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How to remove Add Friend Button and Add subscribe button in Facebook


Facebook - the most popular social networking of this day. I know you all agree with me. Most people and company as well are already been using Facebook to promote, socialize, chat and play games.

I'm one of the fan of Facebook. I used it as a tool to communicate with my family and love ones. But recently I received so much friend request notification and I can't even handle or I don't have time to confirm or reject those notification.

So I decided to limit those who can send request to me to be their friend. I manage to do some changes on my privacy setting.

Remove Add Friend button

So let start with the changes to remove "Add Friend" button.

To see what button that you are currently using you can preview your profile.

How to do it:

  • On your "Profile" click the small icon with drop down beside the activity log, click "view as"

Refer on the screenshot below.

1. Preview Facebook profile

1. Preview Facebook profile

2. Add Friend and Subscribe button

2. Add Friend and Subscribe button

Looking at the preview of my sample Profile on top, no 2 as you can see there are two buttons that I am using. the "Add Friend" and "Subscribe".

Now let start removing the "Add Friend" button.


  1. Click on Privacy shortcuts button (Beside "HOME")
  2. Click "who can contact me?"
  3. Then on "who can send me friend request?"
  4. Choose "Friends of Friends"

You can refer on the screenshot below.

Steps on removing "Add Friend" button

Steps on removing "Add Friend" button

Were done. Now see the preview of your profile again to see if the "Add Friend" button has been removed.

"Add Button" removed

"Add Button" removed

Now looking at the preview of my profile I only have "Subscribe" button and the "Add Friend" button was removed.

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Note: Removing "Add Friend" button is not totally removing it, you just made a restriction who can send you a friend request. In this case only "friends of friends" can send you friend request not "everyone".

If in case you don't have "Subscribe" button on your profile just enable it.

How to do it: Go to

  • Account setting --> Subscriber (on the left corner) --> check "Allow Subscriber".

That's the end of my tutorial. I hope it helps you.

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paulette gazo on January 26, 2015:

there is an ad on my home page that i cannot remove, why should i be for iced to view this ad all the time it is for something i would never buy who can help me remove it i called the company they do not care

Nadia woods on July 13, 2014:

Hi, I have an IPad and I went on Safari and hid my add a friend, when I did this my message also now has gone , now I want them back but I have no idea how to do this please help.

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on June 23, 2014:

Thanks Ankit Rajput for dropping and I'm glad you find this article useful...

Ankit Rajput on June 17, 2014:

I'm impressed with this article... n it definitely worked too..

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on September 21, 2013:

No poblem Manoj! I'm glad I could help..

Manoj on September 10, 2013:

Thank you so much .. i really need it..

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on August 28, 2013:

Thanks Tom,

Tom rubenoff from United States on August 28, 2013:

Great info here! Voted up and useful. Thank you!

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on August 24, 2013:

No problem sam... I'm glad I could help.

sam on August 24, 2013:

thnx dude done with :)

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on July 18, 2013:

Thanks everyone for dropping.

bunnysmart on July 16, 2013:


Fgg on June 10, 2013:

Facebook just removed the option to have your profile only searchable for friends! I liked it better when random strangers could not search and find me on Fb. Now, under the privacy settings, it only has the option of selecting the methods for search for just your cell phone/e-mail lookup. I suspect that it will only be a matter of time as well until FB gets rid of that option.

FB has been prety sucky regarding privacy the last couple years. I'd definitely use Google Plus and drop FB but Google's privacy reputation is a heck of a lot worse than FB is. Kinda makes me miss the Myspace days! Lol

narottam subedi on June 03, 2013:

Is it not possible that even friends of friends also cannot send me a friend request???

thanks on May 24, 2013:

thank you very much

jeric on May 12, 2013:

thanks you very much it whas nice ^^

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on April 29, 2013:

@saira90, your Welcome. I'm glad I could help... Thanks for dropping by..

saira90 on April 29, 2013:

Wow ThankS its Very HelpfuL.. :)

hasnat65 on April 20, 2013:

i wanna add a like button beside the follow button

YourAdmirer on April 20, 2013:

Thank, So Much HelpFuL

hasnain :) on April 10, 2013:

Awesome (Y) thanks dude :)

dil on March 03, 2013:


Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on February 27, 2013:

I'm glad this hub is helpful to everyone.. Thanks for dropping by and to all of your comments.

Laura Tykarski from Pittsburgh PA on February 26, 2013:

Just saw your links ...and I got a chance to complete Sun assignment.I use Facebook frequently although I call it Facebookland lol . This hub information was great having the actual graphics shown for each step was something I loved.

Lisa Stover from Pittsburgh PA on February 25, 2013:

Great information!

Annette Hendley from London, United Kingdom on February 25, 2013:

I am useless with manuals and technical explanations so thanks for the great visual.

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on February 20, 2013:

No problem Jay. Thanks for dropping by.

JAY GOGA on February 19, 2013:

thank for help

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on February 15, 2013:

@denise.w.anderson: Same here. That is the reason why I changed my privacy and of course I want also to share this idea to others.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on February 15, 2013:

Thank you. I have been wondering how it would be best to do this. I have been getting friend requests from people that I have never heard of before due to connecting my Facebook account with Hub Pages as well.

Romel Tarroza (author) from Philippines on February 14, 2013:

Thanks for dropping by Angel4967. I'm glad you this article interesting..

Cindy Pierre from Nevada on February 14, 2013:

Thank you so much for writing this! I went and did it. I just don't have time for all that friend requests business and I love that I can have my profile this way now. Voted up!

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