Want to hide your mutual friends on Facebook? 

Facebook is the most popular social media platform with over 2.8 billion users.

There’s nobody in my circle who doesn’t have a Facebook account. And maybe – there’s nobody you know of who doesn’t have a Facebook account.

Whether you want to hide your mutual friends from someone in your Facebook Friends list or from random people who land on your profile (people who are not your friends on Facebook), look no further.

Throughout this blog post, I’ll show you how to hide mutual friends on Facebook on both Desktop and smartphone.

Without further ado, let’s dive into it straight away.

How to Hide Mutual Friends On Facebook

Facebook users can hide their mutual friends by setting their “Who can see your friend list” privacy setting to “Only Me” under Facebook Privacy. Over the course of the last few years, Facebook has rolled out numerous privacy features, which give users full control of their profiles. From giving you the ability to lock your profile to hiding your mutual friends, you don’t need to block people anymore to protect your privacy.

You can just head over to Privacy Settings and just enable some of these features. 

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In this blog post, I’d love to show you how to hide mutual friends on Facebook on both Desktop and smartphone:

How to Hide Facebook Mutual Friends on Desktop?

Want to hide mutual friends on Facebook while you’re using your Desktop? Follow these exact steps to know how to do so:

Step I: Head over to www.facebook.com and log in to your account if you haven’t done so.

 Visit www.facebook.com on Desktop

Step II: While you’re on your Facebook profile homepage, hover over your mouse to the top-right corner and tap on the Drop-Down button.

Click Drop Down on Facebook at the top right corner

Step III: Of the different options you see, select “Settings & Privacy.”

Select "Settings & Privacy" on Facebook.

Step IV: As you select “Settings & Privacy,” select “Settings.”

Go to Facebook Settings

Step V: In the left-hand navigation bar, select “Privacy.” You’ll find it below “Your Facebook Information” and above “Face Recognition.”

Click on Facebook Privacy under Settings.

Step VI: You’ll see countless privacy features – which you can tap into to protect your privacy. Scroll and you’ll find “Who can see your friends list” option in the “How People Find and Contact You” section. 

Who can see your friends list Facebook?

As you can see, I’ve set it to “Public,” which means anyone can see my friends list. But now – let’s change this and protect my privacy.

Click on “Edit.”

how to hide your friends on facebook

Step VII: As you select “Edit,” a drop-down screen will appear.

For me – it’s set to “Public.” But for you, it may be set to:

  • Friends – Only your friends can see your friends list.
  • Friends Except – You can select friends who you wouldn’t like to see your friends list.
  • Specific Friends – Some of your friends can only see the list.
  • Only Me – Only you and you yourself can see your friends list.
  • Custom – You can add the name of people who you’d like to share with or people who you wouldn’t like to. 

So – if it’s set to anything other than “Only Me,” we’ll change it to “Only Me.” 

how to hide mutual friends on Facebook

Step VIII: Select “Only Me.”

hide Facebook mutual friends
how to hide Facebook mutual friends

When you select “Only Me,” nobody except you will be able to see who your mutual friends are on Facebook. 

NOTE – While you selected the “Only Me” option, if you want one of your mutual friends from a third person, you need to ask the second person (who you want to hide) to set the settings to “Only Me.” Otherwise the third person will be able to see you as a mutual friend on the second person’s friends list.

How to Hide Facebook Mutual Friends on Your Smartphone?

Want to hide mutual friends on Facebook via mobile application?  Follow these exact steps to know how to do so:

Step I: Launch your Facebook application if you haven’t done so already.

Launch Facebook mobile application

Step II: In the top-right – below the Messenger icon, you can see three vertical lines. Tap on those three lines:

Click on Facebook Hamburger Menu

Step III: Now, just below the three vertical lines, you’ll be able to see the settings icon. Tap on it.

Go to Facebook settings on mobile application

Step IV: Now, you’re in the Settings section. There you’ll see different types of settings options like “Account,” “Preferences,” “Audience & Visibility” and more. Scroll down to find “Audience & Visibility” and select “How People Find and Contact You.”

Scroll down to Audience and Visibility
Select How People Find and Contact You on Facebook

Step V: Under the “How People Find and Contact You,” you’ll be able to see “Who can see your friends list?” Click on it.

Click on Who can see your Friends List in Facebook Settings to hide mutual friends.

Step VI: For me, it’s set to “Public.”

Mutual friends setting set to Public

But for you, it may be set to:

  • Friends – Only your friends can see your friends list.
  • Friends Except – You can select friends who you wouldn’t like to see your friends list.
  • Specific Friends – Some of your friends can only see the list.
  • Only Me – Only you and you yourself can see your friends list.

On Desktop, you can see the “Custom” option, but that’s not visible on the mobile application.

Select “Only me.”

Change mutual friends setting from Public to Only Me

Doing so will ensure that nobody except you can see who your mutual friends are on Facebook. In fact, no one will be able to see your friends list.

But, while you selected the “Only Me” option to hide your friends, if you want one of your mutual friends from a third person, you need to reach out to the second person and ask him/her to set the same settings as you or just add the third person to the “Friends Except” list. Otherwise, the third person will be able to see you as a mutual friend on the second person’s friends list.

Conclusion

We have come a long way ahead. Other than your friends list, you can literally hide everything from everyone on Facebook. 

And in the next few months, we’d love to show you the complete potential of each of these features – as we’ll keep adding blog posts to our library.

I hope I was able to help you out.

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