Why the Add Friend option doesn't show up on Facebook

Why doesn't the Add a Friend option appear on Facebook?

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Have you met a familiar face on Facebook, but can't find the "Add Friend" button or it's grayed out? If so, don't worry; you're not the only one. Not being able to add someone as a friend on Facebook is usually caused by a person's privacy settings, but other factors can also cause this.

Why doesn't the Add a Friend option appear on Facebook?

If you want to find out why the "Add friend" option does not appear on Facebook, look no further. In this article, we will help you identify the problem and offer potential solutions.

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Let's take a look at why the "Add Friend" option is not displayed as an option on Facebook and what you can do about it:

You have limited your privacy settings

Every Facebook user can adjust their privacy settings according to their preferences. One of the many privacy settings is to limit who can send you friend invitations. You can choose between two options: "Everyone" or "Friends of friends."

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If you select "Everyone", any person with a Facebook account will be able to send you a request. This is the default option. However, if you change the settings and select "Friends of friends," you will significantly limit the number of people who can add you as friends. Only people who are friends of one of your friends will see the "Add a friend" option.

So if someone has changed their privacy settings to "Friends of friends," you won't be able to send that person an invitation. You can first try to add a friend of the user to whom you want to send an invitation.

User declined your invitation to become a friend

If you have added a Facebook user as a friend and they have deleted it, the "Add Friend" option may not be visible for a while. Facebook does not inform its users when a friend invitation is rejected, so this may serve as a sign.

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Facebook does this to prevent abuse of the "Add Friend" button. Usually the button will reappear after a few days.

In addition, the "Add Friend" button may become impossible to click or grayed out, indicating that your invitation to become a friend has been declined.

In this case, you have no choice but to wait until the option to send a request becomes available again.

User submitted your friend request

Any user can submit a friend request after it has been deleted. If someone makes your request, the "Add Friend" option will not be visible for a long time.

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You or the person you want to add has reached the limit of friends

Facebook allows each personal account to have up to 5,000 friends. If you have more than that, you won't be able to send friend invitations. Similarly, if the person you are trying to add has more than 5,000 friends, the "Add friend" option will not be visible when viewing their profile or will be grayed out.

If you have encountered such a problem, look for the Observe button instead. Facebook allows people with public accounts to have followers and friends.

Assuming friendship is not an option, try following instead. Otherwise, you will have to remove some friends to add new ones.

Sending requests has been blocked

If you are a new Facebook user and have added many people in a short period of time, Facebook may temporarily block you from sending friend requests. This can also happen if several people have made your requests or if you have many unanswered ones.

Usually such a blockage lasts only a few days. Here's what you can do to prevent such situations in the future:

  • Send requests only to people you know.
  • Use your real name. This is not a rule, of course, but some people may ignore your request if they don't know who is behind the profile.
  • Don't send multiple requests at once.

Problems with the Facebook application

Another possibility is that the Facebook app is not working properly. In most cases, this is because it is not updated or there are temporary glitches.

Update the application

To prevent performance problems, update all your applications, including Facebook, regularly.

If you have an iPhone, here's how to make sure you're using the latest version:

  1. Open the menu and go to the App Store.
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  2. Type "Facebook" in the search bar and tap it.
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  3. If a newer version is available, you will see an "Update" button on the right side of the application. If you see an "Open" button, you are already using the latest version.
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Android users should follow the steps below to check if they are using the latest version:

  1. Open the menu and go to the Play Store.
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  2. Type "Facebook" in the search bar.
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  3. Press the "Update" button to install the latest version of the application. If you have the "Open" button as an option, it means that no updates are available at the moment.
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Reinstall the application

If updating the app doesn't work, you can try reinstalling it.

Here's how iPhone users can reinstall the Facebook app:

  1. Find the Facebook app in the menu or on the home screen. Press and hold.
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  2. You will see a menu. Click "Delete Application."
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  3. Go to App store And reinstall Facebook.
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If you have an Android device, follow the instructions below:

  1. Find the Facebook app on your phone, then press and hold the icon.
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  2. Click "Uninstall."
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  3. Open Play Store And install Facebook.
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Contact Facebook support

If you don't know why you don't see the "Add Friend" option, please contact Facebook Support:

  1. Open the Facebook app.
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  2. Click the three lines under the chat icon in the upper right corner.
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  3. Scroll down and press "Help and Support."
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  4. Select "Report a problem" and follow the instructions.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to more questions you may have about Facebook friends.

Will I see an Add Friend button if I am already friends with someone?

No. Instead, you will see the "Friends" option. If there is no option to add another user to your friends list, you won't see anything where there should be an "Add Friend" button.

How will I know if someone has declined my invitation to become a friend?

You can see which friend invitations you have sent (and which are still pending) by tapping Friends. Here you will see a blue hyperlink with the message "View sent friend invitations".

If the friend you are looking for is not on the list and he or she is still not your Facebook friend, it means that the user has rejected your request.

Follow Facebook's Terms of Service

In most cases, the lack of an "Add Friend" option is not a mistake. Unfortunately, there is not always much you can do about it, as Facebook goes to great lengths to protect its users and their privacy. We hope you found this article helpful and that you were able to figure out why you can't send invitations to friends. If you haven't already done so, please contact Facebook support.

Do you always see the "Add a friend" option on Facebook? If the answer is no, did you find out why? Tell us in the comments section below.

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