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How Do I See All My Friends on Facebook?


To adjust your Facebook so that you see more of your friends (or at least your “real” friends – you know you have some who aren’t, too!) on your Facebook news feed you can follow these steps.

1 – Either as you are adding someone, or by visiting their personal profile, click on the Friends button that has the checkmark on it.

2 – Under Show in News Feed, click on Settings

3 – Under the section that says How many updates? Change it from Most Updates to All Updates if that is what you want.

Facebook’s default is to set it to Show in news feed, and Most updates. There may be some people you’d like to reduce visibility with, and others you would like to increase visibility with. You can make all those adjustments in this same place. For example if you accepted someone as a friend but don’t really want to see their posts, but don’t want to unfriend them either, UNcheck the Show in news feed option. Or if you simply don’t want to see their photos, game activity or other items, you can UNcheck only those types of posts. If you want to only see major life events such as when they add a new relationship, get a job, move away, etc. change the setting to Only Important.

Do you find this type of social media how-to post helpful? If so leave me a comment!

Thanks to Hugh from Social Identities for pointing this out recently as well!

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  1. Awnya Boam
    Follow me on Twitter: time4felt
    on August 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Great tip! I actually had heard of that, but didn’t know for sure where to go to change it! AND, you used my page! 🙂 Thanks for showing off my cute kiddos 🙂

    • Karen
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on August 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

      Haha, nothing like being in the right place at the right time!

  2. Ruth Schwartz on August 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hi Karen – I saw this when you originally posted the suggestion from Social Identities, and I did start going through to check my friends list. I have two questions for you: first, when you click all updates, does that mean those people will now show up in my notifications? Second question is what did you use to make this video in terms of screen capture and your recording microphone? Are these high end tools, or something simple? Thanks!

    • Karen
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on August 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Hi Ruth! It doesn’t affect notifications. Oy adding them to your Close Friends list does that.
      I use Screenflow and sometimes a Logitech headset but this was just the built in mic!

  3. Mary Kelly on August 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    This is great information, and I am Tweeting and Sharing on FB. This saved me time! Thanks!

  4. Marilyn Suttle on August 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks for this tip. I was able to go onto facebook while listening, and change the setting of one of my friends. Glad to walk away from your audio post having put it into action. Appreciating you Karen!

    • Karen
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on August 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Aweome! I love hearing about people taking action!!! Way to go!

  5. gold price on August 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    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.

    • Karen Clark
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on February 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      You can remove people from lists by either visiting the list and clicking See All for who is a member of it, or by going to their profile, hover over the Friends button, and Uncheck the list they are on.

  6. Neil Driscoll on January 31, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Did not help. Did not add Friend to my List.

    • Karen Clark
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on February 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      To add them to a list hover over the Friends button on their profile page, click on Add to Another List (if the list you want isn’t shown) and click on the list you want to add them to.

  7. Friday on March 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I want to met all my friends.

  8. Eric Batstone on April 10, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Do you have to do this on a per friend basis? I would hoping I could change it for all my friends at once. That’s going to be a lot of work otherwise.

  9. Connolly on May 21, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Doesn’t work. How many of these I cannot count. I ask a question and the responder has never tried their own words. THERE IS NO FRIENDS Button. There is only a Find Friends and it does not provide ‘Show in the News Feed’. Can anyone test ???

    • Karen Clark
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on May 21, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Hello Connolly! Today is your lucky day because I saw your comment and am responding. Unfortunately this video/article was written 2 years ago and as you probably are aware, features on Facebook change very rapidly so the instructions are out of date. I will try to make a new video soon but in the meantime, visit your friend’s profile and on the Friends button (ON their actual timeline page – click on their name or search for them to get to it – its on the lower right of their cover photo) you can now click on Close Friends to make sure you see more of them, AND I recommend clicking on Get Notifications so that you are notified any time they post something new. That should help! Otherwise, posts are regulated by Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm and you need to “teach” the algorithm that your friends are important to you by visiting their page, liking, commenting on their posts, reading their posts, watching their videos and generally interacting with them. The more you interact with someone, the more you are likely to see their posts organically in the feed. I hope this is helpful!

  10. Cynthia E. Lamb on June 25, 2015 at 7:11 am

    When I go into facebook and go to my friend’s list and I go down and click on a friend, it takes me back to my timeline page. At first it was only a couple of people but know it is most of my friends. What is going on.

    • Karen Clark
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on October 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

      This is more than likely a Facebook glitch. Did you ever get it to work?

  11. michelle on August 6, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Hi, how do I make all my events (in my about me box “Going to Justins Birhtday party”) public to everyone,,, and yes this IS a public event,,,, I noticed that only my friends can see this is my about me box,,, yet when I go to someones page I am NOT friends with and they too are going to this same event, it shows in their “about me box” , Going to Justins birthday party…. How can I see theirs but others that are not my friend cant see it on my page? what do I need to adjust??

    • Karen Clark
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on October 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      I don’t know – if it is truly a public event and both people have their Events section visible, then it should show up on both. Perhaps a Facebook glitch? There’s no setting to block or change who sees it, that is based on the privacy of the event itself.

      Here is some information about event privacy:

  12. megh kumar on September 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    when i like on a post that is public , it does not show publicly…..only i can see this.please give me way so that my like on public post can see anyone or it will show in their timeline

  13. Marinda on November 30, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Hi. According to Facebook I have 182 friends. When I look at my friend list, there is only 56. I get many friend suggestions that say this person has 16 or more friends in common with me, but when I click on “16 mutual friends” it shows nothing. I suspect they form part of the 130 odd mystery friends I have according to fb. My question is HOW do I see these mystery friends and how do I get rid of them?

    • Karen Clark
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      on December 27, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Marinda – The mutual friends thing is because some of them have THEIR friend-lists hidden. There’s no way to see the friends of those people, just like if you hide yours, no one can see those. But as to your OWN friend list, are you sure the 182 doesn’t include followers who are non-friends but simply follow your public posts? On your Friends tab click on MORE than Followers and see if they show up there.

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