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How to Hide Friends List on Facebook Timeline

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Recently I had my mother call me up at 11PM at night on a Tuesday to ask me a question about her Facebook profile: She wanted to know how she could make her friends list private from everyone else on her friends list and the rest of the world in general.

After rolling my eyes and scoffing, I asked her if she was crazy. Did she really not know how to hide her friends list? I could have sworn I saw her do it before, and then switch right back to keeping her friends list visible.

She told me that she decided to opt in on the new Facebook Timeline layout, and ever since she did, she's even more confused about how to keep up with her profile than it was when she first joined Facebook in 2010.

I figured I'd cut her some slack and wouldn't poke too much fun at her, but decided to do a Google search on how to make your friends list private on Facebook Timeline since I had never tried to do so myself (I'm still hanging around with the older layout at the moment). I was amazed to find that there wasn't a quick and simple step-by-step guide on how to hide your friends list, so I took it upon myself to take the plunge and switch over to the Timeline layout so that I could help others out!


How to Make Your Friends List Private with Facebook Timeline

Step One: Go to your profile. You should see a white area beneath your profile picture that displays information such as your location, where you work, and to the right it should show things such as photos, maps, likes, etc. One of these things should be your friends list. Click on it.

a little hard to read, but that's the pop up!

a little hard to read, but that's the pop up!

Keep in Mind

While your friends list may be private, mutual friends between you and others will always show.

Step Two: Click the edit button which you can find on the top right part of the page. There should then be a popup that asks "Who can see your full friends list on your timeline?"

There's a little globe in the right hand corner of that popup. When you click it, there will be a small drop-down menu of options for you to choose from; public, friends, friends except acquaintances, only me, and custom.

OptionWhat it Means


Everyone can see your friends list.


ALL friends can see your friends list.

Friends except Acquaintances

People in your acquaintances list cannot see your friends list, but all other friends can.

Only Me

Only you can see your friends list.


You get to pick and choose who can and cannot view your friends list.

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Hopefully this helped anyone out who's had trouble with trying to hide their friends list on the new Facebook Timeline. To most tech savvy people it might seem pretty obvious, but to others it's not!


Ofori Daniel on August 25, 2017:

I can't found my profile

Michele on May 04, 2017:

But has to be done on the internet not the app correct?

Munna Hossain on November 05, 2016:

Nice tips. Thanks for sharing. I will be helpful.

Karen Anne Morgan on January 27, 2016:

Thankyou so much for the simple explanation for hiding my friends list. I just hope i can remember how to do it now! The problem being that im blind doesnt help. I'll let you know how i get on.

skn on January 09, 2013:

thnx its work

maureen on November 27, 2012:

thanks this really helped

someone on August 06, 2012:

this is ACTUALLY helpful and clear and concise!! good job! you rock

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 13, 2012:

I believe we must take care while giving details on social media. Thanks for this useful and informative post!

Mcool on May 31, 2012:

Thanxx a lott dudee

Angel on May 20, 2012:


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