How to See if Someone Unfollowed You on Facebook?

Social media relationships tend to be fickle, and the temptation to restrict connections with some people can be hard to resist.

It is likely that your friends felt the same way about you at some point, so how can you check if someone Unfollowed you on Facebook?

Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms that most of us have been a constant part of for many years.

With our years-long association comes a long list of friends, many of whom we don’t even remember adding. While you may see all your friends’ posts and stories, have you ever wondered how many could view yours?

Maybe you thought of unfollowing a particular friend because you didn’t see eye to eye anymore or because you didn’t find their posts and stories interesting.

It is equally possible that a few of your friends have spaced out from you; however, it makes little sense to follow friends who don’t follow you anymore. But how can you know for sure who they are? This post will tell you how you can see if someone has unfollowed you on Facebook.

By the way, Facebook users often employ a VPN for hiding location to bolster their privacy while browsing the platform. We’ll cover that too.

How to See if Someone Unfollowed You on Facebook?

You can find out if someone has Unfollowed you on Facebook in two ways: manually or through an extension. Let’s look at the manual method first.

How to Manually See if Someone Unfollowed You on FB

The first method is pretty straightforward, but it is not convenient or easy. You can find out who Unfollowed you by comparing the list of your friends and your followers.

If there is a difference between the two, you can be assured that someone from your friends’ list has Unfollowed you.

Now you may have doubts about one of your friends Unfollowing you.

  • Go to the More tab on your profile page and select Followers to check your current followers.
  • Type that name in the search bar and see if that name shows up in your Followers list. 

Here’s what the list is going to look like:

find out who follows you and unfollowed you on FB

If you have hundreds of friends and don’t check your list regularly, it can be very difficult to find out if someone has unfollowed you. After all, it isn’t easy to manually check your friends and followers lists on Facebook to look for differences.

Let’s look at the next method you can use to check who has unfollowed you on Facebook. This one’s going to be very interesting!

How to See if Someone Unfollowed You on Facebook with Browser Extensions

Since it can be a real challenge to find out who is on your Friends list but not on your Followers list manually, you can thank tech geniuses who always come up with easier solutions!

Many extensions can be installed and added to your Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.

What they do is that the first time you log into your Facebook account after the extension has been installed to your browser, the app saves the list of your friends and followers.

Now whenever somebody Unfollows you, it will inform you immediately. It will also notify you if someone deletes, blocks, or Unfriends you. It is as simple as that!

With an extension, you no longer have to worry about following friends that decide to Unfollow you. You can stay in control of your social media relationships and always know which friends to win back and which ones to let go of.

It would be best if you kept in mind that Facebook disapproves of third-party sites, apps, and extensions. So before you add a third-party extension to your browser, make sure you aren’t violating Facebook terms and conditions.

What Happens if Someone Unfollows You on Facebook?

what happens if someone unfollows you on facebook

Facebook arguments and heated discussions over public posts are not uncommon between friends. Since every person reacts differently when angry or hurt, it is possible that your last argument offended one of your friends, and they decided to Unfollow you.

But what does Unfollowing mean?

When you hear different terms such as Unfriend, Block, Unfollow, it can get confusing to understand what each of them means.

Unfollowing is not the same as Unfriending, so if someone Unfollows you, it means that they cannot see your activity on Facebook anymore.

If a friend Unfollows you, they can neither view your Facebook stories nor your posts. Facebook doesn’t show them your feed or update them on new posts.

The same is the case when you Unfollow a friend. You remain on their friends’ list, but whatever content they publish on Facebook is restricted from your view.  

The Difference Between Unfollow and Unfriend

Now let’s get into the details about what you can expect when someone Unfollows or Unfriends you. 

Many Facebook users aren’t aware of the ‘Follow’ feature as it first became popular on Instagram. Now Instagram users are well aware of what Following or Unfollowing means, but the concept is still relatively new for Facebook users.

To clarify the difference between what happens when someone Unfriends and Unfollows you, we have compared them side to side:

They remain on your friends’ listYesNo
They can view your Facebook activitiesNoNo
You can view their Facebook activitiesYesNo
They can send you direct messagesYesNo

When someone Unfriends you, both accounts are completely separated, and depending on the privacy settings, they can’t send you direct messages either.

In contrast, Unfollowing is more subtle since the other person remains on your friends’ list and can send you direct messages.

How to Unfollow Someone On Facebook

Facebook is, undoubtedly, a great way to meet new people and connect to family and friends.

However, you might not enjoy following every friend’s activities, including their posts and stories on Facebook.

So what can you do when you have a friend who posts articles and opinions that offend you or simply bore you. 

The answer is simple: You can Unfollow them while officially appearing on their friends’ list. They would be able to see your posts and stories, but you wouldn’t have to see their activities on Facebook.

This subtle method of distancing yourself from someone is an excellent option because they probably would never find out unless they stumble upon this post. 

Here are three ways you can Unfollow a friend:

1. Unfollow From Posts

  • Go to any of their posts. 
  • At the top right, you will see three dots.
  • Select the three dots. 
  • Select Unfollow from the drop-down menu.

2. Unfollow From Friend’s Profile

unfollow from profile
  • Go to your friend’s profile page. 
  • You will see the option Following at the top right corner, below their cover photo
  • Select Following.
  • Select Unfollow from the drop-down menu.

3. Unfollow from News Feed Preference

unfollow via news feed preferences
  • Go to your profile page.
  • Select the down arrow from the menu bar. 
  • Select News Feed Preference from the menu bar. 
  • Select the option: Unfollow People and Groups to Hide Their Posts.
  • Select the friend you want to Unfollow and press Done.

Once you Unfollow annoying or boring friends, your Facebook feed will light up with posts from people you had forgotten were on your Friends list.

In case you didn’t already know, Facebook filters out content, and you don’t see all your friends on your feed.

After you de-clutter your feed by Unfollowing people that you can do without; you will get a chance to re-connect with old acquaintances and friends that weren’t showing up on your feed earlier.

How to Unfriend Someone on Facebook

Facebook friends can sometimes become very annoying with political rants that you disagree with or discussions that offend or upset you.

It is okay to think that a subtle move like unfollow doesn’t do the trick for you anymore.

Facebook allows users to Snooze their friends for a few days, Unfollow, Unfriend, or Block them. When you Unfriend someone, you can’t see their posts and vice versa. You can send each other direct messages but only after seeking permission from the other.

If you have made up your mind about Unfriending someone, here is how you can go about it.

1. Unfriend From Your Friends List

unfriend from your friends list
  • Go to your profile.
  • Select Friends from the options displayed below your name.
  • Under All Friends, you will see a list of all your friends.
  • Look for the friend you want to Unfriend. 
  • In front of your friend’s name, you will see three dots. Select it.
  • Select Unfriend from the options.
  • Select Confirm when the popup appears.

2. Unfriend From Friend’s Profile

unfriend from friend's profile
  • Go to the profile of your friend.
  • You will see these two options on the top right: Friends and Message.
  • Select Friends.
  • Select Unfriend from the options.
  • Select Confirm when the popup appears.

Facebook respects its users’ privacy and, therefore, doesn’t notify anyone when someone Unfriends them.

This means when you Unfriend someone, they will not know until they search your name and discover that you have Unfriended them.

Before you Unfriend someone, consider the implications of your actions because they will eventually find out even if Facebook doesn’t notify them.

You can consider other options such as Snooze or Unfollow to devise a graceful exit strategy than get into uncomfortable confrontations.

Does Facebook Notify When Someone Unfriends You?

Facebook understands the choices people make and respects their right to privacy. If you Unfriend someone, they will not be notified by Facebook. Similarly, if someone else Unfriends you, the same non-disclosure policy will be applied, and you will not be notified.

So if you suddenly stop seeing a friend’s post on your feed, maybe it’s time to check whether they have Unfriended you for good.

Does Facebook Notify When Someone Unfollows You?

With Facebook, users get several options to ‘mute’ others, including the Unfollow feature. What is great is that you can Unfollow someone without having to Unfriend them completely.

This means they will appear on your Friends list, but you wouldn’t have to see their Facebook activities.

Keeping the simplicity of this feature in mind, if Facebook notified the other person when they were Unfollowed, it would defeat the whole purpose of ‘silently’ Unfollowing someone.

Therefore, Facebook does not send a notification when someone Unfollows you.

Top Chrome Extensions to Find who Unfollowed You on Facebook

As discussed earlier, there are two ways of figuring out if someone has unfollowed you on Facebook. The first is comparing your Friends List and Followers list manually, and the second is through an installed extension.

We have rounded up two extensions that can help you find who Unfollowed you on Facebook for your convenience.

1. Social Fixer For Facebook

social fixer extension to know who unfollowed

Social Fixer has many useful features that can improve your overall Facebook experience. It has a Friend Tracker feature that allows you to check if someone has Unfollowed you.

To use this feature, select the Social Fixer (wrench-shaped) icon on Facebook. On the Layout tab, you will find the Friend Tracker box that you should check. Now, every time you log into Facebook, you’ll see if anyone has Unfollowed your account. 

2. Unfriend Finder

facebook unfriend finder extension

Unfriend Finder is an easy-to-use extension that works on major browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, etc. Every time a friend Unfollows or Unfriends you, Unfriend Finder will send you a notification. It will also inform you if any of your friends deactivate their accounts.

Head over to Unfriend Finder’s website and download the plug-in to install the extension. Allow access to your data on Facebook, and you will see the features in effect the next time you log into your account.

In Conclusion

Whether you want to avoid posts of your ex that you’re tired of stalking or a friend whose opinions you don’t share, the Unfollow feature on Facebook is an excellent solution to stay clear of content that upsets you.

What’s better is that you can unfollow people ‘silently’ without hurting their feelings in return.

Hopefully, this post has cleared up any questions you had related to Unfollowing or Unfriending someone on Facebook. You can now figure out if a friend has Unfollowed you using the manual method or the mentioned extensions.

Well, I hope you found this post both interesting and helpful. Questions or suggestions are always welcome in the comments section.

[FAQs] Frequently Asked Questions

If Someone Unfollowed You on Facebook, Can You Still See their Posts?

If someone unfollows you on Facebook, it means that they won’t be able to see your posts. However, since you are still following them, you will see all their Facebook activities, including posts. 

Can You Tell if a Person has “unfollowed” You on Facebook But is Still Your Friend?

Facebook doesn’t notify users if someone Unfollows them, so there is no way for you to know if a person has Unfollowed you unless you compare both lists of Friends and Followers or install an extension on your browser.

When You Unfollow Someone on Facebook, Do they Unfollow You?

If you Unfollow someone, they aren’t notified by Facebook and remain your follower by default unless they choose to Unfollow you at a later time.

Should I Unfriend or Unfollow on Facebook?

That would depend on whether you want to distance yourself silently, without creating a scene, or you don’t care about upsetting the other person. Unfriending someone is a little extreme and should be used for people you can’t stand at all. 

However, for other not-so-annoying friends, the Unfollow feature of Facebook should do the trick and keep them away from your feed.

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