Facebook: Delete or Remove Friend

   Posted by David Kirk in Internet

Everybody loves friends on Facebook… until they get annoying or start spamming. Here is how to delete or remove a Facebook friend. Updated for latest Facebook version.

Oh, Facebook… my Facebook. Like most social sites, it is fun to get a huge circle of friends. However, in order to reduce the noise to signal ratio, it is often nice to narrow your friends list.

Sometimes, a friend is just no longer a friend. Here is how to dump them…

New Version:

Several methods exist for removing friends in the latest version of Facebook. If you are on a friend’s profile page, then the unfriend link is at the very bottom of the left sidebar:

facebook unfriend

If you are looking to unfriend several people at once, it probably best to unfriend through your friends list.

1. Click the Friends link in the left sidebar.
2. Click the Edit Friends button

3. Find the friend you wish to remove, and click the X beside his or her name. Then you will be asked to confirm the deletion.

click the x to delete the facebook friend

This is very similar to removing friends in the previous version of Facebook. Those directions are included here for historical purposes:

On Facebook, pull up your friends list.

Click the Remove Friend link

A pop-up pseudo window will open. Confirm that you really want to remove the friend.

 

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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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82 Responses to “Facebook: Delete or Remove Friend”

  1. March 12, 2009 at 9:45 pm, Lormic98 said:

    Does the friend know that they’ve been removed from your list of friends?

    Reply

  2. May 04, 2009 at 1:09 pm, Barb said:

    will my deleted friend know that I just dumped them?

    Reply

  3. May 07, 2009 at 4:55 pm, terry said:

    i dont see a remove option…did hat disappear when they changed the facebook format?

    Reply

    • May 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm, Ziggy said:

      Click the X to the right hand side of your friend’s name on your friends list page.

      Reply

    • August 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm, lizzy said:

      > from main page click your profile name (upper right) then click on friends–click to open the profile of the friend you want to remove then from the list of (upper right of screen) click friends—this brings up the list of tags, click UNFRIEND—it will ask you to confirm and WHALAH they are gone

      Reply

  4. August 05, 2009 at 6:47 am, Anonymous said:

    Thank you
    I been asking my sister but she didnt tell me.
    Thanks alot!
    I was in big trouble had to remove a buddy
    thanks alot

    Reply

  5. September 04, 2009 at 1:24 pm, Anonymous said:

    what happens if this doesn’t work?? I’ve been trying to remove someone and it wont do it….can you offer any more help???

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    • September 06, 2009 at 11:49 am, Anonymous said:

      You can go to the privacy setting at the bottom of the page and add him/her to your block list.

      Reply

  6. October 24, 2009 at 4:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    where do you find this remove frnds 4m list

    Reply

  7. November 06, 2009 at 5:22 pm, Anonymous said:

    what happens if I cant see this person in my friends list BUT we can talk to chat (so he is still my friend )..
    I have noticed that his photo has been foggy now

    Reply

  8. December 07, 2009 at 1:04 pm, Anonymous said:

    What about removing a whole list of people? Is there an option for that? I have “friends” that were added to fill slots in games. I have read they can be removed from my fb wall and I can still play…but deleting 500 ppl one at a time is a royal pain. Help!

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  9. December 20, 2009 at 12:57 am, Miss P said:

    If you delete a friend, can they request to be your friend later and you can accept them again? Or are they “deleted” forever?

    Reply

    • February 09, 2010 at 5:19 pm, Anonymous said:

      they can request it, you ignore it. YOU can also ask them to be a friuend too

      Reply

  10. February 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm, Anonymous said:

    This is bullshit.

    There’s NO tab for remove friend.

    Why don’t these clowns have the brains to post directions for this?

    This has got to be the most needed application.

    Reply

    • February 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm, simon dust said:

      it’s changed since they changed the layout – I did it by going to the page of the friend i wanted to delete then clicking remove as friend from the link bottom-left.

      Reply

      • February 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm, Anonymous said:

        how to cancel awaiting friend confirmation??

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        • February 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm, simon dust said:

          don’t choose “confirm” (!)

          Reply

      • July 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm, Efbaejfbjh said:

        YAY ^This is the RIGHT answer. I guess fb keeps changing things, but it works right now.

        Reply

  11. February 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm, Anonymous said:

    I do not see a place to remove a friend.

    Reply

    • February 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm, Anonymous said:

      I see no where on any page that looks like the example page showing how to remove friends.

      Reply

      • February 24, 2010 at 10:53 am, N!M!TZ said:

        1. Click on ACCOUNT
        2. Edit FRIENDS
        3. Left side of the webpage, under LISTS, select FRIENDS
        4. Click on the X to the right of the person’s name you want to remove
        5. Done

        Reply

        • February 27, 2010 at 2:37 am, Anonymous said:

          thank you very much there was one guy irritating me now i got rid of him.

          Reply

          • June 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm, NellyLove said:

            that only removes them from network…not ur friends list…so u didn’t really delete them

        • June 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm, Aslaino said:

          This worked the best for me. Thank you very much!!

          Reply

  12. March 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm, Beatriz said:

    Does Facebook announce to all in your list that the friend was removed?

    Reply

    • July 06, 2010 at 9:00 pm, Dan Theman12 said:

      No, it does not announce to anyone that you removed them. Obviously your friend will eventually figure out that you removed them unless they hardly ever contact you, then they prob won’t notice until the day they want to contact you.

      Reply

  13. March 23, 2010 at 10:06 am, Anonymous said:

    thanx to this note the stranger on facebook i have deleted n i will stop getting annoying yeyeyeye (^ .^)

    Reply

  14. May 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm, Ben said:

    I stumbled across an easy way to delete friends quickly on Facebook.
    Paste this link into your browser;
    http://www.facebook.com/friends/?filter=afp
    This will display your friends in a list format. Then simply click on the ‘X’ to the right of their name and a box will pop up to confirm if you want to delete the connection with that friend. I deleted over 200 people in 3-5 minutes.
    Hope this helps some of you out

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    • June 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm, Keng_lavarez said:

      thank you so much!i did it…

      Reply

  15. June 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm, Shamun said:

    There is no ‘remove’ link

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    • January 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm, Dhexmurr said:

      Just open friend and move your cursor to lower left part of your friendslist and find UNFRIEND click it and remove friend.

      Reply

  16. June 19, 2010 at 6:30 am, Cabby152002 said:

    this information is wrong. you go to account and then edit friends and then delete the friend you want to delete.

    Reply

    • June 20, 2010 at 8:27 am, Vytis said:

      your saying the right info man thx

      Reply

  17. July 05, 2010 at 2:53 pm, Fgljha said:

    I would like to remove my applications from friends I deleted

    Reply

  18. July 07, 2010 at 12:51 pm, Jae said:

    thanks!

    Reply

  19. July 09, 2010 at 1:00 pm, Aurorac15 said:

    This is the new way to do it

    1. Click on ACCOUNT
    2. Edit FRIENDS
    3. Left side of the webpage, under LISTS, select FRIENDS
    4. Click on the X to the right of the person’s name you want to remove
    5. Done

    Reply

  20. July 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm, Criminonology_Queen said:

    remember that you can hide people from the newsfeed too. When I was ill, I spent all day on FB. A couple of people removed me (must have been annoying) but I it kind of hurt a little (e.g. to be the only person in the M.Phil year group dumped etc). I have some really annoying friends but I keep them and hide them, rather than hurt their feelings.

    Sorry to be all sensitive about this- YES there are people who need removing. I have done this many times too

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  21. July 13, 2010 at 6:41 am, Jo said:

    g to account to the right edit friends then all connections then start deleting who ever you want lol

    Reply

  22. August 02, 2010 at 7:08 pm, Daniel Rangel said:

    why doesnt my friends list not have a remove friend option?

    Reply

  23. August 02, 2010 at 7:28 pm, Daniel Rangel said:

    oh, i got it the ne way, hadnt read that lol……..thnx a lot

    Reply

  24. August 31, 2010 at 2:58 pm, Earthdayplans said:

    You are my friend by keeping your association with moral qualities, and not with human thinking anmd self Rom.1:25, Eph.2:2-3; 1Pet.2:21

    Reply

  25. September 05, 2010 at 10:08 am, Cupids1girl said:

    that was before they redid the website, now you can do it that way

    Reply

  26. October 08, 2010 at 5:42 pm, Isabel said:

    I want to remove a friend from my list, and I cannot see the option of remove a friend

    Reply

  27. October 12, 2010 at 10:29 am, Gas1 said:

    What about removing my request? Say I send my request to a friend but he/she didnt act on it, after awhile I wanted to remove them (the request)! How?

    Reply

  28. October 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm, adnan said:

    how I can delete or remove a zunga poker friend?

    Reply

    • June 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm, Squirrel said:

      block the application

      Reply

  29. December 04, 2010 at 6:58 pm, Ghje said:

    hi

    Reply

  30. December 04, 2010 at 7:02 pm, Rocky said:

    HI dude

    Simple way for remove the person of you profile

    first, you click on the friend
    then scroll and look left side
    there will write remove your friend
    then click on the remove your friend

    Reply

  31. December 08, 2010 at 3:22 pm, Tyler said:

    How do you remove a friend using a I phone?

    Reply

  32. January 03, 2011 at 4:44 am, Nanalizh said:

    How do I block a particular friend’s post?

    Reply

  33. January 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm, Janetjpearson said:

    I have a whole slew of maybe friends. How can I delete these and stop them from reappearing. I don’t know to much about Facebook but it’s not for me. Thanks

    Reply

  34. February 02, 2011 at 3:33 am, Robin Gross said:

    Yeah, I have the same problem as Janetjpearson. How do you get rid of “People You May Know” that you really don’t? Each one used to have an “x” next to them that you could select and they’d disappear from your “Maybe” list. Now the “x” isn’t there anymore. This is a real pain…

    Reply

  35. March 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm, mariana said:

    If I just delete a person, he can use my first invitation to him to be my friend again? This happend to me. I deleted a person and he just appeared today as my friend again. I received a email like this “he accepted your invitation”, but I did not sent him the invitation again. Please help!!!

    Reply

  36. March 12, 2011 at 1:41 am, Jim said:

    Many of the names that fb suggests (“People you may know”), are not people I want to ask to be friends. Fb’s suggestions are based on some people I friended a while back, and these people skew the new names that are suggested to me.

    Short of “unfriending” some of them, I wonder what to do?

    Also, it used to be when someone was suggested, you could just “X” so they wouldn’t be suggested any more. Since that feature’s been removed, now, I keep seeing a lot of the people repeating each time I review the suggestions.

    Reply

  37. April 20, 2011 at 7:32 am, Imrankhan said:

    dear thanks for help me to remove rabbish friend….

    Reply

  38. April 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm, Rizwan Razaraza said:

    thanks

    Reply

  39. April 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm, Jordan said:

    i have the same problem as Jim… my friends mom sent me a bunch of friend suggestions… i dont want them as friends so i tried hiding them and everything… theres no “x” or delete request…. how do i get rid of them?

    Reply

  40. April 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm, Jackie said:

    i have the same problem as Jordan… my friends mom sent me a bunch of friend suggestions… i dont want them as friends so i tried hiding them and everything… theres no “x” or delete request…. how do i get rid of them?

    Reply

  41. May 18, 2011 at 6:27 am, Khurram_asif27 said:

     thanxxxx

    Reply

  42. June 01, 2011 at 3:45 pm, Dennis Sasabo said:

    This is good option to have, somepeople are borering!!

    Reply

  43. June 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm, Cheryl L Herring said:

    Many of the names that fb suggests (“People you may know”), are not
    people I want to ask to be friends. Fb’s suggestions are based on some
    people I friended a while back, and these people skew the new names that
    are suggested to me.

    Short of “unfriending” some of them, I wonder what to do?

    Also,
    it used to be when someone was suggested, you could just “X” so they
    wouldn’t be suggested any more. Since that feature’s been removed, now, I
    keep seeing a lot of the people repeating each time I review the
    suggestions.

    Reply

  44. June 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm, Vividvividso@yahoo.in said:

    she is abusive so i want remove her from my friend list.

    Reply

  45. July 15, 2011 at 7:50 am, Iangedwards_104 said:

    ALL of the people suggested as friends by fb are not my idea.  Would fb please check my age (75) before suggesting teen-age friends of my grandchildren.  Even right-clicking doesn’t show the delete option.  Judging by the number of complaints on this subject would fb PLEASE pack it in.

    Reply

  46. July 15, 2011 at 7:58 am, Ian said:

    Ah but ah but.  Does this mean I have “invite” the several hundred possibles that fb have lumbered on me and then “X” them – ONE BY ONE!  GRRRRRRRR!

    Reply

  47. July 22, 2011 at 12:43 am, Jhasbhenusman said:

    it is effective?

    Reply

  48. October 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm, darrell said:

    i been reading how to delete people from F/B and each way i read on here takes me to the same place i have been and they r no X beside any of the names how to delete

    Reply

  49. November 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm, Moune said:

    On a pc I have to hover with the mouse in the upper right-hand corner of”popple you may know” to make the faint X appear and then click on it. However I don’t have that option on my samsung android phone. Bummer…

    Reply

  50. December 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm, thanseer said:

    thanks

    Reply

  51. January 02, 2012 at 1:30 am, bulma brief said:

    thanks for help…….

    Reply

  52. January 28, 2012 at 9:35 am, john said:

    i deleted people on friends list and i still get requests in games such as farmville ,castville how do i get somone totlly off everything so there is no contact???? thanks

    Reply

  53. February 08, 2012 at 2:48 pm, Jeff Bicht said:

    I have some of my family in both lists only want to delete them from the friend list. How do I do this?

    Reply

  54. April 15, 2012 at 12:59 am, SHANNON said:

    Thank you very much, we have an anoing friend. So now I can DELETE HIM FOR EVER!!!

    THANK YOU DAVID KIRK,
    SHANNON W.

    Reply

  55. June 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm, karen reames said:

    Am tired of this person airing her dirty laundry on face book. Its embarrassing and imature.

    Reply

  56. July 04, 2012 at 11:17 am, Elaine said:

    does my friends will be deleted if I delete my friend list?

    Reply

  57. October 02, 2012 at 9:14 am, david said:

    ok i removed someone as a friend why do i still see them non my apps and facebook games?

    Reply

  58. May 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm, beth said:

    how can you undo friend suggestions that i suggested for my brother?

    Reply

  59. June 02, 2013 at 11:15 am, Dini said:

    What are dilete

    Reply

  60. June 24, 2013 at 1:11 am, Thangavel said:

    all add friends stop deleted

    Reply

  61. July 11, 2013 at 11:50 pm, shailendra kaushik said:

    thank u so very much.

    Reply

  62. December 22, 2013 at 9:25 am, Anusha N said:

    Hi…
    Last year someone who is on my friend list suddenly disappeared from my list and he noticed we were not friends anymore on FB. He accused me of deleting him when i really didnt. I re-added him and a couple of months later, the same thing happened again and again he accused me of the same thing. He is in the IT line and he mocked me when i said these technical problems do happen (I am not in the IT line – he thinks that i am fooling him to cover up when in fact i didnt delete him). Is there any reason why this happened? Thanks

    Reply

  63. December 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm, prayashraj said:

    wou relly I like it

    Reply

  64. March 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm, taufik hidayat se said:

    deleteing facebook

    Reply

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