How to Create a Custom Facebook Friend List

Use lists to keep your friends organized

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 the menu bar on the left, select See More, then scroll down and select Friend Lists.

    A Facebook page with the Friends List menu option highlighted
  3. By default, Facebook provides you with three basic lists: Close Friends, Acquaintances, and Restricted.

    Visit to access your friend lists directly.

Create a New Custom Friend List

Now you can actually get to creating a new Friend List.

  1. On the Friend Lists page, select Create List.

    Facebook friends options with the Create List button highlighted
  2. Name your list, and begin typing names of friends you'd like to add to this list.

    The Create New List window in Facebook

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

  3. Select Create when you are finished adding friends to the list. The list will now be added to your list of friends lists.

    Choose Manage List at the top of your news feed to edit your list, rename 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. Anywhere on Facebook, hover your cursor over a friend's name or profile photo thumbnail. This will display a mini profile preview for the user.

  2. Select the Friends icon, and then choose Edit Friend List.

    A Facebook page with the Edit Friends List option highlighted
  3. Choose which list(s) you'd like to add the friend to.

    The Facebook Edit Friends List dialog box

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.

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