Unrequest friends on Facebook (Unsend or cancel a friend request)

Don't worry if you accidentally sent a friend request on Facebook, or changed your mind after the fact: unless the other party has already accepted or rejected (ignored) your friend request, you will be able to cancel it, or "unrequest that friend": this doesn't unsend the pending friend request, but it deletes it. There are two ways you can unrequest a friend on Facebook: a fast way, which doesn't always work, and a slower way, which always works even with the new Facebook. We'll start with the bulletproof way to cancel a friend request. 

 

Unrequest a friend on Facebook (unsend pending friend requests)

The most reliable way to unrequest a friend on Facebook, or unsend / cancel a friend request you have already sent, is to go through the privacy settings and block that person:

Behind the scenes explanation: temporarily or permanently blocking a user will cancel pending friend requests ("friend suggestion") you sent, because you cannot add as Facebook friend a user you blocked.

No active friend request message for canceled requests

If the person has kept their default Facebook profile settings, they will receive an email notification like this to accept or deny the friend request; if this is the case, and they click on the link to confirm or ignore the request, Facebook will display a "You have no active requests" message:

Unrequested friend request invisible in Facebook profile

"Un-request" friends directly by canceling the friend request

While you cannot "unsend" a friend request, it is possible in some cases to unrequest a Facebook friend, or cancel a friend request (hopefully) before the other person sees it - follow these steps:

Either way you chose, we hope that you were able to cancel that request before the potential friend found it, and successfully unrequested your Facebook friend request!

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