How To Find Mutual Friends With The New Facebook Layout

Thursday, 03 November 2011

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a Facebook stalker. And while the new Facebook layout took some getting used to in general, what really through me for a loop were changes to some seemingly small, yet very important, features. In particular, the ability to view mutual friends when browsing through profiles.

You used to be able to see these mutual friends easily displayed on a user’s profile, with one click to view more if you had lots in common. This made deciding whether to friend (or unfriend) people easily, since you could tell at a glance that you had 80 friends in common, or none.

Facebook hasn’t removed the mutual friend functionality, but it is a bit trickier to find. Now you must visit a user’s profile and click on the “Friends” link below their profile icon to view mutual friends. From there, click on the “Search By Name” dropdown and select “Mutual Friends” to see everyone you’re both connected to.

Easy? Yes. But not quite as easy as it used to be. This extra step makes you take a little extra time to dig around on Facebook, which is always their goal for the site. It also makes you harder to see people you’re already connected to, since Facebook wants to foster more new connections.

Hard to say why this change was made, but I love a good conspiracy theory. The fact that it takes more time and clicks to accomplish a simple task does not seem insignificant to me. But for now, just remember Friends>Search By Name>Mutual Friends.

What do you think about the new Facebook layout changes? What are you liking, or finding hard to navigate? Share your frustrations or favorite features in the comments below.


  • I have been looking for this all morning! You have been WAY more helpful than the facebook site lol. They have a community forum, and a phone number that doesn’t have live help, and all sorts of other links etc… but nothing as straightforward as your information so thanks!

    That being said, maybe you can help me with another question. Why is my facebook saying I have mutual friends with some work people when I search their name, but when I click on the mutual friend search (that I found thanks to you) they say there are no friends? I just don’t want these people to have ANY access to my account even through a mutual friend… I just want to make sure that there isn’t something wrong and my account hasn’t been compromised. Please feel free to email me back with an answer any help would be appreciated!

    Comment by Julie — December 1, 2011 @ 8:34 am
  • Alison, thanks for posting this!
    I Googled, “Facebook where is mutual friends” . . . and found your post.

    I agree with you about the additional steps and time involved.
    But, too, is this: In the new FB layout, when you view “Mutual Friends” you no longer see a display of the NUMBER of mutual friends you have with that person. It’s just a listing of all the mutual friends.


    Comment by David R. Purnell — December 9, 2011 @ 1:54 pm
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  • sorry but what if i am not friend with the person i want to see the mutual friend with, and he’s making privacy for his friend, how can i know mutual freinds between us?

    Comment by elijah — April 13, 2012 @ 2:21 am
  • I have been in face book now for a while,but have no mutual friend why?

    Comment by Mohammed Aliyu — June 1, 2012 @ 1:22 pm
  • Why is it when you look at an unfriend’s facebook page it shows 26 mutual friends but when you go through the mutual friend’s list it only shows 18 mutual friends? This person is still using the old facebook version. BUT, if I go through another unfriend’s page and I could see that 1 mutual friend, and yes, this person is friends with the other person using the old facebook. Is there a code that this person is using to hide certain mutual friends from people? I am a computer geek so I am curious on what they did and how they did it.

    Comment by Christina — June 22, 2012 @ 2:49 am
  • I could not find “Search by Name” under Friends. Can you help me?

    Comment by Charles Tubbs — August 22, 2012 @ 10:04 pm
  • I can’t see my mutual friends

    Comment by Ondre — October 27, 2012 @ 1:44 am
  • Does this also allow me to see my own mutual friends on Facebook using this method, or do I have to do it another way?

    Comment by Jacob Whatley — March 18, 2013 @ 7:27 am

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