How to Unfriend Someone on Facebook

It's okay to move on from a friend. Here's the easy way to do it

A man unfriending his female friend on the Facebook smartphone app
Friend bringing you down? Call it quits and unfriend them on Facebook.

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Have you had enough of a certain friend or family member on the Facebook social network? Unfriending them is a fast and simple solution that's a little bit stronger than unfollowing them, yet not as dramatic as blocking someone completely.

Here's what you need to know about unfriending someone on Facebook, how to do it, and what happens after your social media friendship is over.

How to Unfriend Someone on Facebook

  1. Start up your favorite internet browser such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Firefox and go to the official Facebook website. If you're not logged in to your Facebook account, do so now. Alternatively, you may open the official Facebook app on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
  2. Find the friend you wish to unfriend by typing their name in the search bar at the top of the Facebook website or app. Tap on their name to go to their Facebook profile page.
  3. At the top of their profile should be a button called Friends with a checkmark on it. Tap on this button.
  4. You will now be presented with a new menu of options. Find the one that says Unfriend and click on it.

What Does Unfriending Someone on Facebook Do?

When you unfriend someone on Facebook, that person will no longer be able to see posts that you publish to your friends and any direct messages will be filtered into your Message Requests inbox for you to approve before reading.

Unfriended Facebook friends will still be able to view your public posts and follow you if you have the 'follow' option enabled on your profile.

Can People Tell They've Been Unfriended?

Facebook users do not get notified when they've been unfriended by someone however there are indirect ways in which they are likely to discover what's happened.

  • After a while, they may realize that they haven't seen any of your posts in their Facebook feed and visit your profile to see what you've been up to. As soon as they do this, they will be able to tell they've been unfriended because the option to add you as a new friend will be shown to them.
  • If you have mutual Facebook friends, your profile may be advertised to them as a suggested friend on the Facebook website and apps.

How Do I Reverse an Unfriending on Facebook?

It is impossible to undo an unfriending. The only way to reconnect with someone on Facebook is to send them a friend request as you did when you first became Facebook friends.

Due to the fact that they will have to manually approve your friend request, they will realize that you had unfriended them. If you had done so by accident though, simply explain what happened. If they are a true friend, it shouldn't be too much of an issue for them.

Is Unfriending the Same as Blocking and Unfollowing?

Unfriending someone on Facebook is not the same as blocking or unfollowing them. Unfollowing someone on Facebook maintains the friend connection but hides all of their posts from your Facebook feed. Unfollowing can be a good option for friends or family members that you can't cut off completely yet don't want to see the content they post in your timeline. People you unfollow can still send you messages and see your posts.

Blocking someone on Facebook is the most-extreme action you can take as it not only unfriends an account but also prevents them from seeing your public posts as well and stops them from sending you any form of direct message. Blocking is usually reserved for situations involving harassment, bullying, or stalking though it can be done to anyone at any time.

What Is a Facebook Purge?

A Facebook purge is what many users humorously call it when they go through their list of Facebook friends and unfriend those that they no longer talk to, don't get along with, or don't even recognize. After the mass unfriending, the user will often post something to their remaining Facebook friends to let them know that a purge has taken place and that if they can read that message that it means that they have survived and are still considered a true friend. Purging your friends list around once a year can be a good idea if you ever find yourself asking, "Who is this person?" when reading your Facebook feed.