So I was doing some spring cleaning in my Facebook profile, removing people I am no longer friends with and unfriending profiles which are no longer active and I don’t want to be friends with. Once in a while, I do this exercise to ensure that my news feed is not cluttered with unwanted updates and posts that don’t interest me.
Removing multiple friends from your Facebook profile is easier said than done. You have to visit each friend’s profile and hit the “Friends” button and choose “Unfriend” link at the bottom of the menu. This is quite laborious, when you want to remove a lot of friends from your Facebook profile.
Thankfully, there is an easier way to bulk remove Facebook friends from your profile. The catch is that you have to open a page where all your friends are listed, so you can unfriend them in bulk.
Here is how you do it.
1. Login to your Facebook account, hit the “Friends” link in the sidebar and choose “See all friends”
2. This will take you to a page where you will be able to see all your Facebook friends in a single page, see who is following you, see your friend requests and other things.
3. This is the boring step but there is no other way other than hovering over the “Friends” button and select “Unfriend”. You have to do this for all your Facebook friends one by one, whom you want to remove.
I wish there should be a checkbox option next to each friend so that we can select the friends we want to remove and de-select the ones we want to keep. But sadly, there ain’t any option to do just that, that might go against the core philosohpy of why Facebook is built in the first place.
There is another hack, you can cleverly put your friends to restricted list and prevent them from viewing your timeline, news feed and anyhting which you haven’t shared publicly on your Facebook profile. If unfriending sounds too rude and you want your friend to be able to send messages and IM chats with you, putting them into the restricted list is a better option.
Another way is unsubscribing from their updates and turning off the news feed all together. Choose the option that suits you best.