How to Block Someone on Facebook (Facebook Groups Edition)
Need to block someone on Facebook, specifically in a Facebook group, even if they aren’t actually a member? It can be done!
Hey y’all, Tiffany here, with a secret trick on how to block ANYONE from your Facebook group – even if they aren’t a member! Learn how to block users with my tips to help you run a successful Facebook group without spam or negativity involved.
As you may know, I have an Amazon deals group that I kept from back when I was a coupon blogger. Lately, it seems like the group has been flooded with spammers. Usually I just block them from the Facebook group. But these spammers reply to comments for people to join their own group, then leave so they can’t be blocked and have all of their comments deleted at once.
We also have issues with people who are admins of other deals groups stealing our deals – sometimes they copy and paste word-for-word! Amazon requires deals groups to be public groups, so people see all of the posts whether they are members or not.
Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to block people who aren’t actually members of the group. Facebook doesn’t have anything in their Help Center about it.
I did some digging, and I was finally able to come up with how to block anyone from a public Facebook group, even if they aren’t a member! (This may not work on private or secret groups.)
Why block someone on Facebook?
Facebook groups are a popular way for people with similar interests to come together and connect with each other. However, there may be times when someone’s behavior in a group becomes disruptive or unpleasant, and blocking them may be necessary.
Before I show you how to block someone on Facebook, here’s some of the reasons why it can be nessecary to block users not only if you’re running a Facebook group or page for your business, but it can also protect your mental health as well.
1. Reduce negativity and toxicity
One of the most significant benefits of blocking someone on a Facebook group is reducing negativity and toxicity. In online communities, it is not uncommon for individuals to engage in negative behavior, such as trolling or harassment. Such behavior can quickly escalate and cause disruption in the group, leading to an unpleasant experience for other members.
By blocking someone who is engaging in such behavior, group administrators can maintain a positive and welcoming environment for all members, just like I do with my Facebook groups. It also sends a message that negative behavior will not be tolerated in the group, which can discourage others from engaging in such behavior.
2. Protecting personal information
Another benefit of blocking someone on a Facebook group is protecting personal information. In online communities, it is not uncommon for people to share personal information, such as their phone number, email address, or home address. Unfortunately, some people may use this information to engage in harmful behavior, such as stalking or harassment.
By having a block option, you can prevent them from accessing your personal information and using it to harm you. It also gives you peace of mind knowing that your personal information is secure.
3. Preserving group dynamics
Facebook groups thrive on healthy group dynamics, which are essential for fostering a sense of community and encouraging engagement among members. However, the behavior of a single member can quickly disrupt the group’s dynamics and cause tension among members.
By blocking someone who is causing disruptions, group administrators can preserve the group’s dynamics and ensure that all members feel comfortable and safe. It also prevents the Facebook group from devolving into a toxic environment, which can drive away members and undermine the group’s purpose.
4. Reducing Drama
Running a Facebook group can be very time consuming, so the last thing you need is drama. By learning how to block someone on Facebook, it can significantly reduce drama in a Facebook group. Drama can arise when members engage in arguments, name-calling, or other negative behavior. Toxic behavior can quickly escalate and cause tension among members, leading to a toxic environment.
By blocking someone who is engaging in drama, group administrators can reduce the tension and restore a sense of calm to the group. It also prevents the drama from spreading to other members, which can further undermine the group’s purpose.
5. Encouraging Positive Interactions
Blocking someone can encourage positive interactions in a Facebook group. When negative behavior is allowed to persist, it can discourage members from engaging with the group and lead to a decline in activity. However, when negative behavior is addressed promptly, it sends a message that positive interactions are valued and encouraged.
By learning how to block someone on Facebook who is engaging in negative behavior, group administrators can encourage other members to engage positively with the group. It also creates a sense of safety and security among members, which can encourage them to share their thoughts and ideas freely.
6. Promoting Accountability
Promote accountability in your Facebook group so when negative behavior is addressed promptly, it sends a message that accountability is valued and necessary.
By blocking someone who is engaging in negative behavior, group administrators can promote accountability among members. It also sets an example for others, showing that negative behavior will not be tolerated and will be addressed promptly.
How to Block Non-Members from a Facebook Group
Please note that this trick to block non-members from a Facebook group only works for administrators of a group. Moderators will not be able to do this. So if you want to block someone on Facebook, make sure the Admin does this. Just an FYI – It’s probably better to do this on Facebook desktop on your computer rather than in the Facebook mobile app.
Step 1 – Group ID
Find your group ID number. You can find it in the URL of your group:
Step 2 – Profile ID
Find the ID number of the person you want to block from your Facebook group. You find this by going to their profile and looking at their URL:
Some don’t have a number on the end, like this one below. If that happens, you can find that user ID here.
Step 3 – Create a link
Copy and paste this link below. You must leave it in mobile format (with the m. in the front) for it to work. You can do this on a desktop or a phone, however.
Replace the 11111111 with your group ID number, and the 2222222 with the profile ID number.https://m.facebook.com/group/block/?group_id=1111111111111111&user_id=2222222222222222222
Step 4 – Block them!
Copy and paste the URL you created with the numbers into your computer browser (this may not work on a phone). You should then get a screen asking you if you want to block them from your Facebook group.
(If you removed the m. at hte beginning, you will get a broken link screen instead.)
Click “Confirm.” Now, the screen may load for a minute, but then it will go back to the same look. It will not actually change from this view with a confirmation, but it should have worked. (I click confirm about 5 times for good measure.)
You can double-check by going back to your group and seeing the Blocked Members.
You’ve Successfully Completed a Facebook Group Block!
Congratulations! You’ve now successfully been able to block someone’s profile from your Facebook group who isn’t actually a member of the group!
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Thank you it worked. I didn’t know what browser you meant. I just tried putting the URL everywhere 😂 not sure which one exactly blocked them but their activity is gone. Hoping you can explain exactly where you’re talking about pasting the link in the browser
It works in any browser – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.
I can’t get it to work for me. It says the link may be broken or the page removed. Help!
I was just barely able to reproduce it, so you must be copying the group number and/or the person’s ID number incorrectly. If you email me at email@example.com, I can help a little more.
It didnt work for me either, it gives me page error, what happens when you dont have the ID number and instead just have the names in the links? I put in the name in my group link and name of the profile link and it didnt work. any thoughts?
You cannot use the name – it HAS to be the number. I gave a link above in the post on a website you can go to where you put the URL for the person’s page in and get the number. Please re-read it carefully.
“You cannot use the name – it HAS to be the number. I gave a link above in the post on a website you can go to where you put the URL for the person’s page in and get the number. Please re-read it carefully.”
I re-read the post carefully twice and still didn’t see a link. Can you please repost it? Thanks!
It’s in Step 2 where it says “Some don’t have a number on the end, like this one below. If that happens, you can find that user ID here.”
Click on the words “that user ID here”
Is it someone you have personally blocked prior ? Because it didn’t work until I unblocked the person from my personal account.
Now i have to wait 48hours to block them back
it works for me every time. To easily get the person’s profile or page id so you can block it I simply copy and page the profile or page URL into the box and the top press the “look up” button and bingo, in a few moments you have the id. <3
Hello Tiffany! Thanks for this! I have done this successfully, however do you have a post of how to undo the block? I tried undoing the activity on the group page or looking for the member that I have blocked but there is no button that says unblock :(. Please help! thank you!
Great question! From my desktop, I can go to “members” and filter to “blocked.” Then next to their name, there are 3 dots and I can choose “Unblock” from that.
THis also didnt work for me
What if the group has a customized url? Will it still work
You have to find out what the group’s number is, but yes, it will still work.
This doesn’t work, FYI. It shows the page and gives you the option to block them, but I did that multiple times like you said you do and they never show up in the blocked list for my group.
It actually works for most people. Are you trying to do it on your phone? Or perhaps it’s someone you’ve blocked personally?
This is what’s been happening for me for a while. I used to use this successfully all the time. But now it *looks* like it’s working but when I go to the blocked list the person isn’t blocked… even if I hit the “confirm” button a dozen times.
I tried this but it says link is broken.. so this doesn’t work or am I doing it wrong??
That’s a little bit vague for me to help with… I’m not sure at what point in the process it says it is broken. But I think it doesn’t work from the app or even mobile version sometimes. Try using a browser in desktop mode (or use a desktop).
This does work wonders. I tried it and was successfully able to block many people. But I’m facing a problem now. I blocked 3 people who I want to now unblock. But when I access the blocked list of people in my group, I no longer see the option to unblock them. It just comes up as blank, compared to the others who had actually applied to the group & were subsequently blocked. I can only see the option to unblock the remaining people but not these 3, who I blocked according to the steps mentioned in this article. Do you have a counter for it? A way out to reverse this? I’d love to know. Thank you!
I’m sorry, I don’t have an answer for this! Perhaps you try unblocking someone else and see what the URL is that comes up for unblocking? Then just copy/paste that same URL like you did to block them.
Works for me! Thankfully it blocks those pesky jerks who have a hard time letting go/getting the boot. Thank you for saving me from more aggravation!
You’re welcome! Glad it worked for you!
This worked! When I went to confirm the block (using a laptop but the mobile URL you provided), nothing happened but when I returned to my group, the person was on the blocked list. Thank you so much. Very valuable!
Great! So glad it worked for you!
I’m using MS Edge; I declined a membership request /never added the person and I can’t use your method to block them. Your provided URL with the correct group & profile numbers gave me an error saying “there was an error REMOVING member from the group”, versus blocking them. Thanks for any help.
You should be able to go back in your Activity Log and find where you removed them and undo it.
No longer working.
Yes, it is still working. I literally just tested it before responding to your comment to make sure.
You need to be an admin of the group you’re blocking.
You must use the numbers for the group and the person (not their usernames)
Even after you click “confirm” it won’t look like anything happened, but you can go back to the group and check the blocked members list.
Thank you so much for this. Worked perfectly.
Thanks so much! Worked perfectly!
Not currently working. Am an admin of the group, used the ID numbers from both the group and several different people to test and all gave a content not found broken link Facebook page, which I sifted through and can’t find anything in the code about blocking. Has something changed about this process very recently? I did get all numbers and the link correct.
I just tried it again and it still works. Usually the broken link FB page means you did it on a phone instead of a laptop/desktop computer.
I’ve been using a desktop.
Does the group status matter? Mine is currently private- does it need to be public?
That’s an excellent point – it probably needs to be a public group. I’ve only ever tried it with my public groups because my private groups no one can see the content unless I actually add them.
It worked on our private group. I’m not sure about a secret group.
Oh great, thank you!
Make sure youre using yhe right Profile ID. This works.
This is helpful. We had a stalker of an employee on our business page. We blocked him there but wanted to prevent him from trying to join the groups attached to our page.
Note: I had to look up the actual user id and group id, not the username or group name, which is what shows up in the link. Also, Tiffany is correct, it didn’t look like anything happened after I clicked “Confirm” but he was listed under “Blocked” in the group.
Oh yikes, that is scary! Glad you were able to use this and that it worked for you!
I’ve used this on quite a few occasions but it doesn’t seem to be working now. It doesn’t acct any different, but when I check the blocked member list, the person I just tried to block isn’t on it. Any ideas on how to still make it happen?
I just tested it after I saw your comment, and it worked for me. Perhaps try clearing your cache/cookies for your web browser? You might also try pressing “Confirm” several times in a row to see if that works.
It didn’t work. :/ It will let me block someone who is in the group that way, but not someone who isn’t a member.
I’m sorry, I’m afraid there isn’t much more I can offer, then. 🙁 I’m not a Facebook guru or a tech person, just a blogger who happened to stumble on this and wanted to share it.
Wow, it worked like magic. Thanks so much.
This works perfectly, I just blocked several people from my group tonight.
Copy her link above with the “111’s” and the “222’s” I did this in a word document to make sure the numbers were correct.
Use the link to the “find that user ID here.” which she provided near the end of step 2
To do that paste your group link in the box then hit “find id” then do the same for the person you want to block. You have to go to the pages to get the links to put in the box. If you don’t get the ID refresh the page a time or two. It’s freeware and can be cranky.
First find your group ID then paste it over the ones in the formula
Second find the person’s ID then paste it over the twos in the formula
Paste the formula in your browser then hit enter.
A tiny photo will show up asking you to confirm the block, hit confirm.
Thanks so much worked like a charm!!
I got the profiles id’s and followed the instruction. Unfortunately shows that The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.
The person may have blocked you (or you have blocked them). If that is the case, then this won’t work.
Thank you for this great tip. I’m very glad I found it, and I am using it daily. I wonder if there is a way to create a link to block any future profiles they may make. Admin tools provide this option, but it’s only for existing members. Would be awesome if there was a way to pre block future profiles spammers may make 😀
I tried this today. Everything worked except for the person showing up as blocked in my group. I’m the only admin so I’m not sure why it’s not working.
Hi, I tried to get the person’s ID number but the system couldn’t find them: “Sorry, we are unable to find your Facebook ID. Please try again with the Get Facebook ID button. Did you enter the correct Facebook URL? Do you have any restrictions on your account? Please check your privacy setting and make sure the setting “Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your profile?” is on “YES”. Please refresh the page and try again. If that doesn’t work you can send us a message on Facebook with your Facebook URL and we will try to help you.” Facebook must be onto this….
Thank you so much for this.
I clicked “confirm” a dozen times or so, and had to refresh the page after going to the page with blocked members. But then the douche canoe showed up on the list in all their glory.
It may be off the point but if I blocked a person long time. Why this person still create public facebook group and facebook page public and I cannot still block group or page? I still can see the facebook page and group which its annoying. I feel that they can still see us even though we blocked them since its outside of facebook and it shows on the google browser without signing in. Thats where I am concerned the most. Nothing that has been prevent. Thank you for your time to reply. Maybe you know other way around.
THIS WORKS! Thank you so much!
Awesome, glad you were able to get it to work for you!
Also, if they don’t show up on your “Blocked Members” page, you can view the activity log and you’ll see that they got blocked. Be sure to find their “User ID” instead of their names.
Great idea!! FB changes how things look, so it can be hard to keep up.
It works like a charm.
Facebook halps a bit now. You can open their profile while in your group.
Their link in the adress bar will look like this https://www.facebook.com/groups/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/user/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Where the numbers are the profile ID and the group ID that you need
you now only need to add them to your method
That’s really helpful for when they’ve already interacted with your group! 🙂 Thanks! Of course, if they haven’t interacted but you still need to block them, then you can still use the steps in this post.
THANK YOU!!! I’ve had a stalker non-member reporting posts in my group for months now & couldn’t do a thing. Now they are blocked & I have peace of mind. ♥
Those people are the WORST! That’s why I made this post – glad you’re able to get tehm to stop!
This worked for me when I removed the “https://” from in front of the “m” in the URL! Thank you so much!
We are having people coming from another (new) group (similar topic) and copying our posts as if it is theirs then adding an Amazon link to the post. Initially they did not give any credit to the original poster and we were concerned they might in some way be hacked, or that this was for a scam purpose in the long run. When one of my Admin approached them about it they said they were doing nothing wrong, shortly after they continued only to add the Amazon link. Will this keep them from being able to see our group and thus copy? They do not post on our public group that we are actually aware of…
Yes, this will block them from being able to see your group entirely.
Do you know how to block associated profiles as well?
Also, thank you, this worked perfectly! I was able to block the user from ever joining, but now I want to figure out how to block all associated profiles from ever joining. I’ll check this website time to time, or email me if that is something you ever do!
Glad it worked for you! Unfortunately, there’s no way to sync with associated profiles as well, at least not that we know of.
Brilliant it worked thank you
Yay, glad to hear it!
Great advice, thanks. My GROUP is getting spammed too from Asians and American business pages. Do you know how to block ALL countries other than my own from seeing/accessing my group ?
I can’t find the setting anywhere in my group admin settings.
Unfortunately, I don’t know of any ways to block entire countries – I wish I did!