How to Create a Custom Facebook Friend List

Use lists to keep your friends organized

What to Know

  • Sign in to Facebook on a computer. In the menu bar on the left, select See More > Friend Lists.
  • Select Create List. Name the list and enter the names of friends to add to the list.
  • Choose Create to add the new list to your friend lists.

This article explains how to create a custom Facebook friend list. It includes information on viewing your lists and adding or removing a friend from a friend list. Custom friend lists in Facebook can be created only via Facebook on a computer.

Create a New Custom Friend List

Many people have hundreds of Facebook friends, including family, coworkers, close friends, and acquaintances. Use custom friend lists to post updates only for specific people. Select any friend list to see a mini News Feed of posts made by just those friends.

Here's how to make a custom friend list on Facebook.

  1. Sign in to Facebook on a computer. In the menu bar on the left select See More > Friend Lists.

    The Friend Lists option on Facebook
  2. Select Create List.

    Facebook friends options with the Create List button highlighted
  3. Name the list and begin typing the names of friends you want to add to the list. Facebook automatically suggests friends as you begin typing their names.

    The Create New List window in Facebook
  4. Select Create when you are finished adding friends to the list. The list is added to your friend lists.

    Choose Manage List at the top of your news feed to edit your list, rename it, or delete it.

View 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.

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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