How to Tell If Someone Blocked You on Facebook

Haven't seen a friend's posts lately? Maybe that's on purpose

This article explains how to tell if a Facebook friend has blocked you.

Look for a Friend's Posts in Your Facebook Feed

Many people first begin to suspect they've been blocked by a friend on Facebook when they realize that they haven't seen their posts in their feed for a while.

It's important not to jump to conclusions when this happens, as posts can often be hidden from you by Facebook's algorithm, which is notorious for showing you content from some accounts over others. You may also have been placed on Facebook's Restricted list.

Here's how to make sure whether the algorithm or a block is responsible for missing posts.

  1. On the Facebook website or app, select the search bar at the top of the screen and type in your friend's name.

    If you haven't logged in yet, make sure you do that first.

  2. You should now be shown a page with their profile photo and all of their recent posts. If your friend's name doesn't appear in your search, they might have blocked you.

Use Facebook Messenger to Check If You're Blocked

If you use the Facebook Messenger app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, try to send them a direct message.

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app.

  2. Tap the Compose icon in the top-right corner that looks like a pen and notepad.

    This icon may look like a plus symbol on some versions of the app.

  3. The app will prompt you to enter the name of the person you wish to send a message to. Begin typing your friend's name in the field. If their name and photo show up on the screen, you will be able to send them a message and this also means that you haven't been blocked. If they don't show up, it means that you've either been blocked or that you've typed their name incorrectly.

Check Your Friends List

A fast way to see who's blocked you on Facebook is to check your friends list. Simply put, if the person you suspect has blocked you doesn't show up in your Facebook friends list, then you've been unfriended or blocked. If they do appear in your list, then you're still friends.

  1. Log into the Facebook app or website and select your profile photo.

  2. You will now be taken to your Facebook profile. On your profile should be a horizontal menu with options for About, Photos, and Friends. Select Friends.

  3. Once your friends list loads, you can scroll through it manually to locate your friend, or search for them by entering their name in the search field. If you haven't been blocked or unfriended by this person, they will appear in your friend list.

    Remember to search for the name that they use for their Facebook account. If they use a nickname, enter that in the search box instead of their real name.

Tips for Looking Up a Friend

When searching for a friend with the search bar, make sure you're not only spelling their name correctly but that you're also using the name they use for their Facebook account.

Some Facebook users use their initials or even a nickname on their profiles. This means that their accounts will not show up when searching for their real name.

To get around this, ask a mutual friend if they know what username the friend using. You can also search for someone by entering their email address; however, you will need to know the specific email address that they used to create their Facebook account.

  • How do I delete my Facebook account?

    To delete your Facebook account, go to the top right and select the triangle (Account). Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Your Facebook Information > Deactivation and Deletion. Next, select Delete My Account > Continue to Account Deletion > enter password > Continue > Delete Account.

  • How do I change my name on Facebook?

    To change your name on Facebook, go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Name. Make changes to your name, then select Review Change > Save Changes.

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