How to Find Inactive Friends on Facebook (And Remove Them)

Did you know that Facebook has almost three billion monthly active users worldwide? It took the platform nearly eighteen years to reach this point. Currently, Facebook sits at the top of the ‘most active social media platforms in the world’ list. However, the part you should focus on is ‘monthly active users,’ or MAUs. This is because out of the two million users, Facebook claims that about 135 million are fake profiles and that 7.7 million fake profiles are taken down every day.

find inactive friends on facebook (and remove them)

You might be thinking, how many profiles are left, then? If they’re removing seven million profiles every day, what’s taking so long? Sadly, it’s not as simple as that.

Every day, 500,000 users sign up on Facebook, equating to roughly six new profiles every second. If those seven million fake profiles weren’t being removed every day, then Facebook would’ve been overrun by users.

Think about it; how many fake accounts did you make in high school that you used to stalk the girls at school you weren’t friends with? We’re betting that it’s more than a few.

Moreover, fake accounts aren’t the only problem Facebook has to deal with. Some people haven’t used their accounts for more than a decade but haven’t deleted their profiles as they have old memories. Trust us, more people do this than you’d think; take a look at your friend list if you don’t believe us.

Are you seeing way too many inactive people? Don’t worry; these things happen on all old social media platforms. However, that doesn’t mean that this issue shouldn’t be resolved.

Read on till the end of this blog to learn how you can remove all your inactive friends from your friend list on Facebook.

Why should you remove inactive Facebook friends?

Finding inactive friends in your friend list is easy; just open the list and look around for friends that haven’t engaged with you on Facebook for a while. Yes, there are more of them than you had thought. Don’t worry; we can fix it all.

You might be thinking, what if you have inactive friends? They are your friends, after all, and there’s no use in burning bridges for no reason, right? Well, not exactly.

Your reach starts to decrease when you have way too many inactive friends on Facebook. There will be very little engagement from your friends and no engagement from prospective clients or new connections because they probably won’t even see the post.

Moreover, inactive friends on Facebook who you don’t talk to anymore will only bring content that’s not relevant to you on your timeline. To declutter your timeline and optimize it with relevant things, you need to associate with similar-minded people.

Some users don’t engage with your content in any way whatsoever, but are only there to stalk your progress. While this might sound acceptable to you, it shouldn’t. It’s essential for your mental health and privacy to only keep positive-minded and good-intentioned people around you instead of negativity.

How to Remove Inactive Friends from Facebook

Now that you are aware of how crucial it is to remove inactive friends from your Facebook account, let’s move on to how you can do that. Follow our step-by-step guide to remove a Facebook friend from your friend list.

Step 1: Launch Facebook and log in to your account.

Step 2: The first screen you’ll see is your Timeline. Right under the home icon at the top of the screen, locate and tap on your profile picture.

find inactive friends on facebook (and remove them)

Step 3: On your profile, scroll down and locate your friends. Scroll down and locate the option called See all friends.

find inactive friends on facebook (and remove them)

Step 4: In your friend list, tap on the search bar at the top of the list and type in the name of a friend that you want to remove.

find inactive friends on facebook (and remove them)

Step 5: Next, tap on the icon of three dots arranged horizontally. A pop-up menu will appear with several actionable options.

Step 6: Tap on the last option called Unfriend [name], and you’ll be good to go.

find inactive friends on facebook (and remove them)

You can repeat this process as many times as you need to. However, wouldn’t it be more convenient if there was a way for you to bulk-remove friends from your friend list? Well, we have exactly what you need! Read on to learn all about it.


FriendFilter is a Chrome extension that you can use to remove inactive friends from your friend list. It’s easy to use with a minimalistic interface to help you navigate the options.

It scans your profile data to see who has or hasn’t been engaging with your content in the last 90 days. All inactive friends are added to the TO BE REMOVED list; you can add six inactive friends to the whitelist, and they won’t be removed irrespective of their engagement.

You can employ several more options for your convenience, all free of cost.

However, the extension does state to follow the FriendFilter Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Moreover, it also says on the website to use the extension as instructed and at one’s own risk.

In the end

As we end this blog, let us recap all that we’ve talked about today.

Inactive friends on Facebook can become an issue if you need the engagement. Fortunately, there is a way to bulk-remove friends from your Facebook friend list without having to do so manually. Install FriendFilter to resolve this issue for you. We’ve discussed how you can operate this Chrome extension on your laptop or computer.

If our blog has helped you in any way, don’t forget to tell us all about it in the comments section below!

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