“This Friend Request Can’t Be Sent”-another irritating feature by Facebook and how to deal with it!!

Most of the people are on Facebook to make new friends, and I am one of them who loves to send request to random people on facebook.com. But this thing isn’t gonna possible anymore cuz of a new feature to prevent the misuse of Facebook. Obviously this is a good feature specially for those who gets hundreds of useless friend requests every week. But trust me, this feature won’t let you to get connected even with even those whom you know personally. Check out the few reasons why Facebook won’t allow you to send friend request.

No Mutual Friends: If you are trying to send a request to a person who doesn’t have any friend in common with you, then that could be an impossible thing from now on Facebook. As in that case Facebook assumes that you are randomly adding that person.

Send too many Friend Requests? Yes, if you send many friend requests to everyone who’s profile seems interesting ;) then Facebook won’t let you send a request to new profiles even if you know them. You will get the same error message asking that, “Do you know this user personally?”

Too many rejected Friend Requests: Again you cannot send more friend requests if there are many users who declined your friend request.

ERROR MESSAGE:

This Friend Request Can’t Be Sent

This Request Can’t Be Sent
Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION:

If you are getting such type of messages even if you are sending request to the right person i.e whom you know personally then you have to report an error to Facebook. Click on ‘report the problem’ on the popup screen (see the image above). Select option ‘Yes’ and give appropriate reason in comments. They will review your request and you have to wait until your request gets reviewed. :(

UPDATES:

  1. Even you can’t send request to those people, who are appearing in your friend suggestions. What’s the use of suggestions then? :P  [updated-August 16th 2010]

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  1. Yes n er is a new one too
    it tells me dat i hv exceeded my limits of adding frnd!!
    Wat is fb trying to behave as ‘my mom’!

  2. ya man same problem for me plz anyone help me how can i do i can’t send requisite any my frd

  3. i got stuck in this thing one time and only solution for this thing i got was just wait for some weeks and after that you will be allowed to send friend requests again.

  4. Hey Man …
    I follow yr solution but fb team didn’t reply or enable me to add …
    Tell the possible solution to this problem …
    and why some account don’t hv this problem …

  5. and then how can we add someone

  6. I believe the easiest solution for you would be to send the person a message and ask them to send you a request back. If they really know you it will multiply the odds of completion/ good luck @ try retroshoot at facebook.com

  7. its a big problem that request can’t send plz solve it

  8. So wouldn’t the easiest thing be, if everyone would just go to another site like good old friendster. If their security settings gets annoying, that would be the best solution. Same with youtube. This constant blocking of vids can get so annoying. People, i just say, “there is competition on the market, so don’t stick to one site like glue”. Let us all show them that they are not the only one in the net..

  9. hey man how can i ask my nw girlfrnd to send me req…. wht ll se thik about me?????? :@

  10. hey, guys u can try using facebook mobile :p i got my prob fixed with it :)

  11. i have same problem what i do??/

  12. ES FACIL DIRIJANSE A LA OPCION DE CUENTA, LUEGO EN EL PRIMER ITEM DAR CLICK EN EDITAR AMIGOS…ALLI APARECERAN TODOS TUS AMIGOS INCLUSO LOS QUE NO TE HAN ACEPTADO LA SOLICITUD DE AMISTAD, DEBES ELIMINAR TODOS LOS QUE ( NO )TE ACEPTARON (ESPERANDO CONFIRMACION DE TU AMIGO) ELIMINALOS Y DE INMEDIATO SE LIBERA ESPACIO PARA SEGUIR HACIENDO MAS SOLICITUDES DE AMISTAD……….SUERTE

  13. I did some looking around, there is a way that seems to work for people, for some odd reason. If you look in your interests, things you like such as films/books/groups…try getting rid of a few. It worked for me…

  14. Yeah , man same issue… too many pending requests and probably random adding. I will be careful in the future else i am afraid they will block my id and that will be biggest loss.
    So no more random adding :P Will wait for few weeks, lets see what happens .. :)

  15. I cant send a request to my friend….when ever I try the massage as follow will be display..
    ” Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.”
    May I know the solution please????????????!!!!!!!!!!

  16. I cant send a request to my friend….when ever I try the massage as follow will be display..
    ” Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.”
    May I know the solution please????????????!!!!!!!!!!
    this iss bull shit

  17. I can’t receive friend requests, I don’t know why, I have 1600 friends, so it’s not that, I cold have more….I don’t know what to do… When someone try to add me, that message appears….”do you know this user personally” :(

  18. i’m also suffering with same problem even i can’t send the request even those whom i know……..and i can’t receive the ink…”report the problem”

  19. u knw what i was v glad when i finally got a blog for my perfect question..
    but here i see bunch of people havin same problem like meh…

    hey sauravjit…please send me message..if u get true ‘solution’ 2 this problem..thanx

  20. hello….enenthough i can sign in to my account..i can;t post comments or send msgs..any solution for this prob?

  21. I got the popup message described here, but there is no option to report the problem if I think I’m seeing it in error.

  22. If I have sended many invites, then how can I delete those invites I sended? Please help me! :S

  23. try cahnging ur gender n don’t show it on ur profile

  24. this is why im switching to twitter ^o^

  25. dear budies i know my frnd and i want to add them but ( Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.)

  26. people can’t add me!! help me please :’((((

  27. hi friend, i can’t send to friend request in my friends.i have only
    152 friends now. please help me.

  28. hi ”
    I CAB NOT ADD FRIEND /;
    he tell me : Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.

  29. mate.. same problem here..
    and as long as i waste my time with fb to try to figure out the pattern for blocking, i find that they really don’t have any pattern or logic .. lol: they even don’t know what they are doing..!! :))
    few days ago the error could be bypassed through refreshing the page again and again.. but now it seems impossible bcoz if you refresh that page several time and get the same error.. fb kicks the user out and he needs to login again.. lol: :((

  30. its a big problem that request can’t send plz solve it

  31. its stupid..trying to add this chick i met last weekend..and we have one mutual friend..and it wont let me.its senseless…if people dont wanna be your friend they can deny/block you…why is facebook getting so involved?

  32. I ‘reported the problem’ over a week ago, and absolutely no response! Insulting enough that Facebook accuses me of spamming, but the fact that they aren’t even responding to this is ridiculous! If they don’t fix this, then in two years time Facebook will be even lower than Friendster is today!

  33. Try to change your gender before adding a friend… It might work!

  34. Same problem happening with me buddies..
    I even reported the problem to fb; but no reply.
    Atleast fb would have ‘Awaiting friend confirmation’ tab with which we can delete those loosers who dont add us.. :(

  35. what is really stupid of the website is that people can also delibertely report you….which means that i can report a person even though they have not done anything wrong…I think that facebook policies are good but possibly they should do more research around this area

  36. I think we should disable our accounts and move to twitter….

  37. acebook gives them this message – Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.
    So none can’t add me, how to fix it?

  38. Where is this option on facebook “This can’t be sent”?

  39. add as freind not send why? and give me sol

  40. facebook s all bout
    “meeting new girls”
    nd dat ws said by mark zuckerberg-the creator f facebook
    i dunno y he s doing dis den

  41. Operated by heartless, souless, depraved cyborgs. Their ultimate utopia denied because of the bothersome end-users wanting to make friends. Revenge of the Nerds. God help us.

  42. why fb sent me a message sayin that ur friend requests are blocked for 4 days???

  43. I think I found a way around it. My ex girl friend deleted me so I wanted to add her back but it wouldn’t let me. So I searched for her email address and it allowed me to resend her a friend request .. Now I’m waiting for her to accept it.

  44. hello my name is julian from malta

    i have this problem on facebook . “This Friend Request Can’t Be Sent” do you know how can i fix the problem ??????.

    pllss

    THANKS

  45. any one know messege me

  46. Hello, happy new year-2011.
    i have this problem on facebook “This Friend Request Can’t Be Sent” do you know how can i fix the problems please….. Thanks…

  47. I CANT SEND FRIEND REQUEST TO PEOPLES IT GIVES AN ERROR WHAT SHOULD I DO PLZ SOMEONE HELP ME FOR THIS????

  48. hello gee i am request send but not send

  49. enable my sending friend sending request

  50. ian slickrick barrios January 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    maybe becoz u have a lots of pending friend request that u received (like apps, games, etc. ) and u have to delete them all.. how to delete: *account – *help center,then type
    “How can I remove all pending friend requests I have received?” then click search –
    *then click request.. and that’s it.. delete them all.. and after 1 day, u can now add more friends as u want..

  51. Hi sauravjit! It seems that i hv a new kind of problem. I can’t send any requests since last two weeks. They tell me “Connection failed! Please try again/This request can’t be sent at this time.” I have noticed that i also can’t get online since then. They tell me”Unable to retrieve logout id.” Can u help me?

    • Did you see any change in your profile? Like being hacked or something? If that is not the case just wait for some time it will get okay on its own. Report it also.

  52. Hy, guys!
    so, I was reading your posts&comments around here.
    First of all, if you receive the message “Do you know this user personally? ….” click the okay button and then click again the “add as friend” button. a new message will appear ‘If you send a request to a stranger, it will be considered spam and your friend request will be blocked temporarily. Please only send this request if you know this user.” click “I know …”. But as it was said previously, you will have to clean up your friend request list.

    But, as I saw, there is another problem:
    “Sorry, this user already has too many friend requests.”- and this is not a temporary problem.I can’t add a person, even we have mutual friends and same interests. The good part at some of this private profiles is that, if you have commomn friends/mutual friends, you can see some parts of the profile( the wall, pictures gallery, info).

    My question is: do anybody know how to add the person(not a friend) when you receive thie message?
    ‘Sorry, this user already has too many friend requests.”
    Thx!

    • Well in such case ask that person to send you friend request. If he is your friend then I am sure he will do it. ;) Else just wait for some days and try again! Facebook is trying to be secure in such a way!

      • You can’t send someone who is not on your friends list a message… Yes if the person is close enough to you that you can call them on the phone or whatever that could work but that’s stupid… many people add casual acquaintances and friends of friends on fb…

  53. this happened to me. i just viewed mutual friends list, then it worked

  54. Anupam Lamichhane March 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Hello,
    wHen i am sending request to my friend It shows request can’t be Send????What’s the problem plz solve this problem!!!

  55. I cant send a friend request 2 my friends when i send a friend request it says,
    Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, This request can’t be sent To learn more, Please visit the help center, If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.
    Please help me i wanna 2 send a friend request 2 my friends

    • Well this can be because either you are sending too many friend requests or the other person has no mutual friends. Wait for some days and try that out. You will surely be able to send friend request. :)

  56. I can’t send friend request 2 my friends since last three weeks still i hav’nt any solution 2 my problem please help me

  57. I do not like this feature, it’s too much like Facebook is becoming like the NzI. As a Knights Templar, I will not allow this. :P Either you surrender to me and the Templars, or I will hunt it down, and slice it into next year. XP

  58. I had to get a new fb cause i recieved a stupid virus on my old one. So now i am trying to befriend all my old friends and i keep getting b locked on fb for 2 days , 4 days and now 7 days, this is a pain. I need to be connected with all my friends again. I had like 500 something before! HELP!

  59. hi
    i am not enable to add friends to my facebook it is coming error message

  60. plz i just joined the facebook and i have been trying to send add request to my friends but it keeps rejecting my requestand asking me if i know them personally. and to be sincere i know them personally…. please i do want solution to this problem…wana how fast it would be solved.

  61. Just a heads up ya’ll… I was getting this message repeatedly and then I decided to try something suugested here or on a similar page which was to click on the mutual friends link, then after viewing mutual friends click on add as a friend and it worked! Stupid f-ing facebook…

  62. ek baat btao
    meri privacy setting me mene ((everyone can send me frnd req )) kara hua hain
    par mujhe sirf wohi log add kar sakte h jo mujhe personally jaante ho
    bt i want ke mujhe sab add kar sake…..wo log bhi jo mujhe persoonally nahi jaante …
    plz help me na :((

  63. I will leave this facebook soon.. What the use of social networking website when we can’t use it to add new friends or playing games?

  64. ‘Understanding Friend Requests on Facebook’ – how can i solve this problem?

  65. This Request Can’t Be Sent: is there any possible solution?

  66. use snaptu, find them from there & add… worked like charm for me :-)

  67. plz i just joined the facebook and i have been trying to send add request to my friends but it keeps rejecting my requestand asking me if i know them personally. and to be sincere i know them personally…. please i do want solution to this problem…wana how fast it would be solved.

  68. Heres What I’ve been Doing & Heres what You all can Start doing as well.

    After been Blocked for 4 Days I toke matters in my own hand & limited my Friend Request down to 10 or 17 , I notice If you go over 20 Facebook will Block you from sending Requests .

    Heres What you do :

    Othough Many of us May Hate to loose Our Friends after we’ve spent days trying to Add them.

    1. Add only 10 or 17 Friends Do not go over 20 Request

    2. put A time limit to 2-3 Weeks If That Person has been on their Page & changed pictures Yet Your Request is still Pending , Its A Sign that maybe they don’t want you on their Page Delete Your Request to them . ( AFTER ALL IF THEY HAVE TIME TO CHANGE THEIR PROFILE PICTURES THEN THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANY REASON WHY? YOUR REQUEST SHOULD STILL BE PENDING ) unless they are just been Asses Or lazy Other wise They should Add you .

    3. You can Delete those pending Friends Thats been in your Inbox list For over A Week & wait a few Weeks & Request them after 2 Weeks .

    4. Do not try to add 50 + Friends Or else You’ll Get Blocked .

    5. Try to Request 1 or 2 at A time & wait 2 weeks to add 1 or 2 Friends .

    But heres something that I”m noticing too I’ve Requested 2 People who’s had only about 200 Friends Yet Facebook Wouldn’t Allow My Request to Go through This also Could be the Way that User Has their Facebook Profile settings as well .

  69. i cant add people !! help me please i have only 59 friends

  70. both of ma profile’s have been bared for requests for 30 days! should i wait for solid 30 days o is there any chance of getting reveled in the middle…

  71. hey plzzzzzzzzzz help be my frnd request is bolcked again and again

  72. hey im having the same problem ”Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center.” is this gonna be permanent ???? or will it go back to normal ?

  73. My frnd request sending is block plz unblock me

  74. I have sent friend requests that still show pending, yet their posts show up in my Newsfeed. They are not showing up in my Friends list either. Is this a privacy setting on their end or should I cancel and re-send the friend request?

  75. I’ve been trying to add my nephew to my FB account since last year, but every time I click on his “Add Friend” or “Send Message” FB tells me I need to open an account?!?! I already have one!!! I reopened a 2nd account and used a different email address, it permitted me to send him a friend request, but who knows if he got it? – Why is this happening??? Its rare that I send anyone a friend request.

  76. this all same happened with me.
    now when my ban gets completed, will I be able to send friend requests?
    I have deleted all pending requests

  77. plz i just joined the facebook and i have been trying to send add request to my friends but it keeps rejecting my requestand asking me if i know them personally. and to be sincere i know them personally…. please i do want solution to this problem…wana how fast it would be solved.

  78. why my friend request blocked for 4 days

  79. facebook sucks i am blocl k for 4 days

  80. dear sir / madam
    my facebook account is not been working properly and frinend request is not been sent so i have in trouble what can i do PLZ submint me good solution

  81. my friend request was blocked for 4 days but today is 6th day but i can’t send request to my fren….
    any suggestion i can get?

  82. dear sir / madam
    my facebook account is not been working properly and frinend request is not been sent so i have in trouble what can i do PLZ submint me good solution

  83. Why I cant request anybody? Im not allow to get no one for 30 days. Can you un block me?

  84. plz i just joined the facebook and i have been trying to send add request to my friends but it keeps rejecting my requestand asking me if i know them personally. and to be sincere i know them personally…. please i do want solution to this problem…wana how fast it would be solved.

  85. I tried to send friend request since the last 4 days but keeps saying’friend request can’t be sent,do you know this user personally’i’ve only got 83 friends,pls help me out

  86. found any solution yet?

  87. dear sir / madam
    my facebook account is not been working properly and frinend request is not been sent so i have in trouble what can i do PLZ submint me good solution

  88. if i have sent too many friend requests then will i never be able to send any request ?

  89. Friend Request Can’t Be Sent”-

  90. dear sir / madam
    my facebook account is not been working properly and frinend request is not been sent so i have in trouble what can i do PLZ submint me good solution

  91. my facebook account is not been working properly and frinend request is not been sent so i have in trouble what can i do PLZ submint me good solution

  92. August 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm dear sir / madam
    my facebook account is not been working properly and frinend request is not been sent so i have in trouble what can i do PLZ submint me good solution

  93. this problem my plz help me ..

    This Request Can’t Be Sent
    Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.

  94. request can not sent plz sollution karen

  95. i want to know if i send a frnd rqst as well as msg to that whom i know but that person is not surfing their f/b id during those days my frnd rqst has been blocked i know that a frnd rqst which i sent to my frnd will be removed. but i want to know that will that msg be receive my frnd or not. pls tel me ?

  96. Neither your friend request nor your request will be removed automatically.

  97. i am new user on facebook..for the first time i m using it..now i have a problem..when i send friend request it can’t sent..please help me on this…thanks

  98. my friend request can not be sent

  99. meri friends request sent nahinhoon rahi hay jasi aap nain pic lagahi haywasay masla aha raha hay plz solve my problem

  100. That “This Request Can Not Be Sent” crap is the only thing ‘both’ my accounts have been stuck with for just about 2 weeks now! I can’t add anybody, can’t do anything and it doesn’t even tell me when I’ll be able to in the near future. I really hope they fix this!

  101. Whenever I open my account it says ‘For security reasons your account is temporarily locked
    Unfortunately, your computer appears to be infected with a virus.
    Don’t worry. We’ll help you find and remove any infected files right away.” And then it says “How you might have been infected
    Often, users who are infected with malware are tricked into running a malicious program, which infects their machine with malware. Remember, you should never run programs from sources that you don’t trust.” ANd then “McAfee Scan And Repair
    We’re pleased to offer McAfee Scan and Repair to you at no charge. If any infected files are found, McAfee Scan and Repair can remove them for you automatically. If you prefer, you can also remove them yourself.

    By clicking this button, you are agreeing to the McAfee Scan and Repair terms of service.” And when i download that thing it doesn’t work and i scanned my pc with other antivirus software and it doesn’t have any virus in it. But then also my account is not unlocked yet. Please help… please…… :’( :’( :’(

  102. kanishka kumar singh October 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I cant send friend request so please short out it.

  103. I cannot add as a friend on facebook? It shows error..! Help…

  104. I know all of these people but face book wont let me send friend requests.

  105. I cant send a request to my friend….when ever I try the massage as follow will be display..
    ” Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.”
    May I know the solution please????????????!!!!!!!!!!

  106. i cant c ADD FRIEND option on my facebuk giv me a clear solution for these

  107. This Request Can’t Be Sent plz.solution give me.my email.add]

  108. i tried to add freind but it cant be possible

  109. i m trying to add a new fnds ltss nt nt adding plz solve my prob immediately just nw plzz

  110. how to stop receving friend requst from friends of friends

  111. my friend reqquest have not send plz do somthing

  112. whats the point in it being called a social networking site when we cant do any social networking? Ive had enough of facebook, even started a new profile myself, only got up to adding 6 friends before i got the two day block and my 6 friend requests were cancelled too. so stupid for them to turn around and tell me that i dont know the people ive added. Its like going to a party and mark zuckenborg is at the door telling people that they can only talk to people they know and you cant make any new friends (which i think is the reason why he started facebook in the first place because he had no friends, locked away in his bedroom). so useless and pathetic!! the only reason they’ve invented this feature is so more profiles get made so they can go to the news conferences and announce “oh we had 300,000 new users this month”…..absolutley pathetic!! Goodbye facebook

  113. This Request Can’t Be Sent
    Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.

  114. I also suffered the same situation with the others I can’t send friend request even if I known that person can you give your immediate response to my problem as soon as possible? I hope you will not neglect my comments and be responsive!

  115. This Request Can’t Be Sent
    Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.

  116. i’m so pissed. i made a back up account and i am now adding friends from my old account but it won’t let me. i didn’t send alot of requests because i just started, please help.

  117. i am also faceing same prolem …plzzz help me

  118. i am trying to add someone on facebook and it keeps saying that i can’t add any more friends:(( can i fix this???????

  119. So When I Can Able To Send Requests… Whenever I Am Trying To Send Friend Request To My Best Friend Whom I Know Personally Even After That Message Is Showing Please Help Me When I Can Be Able To Send Friend Request??

    • Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.

  120. This Request Can’t Be Sent
    Do you know this user personally? To prevent misuse of Facebook, this request can’t be sent. To learn more, please visit the Help Center. If you believe you’re seeing this message in error, you can report the problem.This is the message I get for adding my mutual friends on facebook. Does anybody know if this message is temporary or permanent? If temporary, how long will it last. please help me,now.

  121. Hi, I am getting an error message on Facebook. I am not able to add anyone to my contacts. When I try to add a person there is a pop up that says “This request can’t be sent”. I would really appreciate if someone can help me out with this situation.

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