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If I send a friend request to someone, and after quite some time they haven't accepted, how do I cancel the friend request?

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The accepted answer of this question is no longer valid. See the answer newly added by me. – user221287 May 3 '12 at 19:10
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You can go to their profile and cancel the friend request.

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Or else, you can use this Google-Crome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/elioihkkcdgakfbahdoddophfngopipi to see the list of people who haven't accepted your friend request yet.

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After some clicking around I found another way, which wasn't very intuitive:

  1. Click on Account -> Edit Friends.
  2. Make sure 'All Connections' is highlighted on the left.
  3. Search for the person you wish to cancel the friend request with. He/she should appear in the results with Friend Request Pending under his/her name.
  4. Click on the X to remove this friend request. When hovering the mouse above the X, it should have a tooltip of: Remove Request
  5. A popup should come up to confirm removing the request. Click Confirm.
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Inconvenient because you have to remember the name of the person (and they might have changed it in their profile), but outside of an app it's about the only way. – dgw Aug 4 '10 at 1:36
Facebook has removed "All Connections" so this doesn't work any more. – mark4o Sep 28 '10 at 16:32

There are two ways to accomplish this.

  1. Click Account in the upper right.
  2. Click Privacy.
  3. Click Edit your lists in the Block People section at the bottom.
  4. Enter in a name (partial is ok) and click Block User.
  5. Facebook will bring up a dialog with matches to your search. Click Block for the appropriate user.
  6. This will remove the the friend request from the system. If you wish, you can then unblock the user if you want them to be able to search for you and view your profile according to your privacy settings.

  1. Click Account in the upper right.
  2. Click Edit Friends
  3. Select All Friends from the filter

    recent friends drop down

  4. Click the X next to the appropriate user to remove the connection.

Notes (for both methods):

If the user in question is online or receives notifications of friend requests, there's nothing you can do about them seeing the request. If you remove/block them immediately perhaps you can get that done before a notification is sent. But I wouldn't count on that.

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If they have email notifications for facebook friend requests, they will see that the request was sent in their email inbox. – Senseful Sep 11 '10 at 18:10
@Senseful, yes, see my Notes section. – Rebecca Chernoff Sep 11 '10 at 18:11
I mean that my guess is that the notification is sent immediately – Senseful Sep 11 '10 at 18:55
@Senseful, Yes, so would I. – Rebecca Chernoff Sep 11 '10 at 19:02
Facebook has removed "All Connections" so the second method doesn't work any more. – mark4o Sep 28 '10 at 16:34

Go to Account (top right) -> Edit Friends (or http://www.facebook.com/friends)

Then, on the left side, choose to see All Conections. In that list you'll also see the person you accidentally invited, and remove the friend request.

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