How to Unfriend Someone on Facebook

When you created a Facebook account, you probably friended a lot of people from your past. You added people you knew from grade school, high school, your first job, and even summers at the beach. Then, you got to know them through social media.

It turns out that you probably wouldn't want to be neighbors with some of those people, let alone give them access to your photos and thoughts. Sometimes you need to let go and unfriend someone on Facebook.

Two ways to unfriend

If you're just annoyed by someone's constant political posts, memes, or rants, you can Unfollow them without actually unfriending them. Just click on that little downward arrow in the right-hand corner of a person's post and opt for Unfollow. This will remove the person's posts from your Facebook feed, but you will remain friends, have access to their page, and be able to contact them through Facebook Messenger.

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However, if you need to take that one step further, there are two ways to unfriend someone.

The first way is through the home page of the person you want to unfriend. Find their name in your feed, comments, or Friends list, and click on it. This will bring you to that person's home page. At the top is a little tag that says "Friends." Hover over that and a menu will pop up, with the Unfriend option at the bottom. Click it and you're done.

You can also unfriend someone from your Friends list. This is more convenient, if you want to clean house a little and unfriend multiple people. If you click your name at the top of your Facebook feed (it's on left and the right), this will bring up your personal Facebook page. Then, click Friends. If you don't see the friend you want to drop from the list, you can use the search bar. Next to each of your friends, there is also a little Friends tag. When you hover over that, you'll see the Unfriend option.

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Unfriending on a smartphone

The unfriending process is just as easy on your phone. Go to the home page of the person you want to unfriend and click "Friends" on the left-hand side of the menu under the person's name. A list of options will come up, allowing you to unfriend the person. The option to Unfollow is also listed, which means you can stay friends with this person without seeing all of their posts in your feed.

As with a web browser, you can also unfriend people using your Friends list. Navigate to your personal home page, click on Friends in the top menu, and find the person you want to unfriend. Clicking on the Friends tab next to their name will bring up the option to unfriend the person or block them.

When Unfriending Isn’t Enough

Even after you've unfriended someone, they can still view your public posts, public photos, and even send you message. If someone is harassing you, block them—and don't look back.

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The blocking option is available through the Friends list that's accessible on your home page. However, if you want to block more than one person or just don't want to scroll, there is an icon at the top of every Facebook page that looks like a little lock. This is a shortcut to Facebook's privacy features. Click on that and then "How do I stop someone from bothering me?" From there, you can type in the name or email of the person you want to block. Once someone is blocked, they will not be able to see you anywhere on Facebook. They won't be able to see your profile, contact you through Messenger, or even see comments you've left on other people's posts.

There are plenty of other blocking options located through Facebook settings. Click on the downward arrow in the upper right-hand corner of any Facebook page, then Settings. This will bring up a menu of options on the left side of the page. Click Blocking and you will see options to block users, apps, pages, and more. To allow those back into your Facebook life, just go to the same page and click unblock next to each entry.

Mistakes Happen

When you unfriend or block someone from Facebook, they won't get any sort of notification. That's the good news. The only way they will know they're cut off is if they try to view your page or contact you. Another way is if you decide to add them back; this requires a new friend request. Once you send that, the person will get a new friend notification. Of course, you can just blame the unfriending on clumsy fingers.

Unblocking someone is much easier, though. On a computer, go to the top of any page on Facebook, click the little lock icon, and then "How do I stop someone from bothering me?" Then, choose "View All Blocked Users." Next to each name, there is the option to Unblock. Click on that and you can re-friend or just send them a message; a true friend will understand.