Facebook Tip: How To Disable Close Friends Notifications Or Remove Friends From The Close Friends List

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disable close friends notificationsAs you may have noticed, Facebook has been promoting its new “close friends” list in the past couple of months. You might have seen it when logging into Facebook: the top part of your news feed, which is often used by Facebook to promote new features, suddenly offers a way to add your best friends to a special list, where you will be able to follow them separately. So far so good. Several people I know saw this suggestion, and used it to add friends to the list right then and there. After all, many people have lots of Facebook friends, and it could be nice to distinguish your real friends from the mere acquaintances or colleagues.

However, Facebook being Facebook, there’s almost always a catch. In this case, there are two: One, once you add friends to your close friends list, you start getting extra notifications about them. A friend of mine told me she’s suddenly getting all sorts of random Facebook notification on her smartphone, and at first she didn’t even realize it was related to close friends. Two, Facebook makes it very easy to add friends to the list from the top of the news feed, but it’s not as easy removing them. After you’ve figured it out it’s not complicated at all, but finding it among all of Facebook’s different features can take some time.

Below I will show you in a few quick steps how to disable notifications for close friends, control what updates you get from them or remove friends from the list entirely.

Disabling Notification & Choosing What Updates You See

Sometimes, the hardest part in the whole process is finding the Close Friends page. If you’re lucky, you’ll find it right there in your sidebar on your Facebook home. Look for “Friends”, and find “Close Friends” under it.

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If you can’t find it there, and it’s not always there for some reason, try clicking “More”. This should give you access to all your friends lists. Don’t be tempted to click the pen button which usually means edit; it doesn’t.

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Just for general knowledge, this is where you can create new friends list, if you wish.

Now that you’re on your close friends list, you can start by disabling those pesky extra notifications. Click on “Notifications” on the top right, and choose “Off” to disable completely, or choose to get them just on Facebook or both Facebook and Email. If all you see is On and Off, it means you have summary emails enabled – a great thing to have.

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Now you’re rid of notifications and you can enjoy your close friends’ updates without the extra annoyance. But Facebook offers an even more fine-grained way to control what you see from close friends, which could be useful: Click on “Manage List”, and choose “Choose Update Types…”.

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Now you can decide which updates you want to get from close friends. For example, you can choose to see only new photos, status updates, comments and likes, and ignore annoying game requests.

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All these settings can be configured the same way for other friend lists you’re using, such as acquaintances, or any other custom list.

Removing Friends From Close Friends List

You may have added friends to this list just to see what happens, you may have done it on a whim and now wish to change it, you may have considered someone as a close friend and then changed your mind – many things can happen that would make you want to remove friends from this list. Here is how to do so.

On your close friends page, click on “Manage List” (top right) and this time choose “Edit List”. You can also click the “See All” link above the thumbnail list on the right.

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In the dialogue that opens, you can see all the people on your close friends list, and remove any or all of them. Simply hover over a friend’s picture to find the tiny X. Click it to remove that friend from the list. If you want to remove everyone from the list, you’ll have to click all their Xs one by one.

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That’s it! Close friends should never bother you again, now.

For more about Facebook lists and other useful Facebook tips, check out Aaron’s 5 Best Hidden Facebook Tricks You Should Make Use Of.

Do you like the close friends list? Are you making use of it or is it just an annoyance? Are there any Facebook tips you want to share? The comments are your playground!

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Comments (57)
  • Player 0001

    Good article. But having a hard time finding out what the number next to the favorite means. I see it changes sometimes and other times there is no number.

    I made a number of “friend” groups yesterday so I can better categorize posts and what I see. I hate the default news feed as it does not always show me all the posts from pages I liked or friends and keeps showing the same post I saw before when someone new comments.

    So I created a number of categories for friends and liked pages and made them favorites (i.e., news, technology, TV/media, coworkers, etc…). At first I thought the little number was to show the number of posts, but there are times where I see no number and then go into the favorite to see the posts and see there is a new post since the last time I went in. Other times I would see maybe a 12 showing but then once in it did not look like 12 new posts. Very confusing.

  • Cathy King

    Hi, when I select the list then click on manage list…the only option I get is edit list…which takes me to the list of friends….
    I do not get the choose of what notifications I do or do not want.
    I know I used to be able to do this.
    I am using google chrome on PC
    Can you help please?

  • Cathy

    How do people remove the Add Friend box on their profile page for specific people. My friends can add this person but I cannot. Apparently I am not blocked completely because I can see the profile page.

  • Adam

    I don’t have that notifications drop down bar but I want notifications Can anyone help?

    • Yaara Lancet

      You clicked on “Close Friends” in the sidebar and there’s no Notifications button on the top right? Perhaps you’re looking at the wrong place?

  • Mary

    THANK YOU!!!

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