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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

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  1. Scroll down to find the person in need of an unfriending
  2. Tap on their name

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  1. Tap on the action button at the top right

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  1. Tap the red Unfriend button
  2. Tap to confirm the unfriending

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
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

27 Comments
  • You need friends first. Pre-tip 100.
  • Or you could just punch them in the face. They will probably unfriend you shortly thereafter.
  • Classic
  • Seconded! :)
  • 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.
  • NICE!!! :D
  • while on the topic of facebook, how do i tag someone in a post?
  • As far as I know, I do not believe there is a way to tag someone in a post using the Facebook mobile app for iPhone.
  • Does the person you unfriended get any type of notification that they've been "unfriended"?
  • 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.
  • Normally, no. There's a script that will notify of any changes in your friends list tho.
  • 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" :)
  • hey its well detailed
  • Oh, and BTW, thanks for this tip. I was SO p*ssed that I could not unfeind using my iPhone!
  • I believe they will know once they log on to find that they can't facespace stalk you anymore.
  • After unfriending, will they know you unfriended them?
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  • How to unfriend a page no person
  • how do I get the Unfriend option as I have nothing under my poke option.
  • 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.
  • There is no "unfriend" button on my iPhone 4s Facebook site.
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