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How to Remove Deactivated Accounts from Your Facebook Friends List
There are always complaints when Facebook decides to make changes to their format, mostly because somethings are just unnecessary. For example, the batch of changes made in spring of 2012 granted Friends the ability to add you to Groups without your permission, burying your email account under a mountain of unwanted notifications.
When Facebook started to introduce their new Timeline set up in the spring of 2012, folks noticed that certain “ghosts from the past” began to crop up, such as private messages we thought had been deleted years ago reappearing and deactivated accounts repopulating our Friends Lists.
For some users, this sudden addition of dead accounts pushed them over the 5,000 friend limit, making it impossible to continue adding active friends. Thankfully, there is something that we can do about all those deactivated accounts cluttering our Friend Lists. This quick tutorial will show you how to easily remove those unwanted numbers step-by-step.
Read below or skip to the video tutorial at the end of this article.
Step 1: Go to your Friends List
Old Profile Set-Up: Your Friends List is directly under your profile picture on the left-hand side of your screen. Click on the word “Friends” and Facebook will take you to the List. Your List will appear in alphabetical order in a single column down the page.
Timeline Profile Set-Up: Your Friends List is now under your Cover Photo and profile picture, to the left of your personal info. Click on the word “Friends” OR on the icon of your friend’s photos to go to your List page. Your Friends List will appear in complete random order in three columns down the page.
Step 2: Find Deactivated Profiles
Scroll down the page, looking for people who don’t have personal profile photos. When you find one ...
Old Profile Set-Up: Hover your mouse over the account’s profile photo. (That would be the blue and white stock image.)
Timeline Profile Set-Up: Hover your mouse over the person’s name.
If the person's name is in black, it does not have a link to profile. At this time, there is no information on how to remove them. If you know of a way, please leave instructions in the comment section below. Thanks!!
If a little pop-up window comes up with the person’s information, then the account is still active. Keep looking.
If there is no pop-up, go to Step 3.
Step 3: Remove the account
Click on the person’s name. A pop-up window will appear telling you that the account is deactivated and that you have the option to “unfriend” them. Click on the “unfriend” link.
The pop-up window will change to ask if you are sure that want to remove them. Click the big blue button that says, “Remove from Friends.”
The pop-up window will change again. This time it will let you know that they have been removed.
Short Video Tutorial
Video used with permission by Jade Arcade.
© 2012 Rosa Marchisella