Facebook: How to Change Who Can Send You Friend Requests

By default, there are no limitations on this permission

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By default, all users can send other users friend requests on Facebook. However, Facebook allows users to change a setting so that only friends of their existing friends can send them friend requests.

Our guide will show you how to change who can send you friend requests on Facebook.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Facebook application on iOS.

Step 1: Tap the “Menu” icon in the bottom-right corner of the app.

Screenshot of Facebook's bottom navigation bar with a red arrow pointing at "Menu"

Step 2: Scroll down and tap “Settings & privacy.”

Screenshot of Facebook's "Menu" screen with a red arrow pointing at "Settings & privacy"

Step 3: Tap “Privacy shortcuts.”

Screenshot of Facebook's "Menu" screen with a red arrow pointing at "Privacy shortcuts"

Step 4: Under the “Privacy” section, tap “See more privacy settings.”

Screenshot of Facebook's "Privacy Shortcuts" menu with a red arrow pointing at "See more privacy settings"

Step 5: Under the “How people find and contact you” section, tap “Who can send you friend requests?”

Screenshot of Facebook's "Privacy Settings" menu with a red arrow pointing at "Who can send you friend requests?"

Step 6: Tap: “Friends of friends” to change this setting.

Screenshot of Facebook's "Friend Requests" menu with a red arrow pointing at "Friends of friends"

This guide was first published in May 2017 and was updated in December 2022.



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