One thing that makes Facebook stand out as the most popular social media platform is its regular updates. With Facebook, you can post videos/images, share information, and link up with friends. On the matter of linking up with friends, it is just normal for anybody to search for more friends from a fellow friend’s list.
Unfortunately, not all friend lists are available for public view so you may be unable to see your friend’s friends because they have hidden them for privacy or security sake. This shouldn’t bother you though because we have here, the various ways you can see hidden friends on Facebook.
So, if you want to access that friend list, follow through with us.
For the sake of clarity and to be sure we’re on the same page, let’s give a little explanation of what a Facebook friend list is. It is that section on Facebook where you’ll find a list of all the friends any Facebook user has. With it, you can see all the friends you have and all the friends another user has.
An update by the management of Facebook has modified what you can do with a friend list. They introduced a feature that allows you to hide your friends from the view of others. This will prevent fraudsters from cloning your account and chatting with your friends like you.
So, with a hidden friend list, the only friends you may be able to view will be mutual friends. Be cheerful either way because the restriction is not the end of the road. There are several alternatives to viewing a friend list. We’ll be showing you these alternatives and how you can use them.
Seeing Hidden Friends on Facebook
Your friend might have prevented you from seeing their friend list but that is only if you go through the usual route on Facebook. If you want to see hidden friends, there are several other methods you can try out. These methods are easy once you know how to use them.
We have made a list of three methods and included a step-by-step procedure on how you can use them. Here are the methods:
Method #1: Seeing Hidden Friends Using Social Revealer
A personal computer with Google Chrome installed on it is very important for the success of this method.
- Install ‘Social Revealer’ from the Google Chrome web store
- Log in to your Facebook account.
- Go to the profile of the person you want to see their hidden friend list.
- Click on the ‘Social Revealer’ extension on Chrome. Once it’s opened, click on “See Friends”.
- The Facebook user’s friend list will open in a new tab.
Method #2: Seeing Hidden Friends by Identifying Your Facebook Mutual Friends
- Log in to Facebook and open the profile of the Facebook user whose friends you want to see.
- Click on any post or image the user uploaded and look for “fbid=”
- Copy the number between it and the ‘&’ character.
- On a new tab, paste
- Change the number between
search/[number]/friendsto the one you copied earlier.
- Press the enter key. It will search and bring out a complete list of the person’s friends.
This method only works with certain friends depending on the level of restriction your friend places on his friends list.
Method #3: Seeing Hidden Friends Through the Facebook Feature: ‘Chart Search’
In this method, all you have to do is search for keywords about the person which he shares in common with the friend you want to find. An example of the keyword is the company’s name where he works. So, if for instance, you’re looking for David who works at Microsoft, you can simply search “David Microsoft”. Facebook will bring out all the friends who fall under that category. From there, you can locate the friend you are looking for.
In this guide, we have shown you how to see hidden friends on Facebook. You will quite agree with me that although hiding friends is a good feature for any Facebook user, it wouldn’t seem to be a good idea to you when you need to see others’ friend lists.
With this guide, you do not need to dread seeing that a user has hidden his friend list because you can view it through: Social Revealer, Identifying mutual friends, or Chart search. Cool isn’t it?
Yes, it is possible to see someone’s hidden friends on Facebook through Social Revealer, identifying mutual friends, and through a graph search.
You will not be able to see a Facebook user’s friends if the user has customised their wall privacy to prevent anyone from seeing their friends. By default, you should be able to see all the friends a Facebook user has. If at all there’ll be any restrictions, the standard Facebook permits are restricted to ‘Friends Only’. So, if you can’t see a user’s friends, it’s either you’re not their friend on Facebook or the user has placed further restrictions.
No, you cannot hide certain friends on Facebook. You can only hide all your friends from public view. If you don’t want a friend to know you have a Facebook user as your friend, you can log into the friend’s account and block the Facebook user.
If you don’t want scammers chatting your friends up as you to get personal information or collect money from them, then you should hide your friend’s list. They will only be able to access what you make available to the public. So, you’re hiding your friend’s list for your security.