Facebook allows anyone to find and peruse your friends list by default. If you’re doing a privacy sweep on the website, you might be wondering how you can keep this info to yourself. Read on to learn how to make your friends list private on Facebook.
There are a number of different configurations you can choose when it comes to hiding your friends list. This means you can choose to leave it public, set it as private or pick and choose which Facebook users can flip through it by name.
This guide will take you through the steps needed to set your friends list to your eyes only but, if you want to do some more fine-tuning, you can do so in the final step. Keep reading to learn how to make your Facebook friends list private…
If you’re interested in learning more about Facebook and your data, you can also visit our guide, Is Facebook Safe?.
What you’ll need:
- A phone, tablet or laptop
- A Facebook account
The Short Version
- Open Facebook
- Go to your settings
- Click ‘Privacy’
- Click ‘Edit’ next to ‘Who Can see Your Friends List?’
- Select ‘Only Me’
How to make your friends list private on Facebook
Go to your Facebook home page
We’ll be using screenshots from the browser version of Facebook.
Click on the down facing arrow
This will be in the top right corner of your screen.
Click Settings & Privacy
This is the cog icon.
Or hit the cog icon again.
This will take you to your privacy settings.
Click Edit next to Who Can Send You Friend Requests
You might need to scroll down to see this option.
Click the blue button and choose Only Me
That’s it. Only you will be able to view your friends list going forward.
Yes, there are a number of options between having your friends list set as public or ‘Only Me’. You can also set your list to be viewed by friends, specific friends, friends except and dive deeper into custom settings in the last step we cover in this guide.
No, you can only control who can view your own friends list. This means that if a friend has their list set as public, everyone will still be able to see that you’re friends through that person’s profile.