How to Create a Custom Facebook Friend List

Use lists to keep your friends organized

5 friends sit on bench with phones organizing Facebook friends lists
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Many people have hundreds of Facebook friends, including family, coworkers, close friends, and acquaintances. If you have a status update you'd like to share with only certain friends, Facebook allows you to make custom friend lists.

Create as many friend lists as you like. This feature lets you post updates only for specific people. Select any friend list to see a mini News Feed of posts made by just those friends.

Custom friend lists in Facebook can be created only via Facebook on the desktop and not via Facebook mobile apps.

See Your Custom Friend Lists

To see your current custom friend lists:

  1. Sign in to Facebook on your desktop computer.

  2. From your News Feed, go to the Explore section on the left and select Friend Lists. If you don't see it, select See More and scroll to find it.

    Screenshot of Facebook's Friend Lists option, where you can create a custom friend list
  3. After you've selected Friend Lists, you'll be taken to a dedicated page that shows your current friend lists. By default, Facebook provides you with three basic lists: Close Friends, Acquaintances, and Restricted.

Visit Facebook.com/bookmarks/lists to access your friend lists directly.

Create a New Custom Friend List

  1. From your News Feed, go to the Explore section on the left and select Friend Lists.

  2. Select Create List.

  3. Name your list, and begin typing names of friends you'd like to add to this list.

    Screenshot of Facebook's Create New List option to add a new custom friend list

    Facebook will automatically suggest friends to add as you begin typing their names.

  4. Select Create when you are finished adding friends to this list, and the new friend list will be added to your list of friend lists.

Click Manage List in the top right corner to edit your list, rename it, archive it, or delete it.

Add a Friend to an Existing Friend List

It's easy and quick to add a friend to any existing friend list.

  1. Hover your cursor over the friend's name or profile photo thumbnail on one of their posts in your News Feed. This will display the mini profile preview box.

  2. Move your cursor so it hovers over the Friends button on their mini profile preview.

  3. Select Add to another list.

    Screenshot of Facebook page to add friends to a custom friend list
  4. A list of your current friend lists will appear; select the list you want to add this friend to.

Remove a Friend From a Friend List

To remove a friend from a custom friend list, hover your cursor over the Friends button on their profile or mini profile preview, and then select the list from which you want to remove them.

Friend lists are for your use only; friends are not notified when they're added or removed from a custom friend list.