How to See Sent Friend Requests on Facebook

View unanswered friend requests

What to Know

  • Mobile browser: Friends > Friend Requests > View sent requests.
  • Desktop browser: Friends > Friend Requests > View sent requests.
  • App: Menu > Friends > See All > More (three dots) > View Sent Requests.

This article shows you how to see all of your sent friend requests on a mobile browser, desktop browser, and the Facebook mobile app and how to cancel them. 

How to View Sent Friend Requests on Facebook Mobile

You can use Facebook on a mobile browser if you don't have either the Android or iOS app installed on your device. 

  1. Open a browser, go to Facebook's mobile site, and log in.

  2. Select the Friends icon on the menu bar at the top.

  3. Select the down arrow next to Friend Requests.

    Facebook in a mobile browser with Friends icon and down arrow highlighted
  4. Choose View sent requests.

  5. When you want to retract a sent request, select Cancel and the request will be removed from the recipient's view.

    Facebook in a mobile browser with View Sent Requests and Cancel highlighted


You can also use a search term like " friend requests" on any browser to directly arrive at the screen after you log in.

View Sent Friend Requests on a Desktop

You can also view and cancel friend requests on a desktop browser.

  1. Select Friends from the left vertical pane.

    Facebook in a browser with Friends highlighted
  2. Select Friend Requests.

    Facebook in a web browser with Friend Requests highlighted
  3. Select View sent requests.

    Facebook in a browser with View Sent Requests highlighted
  4. Select Cancel Request if you don't want the request to go to the recipient.

    Cancel Request highlighted in Facebook on desktop browser

See Friend Requests on the Facebook App

The steps to see all pending sent friend requests are nearly identical on the Facebook mobile app for iOS and Android. The steps below are illustrated on an iPhone, but we've noted the differences for the Android app.

  1. Tap Menu (three lines.) It's on the bottom right of the iPhone app and the upper right of the Android app.

  2. Tap Friends.

  3. Tap See All.

    Facebook mobile app with Menu, Friends, and See All highlighted
  4. In the upper-left corner, tap More (three dots).

  5. Tap View Sent Requests.

  6. Select Cancel to terminate the request.

    Facebook mobile app with More, View Sent Requests, and Cancel highlighted
  • Why can't I friend request someone on Facebook?

    Some users may have their privacy settings set to not allow friend requests from anyone but friends of people they're already connected to. If this it the case, you'll either not see a button to send a friend request to them, or you won't be able to click it. They'll have to send you a friend request to connect.

  • How do I cancel all sent friend requests on Facebook?

    Facebook doesn't currently have an option to bulk-cancel friend requests. You'll need to do them one at a time.

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