How to see when you became friends with someone on Facebook – Quick view

The core goal of Facebook has always been to connect you with friends from real life in an online space, while also giving you the potential to make new ones via that exact same space.

Throughout your time on Facebook, you will generally progressively add more and more people to your friends list as your social circle expands. It’s only natural, therefore, that you will lose track of when you added the majority of them.

In this article, we are going to look at the different ways in which Facebook helps users when it comes to finding out when they became friends with others on the platform.

We will ensure that we look at all methods on both the mobile app and the website to ensure we have covered all bases for all users. Let’s get into it.

How to see when you became friends with someone on Facebook – The easiest method

The easiest method to discover how long you’ve been friends with someone on Facebook is by visiting their Facebook profile and viewing the history of your Facebook friendship with that person.

The process is identical regardless of whether you are accessing Facebook via the mobile phone app or via a web browser and is as follows:

  1. Log on to your Facebook account.
  2. Use the search bar to search for the Facebook user who you want to know more about in relation to when you became friends with them on the platform.
  3. Once on their profile select the three dotted icon on the top right of the screen, followed by ‘see friendship’.
  4. The subsequent screen will bring up a variety of information, including the month and year in which the two of you became friends on Facebook.

If you are interested in discovering more than just when you became friends with someone on Facebook, then this friendship page is also perfect for you.

You will be able to see all the key interactions you have had with that person over the years, including any posts you have made on their wall and vice versa – photos you’ve been tagged in with them and all the pages you both mutually like.

While this is the simplest, and most useful, way of finding out when you became friends with someone on Facebook, there are other methods available to you.

Use your activity log

Using your Facebook activity log is another perfectly good way of finding out when you have become friends with someone on the platform.

This is probably the best method available to you if you want to find out your friendship anniversary with various different users, rather than just one – you can also use this with mutual friends.

To locate your activity log on the Facebook mobile app, please follow these steps:

  1. Log on to your Facebook account.
  2. Select the three lined icon on the bottom right hand side of the screen and select ‘settings and privacy’, followed by ‘settings’.
  3. Scroll down to ‘your information’ and select ‘activity log’.

To locate your activity log on Facebook via a web browser, please follow these steps:

  1. Log on to your Facebook account.
  2. Navigate to your Facebook profile by selecting your account name on the top of the left hand side menu bar.
  3. Select the three dotted icon, followed by ‘activity log.

Once you’ve located your activity log, the process is the same regardless of whether you’re on the app or a browser – it is as follows:

  1. Navigate to the ‘Connections’ subheading/tab and select ‘added friends’.
  2. This page will bring up a date by date recollection (from most recently added friends onwards) of every time you’ve added a friend on the platform.
  3. If you would like to filter your search down, you are able to search on a year by year basis.

Your activity log will allow you to see your relationship without having to go onto their Facebook timeline.

Wait for Facebook to notify you

The final way of finding out when you became friends with someone on Facebook is to simply play the waiting game.

Facebook automatically notifies users every time there you have a ‘friendship anniversary‘ meaning that once a year you are going to be told the exact date that you became friends with each and every one of your Facebook friends.

To locate this notification, in case you have push notifications turned off, please follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Facebook account.
  2. Select the notifications icon (it looks like a bell)
  3. Select the ‘you have memories to look back on today’ notification.
  4. This will bring up a page that will bring up all your Facebook activity that has occurred ‘on this day’ but in previous years. Information regarding when you became friends with other users will be included in this information.
  5. If you’re really lucky, then Facebook may even create a video to mark your ‘friendship anniversary’, featuring posts and photos that the two of you have been tagged in together.

Unlike other social media, you can’t pick your top 6 friends on Facebook. So, you need to either manually go through your friendship and find the dates yourself, or wait until a memory pops up.


To conclude, there are various different ways to track down when you became friends with someone on Facebook.

We would recommend that as your first port of call you should use the ‘see friendship’ method as described at the top of the piece but all our suggestions should get you the information that you require.

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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