Come out, come out, wherever you are (or how to unhide friends in Facebook)

We live in the middle of a complicated one way system. When people visit, they need one set of directions to get to our house and another to leave again. It helps traffic and makes things safer. The inconvenience is worth it. Facebook is much the same. You can hide someone easily and somewhat intuitively. To unhide them requires a completely different procedure. (The analogy stops here. It’s just bad design; it doesn’t help traffic or make things safer.)

After helpfully showing my husband how to hide friends on Facebook, demonstrating on someone whose updates I enjoy reading, I went to unhide her. That’s where the trouble began. Because of the constant changes to the user interface, the vast majority of instructions were out of date. These instructions here might be correct for today only. I don’t know. I apologise if you’ve come and they’re wrong. There’s not much I can do about it though, so you’ll just have to cope.

So. On 30 June 2012 at 12.30pm GMT+1, here is how to unhide friends and other hidden things.

1 – Go to your news feed. This is the page you get when you’re logged in and at

2- On the left hand side, scroll over “News feed”. A little pencil will appear. Click it, then click on “Edit settings”.

3- A box will appear in the middle of the page listing the friends, apps and pages you’ve hidden. To unhide any of them, click on the x to the right of the name.

And that’s it. You’re done. It’s easy if you know how!




  1. THANK YOU!!!

  2. Thanks! I just read SO MANY out of date posts to try and find this simple thing!!

  3. Thanks!! At long last, took me forever before I found your post!

  4. thank you this was soooooo helpful after all of the stupid things facebook does every day… you and your post saved my life

  5. Thank You! The Facebook interface is hellish and does change monthly. Thanks for this!

  6. Thank you. That was very helpful.

  7. THANKS SO MUCH!! Ugh, I spent at least half an hour trying to figure this one out before I decided to google it and found your post…I unhid someone who’s taking an active interest in my posts, and I feel it’s just good manners to comment on some of her stuff in return, lol.

    So…still works as of 4/19/2013… 😀

  8. THANK YOU!!! I’ve been trying to find out how to do this for ages – couldn’t find anything current that told me how. Massive help – thanks 🙂

  9. This doesn’t work if your on the app…. Can’t figure out how..

  10. Thank you!

  11. Valerie Jordan

    I must be far more stooopid than the others who read this. I can’t find anything on my page that says “NEWSFEED”. Help!

  12. Valerie Jordan

    Oh duh. Found it – and what’s more, it works!! Thank you!

  13. THANKS!! So glad you figured it out and posted it for us. 🙂

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