How To Share Posts With Selected Friends On Facebook

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Everyone knows how to share posts on Facebook, whether it’s about updating status or sharing photos, videos or your location on Messenger. But people sometimes don’t want to share the post with all their friends, or sometimes users want to share them but only with selected friends or hide them from certain people. Yes, it can be done, you have the power to select with whom you wish to share your post or not.

Most of people must already be aware of this, but if not then stay tuned. Facebook has provided this feature to its users through which they can control who can see the Facebook posts or who can it be shared with. And you can do it from the Facebook website on a browser or the Facebook application for Android and iOS. In this article, we are going to share with you how to do it.

Share Posts With Selected Friends On Facebook

Now you can either use the Custom privacy method to share the post with limited friends or add your friends to the Restricted list whom you wish to keep the posts hidden from.

Method 1 – Custom Privacy

Some people don’t want to share a post like relationship status with friends and not family. Using this method you can hide posts from certain friends or allow them to be shared with selected friends only. You can upload photos on Facebook without worrying about them seeing it. So let’s see how.

From Website

1. Log in to your Facebook account and click on the Create Post section and write your status or upload photos, whatever you want to post.

2. After the above step, below the area where you have written the post, you will see the News Feed option. And in front of it, you will have the section for controlling the privacy of the post. That button may be showing Public or Friends, just click on it.

share posts with selected friends on FacebookSee All to open additional options.

3. After this, as per the situation select your Privacy –

  • If you have only a few friends or family members with whom you don’t want to share the post then use Friends expect. Then from the list mark the friends with whom you don’t want to share the post. You can use the search bar to find them quickly.share with friends except
  • If you have less number of friends with whom you want to share the post, then use Specific Friends. Here you need to add your friends with whom you want to share your status or photos or other stuff.share a Facebook post with specific friends
  • You can also use Custom Privacy, here similar to the above options, you can add friends to Share with or don’t share with the post at one place.custom privacy for Facebook post After selecting friends to share or hide the post from any of the options above, click on Save Changes.

5. As your post is ready and you have set the custom privacy for your post, click on the Share button to publish it. Now only the selected friends will be able to see or won’t be able to see as per your settings.

From App

1. Head over to Facebook mobile application and create a post that you wish to share.

2. Now, once you are done creating the post, under your profile name, you will see the privacy option. It will either be Public or Friends, tap on it.

share post with certain people on Facebook

3. It will take you to the Select Privacy option.

post Privacy

  • Now if you wish your post should not be visible to certain friends then select Friend Except. After this mark the friends with whom you want to hide the post.Facebook application - hide post from specific friends
  • And if you want to share the post with selected friends then tap on Specific friends. Then again select the name of friends.Facebook application - share post with specific friends

4. After you are done with the above steps, hit Share and your posts will be shared or hidden from your friends as per your Privacy selection.

Also Read: How To Disable Face Recognition On Facebook

Method 2 – Stop Friend From Seeing Your Facebook Posts

If there is someone, with whom you don’t want to share any of your posts and can’t unfriend or block that person, then you can simply add them to the restricted list. By doing this, they won’t be able to see what you update on your timeline. Here once you add the person on the Restricted list, then you won’t have to always select the custom privacy and go through the process of adding people every time you update a post like above.

Adding Friends To Restricted List From Website

1. Open the users’ profile. You can use the search bar to find and directly open your friend’s timeline.

2. On the timeline, click on the Friends button and select Add to another list.

how to stop friend from seeing your facebook post - another list
3. Next, scroll down and choose Restricted.

restricted list on Facebook

Once you select restricted, a message will pop up showing that the person will not be able to see your Facebook post as long as the user is on a restricted list.

add friends to restricted list

You have successfully added your friend on the restricted list. Now he/she will not be able to see your Facebook post. Similarly, you can other friends to the list if required.

From Mobile Application

1. Open the Facebook profile of your friend whom you want to restrict from viewing your post.
2. Once you are on the users’ timeline, tap on the “Friends” button as shown in the screenshot below.

how to hide post from friends on facebook
3. You will get a list of options, choose Edit Friend List.

edit friend list on Facebook
4) A new screen will appear. Here scroll down and look for the Restricted option, tap on it.

restricted list on Facebook app

That’s it. Your friend will not be able to see the post as long as they are on the restricted list.

Important: Do remember, if you are uploading any post and want it to be hidden from the friends on your Restricted list, then select the privacy as Friends. If you keep it public then your friends added on the restricted list will also be able to see your posts.

Additional Method

If your only aim is to share the post, rather than uploading it on the timeline or news feed, then you can select the option of sharing it directly with friends on Messenger from a web browser. To do this, select the See All option while updating any post.

Share a post on messenger

And then choose the friends to share it with. But do remember to uncheck the News Feed or it will upload to your timeline. This way the post will be shared only to those friends whom you select. At last, hit Share to send the post.

share a post with friends on messenger

Also Read: How To Turn On/Off Facebook Notifications

Wrapping Up

So using these methods you can either share your Facebook posts with selected friends or hide it from them. If the posts you wish to share with certain people are limited then you can use custom privacy. But if you post regularly and wish to hide all of them form certain friends then use the Restricted list method. In case of any query feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

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  • Akshay Thapliyal

    Akshay Thapliyal is the co-founder of TechUntold and mainly looks into strategic planning at TechUntold. He also loves writing articles on apps & problems he faces related to tech. Follow him on Twitter.

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Akshay Thapliyal

Akshay Thapliyal is the co-founder of TechUntold and mainly looks into strategic planning at TechUntold. He also loves writing articles on apps & problems he faces related to tech. Follow him on Twitter.

5 thoughts on “How To Share Posts With Selected Friends On Facebook”

  1. If I share a picture with just one friend will it show up on their profile or news feed? Or basically anywhere else that anyone else besides them can see it?

  2. I thought there was a way to leave a comment on the post with the name of my friend (person I want to see the post) and it’ll pop up on their notifications.


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