Why Can’t I Add Someone on Facebook?



Facebook has grown to become one of the most well-known social media platforms, with the most users. The ability to add friends who can follow and see what you publish, and vice versa, is a big part of the appeal. So you’ve gone to add someone and the option has mysteriously vanished.

There are a variety of reasons why you can’t add someone on Facebook, and it doesn’t imply they’ve blocked you. If you’re not sure what some of these other reasons are, have a look at the list below to see if any of them apply to you.

1. Their Personal Information Protection Settings

Because of how they may have updated their privacy settings, you may be unable to add someone on Facebook. A few variables in Facebook’s privacy settings may prevent you from adding someone. You won’t be able to send them a request if their Friend Request privacy is set to “Friends of Friends” and you don’t have any mutual friends.

If you still want to offer them a request, you can send them a message and ask them to do so. Just keep in mind that your message will come up in the person’s message requests page because you aren’t friends. As a result, it may be some time before they see your message.

2. Your account has been deactivated.

If someone’s account has been deactivated, you may not be able to add them. If someone does this, their account will normally remain online in some form unless it is totally erased. However, as long as their account is deactivated, no one will be able to send them friend requests.

It will reappear if someone decides to log in to Facebook after deactivating their account. While their account is deactivated, they can still use Messenger, so if you want to send them messages, you may.

3. Your Account Has Been Blocked

A person can prevent others from viewing their profile or interacting with them in any way on Facebook. You won’t be able to see their profile, nor will you be able to see their posts, images, or comments, nor will you be able to message them. When you try to message someone, you may see if they have blocked you. You’ve probably been blocked if you can’t message them at all.

4. They Were Blocked By You

Whether you’re trying to add someone but can’t seem to get access to their profile, check to see if you’ve actually blocked them. If it’s been a while since you did this it’s entirely possible you forgot.



Because Facebook keeps a list of who you’ve blocked, you can see who you’ve blocked. Go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Blocking to see this. You should see a list of persons you’ve blocked on this page, and you can see if the person you’re trying to add is on it. Simply pick the Unblock button next to their name to unblock them.

5. Their Friend Limit Has Been Exceeded

On Facebook, there is a limit to how many friends you can have. You will no longer be able to submit a friend request to someone who has achieved the 5000 friend limit. If you try to do so, Facebook will tell you that the user has 5000 friends.

You won’t be able to add someone who has reached the limit if they send you a friend request this way. If you accept the request, they will not be added to your friend list, and you will not be added to theirs. You can, however, still message anyone with more than 5000 friends.

6. You have already submitted a request

It’s possible you’ll want to verify if you’ve previously sent someone a request, as this will prevent you from adding them until they accept it. It’s easy to forget about the request if it’s been a while since you sent it and they haven’t added you.

You should still be able to send someone a message if you wish to remind them that you sent a request or ask them to add you. It’s possible that they’ve forgotten about the request, or that it got mixed up with other friend requests they’ve received.

7. Your Request Was Rejected

Another option is that the individual has already turned you down. If you’ve already made a friend request and aren’t sure why you’re still seeing the Add Friend button, it’s most likely because they declined it. If the Add Friend button is still active, you can send another request.

Also, if they made you a friend request and you declined, but you now want to add them, you might not see the Add Friend button since they have particular privacy settings. They’ll need to send you another buddy request.

Adding Facebook Friends

Because one of the key features of Facebook is the ability to add and communicate with others, it can be aggravating when you have problems doing so. If you discover that this problem affects everyone you try to add, or if you’re having trouble adding people and don’t know why, you can always contact Facebook help to see if there’s something else wrong.

Hopefully, one of these reasons will provide you with a response, allowing you to continue interacting with friends and enjoying the social networking platform.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.