Do you have a friend on Facebook who is annoying enough to block? Or are you looking for a way to unblock a previously blocked friend?
Facebook is the place to interact with new people and make healthy conversations. But often things do not go as expected. As a result, you may want to block someone to stop communicating with them.
Let us check how to block or unblock someone on Facebook and Messenger easily.
How to block someone on Facebook?
If you are having trouble with any Facebook friend, there are three ways to deal with them—Unfollow, add them to your restricted list, block.
Firstly, let us check the difference between these features.
Unfollow: Hides the another’s posts on your home feed. So you won’t be disturbed with their photos, videos, and others anymore. But still, they can see your posts and leave comments, send messages, etc.
Restricted list: People in your restricted list can’t see your posts that shared only with friends. But they can view your public posts or posts they are tagged in or posts shared on a mutual friend’s wall.
Block: Removes another party from your friend list and prevent them from sending messages and leaving comments on your posts. They can’t see what you are posting on the wall and can’t tag you in their posts.
Follow these steps to unfollow or block someone on Facebook,
Find any post from your home feed by the person you want to unfollow. Click the drop-down arrow from the top right corner.
Choose unfollow from the list. A notification message will appear by saying that all posts are hidden from the selected account.
Done. This method will work for people in your friend list, Facebook pages you liked, and groups you joined. After unfollowing, their posts won’t appear on your home feed.
Now, let us check how to block someone on Facebook. For that, there are two ways.
- Via Facebook profile
- Via Facebook settings
Visit a Facebook profile or page that need to be blocked.
Click on the three dots icon on the right side. A box will appear containing options to make calls, search, block, etc. Select ‘Block’ from the list.
Then, you will see a warning message like this,
Click on Confirm to block. It will remove that person from your friend list and prevent all types of communications like comments, tagging, and direct messages. They can neither see your posts nor invite you to events, groups, etc.
If you want to keep them in your friend list and need to hide your posts from them, do this—add them to your restricted list.
For that, click ‘take a break’ from the same window. Select ‘Limit what xxx’s profile will see’ in the next window.
Click ‘Hide your posts from xxx’s profile’. Save. It will automatically add him/her to your restricted list.
Alternatively, visit Facebook privacy settings > blocking > Restricted list to add friends or manage your restricted list.
Search for a person in your friend list and click on Add to add him/her to your restricted list.
To manage your friends in the Restricted list, exit the current pop-up box and click Restricted list > Edit.
Click ‘See your Restricted List’ option.
It will show all your friends in the list. Tap ‘Remove’ to remove a friend from your restricted list. Then, they will receive your post updates as usual.
Switch to ‘Block users’ option to add and manage people in your block list. Click ‘edit’ and search for a friend by giving the first letters of their name in the search box.
Select a profile to block. It will remove the selected account from your friend list and prevent them from seeing your posts, and interacting through Facebook.
How to unblock someone on Facebook?
Sign in to Facebook and tap your profile picture icon from the top-right corner.
Select ‘Settings & privacy’ from the list. A new page will open. Visit Privacy from the left sidebar. Then, click on Blocking.
Click Block users > Edit to view people in your block list.
Tap ‘See your blocked list’ option. Hit the Unblock button to unblock someone in your blocked list.
How to block someone on Facebook Messenger?
Are you getting annoying messages on Facebook Messenger? If so, you can stop receiving them in multiple ways.
Visit Messenger and open a conversation. Locate Privacy and support on the right sidebar. Expand the section. There will be three options.
Mute conversation– No chat notifications for a certain period or until you enabled it again
Ignore messages– All future messages from the selected person will be moved to spam
Block– Two ways to block a user. Either on Messenger only or on Facebook as a whole.
The first option prevents the user from sending you direct messages or making calls using Facebook. However, it won’t remove him or her from your friend list. They can still view and comment on your posts.
If you also want to unfriend the user on Facebook, go with the second option. It removes the person from your friend list and stop getting their messages, calls, comments, etc.
Once selected, a pop-up box will open to confirm changes. Click on Block again to confirm. In the same way, you can block Facebook pages also.
How to unblock someone on Facebook Messenger?
Visit Messenger and open a conversation to unblock.
Tap Unblock to receive calls and messages from the person. If you have previously blocked someone entirely on Facebook, open Privacy Settings.
Visit Blocking and locate the corresponding account under Block Users menu. Tap unblock. But that person will not appear in your friends list. For that, one of you has to send a friendship request and the other should approve it.