How to recall/cancel a Friend Request on Facebook


This is all about the ‘A’ factor for me. I call it atti-factor. So you sent out a friend request to a lady and she does come on Facebook as evident from her feeds appearing on your wall but neither accepts your friendship requests nor responds to your messages lurking somewhere in her inbox, here is what you could do to save your ‘dignity’:  Recall/Cancel the friendship request!!

How? Have a look below! (below feature is obsolete now – SCROLL DOWN)

On “Account” dropdown, choose “Edit Friends”. You could now interpret the below figure and explore on the encircled options. It’s straight and simple. Additionally, you can try entering the initial alphabets of the person bitterly concerned, and the auto-suggest makes your task easy.

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Hope this helped! Mind leaving a note? 🙂

Update – 09/29/2010

(below feature is obsolete now – SCROLL DOWN)

Is there an end to Facebook’s feature changes? 1st this got victimised now the current one obsolete!!! Arrrrg! Guys, FB has changed its “Edit Friends” page layout. But hey, don’t you worry. Recall is simpler now. A  small X button appears besides ‘Awaiting friend confirmation‘ on the requested person’s profile. Have a look below:

You can even make a list as “Pending” and keep amassing people you add. Releasing the “This request can’t be sent” post soon.

Update- 12/07/2010

(below feature is obsolete now – SCROLL DOWN)

Facebook Profile look and feel has changed again. Now it is more or less similar to the feeds w.r.t. the font size. As usual, recall friendship request has changed as well.  So, here’s how you do it: Navigate to Friend’s profile, scroll down to the left end and rest figure it out as per the below image (Cancel Friend Request is for pending requests. Unfriend is for people who are already in your list.):

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Update- 27/09/2011.

Yet another new edition. It’s tough to keep track on who you sent requests, so perhaps you can add them into a list for e.g. ‘Pending‘. Then you could visit the person’s profile to check if he/she has accepted your request. Hover your mouse on Friend Request Sent (as shown below) to see this dropdown. If your request is still pending acceptance (too much of EGO eh!), then it’s time you did some good to your self-esteem. Go ahead – DO IT! 😉

Visit the person’s profile you sent a request, hover your mouse to see this dropdown

22 comments on “How to recall/cancel a Friend Request on Facebook

    • Well, thanks dude, for lettin me know it helped. U know wht..dis post of mine has been trending as a Top Post for quite sometime now. And with the whole facebook community women gettin in a hobby of keeping the Friend requests pending…Men, undoubtedly are pouring in to my blog-post seeking help! lol

  1. I followed your tip and the “friend” in question was not listed for me to recall the request. However other friend requests outstanding were listed. This particular “friend”request came about as a result of FB sending out phony friend requests. I thought this person was trying to friend me but it was just FB hoaxing me.

    • The post suggests U to recall requests sent by you. But not ones that are coming to u. But they sud ideally display all friends that are pending n on their profile it is “Awaiting friend confirmation”.

      Lemme know if ur still facing any issue.

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    • In case he has logged into Facebook after your frnd request sent, he will see it. He may not accept but once U recall, with the next login/page refresh, he’ll get to know u have recalled. But he wudnt knw that u recalled iff u sent and recalled the request without his notice.

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