How to Hide My Friends on Facebook


One of the best things about the Facebook platform is how it lets Facebook users manage their privacy settings at their will.

You can make your Facebook private, only share posts with specific friends, and more - but can you make your friends list private on FB?

This is a question that many users have experienced at some point or another, but how possible is this?

Today’s guide on our site is going to guide you through the following matters:

  • How to hide my friends on Facebook;
  • What happens when you make your Facebook friends list private?;
  • How to manage your friends list settings on different versions of Facebook.

Can You Hide Your Facebook Friends List?

Yes, you can hide your friends list from certain friends or non-friends on Facebook with relative ease!

This means that only yourself will be able to check your friends list page on the Facebook site or app.

Since you will be the only one who has access to this info, no single friend or family member you have added will be able to check who your entire friends on the app are - only you!

It is not like you are disabling friends suggestions on Facebook - instead, you are just preventing others from checking your friends section freely.

This is just another one of the many privacy options that Facebook provides access to, such as the “ People You May Know” menu, blocking specific people, preventing certain people from making comments on your posts, and more.

How to Hide Your Facebook Friends List On the Facebook App

Everyone can hide their friends list on Facebook (visit the aforementioned Facebook links to learn more about it).

Nonetheless, the process is slightly different on mobile versions from PC versions, for example, of the Facebook platform.

Thus, if you use the Facebook mobile app for iPhone and Android, these are the steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Open Facebook and Tap On Your Profile Icon

Firstly, open Facebook on your phone. Look for the three horizontal lines on your profile picture, and tap on them.

A drop-down menu will open - proceed to the following step.

Step 2: Go to Settings and Privacy

Once you tap menu, select the Settings and Privacy option. Later on, tap Settings on the same dropdown menu, and move on.

Step 3: Tap On Profile Settings

Then, after you select Settings, select your Profile Settings.

Step 4: Select the Privacy Option

On this screen, you must select Privacy Setting. Scroll down until you find it, and tap on it.

Step 5: Change “Who Can See Your Friends List” to “Only Me”

At last, you will see a section that says “How People Find and Contact You.”

Here, scroll down a little bit more in this menu, and select the Who Can See Your Friends List option.

In order to hide your Facebook Friends List, simply that on that option, and select Only Me.

From now on, all your specific friends will be hidden from your Facebook profile.

No one will be able to see your Friends List, but as stated on this same page, your mutual friends will indeed show.

Other than that, each contact you have added will no longer access your Facebook Friends by any means.

And that’s how you hide your friends list on Facebook mobile!

How to Hide Your Friends List On Facebook Desktop (Computer Version)

Not all of us use the mobile version of Facebook. Thus, if you use Facebook on a desktop device, then these are the steps you must follow.

Step 1: Tap On Your Account Icon and Go to Settings and Privacy

Log in to your Facebook account, and on the upper right corner of the screen, click on your profile icon.

Then, on this menu page, click Settings to go to Facebook Privacy Settings.

Step 2: Click Privacy on the Left Side of the Screen

Now, after you select Settings, at the left side of this screen, click on the Privacy option.

Step 3: Go to How People Find and Contact You

Scroll down until you find “How People Find You.” Go to “Who Can See Your Friend List,” and click “Edit.”

Step 4: Change “Who Can See Your Friends List” to “Only Me”

After you click on Edit, simply change your settings to “Only Me,” and that will do the trick.

Your friends list on Facebook is now entirely hidden on your account!

That’s how you do it - just follow each step mentioned above, and you will be good to go.

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Will Mutual Friends Be Hidden from Facebook Profile?

No - the people that you have already added to your account will still be able to see your mutual friends on it, even if you hide your Facebook friends list.

About the author

Karen is a senior technical writer and copywriter here at GrowFollowing. Her area of expertize are social media apps and new media.