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If you’re a little low on Facebook friends, you’ll be prompted to add people you might not necessarily know, thanks to Facebook’s friend suggestions feature. If you want to turn these suggestions off, here’s what you’ll need to do.

Disable Facebook Friend Suggestions on Windows and Mac

If you’re using Facebook’s desktop website on your Windows 10 PC or Mac, you can turn friend suggestions off in your account settings. To do this, open the Facebook website and sign in to your account.

Once you’ve signed in, click the down arrow menu icon in the top-right corner. From the drop-down menu, select Settings & Privacy > Settings.

To open the Facebook settings menu on the web, press the downwards arrow icon in the top right, then select Settings & Privacy > Settings.

In the Facebook Settings menu for your account, click the “Notifications” option on the left.

In the Facebook settings menu, press the "Notifications" option.

Select “People You May Know” in the “Notifications Settings” menu.

In the Facebook "Notifications" menu, press the "People You May Know" option.

Facebook prompts you with suggested friends in various ways. If you want to stop specific friend suggestions (but don’t mind the in-app suggestions), click the slider next to the various options listed (including push, email, and SMS notifications).

If you want to stop all friend suggestions on Facebook, select the slider next to the “Allow Notifications On Facebook” option. This will stop all notifications.

Tap the sliders next to the various options listed in the "People You May Know" settings menu to disable specific friend suggestions, or press "Allow Notifications On Facebook" to disable them entirely.

With this setting disabled, Facebook will no longer suggest other user accounts for you to add as friends on the Facebook website or in the Facebook mobile app. If you want to add friends on Facebook, you’ll need to search for and add them manually.

Disable Facebook Friend Suggestions on Android, iPhone, and iPad

If you prefer to use Facebook on your Android, iPhone, or iPad, you can change your account settings to disable friend suggestions in the app itself. This setting is account-wide, so any changes you make in the app will also appear on the website.

To start, open the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet and sign in (if you haven’t already). Tap the hamburger menu icon in the top-right corner, which is positioned below the Facebook Messenger icon.

In the Facebook app, tap the hamburger menu icon.

In the menu, scroll to the bottom, then tap Settings & Privacy > Settings.

In the Facebook app menu, tap Settings & Privacy > Settings.

To access your Facebook suggestion settings, scroll through the “Settings” menu and tap the “Notification Settings” option.

In the "Settings" menu, tap the "Notification Settings" option.

In the “Notification Settings” menu, tap the “People You May Know” option.

Tap "People You May Know" in the "Notification Settings" menu.

Just like the settings menu on the Facebook website, you’ll be able to disable individual friend suggestion notifications by push, email, or SMS by tapping the slider next to each option.

If you want to disable all friend suggestions on Facebook, however, tap the “Allow Notifications On Facebook” slider.

In the "People You May Know" menu, tap the various sliders to disable individual notifications, or tap "Allow Notifications On Facebook" to disable all friend suggestions.

You’ll need to confirm that you do want to stop all friend suggestion notifications. Tap “Turn Off” to confirm.

To disable friend suggestions, tap "Turn Off" to confirm.

The slider will turn gray when the setting is disabled, stopping all friend suggestions on your account.

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Ben Stockton is a freelance tech writer from the United Kingdom. In a past life, he was a UK college lecturer, training teens and adults. Since leaving the classroom, he's been a tech writer, writing how-to articles and tutorials for MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Cloudwards.net. He has a degree in History and a postgraduate qualification in Computing.
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