How to Change Your Relationship Status on Facebook

Edit your status from your laptop or phone to keep it quiet … or not

Updating your Facebook relationship status can be a great way to express your love for your partner and inform your friends and family about your personal life. Not everyone wants to share every aspect of their relationship, though, and some might want to adjust how their status is displayed and who can see it.

This article teaches you how to change your relationship information on the Facebook website and on the mobile app.

Change Your Relationship Status on the Facebook Website

To update your relationship status on the Facebook website:

  1. Select your profile image in the upper-right area of the screen.

    Facebook profile picture
  2. Select Edit Profile.

    Facebook - Edit Profile
  3. Scroll down and select Edit next to Customize Your Intro.

    Facebook - Editing relationship status
  4. Scroll down and select the pencil icon next to Relationship.

    Facebook - pencil icon next to Relationship
  5. Select the pencil icon next to your relationship status.

    Facebook.com - pencil app next to relationship
  6. Select the down-arrow next to your relationship status to choose a new status.

    Choices are:

    • Single
    • In a relationship
    • Engaged
    • Married
    • In a civil union
    • In a domestic partnership
    • In an open relationship
    • It's complicated
    • Separated
    • Divorced
    • Widowed
    Facebook - selecting relationship status
  7. If you selected a relationship status that involves another person, you have the option to enter their name in the box below your relationship status.

    Facebook - enter partner's name

    Your partner will be notified that you have added them to your relationship status. Until they approve, "Pending" will display next to your relationship status.

  8. You can also enter your anniversary date next to Since.

    Facebook - relationship "Since" date
  9. To change your relationship's privacy setting, click your current privacy setting, and choose a new one.

    If you select the globe icon, your relationship status will be public. The couple icon makes it viewable to your friends only.

    Facebook - public relationship status
  10. Select Save.

Change Your Relationship Status in the Facebook App

To update your relationship status in the Facebook app:

  1. Tap your profile image in the upper-left corner.

  2. Tap the three dots next to Add Story > Edit Profile.

    Facebook - selecting profile image, three dots, and "Edit Profile"
  3. Scroll down and tap your current relationship status.

  4. Scroll down and select the pencil icon next to Relationship.

  5. Select the down-arrow next to your relationship status to choose a new status, and then tap Done.

    Choices are:

    • Single
    • In a relationship
    • Engaged
    • Married
    • In a civil union
    • In a domestic partnership
    • In an open relationship
    • It's complicated
    • Separated
    • Divorced
    • Widowed
    Facebook - selecting relationship status
  6. If you selected a relationship status that involves another person, you can enter their name in the box below your relationship status.

    Your partner will be notified that you have added them. Until your partner approves the addition of their name, you will see "Pending" next to your relationship status.

  7. If you selected a relationship status that involves another person, you have the option to enter your Anniversary date.

  8. To change your relationship's privacy setting, click your current privacy setting, and choose a new one.

    The globe icon makes your relationship status public. The couple icon makes your relationship status viewable to your friends only.

    Facebook - entering partner's name and anniversary date
  9. Tap Save.

A good way to avoid attention after a divorce or becoming single is to make your relationship status private before changing it on Facebook.