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Document and Entity Information
Nov. 04, 2019
Entity Listings [Line Items]  
Document Type 8-K
Amendment Flag false
Document Period End Date Nov. 04, 2019
Entity Central Index Key 0001685040
Entity Registrant Name Brighthouse Financial, Inc.
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE
Entity File Number 001-37905
Entity Tax Identification Number 81-3846992
Entity Address, Address Line One 11225 North Community House Road
Entity Address, City or Town Charlotte,
Entity Address, State or Province NC
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 28277
City Area Code (980)
Local Phone Number 365-7100
Written Communications false
Soliciting Material false
Pre-commencement Tender Offer false
Pre-commencement Issuer Tender Offer false
Entity Emerging Growth Company false
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share  
Entity Listings [Line Items]  
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share
Trading Symbol BHF
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ
Depositary Shares, each representing a 1/1,000th interest in a share of 6.600% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series A  
Entity Listings [Line Items]  
Title of 12(b) Security Depositary Shares, each representing a 1/1,000th interest in a share of 6.600% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series A
Trading Symbol BHFAP
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ
6.250% Junior Subordinated Debentures due 2058  
Entity Listings [Line Items]  
Title of 12(b) Security 6.250% Junior Subordinated Debentures due 2058
Trading Symbol BHFAL
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ