So you just entered into a relationship with someone. Now, how can you tell your Facebook friends about it?
That isn’t necessary, but if you are proud of being in a relationship with that person, then you might as well indicate on your Facebook profile that you are indeed in a relationship. Also, it’s good for letting people know their boundaries!
Changing your relationship status on Facebook is pretty straightforward. You need to go to the “About” section of your Facebook profile, select “Family and relationships” on the left panel, click “Add a relationship status”, choose the relationship status, and then type the name of the person in the “Partner” text box below.
Facebook has become the extension of anyone’s life in the digital world because of its many features that allow its users to communicate with others in many different ways.
If you want to dive deep into the process of sending a relationship request to someone on Facebook, read on!
How To Send a Relationship Request on Facebook
Before sending a relationship request to someone, make sure that you really are in a relationship with that person.
The person you send a request to can confirm or reject your request. Their name will show up on your profile only once they confirm it. And once they do, you will also appear on their profile.
You also need to be friends with that person on Facebook if you want to send a relationship request to them.
So, to send a relationship request on Facebook:
- Go to the “About” section on your Facebook profile, and then click “Family and relationships” on the left side of the section.
- Add a relationship status by clicking “Add a relationship status”.
- Select your current relationship status, and then type the name of the person you are in a relationship with in the “Partner” text box under it. You can also add the date when your relationship became official.
- Choose whether you want to share the relationship status with the public, your friends, or only you.
- Hit “Save” when you are done.
Your relationship status can also be shared as a life event on Facebook.
To do that, on a computer, go to https://www.facebook.com, and then click the Facebook status text box (the text area with “What’s on your mind?”). Click the ellipsis icon in the bottom-right corner and select “Life event”. Choose “Relationship” from the categories, then provide the details. Once done, hit “Post”.
Note that Facebook’s relationship statuses aren’t just for romantic relationships but also for family relationships. If you want to add your parents, siblings, grandparents, and extended family relatives to your Facebook account, you can do that also in the “Family and relationships” section in your “About”.
What Are the Relationship Statuses Available on Facebook?
You are not required to add the name of the person you have a relationship with. You can simply choose from the relationship statuses whatever applies to you and leave the “Partner” text box blank.
There are a total of eleven relationship statuses that any Facebook user can choose from:
- In a relationship
- In a civil partnership
- In a domestic partnership
- In an open relationship
- It’s complicated
There are countries where it is not legal to be in a civil or domestic partnership with someone, so those two Facebook relationship statuses may not be available if you are in a country where those kinds of partnerships aren’t allowed.
Most of those countries are the ones where same-sex marriage is illegal. If you are in the US, there is no need to worry about this.
What if you want to remove the relationship status or change it to something else?
You will also be able to do that in the “Family and relationships” section. Simply edit the relationship status and choose your current relationship status from the dropdown list. Say you broke up, and you are now single. Choose “Single” as your relationship status. It’s as simple as that.
Some people don’t think it is necessary to update their Facebook relationship status every time, so they would rather hide it and change the audience to “Only me”.
But many want to keep it up to date and — if they enter into a relationship — want to make the relationship “Facebook official” by sending a relationship request to their significant other. This post is for them.
Sending a relationship status on Facebook is simple. However, you need to wait for them to accept the request before their name appears next to “in a relationship with” or whatever your relationship status is.
Yes, the other person needs to accept it, which means that you can’t fool anyone that you are married to your crush because their name won’t appear unless they confirm it!