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Facebook doesn’t like to receive too many friend requests at once. It is possible that it has happened before and you are now unable to add friends to your Facebook account.

These could be the consequences of inadvertent errors or ignorance regarding Facebook Etiquette.

How can I add friends to Facebook

This is a quick refresher course in Facebook. For all other users, skip this step.

The Facebook friend request menu

Find your pending friend request. Log into Facebook under Menu (3×3 dots icon > Friends). Facebook will not highlight your friend requests but you’ll see a note on your Facebook notifications.

The left-hand sidebar displays a summary of all your Facebook friend requests as well as any lists that you may have. Click the name above to see the complete profile.

Select Confirm Delete to add a friend

Can I cancel or send friend requests to Facebook?

Search for friends and open profiles. To see if they are willing to accept friend requests, click the Add Friend button beside the Message button.


You can cancel friend requests by going to your friend’s profile page and clicking on the button. It now says Cancel Request.

A friend can be removed from your Friends List.

Unfollowing vs. Unfriending

It is better to unfollow someone who posts silly things to your News Feeds than unfriend them. More information is available about following and unfollowing people on Facebook.

Click the arrowhead to expand if you believe the hyperactivity is temporary. Follow

You can also visit the friend’s profile and expand the menu next to your friendship status.

Unwritten Facebook Friend Request Rules

Now you’re familiar with the basics of adding friends to Facebook, let us look at how to manage friend requests.

1. Add people only if you are

Facebook requires that you only add friends you are acquainted with in real life.

Facebook may temporarily block you from sending friend requests.

So that your friends don’t try and block you from adding them, make sure they can easily recognize you.

  • Upload a photo of yourself with your real name, or the name that you use in everyday life.
  • Add friends only to Facebook.
  • To introduce yourself, send a message to your contact.

Do not create an account that appears fake.

2. Add Friends Conservatism

Even if you don’t have Facebook friends, you can add friends.

Do not add too many friends of the same name on your Facebook page.

This option is for people who don’t know one another but still want to see their friends’ posts on Facebook.

3. Report Spammy Friend Requests

Facebook will not notify the sender if they remove a friend request.

Report false accounts and strangers to the first option.

The person could be punished.

4. View the friend requests that you have sent

Feeling self-conscious about sending too many friend requests? Double check.

Go to Friends > Questions from Friends > View Sent Requests. Cancel any outstanding requests by visiting this page.

5. Block stranger friend requests

Facebook allows you limit the number of people who can send friend requests. You can’t limit who can send friend requests to Facebook.

How can you stop receiving too many friend requests

Expand the Account icon (arrowhead symbol at top left) then click Settings privacy > Privacy. Click Edit to find out who can send friend requests. You have two choices: Friends of all or All.

6. Your Friends List Hidden

Not everyone should see your tags This could lead to jealousy and make friends more likely request friend requests

Go to Settings > How people can contact you. To hide a friend list, click Edit.

You can modify your privacy settings here by choosing which Friends can view your Friends list

All settings relating to friends can be accessed from your Facebook friend page. Next click on the three dots menu under Find Friends. Click Edit Privacy.

Why cannot someone I like on Facebook become my friend?

There may be a reason you don’t like someone on Facebook.

1 A friend request for was sent, but it didn’t work

It’s possible that you have already sent a friend request. You won’t have the ability to send another request if this happens.

Facebook will delete your request and prevent you from requesting friends. This applies for the entire year.

Please review the instructions below to see if your request was not received. Next, you can send your friend-to-be a message asking them for their approval.

2 Other people have been removed.

Friends can’t block a friend. Send a friend request

3 Nobody will ask for friendship

Facebook lets you limit who can send you friend requests.

4. You can’t have too many friends

You and your friend-to-be cannot have more than 5,000 friends. If you exceed this limit, you won’t be able to send friend requests to the other.

You don’t have enough Facebook friends? Consider creating a Facebook page.

5 Facebook blocks friend requests

Sending too many friend requests at one time, getting too many unanswered queries, or if multiple people mark your requests as spam

Facebook’s Help Center states that a block can not be removed before it expires.

Please refer to these guidelines in order to prevent it from happening again.

How to manage your Facebook friends

It can be awkward to request Facebook friends. Facebook allows anyone to be added to you, no matter if they are your best friend, your mom, or your boss.

Facebook recognizes different levels of friendship. Facebook allows you to sort your friends into close friends or family members.

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