facebook friends people want to keep. Maybe it’s for networking purposes (although, that’s sort of the point of LinkedIn), or that the person is fun to creep (you should probably take up knitting or something), or it’s just too awkward at this point in time (I look forward to the day after Commencement just as much as you). All I’m saying is that you can still have a real-life relationship with someone without having an online friendship, and it’s rather frightening that we need a reminder of this. Our generation is the first to experience awkward social moments as a result of social media, and agreeing upon the trivialized nature of the Facebook delete would just make life so much easier.

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We are all used to using the Messenger app to talk to our friends and it has even become more common to message them there than to ring them or send them a text. However, it is not uncommon to be approached by people that you don’t know, for example, if you’re selling something on Facebook’s marketplace app someone interested could message you to receive more information on the item you’re offering. Or you might have received annoying messages from someone that you don’t know, and you’d like to stop this person from contacting you. So, here’s what you can do to remove them from your Messenger app.

The first step you can take is to simply delete your conversation with them. Here’s how to do that:

  • Right click, or tap and hold on mobile, to open the submenu for a specific conversation. There’s two choices:
  • Click “Archive”, to archive the conversation so you won’t see it but can access it later
  • Click “Delete”, to permanently delete your copy of the conversation. Keep in mind, the other person will still have their copy if the hadn’t deleted it as well.

However, deleting the conversation doesn’t necessarily remove a contact who is not in your list of Facebook friends. They would still be able to contact you, so if you want to make sure they don’t, you’d need to block them:

  • Go to the contact in Messenger and select the ‘Settings’ icon (usually a circle with the letter “i” in the top right corner)
  • Select Block Messages from {their name}
  • And voilà! This person can no longer send you messages on Messenger, however, they will be able to interact with you via Facebook.

It’s important to understand that there are two types of messages from people that you don’t know. The first one is the message request. If someone that has a mutual Facebook friend with you contacts you, their message goes into your Message Requests box. Then you can decide whether you want to receive that message or not by accepting or declining it. If you accept, the message goes into your inbox, otherwise, it disappears. The second type of messages are the filtered ones. If you receive a message from someone you don’t know, and you don’t have a mutual friend, their message goes into your Filtered Messages box.

Following these steps, you would be able to remove anyone you don’t know from you Messenger app. Any questions – just leave us a comment below or tweet us @JustAskGemalto.

What you need to know before unfriending someone on Facebook

Alright, you can’t take it anymore. Your friend’s crazy political rants are constant, unending, and really, really annoying. It’s time to do something about it. It’s time to unfriend them.

If you’re not sure how to do that, we’ve got you covered. However, if you’re also not quite sure if you’re ready for the potential backlash of actually unfriending them, there are alternatives you may not be aware of.

You have two main options: You can unfollow them, or you can unfriend them.

How to unfollow someone on Facebook

If you don’t want to fully block or unfriend someone, you just want them out of your feed, there’s good news. You can simply unfollow that person. You’ll still technically be friends: You can visit one another’s profiles, post to one another’s profiles, chat on Messenger. You just will no longer see any of their posts in your feed.

To do this, head to their profile, then tap the “Following” button in the upper right. There, tap the Unfollow option at the bottom of the menu. If you change your mind at some point, you can always come back here and follow the person again.

Screengrab via Facebook

On mobile, head to the person’s profile, tap the “Following” icon, and similarly, select the option to Unfollow. (You can alternatively tap the checked off “Friends” icon and select Unfollow from there.)

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How to unfriend someone on Facebook

If, however, your friend has scorned and shamed you, and it’s time to part ways, you can still unfriend them. Head to their profile, and click the checked-off friends menu on the right. At the bottom, select unfriend. Henceforth, the virtual ties that bind the two of you on Facebook will be severed.

Screengrab via Facebook

On your phone, head to their profile, then tap the checked off “Friends” icon. Then, select “Unfriend.”

Screengrab via Facebook

Once you’ve unfriended someone, if at some point you change your mind, you’re going to have to send them a friend request again. However, if you’re confident in your decision (and we’re sure you are), your Facebook feed will be far more pleasant after your pruning.

Need more help? Here’s how to lock down your Facebook privacy settings, see who unfriended you, and how to delete a Facebook page. We can also help you change your name on Facebook or disconnect Facebook from Instagram.

We all have weird friends on Facebook. While some regularly post obnoxious stuff, others don’t use Facebook at all. Even worse, some keep bombarding you with game invites. At some point, we want to unfriend these strange characters. While unfriending a person is easy, what if the person has deactivated their account, how do you unfriend them?

Well, a way exists that lets you remove the deactivated profiles. You will need the help of the Facebook website to perform the gruesome act as it’s not possible to delete such profiles from the mobile apps.

However, before we jump to the real action, let’s step back a little and understand what happens when a person deactivates their account.

What Happens with the Deactivated Facebook Account

Deactivating a Facebook profile disables it for a temporary period. That is, the deactivated profile, their photos, and other things on Facebook are hidden from other users. Facebook doesn’t delete their data which includes photos, posts, friends, videos, etc. All that data reappears whenever the same profile is reactivated.

Unfriend Deactivated Profiles

To remove the deactivated profiles from your Facebook account, first, you will need to visit the Friends section. Then find and identify the ghost profiles that you want to remove followed by unfriending them.

Here are the steps in detail.

1. Open Facebook Friends Section

Visiting the Friends section is important because you cannot view the profile otherwise through the Facebook search.

You can see the Friends section in the following ways:

Method 1: From Your Profile

Open the Facebook website and go to your profile by clicking on your profile picture icon present in the top bar. Then click on the Friends tab present below your cover photo.

Method 2: From the Home Page

On the home page of the Facebook website, click on the Friend lists option present in the left sidebar under Explore. On the next screen, click on the See All Friends option at the top.

Method 3: Use Direct Link

Open this , and it will take you to the Friends section directly.

Know which friends are active and inactive!

FriendFilter is simple to use!

  1. Open FriendFilter App
  2. Connect your Facebook account
  3. Install our Chrome Extension
  4. Let FriendFilter scan the previous 90 days of engagement

The FriendFilter extension will scan your Facebook page through your browser and report on who is engaging with your page and who is not.

Using FriendFilter Pro, you will be able to find the friends who are engaging with your posts, and remove the friends who are not engaging

The FriendFilter extension is free to download and run the report!

With Friend Filter Pro, the application will give you access to whitelist your friends and add people to your TO BE REMOVED tab.

Then you can set the system to go find the connections on Facebook who are not engaging, and they will automatically be added to your TO BE DELETED column.

We created FriendFilter because other apps just find the inactive profiles… and the other apps were too difficult to manage.

With FriendFilter Pro, you can manage your list every month, keeping your friends list clean and making room for new friends.

If you have had Facebook for a few years or even for just a few days, you may have acquired many friends. Some of these friends you may no longer want to be friends with on Facebook because you got into a fight, or broke up with them. If you need to delete a friend on Facebook.com, you have two options – simply delete them as a Friend on Facebook, or if they’re really causing problems in your life, block that person on Facebook. If you use Facebook on your iPhone, though, there is no option to delete a friend. You can, however, use Facebook on your iPhone to block a friend on Facebook, which will effectively delete your friend on Facebook using your iPhone.

To delete friends on Facebook with your iPhone, simply block your friend. Open up the native Facebook for iPhone app and click on “account” at the top left of the app. Then click on “privacy settings” which is the third button down. From there, scroll down to “Block Lists” section, and click “edit your list”. Then, type in your Facebook friend’s name that you want to delete under the “Add users to yoru Block List” section. This will delete that person from Facebook.

Keep in mind that blocking someone from your iPhone means that neither of you can see anything about each other after you block someone, whether on your iPhone or on Facebook.com. Any profile information that is public will be hidden, and you will no longer be able to find each other in search after you block someone. If you’d rather just delete someone from Facebook instead of blocking them entirely, consider waiting until you can get back to a computer to delete a friend from Facebook instead of blocking them to remove your friend from Facebook from your iPhone.