How to hide “is now friends with” update on Facebook

When you add a new friend on Facebook one of the following updates: “_is now friends with_”, “_became friends with_” or “_ and _ are now friends” will appear on your profile (timeline) and in the activity sidebar (news feed) of your friends.

If you don't want others to see this new friend notification (status), then you can disable and hide it and this tutorial will show you step by step how to do this on a computer and on an Android phone.

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How to hide the Facebook “added friends” updates on:


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How to hide “_became friends with_” status on Facebook on a computer

1. Open your web browser.

2. Go to Facebook.

3. Log into your account (if not already logged in).

4. Click on the ▼ (triangle) icon located at the top right and choose Activity Log.

facebook settings

5. In the left sidebar, you go to Photos, Likes, and Comments section and click on MORE.

Open Facebook Friends Activity Log

6. Click on Added Friends.

7. Click on the friend activity options button icon at the top right and uncheck New Friend Reports.

Hide New Friend Reports on Facebook

8. Click on Okay to save the setting.

How to hide “_became friends with_” status on Facebook on Android

(This will work on all Android smartphones, including Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia, Lenovo, HTC, LG, etc.)

The Facebook application on Android and the Facebook mobile website don't have the option to hide the _is now friends with_, _became friends with_ or _ and _ are now friends notifications, but there's still a little trick to do this by using a setting in Google Chrome on Android.

1. Turn on Screen rotation on your Android smartphone, but you don't need to rotate your phone yet.

android screen rotation

2. Open Google Chrome.

3. Tap on the Google Chrome menu button.

open google chrome menu on android

4. Check Request desktop site.

request desktop site setting in google chrome on android

5. Go to Facebook.

6. Log into your account (if you're not logged in already).

7. Go to the address bar and change the m in the web address to web and tap on Go (keyboard/keypad). Example: https://m.facebook.com becomes https://web.facebook.com.

change facebook web address in google chrome on android

8. Rotate your smartphone, so that your screen will also be rotated.

rotate smartphone

Note: You might need to zoom in and scroll a little bit, to be able to easily find and tap the buttons and links.

9. Tap on the ▼ (triangle) icon located at the top right and choose Activity Log.

facebook settings

10. In the left sidebar, you go to Photos, Likes, and Comments section and tap on MORE.

Open Facebook Friends Activity Log

Note: You might need to wait a little bit longer for these items to appear.

11. Tap on Added Friends.

12. Tap on the friend activity options button icon at the top right and uncheck New Friend Reports.

Hide New Friend Reports on Facebook

13. Tap on Okay to save the setting.