If You Unfriend Someone on Venmo Will They Know? (The Basic Guide)

Lindsay Hayes

If you unfriend someone on Venmo, they won't be notified that they've been unfriended. However, they'll be able to find your Venmo account if they search for your handle.

There are many reasons why you might want to remove friends from your Venmo friends list and I've had to do this myself on a few occasions. Sometimes, your Venmo friend list may be filled with people that you no longer need to perform transactions with.

In this article, we'll discuss the reasons why you might need to unfriend someone on Venmo, and whether they'll be notified in any way. We'll also look at some alternatives to unfriending a Venmo user. Let's get right into it.


Will a Friend Be Notified When They Are Removed From Venmo?

Venmo won't notify users when they have been unfriended. However, it's still possible for them to find out if they do a little investigating.

While they won't be notified that they've been removed from your list, they might potentially find out on their own. They'll still be able to search for your profile and see that you're no longer their friend.

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How Do Friends on Venmo Work?

Venmo works as a social payment platform. It's different from other payment apps due to its friends activity feed. This displays the transactions you and your friends make on Venmo.

When you sign up on Venmo, the app will ask for access to your phone contacts. If you allow this, it'll use phone numbers to search for your friend's Venmo profile and add them.

Being someone's friend allows you to see the other person's transactions. It's also an excellent way to ensure that your payments are going to the right person.

How Do I Remove a Friend on Venmo App?

Your Venmo friend list is meant to keep other users that you regularly exchange money with. However, sometimes that may change and you need to remove a friend from your list. This is a straightforward process. Let's take a look at how to delete a friend on Venmo.

You can remove a friend through the website or the mobile app.

To remove friends on the website:

  1. Log in to the Venmo website from your browser.
  2. Navigate to the profile page of the person you want to remove.
  3. Click the "Options" icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
  4. Click on "Remove as friend".

On the mobile app:

  1. Open the Venmo app.
  2. Open the Venmo profile of the person you want to remove.
  3. Tap the "Friends" icon.
  4. Select "Unfriend" to remove them from your friend list.

Alternatives to Removing Friends From Venmo

There are many reasons why you might want to remove a friend. Perhaps you don't want people to see who you regularly exchange money with. Maybe you're tired of seeing their activity on your feed. Regardless of your reason, there are some other alternatives to removing someone from your friend list.

Let's take a look at the alternatives to removing a friend on Venmo.

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Making Your Venmo Account Private

Venmo has three privacy settings that you can choose from: public, friends only, and private. Let's look at what each privacy setting means.

How to Make Your Venmo Private

Your Venmo privacy settings are public by default. You can follow these steps to change them to private.

  1. Log in to your Venmo account.
  2. Click the "Settings" option.
  3. Click "Privacy".
  4. Change your preferred default privacy setting to "Private".
  5. Select "Save Settings".

Hiding Your Venmo Friends List

Your reason for wanting to remove a friend might be that you don't want other users you have no affiliation with to see who you exchange money with. If this is the case, you can choose to hide your friends from other Venmo users.

To hide your friends, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Venmo app.
  2. Tap the menu icon.
  3. Go to the "Settings" menu.
  4. Simply tap "Privacy".
  5. Select "Friends list".
  6. Choose either "Friends Only" or "Private" to hide your list from others.

Disable Auto-Syncing

The first time you sign into Venmo, it will ask for permission to access your phone contacts. If you allow it, the app will automatically add friends to your list. After being given permission, the app will continue to automatically include new phone contacts as they are added to your phone.

Venmo also has an option that allows you to sync contacts from Facebook to the app.

While syncing is a handy feature, you might find unwanted contacts showing up as Venmo friends. If you want to get rid of this, you can adjust your auto-sync setting.

Follow these steps to turn off auto-sync on Venmo.

  1. Open Venmo.
  2. Tap the menu icon.
  3. Select "Settings".
  4. Open the "Preferences" tab.
  5. Choose "Friends & Social".
  6. Tap "Adding friends".
  7. Turn off the "Phone Contacts" and "Facebook Contacts" options.

Blocking the Other Account

In some situations, you might want to take things a step beyond unfriending someone. Or, you might want to remove yourself from a Venmo friend's list. In this case, the best option is to block them.

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What Will Happen if I Block Someone on Venmo?

If you block someone on Venmo, they will be removed from your list. Likewise, you'll also be removed from their friend list. You and the other user won't be able to find each other's Venmo account through a search.

The other party will not be notified when they are blocked.

After you block someone on Venmo, the notes attached to any transactions you have with them will be deleted. Your name will appear as "XXX" in all the transactions you had with them. For example, if they view your old transactions, they will simply see only "XXX paid you".

Your account will appear deleted to them, and they won't know they've been blocked or removed from your list. The only way for them to confirm if your account is still active is to search for you with another account.

How to Block Someone on Venmo?

If blocking someone is your preferred option, you can do that easily. Here's how to block someone on Venmo:

  1. Open the Venmo app.
  2. Tap on the menu icon.
  3. Select "Search people".
  4. Locate the user you want to block.
  5. Open the other user's profile, then tap the three dots icon.
  6. Select "Block".
  7. Confirm the action.

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Final Words

Venmo is a social payment platform that allows users to add other users to a friend list. Sometimes, you might feel the need to remove a friend from this list. You can easily unfriend someone if you need to, and they won't be notified.

This can be done through either the mobile app or the website by navigating to the person's profile page and using the "Unfriend" or "Remove as friend" option. You can also choose to make your account private, hide your list, or block users if you're looking for an alternative.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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