Blocking on Facebook

Blocking on Facebook Explained

Blocking on Facebook is a skill that all Facebook users need to learn how to do.

For some reason though, when talking about blocking on Facebook, this seems to confuse a lot of users. With so many changes happening on Facebook all at once, this is understandable; however, you still need to learn how to block on Facebook. Today, we’re going to help you get over your fear of blocking on Facebook and learn how to do it right (and quickly).

Blocking on Facebook is really easy to do and it is something you can setup in just a few minutes. Let’s get started.

Blocking on Facebook

Why block on Facebook?

Chances are, at one point or another, you’ve received an unwanted invitation on Facebook. This could be from a user, an app, or an invite.

While you can delete the message you received, it does not get stop someone from sending you the same invitation again. It also does not give you back the time you wasted deleting that invitation.

To solve this problem, you need to use blocking on Facebook. 

The block feature on Facebook let’s you setup five specific areas to block. These include:

  • Users
  • Apps
  • App invites
  • Event invites
  • Restricted list

How to use blocking on Facebook

To access the blocking feature on Facebook, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Login to your Facebook profile
  2. Click the dropdown menu in the top right corner and select “Privacy settings”
  3. Next, click on “blocking” 

Here, you’ll be able to setup blocking on Facebook for a number of key areas. Let’s walk through each one of them.


Blocking users is great for those times when you don’t want someone to see your posts, tag you, invite you to events, groups, or add you as a friend.

To block a user, enter their name or email address into the block users area. These users remain blocked until you unblock them.

Note: when you block a user, they are not notified that you blocked them.

Blocking on Facebook - Users



Are there specific apps that you want to use, but don’t want them to be able to contact you? If so, you’ll want to consider blocking apps on Facebook.

To block an app, simply enter the name of the app in the block apps area. If you have installed a lot of Facebook apps, this is the most efficient way to block them.

Note: to unblock apps, all you need to do is select “unblock.”

Blocking on Facebook - Apps


App invites

How many of you are tired of receiving app invites from friends to play a game that you don’t want to play? Instead of deleting each app invite, you should setup blocking for app invites on Facebook.

To block an app invite, go to the app invites section and enter the name of your friend who is sending app invites. You’ll no longer receive invites from them to play games.

Blocking on Facebook - App invites

Event invites

The process for blocking event invites on Facebook is the same as that of app invites.

To block an event invite, go to the event invites section and enter the name of your friend who is sending you event invites. You’ll no longer receive invitations from them to attend your event.

Blocking on Facebook - Invites

Restricted list

If there is someone you want to be friends with, but you don’t want them to see all of your updates, you can add them to the restricted list. The restricted list is a way to block certain Facebook friends so that they only see information and posts that you make public.

Blocking on Facebook - Restricted list


To add someone to your restricted list, follow these steps.

  1. In your news feed, hover over a users name
  2. Select “Friends”
  3. Select “Restricted”

You should see the following message once you have blocked someone by adding them to a restricted list.

Blocking on Facebook - Restricted list

Note: when you add someone to a restricted list on Facebook, they are not notified that they are on this list.

Your turn

Now that you know how easy it is to setup blocking on Facebook, what is one reason why you never did it before? Let me know in the comments below.