Does Facebook Randomly Delete Friends?

So, you are browsing through your account and you notice that the number of friends on your friend list has significantly shrunk since the last time you checked, and you start to wonder; “does Facebook randomly delete friends?”

In this article, I am going to answer this question and try to help you solve the Facebook friend loss dilemma.

The short answer is no, Facebook does not randomly delete your friends. It simply has no reason to do that! 

If you have lost a bunch of friends from your Facebook account, it could be either because of something you did on your account or something they did on their side. I will explain this in the next sections.

Why am I losing a lot of friends on Facebook?

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Before we get into what other people might have done on their side to make themselves disappear from your friend list, you need to make sure everything is good on your side.

Make sure you didn’t unintentionally unfriend or block the people in question yourself. And if you find out you did, take steps to reconnect with them. But if you are sure you didn’t, let’s look at some reasons why you are losing friends.

1. You were unfriended or blocked

The most obvious reason why you may lose a Facebook friend is if they unfriended you. If someone unfriends you, you will no longer see them listed in your friend list.

People may unfriend you for personal reasons, changes in relationships, or a desire to keep their friends list more selective.

People may also block you for their reasons, if they do, they will disappear from your friend list. 

How to tell if your Facebook friend unfriended or blocked you

You will know that someone unfriended you if you go to their Facebook profile and instead of “Friends” you see “Add Friend”, meaning you aren’t friends with them anymore.

Add Facebook friend
Facebook friends

On the other hand, if someone blocks you, you will not be able to see their profile page at all, and if you do a Facebook search on them, you will not get any results.

2. Your friends deactivated their accounts

For one reason or another, Facebook users deactivate or delete their accounts. If your friends took any of these actions, they would automatically disappear from your friend list.

How to tell if your friend deactivated or deleted their Facebook account

To know if your friend deactivated or deleted their account, you can try one of these 3 things:

  • Search for their profile in your Facebook search, if you can’t find their profile they likely deactivated or deleted their account. 
  • If you have mutual friends with the person in question, ask them if they can still see that person’s profile. If they can’t, it might indicate that the account has been deactivated or deleted. If they can, however, it might mean the person blocked you.
  • If you had previous conversations or interactions with the person, check to see if their messages or comments still exist. If their profile picture and name are replaced with generic placeholders, it could mean they deactivated their account.

Additionally, some users occasionally clean up their friends list for various reasons, like to declutter or maintain a more focused online presence, you may just be a victim of this process.

What to do when you notice you’ve lost friends on Facebook

Facebook friends list

1. Check your content

If you’ve suddenly lost a bunch of friends, try to check what kind of content you have been posting lately, is it controversial, offensive, or anything like that? 

Some people would rather just cut ties with anything that is not agreeable to them, so posting any kind of content that is off may lead to your friends unfriending or blocking you.

2. Contact your friends

If you happen to know exactly which friends have disappeared from your friend list, try to get in touch with them via other means to find out if there’s a problem. You might find they unintentionally unfriended you or there’s a problem with their account.

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Does Facebook accidentally unfriend people?

Unless it’s some kind of glitch or bug that causes this, I don’t think Facebook can accidentally unfriend people. 

Does Facebook delete friends when you deactivate your account?

When you deactivate your Facebook account, it is temporarily removed and your friends will not be able to see your profile, and they won’t get any results if they search for you on Facebook.

However, this does not delete your friends. Deactivation is temporary and the moment you log back in or reactivate your account, everything should be restored just like you left it. Including your friend list.

How can I get my friends back on Facebook?

Search for their profiles on Facebook or try to find them through mutual friends and send them a friend request to re-establish the connection.

However, first make sure you understand why you lost them in the first place, whether it was by mistake or they actually unfriended you, in which case you should respect their privacy and decision if they just want to cut connections with you or keep their distance for a while.

How do you know if someone blocked you or deleted your account on Facebook?

If you suspect that someone has blocked you on Facebook, here are some signs you can look out for:

1. Try searching for the person’s profile in your Facebook search; if their profile doesn’t appear in the search results, it could mean that they’ve either deactivated their account or blocked you.

If you have mutual friends with the person, you can check their friend list to see if the person is still listed. If you can’t find them there, it might indicate that they’ve blocked you.

If you had interactions with the person in the past (comments, posts, etc.), check to see if those interactions are still visible. If you’re blocked, your interactions may no longer be visible.


In conclusion, friendships on the Facebook platform are user-managed and  Facebook does not randomly delete friends from your friend list. 

It’s essential to approach such situations by communicating with friends directly and checking your account and privacy settings.

Remember to be cautious about the kind of content you share, and to be respectful of other users and their privacy on the platform. 

If indeed you realize that people unfriended or blocked you, try to stay positive and focus on moving forward and making new connections. There are other fish in the sea!

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Grace is an Editor at GoTechUG and she has written many articles about website design and social media. She has experience in IT and loves to tinker with anything to do with computers. In her spare time, she loves music, movies, reading books, and learning Spanish.

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