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How to Hide your Friends List on Facebook

by on February 20, 2019
in Facebook, Computers and Software, Computer Safety & Support, Tips & How-Tos, Privacy :: 57 comments

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It can be tough to keep your personal information private online, but just a few clicks can keep your Facebook information from prying eyes. If you want to keep strangers (or even friends) from trawling through your friends list, it's simple — as long as you know where to look. Here's how you can hide your friends list on Facebook.

Configure your friends list from your PC

The instructions (and your options) are a little different whether you're viewing Facebook on a web browser. While you can access the basic options from either, the website will let you completely customize who can see your friends list. Here's how to do it:

  • Open Facebook from your web browser
  • Click the triangle in the upper right to open the menu, then select Settings
  • Click Privacy in the left-hand column
  • In the "How People Can Find and Contact You" section, select "Who can see your friends list." Click it.
  • In the drop-down menu, select who you would like to see your friends list. Select one option from this list:
    • Public: Anyone can see your friends list
    • Friends: Only your friends can see your friends list
    • Only Me: Only you can see your friends list
    • Custom: You can select exactly who can and can't see your friends list. When you click Custom, you can enter specific lists or names under "Share with" to let them see your friends list or "Don't share with" to prevent them from seeing your friends list.
  • When you're done, click Save changes to save your custom settings
  • Click Close on the right to save your settings

Configure your friends list from your smartphone or tablet

Setup on mobile is similar, but offers different customization options — instead of creating a completely custom list of people who can view your friends list, mobile offers a few extra pre-configured options. Here's how to change the visibility of your friends list from your iPhone or Android device:

  1. Open the Facebook app
  2. Tap the menu icon (it looks like three horizontal lines) which is in the upper right for Android or in the lower right for iPhone
  3. Tap Settings & Privacy
  4. Tap Settings
  5. Tap Privacy Settings
  6. Tap "Who can see your friends list?" You'll see several options, and can click More > See All for a full list of options. Select one option from this list:
    • Public: Anyone can see your friends list
    • Friends: Only your friends can see your friends list
    • Only you: Only you can see your friends list
    • Friends except: All friends except the friends you selected
    • Specific friends: Only friends you've selected
    • Specific lists: Next you'll see groups of people listed, like close friends or friends in your area. Exactly what shows up here will vary, but will include lists of people you're associated with. If you'd like to select more than one list, you can do so using the custom option on the website.
  7. If you've selected Friends Except or Specific Friends, you need to click Done once you've selected the people you want to have access to your friends list.
  8. Click the back button in the upper left to save your options and return to settings

While this will hide your friends list, there are a few ways people can still uncover a few of your friends. When people visit your profile, they may see friends you have in common. Plus, if your friends have public friends lists, you'll be visible there. This will help you lock down your privacy, but if your friends haven't done the same, they may be able to piece together some clues with a simple search. 

[Image credit: Facebook friend request via BigStockPhoto]



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From Brenton on May 22, 2019 :: 5:50 am

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From Laura Roberts on June 08, 2019 :: 9:56 am

I have old profiles I want gone. I’m starting over and I want all accounts deleted.

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From Josh Kirschner on June 10, 2019 :: 11:01 am

We have an article dedicated to How to Delete Your Facebook Account. Follow those steps and let us know how it goes.

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From Breneta Bundy on July 11, 2019 :: 5:35 pm

I tried calling Facebook but they don’t want to help what. Do I do

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Follow these steps

From Josh Kirschner on July 12, 2019 :: 3:09 pm

We have an article on what to do when your Facebook account has been hacked: https://www.techlicious.com/tip/tell-if-your-facebook-account-has-been-hacked/. See if that helps you.

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From Onelia Goncalves on June 03, 2021 :: 11:43 am

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From Josh Kirschner on June 03, 2021 :: 12:57 pm

We have an article about how to tell if your Facebook account is hacked and what to do about it. Follow the steps there to address your problem.

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From Josh Kirschner on April 15, 2020 :: 6:11 pm

We have an article that provides detailed steps for deleting your Facebook account

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From Josh Kirschner on April 15, 2020 :: 6:11 pm

We have an article that provides detailed steps for deleting your Facebook account

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From Josh Kirschner on June 11, 2020 :: 9:58 am

Posting here won’t do anything - Facebook isn’t reading this! We have an article on how to How to Delete Your Facebook Account. Follow those steps and let us know how it goes.

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From Joy Zhang on June 18, 2020 :: 9:55 pm

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Hi,pls assist to delete this account since I can’t remember My account’s name and password at all.thank you.

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Read our article on how to do this

From Josh Kirschner on June 19, 2020 :: 10:22 am

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From Dipendra Thapa on July 22, 2020 :: 4:51 am

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From Benjamin Hill on July 24, 2020 :: 5:02 pm

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I want to inform you that I can’t log in to my Facebook Account. This is because it has been hacked and it’s been used by another user to defraud people of their money. Based on the above I wish to request that the account be deactivated, blocked or deleted.

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From Roxana Tudor on October 06, 2020 :: 2:23 pm

Hi


Please assist, I would like to remove my Facebook account in the name of Roxana Tudor. I can no longer access the accout as I have forgotten the full details I used to log in, please delete if possible or guide me through what steps I should take.

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We have a guide for that!

From Josh Kirschner on October 06, 2020 :: 3:11 pm

Hi Roxana,

We have an guide that will give you the options for how to delete your Facebook account when you can’t log in.

Best,
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I would like to delete my account but I no longer have access to email or password.

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From Leo jhay on January 17, 2021 :: 11:02 am

I tried to log in my account, after I wrote my usual number and password, what next is the I used to log in, is not exit on facebook, but its same I do used to log in..
Please I need your help how can I recover my account back

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From Pranami chutia on May 03, 2021 :: 2:53 am

Hello sir,

My Facebook account was hacked by someone. Unfortunately Facebook say that my password was incorrect and I can’t login my Facebook account. After then when I try to recover then I see hacker change my email and number also.

Please sir recover my Facebook account.
Otherwise hacker can blackmail me.

Here I attached my government identity proof .

My Facebook account link - https://www.facebook.com/pranami.chutia.792

[personal information removed]

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Did you report it as hacked?

From Josh Kirschner on May 04, 2021 :: 11:39 am

Here are steps you can take to report your account as hacked: https://www.techlicious.com/tip/tell-if-your-facebook-account-has-been-hacked/. If that isn’t working, you can try to delete your account by following these steps: https://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-delete-your-old-facebook-account/

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From King on May 13, 2021 :: 11:45 am

recovery of old account for 11 years without both email,password and phone number is it possible or how can i delete it permanently

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It is possible to delete it

From Josh Kirschner on May 13, 2021 :: 1:46 pm

You can delete your Facebook account even if you don’t have access to your old email or phone, but it isn’t easy. Read our article on how to delete your Facebook account if you can’t log in for the detailed steps.

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From Acinna malla on June 20, 2021 :: 7:42 pm

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