By default, any Facebook user who can see your profile can view your friend list as well.
With Facebook privacy being talked about in the news almost daily, many users are now hiding their Facebook Friend Lists from the public in order to protect the privacy of everyone on the list.
In fact, many users are even going so far as to hide the list from their friends!
If you’d like to hide your friend list from prying eyes, just follow the steps below that apply to your device.
Note: Your friends will still be able to see a list of the friends you have in common with them (i.e. your mutual friends) even after you hide your Friends List from the public.
At the present time there’s no way to “hide” mutual friends. But all of your other friends will be hidden from their view.
Laptop or Desktop Computer:
1 – Log in to your Facebook account using your preferred web browser.
2 – Click on your name in the upper right-hand corner in order to go to your Timeline.
3 – Click the Friends link.
4 – Click the pencil shaped icon just to the right of the “Find Friends” button.
5 – Click Edit Privacy.
6 – On the line that reads “Who can see your friend list?“, click the down arrow at the far right and select Only me.
7 – Click Done.
Note: Most people who change this setting from Public (the default) to something else choose either Friends or Only Me. If you choose “Friends”, everyone on your friend list will be able to see the list. If you choose “Only Me”, no one but you will be able to see it.
Android SmartPhone or Tablet:
1 – Log in to your Facebook account using the Facebook mobile app.
2 – Tap the Menu icon that’s located near the top-right corner of the screen (it looks like three horizontal lines stacked atop one another).
3 – Scroll down and tap Account Settings.
4 – Tap Privacy.
5 – Scroll down to the “Who can see your friends list?” section and change it to Only me.
iPhone, iPad or other Apple iOS device:
1 – Log in to your Facebook account using Safari (don’t use the Facebook mobile app).
2 – Tap Friends.
3 – Tap the pencil icon.
4 – Click Edit privacy.
5 – Tap Only you.
That’s all there is to it. From now on your Friends List will only be viewable by you.
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