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Why can’t I add someone on Facebook?(Fix it)

Alot of people nowadays are using social media more than even their daily conversations, and as one of the top platforms, Facebook is also one of them. As the trend tells us, more and more girls and boys are entering Facebook, gathering in small groups, and enjoying their time.

But sometimes, you cannot add your friend or relative to your Facebook group, which will keep you upset. This post will tell why you are not successful in adding and what you should do to overcome the situation.

Why can’t I add someone on Facebook?

Here, we will talk about the most common reasons for your disability of adding someone on Facebook. Let’s discuss them separately;

  • Privacy settings

The most common reason you can add a user is that they may have changed their privacy settings. If this person has their Friend Request privacy set to “Friends of Friends,” and you have no mutual friends, you probably won’t be able to send them a request.

What to do now? If you want to add this user, you need to send a message and ask him to send you a request. Note that since you are not a friend of them, your message will land on the person’s message requests page, and it will take a while to get your response.

  • You have been blocked

The second answer to your question is too easy; that person blocks you. Besides being unable to see their profile, you also cannot see their posts, photos, comments and won’t be able to message them. So try to see if there is a possibility to chat with them. If the answer is negative, you are likely to have been blocked.

  • The account is deactivated

If your friend’s account is deactivated, you cannot add them on Facebook. When someone decides to deactivate their account, it usually will stay up in some form unless they completely delete it. However, if the person chooses to log in to Facebook after deactivating their account, it will show up again.

  • They have reached their friend limit

Nothing is unlimited in this world, which is also true for Facebook and its users. If someone has reached this 5000 friends limit, you will no longer be able to send them a friend request. Furthermore, if someone who has reached the limit sends you a friend request, you still won’t be able to add them this way. However, you are allowed to send and receive messages.

  • You have blocked them

The status can be vice versa; this means that instead of being blocked by the user, “you” have blocked that person. You can check if you have blocked your friend by Settings & Privacy > Settings > Blocking. On this page, you can see a list of people you have blocked, and you can check to see if the person you are trying to add is there.

  • You already send a request

Sometimes you have sent your request to your friend, but they haven’t checked it yet. As a result, it will remove the person’s option until they accept the request. If you think your target user has forgotten to view your request, you can send a message to them and remind them you have sent a request or ask them to add you.

  • They have denied your request

Another possibility is that the user has rejected your request. This possibility comes true when you find out you have already sent the request, but you still see the “Add Friend” button. You can try sending another request if you wish, as long as the Add Friend button is still there.

  • Facebook has restricted their account

Our last possible answer to this question is that the servers restrict the account you have sent the request to it. As the person gets the restriction, their account will be frozen for a sort of time. This period could be anywhere from a few hours to weeks. During this time, the person will no longer be allowed to do specific activities.

Why can’t I see the “Add Friend” button on some Facebook profiles?

Sometimes you decide to add a person on Facebook, but there is no available “Add Friend” button on their profile. We have some possible answers for this event;

  • Sometimes, the profile owner has set their “Who may contact me” option to “Friends of friends,” and you have no friends in common.
  • It is possible that the person has blocked and then unblocked you or that they have just rejected your friend request, which may result in the no “Add Friend” button appearing on their profile anymore.
  • Maybe you have already blocked the individual. When you block someone on Facebook, they will also be unfriended.

Summary

Thank you so much for being so attentive. One of the main features of Facebook is to add your friends, and it will not be appealing if you have troubles in this process. Meanwhile, if you think none of the above possible reasons can cause your problem, you can visit Facebook’s official website and ask for help.

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George D.Harrison
I'm George from Toronto. I'm a Freelancer& Specialist. Interested in Social Media Marketing & Content Writing

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