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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  • Awnya Boam
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    August 3, 2012, 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
      August 4, 2012, 6:39 am

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

  • Ruth Schwartz August 4, 2012, 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
      August 4, 2012, 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!

  • Mary Kelly August 4, 2012, 6:08 pm

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

  • Marilyn Suttle August 4, 2012, 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
      August 4, 2012, 10:00 pm

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

  • gold price August 7, 2012, 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
      February 5, 2013, 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.

  • Neil Driscoll January 31, 2013, 11:07 am

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

    • Karen Clark
      Follow me on Twitter: mybizpresence
      February 5, 2013, 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.

  • Friday March 29, 2013, 9:15 am

    I want to met all my friends.

  • Eric Batstone April 10, 2013, 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.


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