Are you missing neighbors from your neighbor bar or crafting cottage? Frustrated because you are unable to get bushels from your friends? Our Ask The Dirt Farmer admin, Dirt Farmer Tammy Jo has come to your rescue. While this fix may not work for everyone, it has yet to fail and she has helped dozens of members. Check out the details below and please do share with friends....
UPDATED DECEMBER 26, 2015 WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POST.
Since the advent of Facebook API 2.0, the way Facebook interacts with apps and protects users' privacy has changed dramatically. In the past, an app such as FarmVille could ask for a bucket list of permissions and in one click you would have everything you needed for the app to run well - but you might not have known exactly what the heck you were approving.
Now, permissions must be asked for clearly and individually and there are many more opt outs. While this is much better for privacy, the downside is that if you decline to approve something the app needs to function - or revoke the permission even by accident, you can be left stressed and confused wondering why it does not function as it should.
In the vast majority of cases of missing friends and neighbors in FarmVille, this is the case. Access to your friends list is no longer a permission the game can bundle with others - and if you do not give the game permission to access your friends list, it is not possible for the game to populate your neighbor bar or crafting cottage. There is absolutely nothing Zynga can do to fix that - they need to access your friends list to get that information and without YOUR approval for that access, your neighbors will remain missing.
Luckily, Dirt Farmer Tammy Jo has figured this out and how to resolve it. Now we will have a look at how to restore your friends and neighbors by granting the game the permission it needs.
IMPORTANT : IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE VIP PROGRAM BE SURE TO READ THE FULL POST. THERE ARE SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS FOR YOU AT THE END AND FAILING TO FOLLOW THEM MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF YOUR ADDITIONAL BUSHELS AND CURRENT VIP LEVEL.
First click on the down arrow beside the lock at the top of your Facebook home page, then click on settings.
Next, click on apps on the left side.
Hover over the right side of FarmVille until a pencil to edit settings comes up, then click it
Look for the following friends' list permission and re-check it if it is there. Then click SAVE at bottom. If the permission is there that's it - you are done and can reload your game. (It may take a couple of refreshes to catch up)
If you DO NOT have the Friends' list permission - if it has gone missing for whatever reason - you will need to remove the app and re-add it. To do so, you will need to click the x to the right of Farmville in the same settings screen.
Then click here and approve re-adding the app to your account. Once you have done so, go back to the original directions and repeat the process. The friends list permission should now be there, and simply verify that it is checked. Then re-load your game (It may take a couple of refreshes to catch up)
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEMBERS OF THE VIP PROGRAM ONLY!
If you had to REMOVE and RE-ADD the app to your account.
Go into settings from the down arrow at upper right of home-page.
Click on PAYMENTS on the left side.
Then ACCOUNT SETTINGS at the top.
Under SUBSCRIPTIONS verify that your payment method is still there, and re-add it if it is not and CLICK the button beside it that says REACTIVATE. If you do not do this, your next renewal will not process and you will need to sign up again and be at the lowest level.
UPDATE: What if you are missing friends you know are active in your gift list or elsewhere and you DO have the friends' permission enabled? The best thing you can do is message them or share this article with them to make sure they do.
With the advent of Facebook API 2.0, friends list permissions are in effect in both directions.
If you have allowed FarmVille the permission to access your friends' list and your friend/neighbor either opted not to or doesn't know to check and theirs is not enabled - that person will not show up in your friends list in game either. You will not see them on your neighbor bar, to gift or request items from, to buy bushels from, your trading post or anything else. Both people must grant the game permission to access their friend list for the game to be allowed to connect them. View the below example from Facebook. (To read the full article that the below screenshot came from click here)
That's all for now, stay tuned to the Dirt Farmer for all the latest FarmVille news and information.