By default, your Facebook friends can access your entire Friends list. This is great for helping people find mutual acquaintances, especially if theyve just signed up to Facebook. However, you may prefer to keep your Friends list private. We show you here how to be sneakier about your online friendships. Youll learn how to hide your Facebook friends from one another, including hiding your Friends list from a specific user. Youll also learn how to make your entire Friends list private perfect if youre worried about online privacy.
How to Hide Facebook Friends
You can change your Facebook privacy settings via the desktop or the Facebook mobile app.
Lets start by changing these settings from the desktop:
1. Head over to Facebook and log in to your account.
2. In Facebooks upper-right corner, click the little downward arrow.
3. Select Settings & Privacy -> Settings.
4. In the menu on the left, select Privacy.
5. Find the following section: How people find and contact you: Who can see your friends list. Click its accompanying Edit link.
Use the Who can see your friends list? drop-down to specify who has access to this information.
Choose from the following options:
Choose the settings you want, and thats it! Youve now successfully taken control over your Friends list.
Facebook for Android and iOS
If you have Facebook installed on your phone, then you may prefer to modify your Facebook privacy settings via the iOS or Android mobile application.
Note that the following instructions are based on Facebook for iOS, so the steps may differ slightly on Android:
1. On your smartphone, launch the Facebook mobile app.
2. In the bottom-right corner, tap the three-line icon.
3. Scroll to Settings & Privacy, and give it a tap.
4. Tap Settings -> Privacy Settings.
5. Find Who can see your friends list? and give it a tap.
You can now choose the specific people, or groups of people, who should have access to your Friends list.
Now that you know how to hide your friends list from others, do you know you can also change your name in Facebook or transfer your Facebook photos to Dropbox or Google?
Are there any more Facebook privacy settings youd like us to cover? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jessica Thornsby is a technical writer based in Derbyshire, UK. When she isnt obsessing over all things tech, she enjoys researching her family tree, and spending far too much time with her house rabbits.