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Updating your Facebook relationship status can be a great way to express your love for your partner and inform your friends and family about your personal life. Not everyone wants to share every aspect of their relationship, though, and some might want to adjust how their status is displayed and who can see it.


This article teaches you how to change your relationship information on the Facebook website and on the mobile app.


Change Your Relationship Status on the Facebook Website


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Select the down-arrow next to your relationship status to choose a new status.

Choices are:

SingleIn a relationshipEngagedMarriedIn a civil unionIn a domestic partnershipIn an open relationshipIt's complicatedSeparatedDivorcedWidowed

If you selected a relationship status that involves another person, you have the option to enter their name in the box below your relationship status.


Your partner will be notified that you have added them to your relationship status. Until they approve, "Pending" will display next to your relationship status.


To change your relationship's privacy setting, click your current privacy setting, and choose a new one.

If you select the globe icon, your relationship status will be public. The couple icon makes it viewable to your friends only.


Change Your Relationship Status in the Facebook App

To update your relationship status in the Facebook app:


Select the down-arrow next to your relationship status to choose a new status, and then tap Done.

Choices are:

SingleIn a relationshipEngagedMarriedIn a civil unionIn a domestic partnershipIn an open relationshipIt's complicatedSeparatedDivorcedWidowed

If you selected a relationship status that involves another person, you can enter their name in the box below your relationship status.

Your partner will be notified that you have added them. Until your partner approves the addition of their name, you will see "Pending" next to your relationship status.


If you selected a relationship status that involves another person, you have the option to enter your Anniversary date.


To change your relationship's privacy setting, click your current privacy setting, and choose a new one.

The globe icon makes your relationship status public. The couple icon makes your relationship status viewable to your friends only.

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A good way to avoid attention after a divorce or becoming single is to make your relationship status private before changing it on Facebook.