Why Is The “Add Friend” Button Not Showing on Facebook?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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Why Is The “Add Friend” Button Not Showing on Facebook?

Are you not seeing the “Add Friend” button on someone’s profile on Facebook?

This problem is pretty common with many users.

Why is the “Add Friend” button not showing on Facebook?

  1. The user has restricted the friend privacy settings
  2. Your friend request is pending
  3. The other person has denied your friend request
  4. They’ve marked your friend request as spam
  5. The other user is an official account
Why Is The “Add Friend” Button Not Showing on Facebook?

The user has restricted the friend privacy settings

  • Your friend request is pending
  • The other person has denied your friend request
  • They’ve marked your friend request as spam
  • The other user is an official account

There are multiple solutions for the “Add Friend” button missing problem, depending on the actual cause of the issue.

You can wait for the other person to accept your friend request, give up, or befriend one of their friends.

This guide will tell you more about the “Add Friend” button not showing on Facebook and what you can do to solve it.

Keep reading to find out more!

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Why Is the “Add Friend” Button Not Showing on Facebook?

  • The Other User Has Restricted their Friends Privacy Settings + Solution

If you can’t see the “Add Friend” button on someone’s Facebook profile, it could be because they’ve restricted people from adding them as friends.

There’s a setting in Facebook that lets you restrict people from adding you as a friend.

Instead of “Everyone,” you can select “Friends of friends” only.

This means that if you aren’t friends with their friends on Facebook, you won’t be able to add them as friends.

This privacy setting keeps your account out of the prying eyes and more anonymous.

By default, Facebook allows everyone to send you a friend request.

But you can choose to restrict your friendship status to only the friends of your friends.

Someone who isn’t friends with your friends can’t add you on Facebook.

They won’t see an “Add Friend” button.

Solution – Add one of their friends as your friend

To add someone with restricted privacy settings as a friend, first, you need to add one of their friends as a friend on Facebook.

Look through the friend list and select someone who you think will accept your friend request.

Send them a friend request, and if they accept, you can now add the other person as a friend.

Now the “Add Friend” should normally appear because you meet the requirements of their Facebook settings.

You’re friends with one of their friends, so that you can add them too!

  • Your Friend Request Is Pending

If you have already sent a friend request to someone, you won’t see the “Add Friend” button on their profile anymore.

Instead, it’ll be replaced with the “Requested” button.

Your Friend Request Is Pending
Your Friend Request Is Pending

This means that you’ve already requested their friendship on Facebook.

Facebook won’t let you send another friend request.

The “Requested” button will turn into ”Add Friend” if they deny your friend request.

Otherwise, the “Requested” button will transform into “Friends” if the other person accepts your friend request.

If the “Add Friend” button isn’t showing on Facebook because you’ve already sent the other person a friend request, you can only wait.

There’s nothing you can do either, other than sending them a message.

Remind them to accept your friend request!

  • Friend Request Denied

If someone denies your friend request, there’s a “cooldown” period when you can’t send them a friend request anymore.

The “Add Friend” button won’t be in their profile anymore.

Even if you want to send them another friend request, you can’t do it for the time being.

You’ll need to wait for several days before the “Add Friend” button appears on their profile again.

If they deny your friend request repeatedly, the cooldown period could be extended.

You should contact the other person when sending them a friend request.

Tell them who you are and why you’re interested in becoming their friend.

Otherwise, they may deny your friend request if they don’t know who you are.

  • They’ve Marked Your Friend Request as Spam

Facebook lets you mark friend requests as Spam.

This means that once you deny a friend request and mark it as spam, the other person won’t be able to send you another friend request.

The “Add Friend” button will not show on your profile for that person.

This isn’t a permanent decision, but it’ll take long before the other person can send you a friend request.

In most cases, it’ll take a whole year for you to see the “Add Friend” button on someone’s profile if they added you as spam before.

If the other person has marked your friend request as spam by mistake, there’s nothing they can do,

The decision is irreversible. The only way to fix it is to contact Facebook support and let them sort it out.

But you can’t do anything. Only the person who marked you as spam can do this.

  • You’re Trying to Add an Official Account to Friends
You’re Trying to Add an Official Account to Friends
You’re Trying to Add an Official Account to Friends

You’ll find it impossible if you’re trying to add an official account to friends.

Official pages can’t be added to friends on Facebook.

The “Add Friend” is not showing on these types of accounts.

Instead, you’ll see the “Follow” button there. You can choose to follow these accounts.

The “Follow” function is similar to adding the other person as a friend, but it’s more official.

Popular people will keep their friendships private and reach out to people via the “Follow” feature.

This lets them better control the content they post. Followers won’t be able to see the content addresses to friends, for instance.

Conclusion

If the “Add Friend” button is not showing on Facebook, it could be for several reasons.

We’ve discussed all these reasons above.

There aren’t too many things you can do other than waiting for the other person to accept your friend request.

If you think they’ve edited their privacy settings to accept friend requests only from friends of their friends, talk to them.

Send them a message and let them know you want to befriend them.

They may change their privacy settings so you can send them a friend request!

Otherwise, if the other person has denied your friend request or added it as spam, it’s better to give up.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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