How (and Why) to Create a ‘Restricted’ List on Facebook

We have all had to accept Facebook friend requests from people we’d rather not share intimate details of our day-to-day lives with, whether that’s your boss, a slightly creepy acquaintance, or even your mom.

Did you know you could set up a “restricted” list on Facebook that prevents list members from seeing content you deliberately make public?

We had a look at how to create and manage such a list so that you can stay Facebook friends with someone without letting them see every single little activity you get up to.

Head to the Facebook profile page of the person you want to add to your restricted list. Click on the “Friends” drop-down box that appears at the bottom right of their cover photo. Select the option “Add to another list.”

Now, click on the “Restricted” setting that appears on the next menu. This should enbolden the text and put a check mark next to it.

Now, when you next post content, you can decided whether you want it to be public content or just for the eyes of your Facebook friends.

To change this privacy setting as you post, click on the drop-down box at the bottom of your pending post and select the option that suits your content.

If you select “Friends”, the people on your restricted list will not see the post. If you choose “Public,” they will.

This is a good method of making sure certain people only see posts you’re willing to make public.

We have also taken a look at how to completely hide Facebook posts from others. Do you use restricted lists? Let us know in the comments below how you’ve found this useful privacy setting.