How To Turn Off Facebook Friend Suggestions?

Tired of seeing random profiles on your Facebook appearing as ‘People you may know’ suggestions? Do you want to turn off Facebook friend suggestions? Facebook automatically prompts you to add new friends to your Facebook account through friends suggestions. Still, sometimes it may get annoying coming across random profiles when you are not interested in expanding your friend list. Therefore, this article guides you through the technique of turning off Facebook friend suggestions.

To turn off Facebook friend suggestions:
1. Log in to your Facebook account.
2. Tap on the Menu icon.
3. Go to Settings & privacy.
4. Tap on Settings.
5. Tap on Notifications.
6. Click on People you may know.
7. Turn off the “Allow notifications on Facebook” option.

What Is The ‘People You May Know’ Feature On Facebook About?

Everybody who ever joined Facebook must have seen the ‘People you may know’ section suggesting you add some random profiles. However, the profiles that Facebook suggests are not that random.

The ‘People you may know’ feature is the attempt of Facebook to widen your Friend List on the application and expand your virtual network.

So, on what basis does Facebook make the suggestion? Although it may seem as if the suggestions are a bit random, Facebook only picks the profile for suggestions if it has something in common with you. And the common factor could be a mutual friend, workplace, or school.

Likewise, if you want to add the person from the suggestions to your Facebook Friend List, you can send a friend request directly. However, if you don’t want to see any more suggestions from Facebook, there is a way to turn off the Facebook friend suggestions, which we have discussed in the below section.

How To Turn Off Facebook Friend Suggestions (For PC/Android/iOS)?

If you no longer want to expand your Facebook network through random suggestions in your ‘People you may know’ section, follow the below-mentioned technique to turn off Facebook friend suggestions.

Turn Off Facebook Friend Suggestions For PC

To disable Facebook friends suggestions on your PC, follow the below-given simple steps:

Step 1: Launch Facebook On Your PC

First, launch a browser on your PC and search for Facebook.

Step 2: Login Into Your Account

Then, click on the Facebook Sign-In page and log in to your account using your Facebook credentials.

Step 3: Go To Profile

After logging into your account, your PC screen will open to the news feed page. Now, go to the profile icon on the top-right section of the screen and click on the icon.

Step 4: Go To Settings

Then, click on Settings from the available options on the drop-down menu.

Step 5: Go To Notifications

From several options in Settings, scroll down and select Notifications.

Step 6: Select ‘People You May Know’

Then, another list of menu will appear. Locate and click on the ‘People you may know‘ option.

Step 7: Turn Off The Suggestions

Now that you have entered the ‘People you may know’ section, you will see various options available. Generally, you will see all the options turned on. But, to turn off Facebook friend suggestions, you have to tap on the blue button beside ‘Allow notification on Facebook’ option. Once you turn off this option, all the options below ‘Allow notification on Facebook’ will automatically turn off.

This will prevent Facebook from sending you any friends suggestions in the future.

Turn Off Facebook Friend Suggestions For Android/iOS

Follow these basic steps to turn off Facebook friend suggestions on your Android and iOS devices:

Step 1: Launch Facebook On Your Device

First, locate the Facebook app on your Android/iOS device. Launch the app

Step 2: Login Into Your Account

Then, Login into your Facebook account with your Facebook account credentials.

Step 3: Go To The Menu Icon

After entering your Facebook news feed page, locate the three horizontal bars icon and click on it.

Step 4: Tap On Settings & Privacy

Now, from the available menu, scroll down and tap on Settings & Privacy.

Step 5: Select Settings

Then, select Settings from the menu.

Step 6: Click On Notification

Now, scroll down and go to Preferences section. Locate Notifications under the Preferences section and click on it.

Step 7: Go To ‘People You May Know’

Again, scroll down and select ‘People you may know,’ which will lead you to the final step.

Step 8: Turn Off Suggestions

You will be presented with various options to turn off the suggestion notifications. You can turn off the suggestion notification individually for the available options, such as push, SMS, or email by tapping on the slider icons next to each option. Or, you can directly turn off all suggestions by tapping on the slider icon beside ‘Allow notification on Facebook.’ 

Following these steps, you will be able to disable the ‘People you may know’ suggestions on your Facebook page.

Where Can I See People You May Know On Facebook?

There is a different section on your Facebook page where the app prompts the suggested friends profile. Although you will see the suggestions appearing on your news feed page on Facebook as you scroll down the feed, you can also access the ‘People you may know’ section separately and see all the suggestions directly.

Therefore, to see Facebook friend suggestions through ‘People you may know,’ follow these steps:

  1. First, go to your Facebook news feed page.

  2. After that, tap on your profile icon and enter your profile.

  3. Then, locate Friends section and click on Find Friends.

  4. Then, scroll down the menu and locate ‘People You May Know.’

You will see a long list of Facebook suggested profiles based on your mutual friends or interests. You can access the suggested friends from this page after you turn off Facebook suggestions.

Moreover, you can add any suggested Facebook profile to your Facebook Friend list by clicking on the Add Friend option beside the profile.

Where Do ‘People You May Know’ Suggestions Come from On Facebook?

We have already mentioned briefly in the above section that Facebook prompts the friends suggestion on your profile based on your mutual friend and interests. 

Moreover, to elaborate on the point, Facebook prepares suggestions for you depending upon these common factors:

  • Having friends in common with the suggested profile.
  • The similarity in your networks, for example, school, current city, or work.
  • Being members of the same Facebook group.
  • The similarity in contacts you have uploaded on your Facebook.
  • Also, being tagged in the same picture adds to a common ground for Facebook to suggest a profile.

Likewise, if you like the profile sent on the ‘People you may know’ section, you can add them as your friend. But, if you are not interested in the profile, you can discard or remove the suggestion.

How Do I Remove A Friend Suggestion?

Here are some of the steps to help you remove a specific friend  suggestion made by Facebook:

  1. First, launch the Facebook app on your device.

  2. Then, go to your profile by clicking on the profile icon on the top left of your screen.

  3. Scroll down and click on Find Friends under the Friends section.

  4. Then, Locate the Friend suggestion you want to remove from ‘People you may know.’

  5. Finally, click on the Remove option beside Add Friends on the profile.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If the above queries did not answer your question, these below-mentioned questions and answers might help you with the concerns regarding Facebook friend suggestions.

Can I Remove A Friend Suggestion Suggested By Facebook?

Yes, you can remove a Facebook friend suggestion by clicking on the Remove option beside the profile of the user you want to remove.

Why Do I Keep Getting Facebook Friend Suggestions?

You keep getting Facebook friend suggestions because the feature for suggestions is turned on. Therefore, to turn off Facebook friend suggestions, follow the steps mentioned in the above section of this article.

Does Facebook Suggest Friends Who Have Looked At Your Profile?

Facebook suggests friends based on common interests and common friends. However, there is no evidence to whether Facebook suggests friends who have looked into your profile.

Why Do I Get Friend Suggestions On Facebook With No Mutual Friends?

Even if you do not have a mutual friend, Facebook can suggest you a friend based on other common interests.

What Happens When You Remove Someone From Suggest Friends?

You will no longer see the person you have removed from your suggested friend list on the suggestion list again.


If you are annoyed with the Facebook friends suggestions, you can easily disable the feature using the steps elaborated in the above section. Moreover, we hope the content has given you a better insight into the ‘People you may know’ feature of Facebook. For more intriguing tech articles, please follow our website.

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