How to Remove a Person From your Facebook News Feed (Without UnFriending Them)!

May 22, 2012 · 27 comments

in Facebook

How to Remove a Person From your Facebook News Feed (Without UnFriending Them)!

I Love You… But Go Away!

Sometimes, unfriending someone is far too drastic of an action… but even limiting their posts just isn’t enough distance between them and your news feed.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder right?

Often, we have a pesky family member or business acquaintance that we can not afford to unfriend, but we’re sick and tired of hearing from.

Fortunately, Facebook makes it really easy to “Hide” a person from the news feed… without ever notifying the recipient that they’ve been hidden!

How To Hide All Posts From An Individual From Our Newsfeed

First, click on “Facebook” to ensure you are in your news feed.  Then hover over the person’s name in your news feed… and when the pop-up shows up, hover over the “Friend” button. (Note: There is a matching friend button on their profile timeline that works the same way.) In the pop-out menu, uncheck the “Show in News Feed” option to hide this individual from the news stream.

How To UnHide An Individual, Previously Hidden, From Our Newsfeed

So what happens when you change your mind?

Maybe you had someone who was moaning about something you couldn’t handle hearing at the moment… but in three months you know they’re better and you want them back in your feed?

First, click on “Facebook” to ensure you are in your news feed. Then in the left sidebar, hover your mouse to the right of the word “News Feed” and when the pencil and drop-down opens, select “Edit Settings”. In the settings menu, locate the hidden friend, and use the little “X” to the right of their name to unhide them. Save your settings.

So that’s all there is to it… now you know how to quickly and easily hide and unhide a friend from your news feed.

(And best of all, they have no way of knowing you did this so can not feel offended beyond the fact that you never reply to their stuff.)

 I find this tool useful both for family that I need to stay connected to (but not listen to) and to business colleagues that are working avidly on industries I have no interest in (but which I need to remain connected to them for relationship reasons).

It’s the perfect solution when unfriending someone is too much … and selecting the content types of theirs that you will see is just not enough!

Enjoy your renewed Facebook news feed sanity!

~ Kim ~
Simple Tech Tips For Marketing

Get The Inside Scoop!
social tripletKeep up with all the latest social marketing changes!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Mika Castro May 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

That’s a good catch! I never knew about hiding friend’s post at first. I honestly have few problems who owns online shops that always comes out on my feed.


Aasma May 23, 2012 at 2:48 am

I think that’s certainly the best way to avoid someone on FB, without letting her/him know about it. ;)


Nile May 23, 2012 at 4:00 am

I am beginning to get to this point that I need to do some filtering non my FB stream. Some people share way too damn much everyday or some things I just find annoying.
Nile invites you to read…The Art of Blogging: Trends for CommentingMy Profile


Beverly Knox May 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

These are true statements, people can get annoying sometimes but it would be rude to block them, I never knew that there was a way of doing it like that.


Lynn Jones May 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Fabulous information! Most of my Facebook friends are great, but there are a few that over post in my opinion. They share good stuff but do it constantly. So, your training is the solution to this situation.
Thank you Kim!


Richa May 27, 2012 at 2:11 am

Hey Kim

This is some very useful information. I never knew until I read this one that you can hide a friend’s post. Sometimes it becomes really annoying when same post is shared all over again by a person. This kind of filter will be really helpful.


Hans Schoff June 27, 2012 at 12:49 am

Hey Kim, that’s a great tip! I’ve struggled with keeping up with my news feed in facebook, usually having to scroll through a bunch of stuff (like SPAM) that don’t care to even know about. But for the reasons you mentioned above, I didn’t want to unfriend these people so I just missed out on a lot of good facebook stories because it was too much hassle to go through all that junk. This will take some time to optimize it but it will then allow me to be more connected via facebook on a personal level. Thank you!
Hans Schoff invites you to read…7 Step Process for Building a Residual Income Business OnlineMy Profile


Purnima June 28, 2012 at 5:39 am

Gripping advice Kim. His is hands down the best way to avoid someone on FB without even letting them know. Mostly people wrestle up with this issue as unfriending someone is indeed a drastic action . Would assuredly implement it .


Joy July 2, 2012 at 3:39 am

I find this post really informative and I’m sure other people who also want their privacy would appreciate this article too. All the while, I though the only thing I can do is to block friends or pretend to be offline. Thanks for sharing other options to improve my privacy without offending anybody by “unfriending” them.


Aayna July 12, 2012 at 12:52 am

A big thanks to you for sharing this information. Since a long time I have been looking for a tool of this kind. I wanted to maintain privacy from certain people, but out of modesty could not even befriend them. This post really worked for me.


Kristine August 2, 2012 at 5:33 am

Thanks for the tip, I never really thought that this possible.
Kristine invites you to read…Cash for loose diamondsMy Profile


Purva September 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm


I have a question about the “Show in Newsfeed” feature. So if i uncheck “chow in newsfeed” for a particular friend, does that work both ways? So I don’t see his notifications on my newsfeed and he does not see mine? Is there any way that can be changed? I don’t see his, but he still sees mine?

Thanks for your help.



Kim Castleberry September 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Purva, the “show in newsfeed” is single directional. As long as you two both remain friends you can both, independently, chose to show or hide each other from your own respective newsfeeds. The person has no way of knowing if you have hidden them. In fact, they may have already hidden you and you not know it!


Purva September 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm


Thank you for your response, however I don’t think that’s true. When I uncheck the “show in newsfeed” for a friend. He automatically gets selected as someone who will not see your posts either and you can see that person on the newsfeed page. Hover around the “newsfeed” button on the left hand corner and click on the pencil icon (edit settings). You will see his name in the “Hide posts from” section. Please let me know if I am wrong.

Thanks again.


Kim Castleberry September 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Purva, I wonder if you have some elements on your screen that are not on mine. If you and I were friends. If I hovered over your name link (opens the hover card) and in the drop down I unchecked “Show in Newsfeed”…. then your name would be added to the popup that I see when I open the pencil next to “News Feed” that tells me who I’ve hidden from the stream. This popup lets me easily re-add someone that I may have changed my mind about. Now, my question is, where are you seeing the indicator that the individual will not see YOUR content? Provide a screenshot please.


Purva September 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm


I see exactly what you see. But my point is, unchecking “show in newsfeed” results in the friend’s posts not showing up on my newsfeed and simultaneously, it adds that person to my “hide posts from”, which means he can’t see my posts either. So my understanding is, that is is two way by default. I just want to confirm this.



Stacy September 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

I know exactly what you’re talking about. I found the box that you get when you click on the pencil next to the Newsfeed and it says “Hide posts from” and it has a list of people that you have hidden. I think you’re just misreading the statement. You are hiding the posts that are posted from people on that list; your posts are not hidden from theirs. I don’t know if that makes sense. I think it’s just a misinterpretation of the “from.” =o)



Kim Castleberry September 22, 2012 at 6:04 am

Thanks Stacy, I agree that is likely what’s going on here. Sometimes communication issues are a bugger to try to sort out! Thank you :)


Kim Castleberry September 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

The “Hide Posts From” box/setting is not a 2 way setting. It does explicitly what it says it does which is hide the posts you see from that individual. Does your box have wording that says that it is a two way setting? If so, that would mean it is different than the box I have. Historically, this is a one way setting and if your box is WORDED differently, than that is new.


Grammar Parser November 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

The problem lies in that the phrase “Hide Posts From” is ambiguous in this context and can be interpreted in multiple way. Purva is reading it as “Hide [my] posts from [John Doe seeing them]“, whereas the correct reading would be “Hide posts [coming] from [John Doe]“.


Kim Castleberry November 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I think you’re correct about that confusion. Thank you!


saad naeem September 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

trust me i always do this for people who keep updating their status 10 times a day and post stupid pictures throughout out the day, gets annoying at times and u cant remove them because they are in ur friends circle outside fb lol
saad naeem invites you to read…3 Tips for Staying Consistent at BloggingMy Profile


Deb W November 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

The great thing about this is that it removes the person who posts too many things or shares too many pictures, but you can still go to their page and see what they’ve posted if you are wondering if you’ve missed anything of actual substance (which sadly usually isn’t the case).


inanthemfromtokyo December 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Hi Kim,
I had my friend hidden on newsfeed before but I want him/her to show up on newsfeed so I unchecked show on newsfeed. They don’t seem to appear on newsfeed anymore. I do see him/her on the right ticker. I went to edit newsfeed but that friend is not in the hidden list. Can you please help me? Thanks


Bert April 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

It does not work. Next day, the person is back in the feed like you never clicked a setting.


sylvia June 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

sigh…I think there’s no way around this but unfriending but…can I block messages from someone without unfriending? I don’t mean appearing offline…I actually mean I do not want to receive private messages from someone at all- but do not want to unfriend them because she’s a drama queen, and it’ll just create a shitstorm…..although perhaps unavoidable at this time…


Kim Castleberry June 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

You unfortunately can not prevent PMs from someone without BLOCKING them – which is a step above unfriending them. The PM box has very little throttling and control available. If you unfriend the person, the PMs will still be sent, but will go to your “other” folder in your PM box.


Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge