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.

 

About David Kirk

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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  • Lormic98

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

  • Barb

    will my deleted friend know that I just dumped them?

  • terry

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

    • Ziggy

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

    • lizzy

      > 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

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    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???

    • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    where do you find this remove frnds 4m list

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    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!

  • Miss P

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

    • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

    • simon dust

      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.

      • Anonymous

        how to cancel awaiting friend confirmation??

        • simon dust

          don’t choose “confirm” (!)

      • Efbaejfbjh

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

  • Anonymous

    I do not see a place to remove a friend.

    • Anonymous

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

      • N!M!TZ

        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

        • Anonymous

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

          • NellyLove

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

        • Aslaino

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

  • Beatriz

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

    • Dan Theman12

      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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Ben

    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

    • Keng_lavarez

      thank you so much!i did it…

  • Shamun

    There is no ‘remove’ link

    • Dhexmurr

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

  • Cabby152002

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

    • Vytis

      your saying the right info man thx

  • Fgljha

    I would like to remove my applications from friends I deleted

  • Jae

    thanks!

  • Aurorac15

    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

  • Criminonology_Queen

    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

  • Jo

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

  • Daniel Rangel

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

  • Daniel Rangel

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

  • Earthdayplans

    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

  • Cupids1girl

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

  • Isabel

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

  • Gas1

    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?

  • adnan

    how I can delete or remove a zunga poker friend?

    • Squirrel

      block the application

  • Ghje

    hi

  • Rocky

    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

  • Tyler

    How do you remove a friend using a I phone?

  • Nanalizh

    How do I block a particular friend’s post?

  • Janetjpearson

    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

  • Robin Gross

    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…

  • mariana

    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!!!

  • Jim

    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.

  • Imrankhan

    dear thanks for help me to remove rabbish friend….

  • Rizwan Razaraza

    thanks

  • Jordan

    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?

  • Jackie

    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?

  • Khurram_asif27

     thanxxxx

  • Dennis Sasabo

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

  • Cheryl L Herring

    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.

  • Vividvividso@yahoo.in

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

  • Iangedwards_104

    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.

  • Ian

    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!

  • Jhasbhenusman

    it is effective?

  • darrell

    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

  • Moune

    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…

  • thanseer

    thanks

  • bulma brief

    thanks for help…….

  • john

    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

  • Jeff Bicht

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

  • SHANNON

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

    THANK YOU DAVID KIRK,
    SHANNON W.

  • karen reames

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

  • Elaine

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

  • david

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

  • beth

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

  • Dini

    What are dilete

  • Thangavel

    all add friends stop deleted

  • shailendra kaushik

    thank u so very much.

  • Anusha N

    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

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  • taufik hidayat se

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