Facebook is Hiding Your Friends. Here’s How to Fix It.


Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that something wasn’t right with my Facebook. I wasn’t seeing all of my friends’ updates on my wall. It was like some of my friends had just disappeared. When I went to their page, I could see their status updates, but they wouldn’t show up on my wall.

What the heck was going on? I went on a mission to find out.
As it turns out, if you have more than 250 friends, Facebook’s default mode only allows you to see updates from 250 of them on your wall. The rest of your friends are basically invisible to you. What’s the point of that?

So if you have more than 250 friends on your Facebook and you want to see updates from all your friends on your wall, you need to keep reading because I’m going to show you how to fix it to where you can see all of them.

Step #1: Go to your Facebook homepage
Go to Facebook.com, login, and stay on your main homepage. You should see the feed with all the latest updates from your friends. You there yet? Okay. Let’s move on to the next step. Note: There is a difference between home and profile - make sure you are on the home page

Step #2 Change the feed from "Top News" to "Most Recent"
In the top right hand corner you should see two options "Top News" and "Most Recent". Select Most Recent. 

Step #3: Scroll down to “Edit Options”
If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the homepage, you’ll see a blue bar that has 2 links: “Older Posts” and “Edit Options.” Click the link that says “Edit Options.”

Step #4: Change the “Number of Friends” preset
After you click “Edit Options”, a box will pop up with 3 different categories. Under the “Number of Friends” category, you’ll see that you can control how many friends are shown in the Live Feed. The preset maximum is 250. Luckily, you can change this. Just change it to a number higher than the number of friends you currently have (in case you add more friends later). I set mine at 1,000.

That’s all there is to it! You can now see all of your friends in your feed. Time to reconnect with those people you haven’t “liked” or commented on in a while!

11 comments (Add your own)

1. Korayem wrote:
I followed the steps but I don't see the above settings after clicking "Edit Settings".

I only get a window entitled: [Hidden from News Feed] with the descrption:
"The following streams are hidden from your News Feed. Click "Add to News Feed" to see their posts again."

Any ideas?

Fri, December 17, 2010 @ 12:16 AM

2. Brian wrote:
I heard some other people say the same thing, but they tried it again and it worked. I'm not sure why it doesn't show up every time but I promise it's there and you can change the settings. I hope it works out for you. I'm seeing so many more people on my wall it's crazyness.

Fri, December 17, 2010 @ 12:45 AM

3. Roger wrote:
On the home page I am unable to post a comment, pic, vid or anything. I am also not able to get my messages. It alerts me that I have one but when I click on it nothing appears. I've tryed eveything in my power to fix it. At this point I'm done. If you have any suggestions please contact me through my FB and please post it on my wall (not private message)


Sun, December 19, 2010 @ 2:36 PM

4. Brenda wrote:
I followed the directions and still do not see anything under the edit but news feeds. I will completely close down and try again. Is there any other suggestion if this still does not work?

Mon, December 20, 2010 @ 8:22 AM

5. nika wrote:
same thing here....nothing to change, just blank...tried maybe five times

Mon, December 20, 2010 @ 12:32 PM

6. Brian wrote:
Guys, I'm not sure why it shows up for some and not for others. I don't have any other advice or thoughts on how to make it come up for everyone, but I promise it worked for me and several others that I know. I'll do some more investigating and if I find any more info I'll get it over to you.

Mon, December 20, 2010 @ 12:56 PM

7. Michelle Teall wrote:
This just worked for me, I already had it set at 5,000, but I think I am seeing too many pages rather than friends, so I'm going to fix that!

Mon, December 20, 2010 @ 2:37 PM

8. Brian wrote:
I know why some people weren't seeing the options. You have to click most recent at the top of the news feed. Then it will give you the options to change the number of friends.

Mon, December 20, 2010 @ 4:58 PM

9. Jason wrote:
Excellent tip! Thanks for opening up our Facebook worlds to even more distractions (= sarcasm).

Wed, December 29, 2010 @ 9:36 AM

10. chardagha wrote:
I tried it the first time and no change. I went back to my home page, changed the feed from "Top News" to "Most Recent" and then was able to make the change as described. I hope this helps.

Wed, December 29, 2010 @ 10:31 AM

11. Erika Blanchard wrote:
Hey Thanks for this post! I will share with my network and friends!

Wed, December 29, 2010 @ 10:34 AM

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