Daily Tip: How to unfriend someone on Facebook

Daily Tip: How to unfriend someone on Facebook

You know who they are -- the person you kinda sorta know, acquaintance of an acquaintance type of thing -- and they keep inviting you to events in other countries, adding you to groups you couldn't care any less about, and spamming your wall with their virus links, and you're just dying to know how to unfriend them.

Well, rest easy. It's not rude. It's not anti-social. It's not you -- it's them. They're unfriendable. And it's Facebook, with their "invite all", "add to group", and other easy-to-abuse buttons. You're not breaking any covenants that ought not be broken. You're simply restoring your Facebook sanity. And we're going to help you... after the break.

Luckily you can unfriend just such a person using the Facebook for iPhone app, or on the web. Since we're an iPhone blog, we'll stick with the iPhone app for now.

  1. Launch Facebook for iPhone
  2. Tap on Friends
  3. Scroll down to find the person in need of an unfriending
  4. Tap on their name
  5. Tap on the action button at the top right
  6. Tap the red Unfriend button
  7. Tap to confirm the unfriendingDaily Tip: How to unfriend someone on Facebook

That's it! The guilty party has been right and properly unfriended and you can go on with a cleaner, less stressful Facebook experience. (Or at least as much as is possible.)

Have any other Facebook tips for us? Drop them in the comments!

Note: No Seth Cliffords were actually unfriended during the making of this tip.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Daily Tip: How to unfriend someone on Facebook


Doesn't Georgia normally do the tip of the day? OMG! You unfriended her, didn't you?! :P

Actually, Georgia hasn't posted anything in three days. What DID you guys do with her? If she's sick, tell her "get well soon!" If she's taking a vacation, I hope she has lotsa fun.

They don't on regular FB, so I would assume they wouldn't on FB Mobile either. I don't think it would create a notification just because it was done on the mobile app.

I know I'm being picky, Rene, buy it's "couldn't care less," not "could care less" in the first sentence.

Well, I'm even pickier. It's not "buy", it's "but"
Careful when being a grammar grandma.

Actually. "could care less" is okay too since it is to be taken as sarcasm in this case as in: "Well, I COULD care less... I suppose... but it is hard to imagine how" :)

Oh, and BTW, thanks for this tip. I was SO p*ssed that I could not unfeind using my iPhone!

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Has anyone lost their "unfriend"button recently? Mine is gone from the menu reccommended here and I seriously need to ditch someone!

Yes Kat. I noticed it is gone aswell, however with the new layout if you click the friends button under their name on their profile, a list of types of friends comes up.. The last one is unfriend.

I tried that several times, but it won't unfriend them. I don't kno what the hell the deal is.