How to Hide Friends List, Followers, and Following on Facebook

How to Hide Followers and Following on Facebook (2020)

In this post, we’ll see:

Let’s begin.

How to Hide Friends List on Facebook

By default, your friends list on Facebook is “Public.” It means that anyone see it.

If you don’t want others to see your Facebook friends list, then follow the below steps.

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Go to your Facebook profile.

Click on “Friends.”

You see the three horizontal dots button beside the “Find Friends.” Click on it and then click on the “Edit privacy” option.

You see “Edit privacy” pop-up.

In the pop-up, you see “Friends list” and beside them a button. Hit that button.

You see these options:

  • Public – Anyone views friends list of yours.
  • Friends – Only your friends view friends list of yours.
  • Friends except – All your friends view your friends list except the ones you chose.
  • Specific friends – Only the friends chosen by you see your friends list.
  • Only me – Only you see friends list of yours.

Choose the one you prefer. I chose “Only me.”

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Android or iPhone

​Open the Facebook app.

Tap three vertical lines > Settings & Privacy > Settings > Privacy Settings.

You see “Who can see your friends list?” option. Read the crucial points beneath it. Tap the option.

Tap “See More” (if you’re on Android) or “More” (if you’re on iPhone) to see all the options. If you want to know what each option does, check out the PC section above.

Choose the one you prefer. I selected “Only me.”

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How to Hide Followers and Following on Facebook

On Facebook, “Followers” and “Following” are public by default. It means that anyone sees who your followers are and whom you are following.

If you wish to hide those from the view of the others, then follow the below steps.

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Go to your Facebook profile.

Click on “Friends.”

You see the three horizontal dots button beside the “Find Friends.” Click on it and then click on the “Edit privacy” option.

You see “Edit privacy” pop-up.

In the pop-up, you see “Following” and “Followers” and beside them a button.

Hit the button beside “Following.”

You see these options – Public, Friends, Friends except, Specific friends, and Only me.

Pick the one you want. I chose “Only me.”

Click the button beside “Followers.” Choose the option you want. I chose “Only me.”

That’s all. The “Followers” and “Following” is hidden from others (if you’ve chosen “Only me”).

Remember, it also hides your followers count from the “Intro” section of your timeline.

Android or iPhone

Open the Facebook app.

Tap the three vertical lines > Settings & Privacy.

Tap Settings > Privacy Settings.

In the “Your Activity” section, you see “Who can see the people, Pages, and lists you follow?” Hit on it.

Choose the option you prefer from available options. If you prefer to hide it from all except you, then select “Only me.”

Go to “Public Posts” which is in the “Settings.”

There, you see “Who Can See Your Followers On Your Timeline.” Beneath it, you can choose the option you prefer.

In this instance, I chose “Only me.” You need to choose the same if you want to hide your followers from everyone’s view except yours.


How to See Followers and Whom You are Following on Facebook

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Method #1

​Go to Facebook and then sign into your account.

Click on your profile name at the top.

In the “Intro” section, you see “Followed by X people.” X is the number of your followers.

Click on it, and you see your Followers list.

​Besides “Followers,” you see “Following” which you can click to look at whom you’re following.

Method #2

​Go to Facebook. Sign into your account.

Click on your profile name at the top.

You see “Friends” ​under your “Cover Photo.” Click on it, and you see your Facebook friends.

Hit on the “Followers” tab to see your followers.

Click on the “Following” tab to see all whom you’re following.

Note: ​Remember, after you click “Friends,” look for the “More” option if you didn’t find “Followers” ​or “Following​.” Hit “More,” and ​you may see “Followers” and “Following.”

Android or iPhone

​For Seeing Followers

​Open the Facebook app.

Tap the three vertical lines and then tap your profile name.

Under your profile name, you see your “Intro.” Within that, you see “Followed by X people.” X is the number of your followers.

​Tap on it to see your followers list.

​For Seeing Whom You are Following

​Open the Facebook app.

Tap on the three vertical lines and then hit on your profile name.

Tap three horizontal dots button. Hit “Activity Log.”

Hit “Filters.”

Tap the “Categories,” “Your Connections,” and then “Following.”​

​​You see the people and pages you’re following.


​Notes​

  • ​If you don’t see any followers, it means that you don’t have any followers.
  • You may not see all ​followers​ of your Facebook account​ and it may because of the followers account settings.
  • If you don’t see the “Following” tab, then it means that you’re not following anyone or any page.

Read: How to View Facebook Page as Someone Else


How to Stop Others from Following You on Facebook

By default, your Facebook friends are following you, and anyone can follow you on Facebook.

If you don’t like others following you, then you can stop it, and here’s how:

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Sign into Facebook if you’re not.

Hit the inverted triangle at the top > Settings & privacy > Settings.

Click on “Public posts” in the left sidebar.

You see “Who Can Follow Me” and a drop-down list beside it.

Open the drop-down list. Select “Friends.”

That’s all. From now on, only your friends can follow you and others can’t.

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Android or iPhone

Open the Facebook app.

Tap three vertical lines > Settings & Privacy > Settings > Public Posts.

In “Who Can Follow Me” section, you see “Public” and “Friends.” Select the latter.

That’s it. From now on, only your friends can follow you and others can’t.


Notes

  • This change will not apply to people who follow you on buy and sell groups and Marketplace.
  • It removes the “Followers” in “About” and “Followed by” from the timeline. All your existing followers (who aren’t your friends) can’t follow you because they aren’t your followers anymore.
  • In case, if you want to go back to default, then follow the above steps. But instead of selecting “Friends,” choose “Public.” Remember, this brings back “Followers,” “Followed by,” all your existing followers, and allow anyone to follow you.

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​How to Follow Someone on Facebook

When you follow someone, you see that person updates on your “News Feed.”

If you’re not happy with their updates and you don’t want to unfriend them, then you can unfollow them.

Unfollow allows you to stay friends on Facebook. It stops their updates from appearing on your “News Feed” permanently.

You can unfollow anyone you want. Also, note that your friends will not get notified when you unfollowed them.

You can follow and unfollow pages too.

Let’s see the steps to follow and unfollow someone (or page) on Facebook desktop version and app.

Note: If you want to stop updates from a specific person, page, or group from appearing on your “News Feed” temporarily (30 days), then try the Snooze feature.

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Go to Facebook.

Go to the profile of a person you want to follow. You can use Search Box to find the profile.

You see the “Follow” button beside the three horizontal dots button.

Click on it to follow that person.

Note: Not only a personal profile, but you can follow pages too. Go to the page you prefer. Click on the three horizontal dots button > Follow option.

Alternate Way

Go to the profile you want to follow.

Hit the “Person” icon.

Hit “Follow.”

Android or iPhone

If you want to follow a profile or page, follow the below steps:

Go to the profile or page you want to follow.

Tap the three horizontal dots button.

Tap “Follow.”

Alternate Way (Android)

Go to the profile you want to follow.

Tap the “Person” icon.

Tap “Follow.”


Notes

  • You can even follow someone who isn’t your friend. Remember, when you become a friend with someone on Facebook, you automatically follow him/her.
  • Keep in mind that you can follow a page without “Like” the page. When you “Like” a page, you automatically follow that page.

Read: How to Turn Off Facebook Live Notifications

How to Unfollow Someone on Facebook

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Go to the profile of the person whom you want to unfollow.

Hit the “Person” icon.

Hit the “Unfollow” option.

To unfollow a page, follow the steps below:

Go the page you’re following.

Click on the three horizontal dots button.

Click on the “Follow settings” option.

Select “Unfollow this page” and then hit “Update” button.

Alternate Way

Go to the News Feed.

Find the post of the person or page you want to unfollow.

Click on three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the post.

Hit “Unfollow X.” X is the name of page or person.

Android or iPhone

Go to the News Feed.

Find the post from the page or person you want to unfollow.

Tap three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the post.

Tap “Unfollow X.” The X is the name of page or person.

Alternate Way

iPhone

If you want to unfollow a profile or page, follow the below steps:

Go to the profile or page you want to unfollow.

Tap the three horizontal dots button.

Tap “Following.”

Hit “Unfollow.”

Android

If you want to unfollow a profile or page, follow the below steps:

Go to the profile or page you want to unfollow.

Tap the “Person” icon.

Hit “Unfollow.”

If you want to unfollow a page, follow the below steps:

Go to the profile or page you want to unfollow.

Tap the three horizontal dots button.

Tap “Following.”

Hit “Unfollow.”

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