How to Unfollow Someone on Facebook

Introduction

By default, whenever you friend someone on Facebook, you also follow them. This means that you’ll see some of their Facebook posts in your news feed. However, we all have those people we want to keep as Facebook friends but we don’t want to see any of their posts. Thankfully, unfollowing someone on Facebook does just that. Additionally, when you unfollow someone on Facebook, they’ll have no way to know, as Facebook doesn’t make it possible for people to see a list of friends who aren’t following them. In this article I’ll show you how to unfollow someone on Facebook using the Facebook mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and also the Facebook.com website.

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Steps to Unfollow Someone on Facebook on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Facebook app, and then navigate to the profile for the friend you want to unfollow on Facebook.
  2. Tap the ellipses located directly beneath their profile picture to open the Manage screen.

  1. Tap “Following” in that list of options. A menu appears on the screen.

  1. Tap “Unfollow” in that menu. Going forward, you’ll still be Facebook friends with this person, but you’ll no longer see their posts in your Facebook news feed.

Steps to Unfollow Someone on Facebook on Android

  1. Launch the Facebook app, and then navigate to the profile for the friend you want to unfollow on Facebook.
  2. Tap the “Friend” icon located directly beneath their profile picture. A menu appears on the screen.

  1. Tap “Unfollow” in this menu. Going forward, you’ll still be Facebook friends with this person, but you’ll no longer see their posts in your Facebook news feed.

Steps to Unfollow Someone on Facebook on Facebook.com

  1. Launch the Facebook.com website in a web browser, and then navigate to the profile for the friend you want to unfollow on Facebook.
  2. Click the “Friend” icon located directly beneath their profile picture. A menu is displayed.

  1. Click “Unfollow” in this menu. Going forward, you’ll still be Facebook friends with this person, but you’ll no longer see their posts in your Facebook news feed.

Reasons to Unfollow Someone on Facebook

1. Too Many Posts

When a friend posts excessively on Facebook, their updates can monopolize your News Feed. It can become tiresome to scroll past an abundance of posts from the same person. Over-posting can feel like an invasion of your digital space. This frequency of posting can seem inconsiderate, causing you to unfollow to restore balance to your feed.

2. Irrelevant Content

Your Facebook feed ideally reflects your interests. If a friend consistently shares content that holds no relevance to you, it can feel like noise. Topics outside your interest sphere may distract and diminish your Facebook experience. Unfollowing such friends reduces the clutter, enhancing your enjoyment of the platform.

3. Negative or Offensive Content

Offensive posts can provoke negative emotions. For some, a barrage of contentious or harmful content can sour the overall experience of Facebook. Tolerance for negativity varies, but repeated exposure can drive one to unfollow. It ensures a safer, more positive online environment for yourself.

4. Spam or Promotional Posts

Encountering relentless promotional content or spam can be exasperating. It detracts from personal updates and meaningful content that you value on Facebook. Often, this content lacks personal relevance, acting as unwanted adverts. Unfollowing the source of such posts restores your feed to a more personal space.

5. Political or Religious Views

Diverse viewpoints are common on Facebook. However, some friends may share strong political or religious beliefs that clash with yours. This can spark discomfort or disagreement. Unfollowing can be a means to respect these differences while maintaining your peace of mind.

6. Personal Conflict

Facebook interactions can reflect real-life relationships. In instances of personal disagreement or conflict, unfollowing someone might be necessary. This act serves as a boundary, allowing one to disengage without severing the connection completely. It is a step towards protecting personal harmony.

7. Privacy Concerns

In the digital age, privacy is a significant concern. If a friend’s behavior raises privacy issues, it may push you to unfollow them. Actions like tagging you without permission or sharing private conversations publicly can feel invasive. Unfollowing such individuals safeguards your personal privacy.

8. Life Changes

Your personal growth can shift your Facebook interests and connections. Friends who once shared common interests may drift apart over time. You might find their content less engaging, leading to a decision to unfollow. This is a natural reflection of evolving personal needs and preferences.

9. Mental Health Reasons

Mental health is integral to a fulfilling social media experience. Content that incites anxiety, depression, or distress can impact your mental well-being. It’s crucial to prioritize your emotional health, and unfollowing individuals who negatively impact it is a valid step.

10. To Declutter the Feed

A cluttered Facebook feed can hinder enjoyment. A multitude of posts from various friends might lead to an overwhelming feed. Sometimes, the desire for a more streamlined, curated experience may motivate you to unfollow some friends. This action refines your feed, increasing its relevance and enjoyment.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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