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How to unfriend someone on Facebook

It's quick and easy.

Published onMarch 18, 2024

If you wish to streamline your Facebook friends list, either by adding people to the restricted list or removing those you haven’t connected with in years, you can effortlessly unfriend someone via the app or website by following a few simple steps. Here’s how to unfriend someone on Facebook.


To unfriend someone on Facebook, go to their profile page by searching for their username in the search tab, then click or tap on the Friends section, and choose Unfriend.


How to unfriend someone on the Facebook app

  • To unfriend someone using the app, search for their profile page.
  • Tap the Friends bar below their name.
  • Select Unfriend in the pop-up menu.

How to unfriend someone on the Facebook website

  • To unfriend someone on Facebook using the website, open the person’s profile.
  • Find the Friends button next to their name.
  • Click Unfriend.
  • Finally, click Confirm.


What happens when you unfriend someone?

You will not see any posts from them on your timeline and vice versa. They can see posts or photos that you both are tagged in if the post is visible. If you unfriend someone, they will still see your name on them.

How to tell if someone unfriended you

If someone has unfriended you on Facebook, you will no longer see their private posts. If you suspect you have been unfriended, go to the person’s profile. If you see the Add a friend option, it means you have been unfriended. If you cannot find their profile, they may have disabled their account or blocked you.

How to block someone on Facebook

In some cases, you may also want to ensure that the person you wish to unfriend can’t simply resend you a friend request. If this is the case, blocking them on Facebook may be your best option. This will automatically unfriend and make your profile unviewable to them. To do this, just follow these steps.

  • Go to their profile and look for the three horizontal dots (more options) icon. Click on it to reveal a dropdown menu.
  • Select Block.
  • Facebook will ask you to confirm whether you’re sure you want to block the person. It’ll also give you some information about what happens when you block someone. Review this information and, if you’re sure you want to block them, click Block.
  • Your former friend will now be unable to send a friend request, tag you, start a Messenger chat or even view your profile.


Unfriending someone does not prevent them from seeing your public posts, comments, or interactions on mutual friends’ posts. If you want to restrict someone’s access to all of your content, including public posts, you may need to Block them instead of just unfriending them.

Instead of unfriending someone, you have the option to Unfollow or Take a break (on the mobile app only). Unfollow ensures that you won’t see the person’s posts on your timeline, but they can still see yours. Taking a break goes two steps further by stopping the person from seeing your posts and letting you choose between keeping or hiding previous interactions.

Facebook will not notify a person if you unfriend or unfollow them. However, if they search for your profile, they will notice that you aren’t Facebook friends anymore.

If you unfriend someone on Facebook, they can still find your profile and send you a direct message. If you block someone, they will not be able to find your profile.

Yes you can, you will have to send the person a friend request again if you have unfriended them.


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