How to Bulk Unfriend Inactive Facebook Friends

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delete-multi-friends-on-FacebookRecently, I was in the mood for a clean-up of my Facebook friend list. I am not sure about you, but from what I have seen, after a couple of years one accumulates some friends on Facebook who are just there to increase the friend count. They do not comment on your status and you never see them updating one (probably it might be hidden from you).

I started deleting friends using Facebook’s built-in technique, but soon I realized that it could take me forever to remove the huge number of friends that I had on the list. But, after searching for a workaround, I was able to strip down 300 friends from my friend list in a couple of minutes, which would never have been possible using Facebook’s default technique of unfriend-ing.

So let’s see how I managed to bulk unfriend some of my Facebook friends.

First of all we will have a look at how we can delete friends without using any scripts, and eventually we will learn how we can bulk unfriend them.

Deleting or Unfriend-ing a Few Friends

If you have just a few friends you would like to remove, you can simply head over to your Friends page and start removing them one by one.

Hover the mouse pointer over the friend and select Unfriend option from the list. Before Facebook unfriends your contact it would like you to confirm the action. Having done that, the contact will be deleted from your friends list. However, if the contact might still be your subscriber then all the updates you publish as public will be visible to him along with your current profile and cover photo which is public by default.

simple delete friends

Another great way of removing a friend on Facebook is by using activity log. Open your Facebook activity log from the Timeline. Here filter the activity log to just Friends and click on the delete friend next to each accept friendship event.

friends activity log

So that was how you can delete one or two friends easily from Facebook.

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However if, you want to unfriend friends in bulk, Facebook’s built-in options are not user friendly at all, and we are bound to look for an alternative option. So here’s one that is working in the latest Facebook Timeline View.

Note: We will be using a User Script for the trick. Although a script works on almost all the browsers which support them, I used Firefox for this one.

Deleting Facebook Friends in Bulk

Step 1: We will be using a custom user script installed on Firefox browser for the task. Greasemonkey plugin is required to install the script and thus you must install it from Firefox Add-on section before you continue. After installing the add-on restart your browser and open the Delete Facebook Friends script page.

Step 2: Click on the install button on the page. If Greasemonkey is installed on your browser, it will automatically detect the script and install it.

Step 3: Now open your Facebook friend page. This time you will see checkboxes against all your friends and two new buttons at the top namely Select All and Delete Selected Friends. The mission is straightforward – to select all the friends we wish to remove and click on the button Delete Selected Friends. If you don’t see checkboxes, press Ctrl+F5 to do a hard refresh.

remove friends in bulk

Cool Tip: As you scroll down and load friends, the checkboxes will appear eventually. Wise idea would be to load the page fully before you start deleting friends.

The script will delete all the friends you have selected automatically for you and keep the activity hidden on your Timeline.


So that was a complete guide to easily remove friends on Facebook. If you know of a better way to delete them, do not forget to share them in the comments.

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  1. tica-cat says:

    great! thx

  2. shayari says:

    shocking and interesting ,it became a hype in india when people started making celebrity’s fake profile in facebook now the people are aware and avoiding publishing personal photos on the facebook but apart from this there should be some technical help which avoid users from coping the same information and pasting them into their fake profiles.

  3. perfect4446 says:

    excellent script for deleting bulk friends in facebook

  4. Bill Moyer says:

    The check boxes appeared but the delet sellected friends button did not. I just spent last 2 hours going through 5000 names – PLEASE tell me there is a key command or some other way to finish the job without starting over… PLEASE

  5. Marlen Lowke says:

    Hey :)) Im looking exactly for something like your script. Sadly it doesnt work with my laptop on which Windows 8 is running. Installed GM and your script. After loading my friends list with your link from description, i can now see a checkmark next to each name which i can click on. But i dont have any buttons to do anything with that. Can you help me?

  6. whatever says:

    Can’t find the ‘delete selected friends’ button… waste of time.

  7. AmmaX says:

    cro script is not loding
    actuly 2nd link cant open properly please chek it out..!!

  8. WebGuru says:

    SOLVED: I found an old GreaseMonkey script that was broken and developed it into a updated script that shows a list of all your deactivated friends. It’s not the best code, but it works. Combined with another GM script, Unfriend In Single-Click on Facebook by Momo Stranger, I was able to quickly remove them all, about 10% of my friends were no longer active.

    I posted the updated script to FileDropper in case any one to use it. You must read the comments at the top of the script for instructions (or I will post them if requested).

    I didn’t realize then, but the script mentioned in this article can be found at, but Facebook has changed there page structure so it still may not work.

  9. rebus101 says:

    this shit does not work. DON”T WASTE YOUR TIME PEOPLE!

    • WebGuru says:

      It worked for me, and it looks like it still works but I have already deleted all the deactivated friend accounts (using this method), so it doesn’t show me any accounts to delete. No offense intended, but did you follow the instructions? I’m just curious – if it is broke maybe I can fix it again.

      • RemixedCat says:

        the button doesn’t appear on the latest timeline

        • WebGuru says:

          Sorry RemixedCat, I’m not sure about the script this article used – I didn’t find the userscripts mirror until after I found the other scripts.

          My method does not add a button at the top – it uses the Unfriend In Single-Click script which adds a button to each friend listing.