OK, we all know and love Facebook, but did you know there are some features not many people know about. Take a look below and let us know if you have any yourself we haven’t mentioned.
‘Unfriend’ Someone without losing access to their profile.
If you have the politics of a friend or family member whose posts you don’t want to see for whatever reason, but know you’ll get in trouble if you unfriend them, well you can unfollow them. Click on said profile, and up by their profile pic where it says “Friends”, click that and select “Unfollow”. Now you don’t have to see their posts, but as far as they know you’re still “friends”.
See messages sent to you by people you’re not friends with
If someone you’re not friends with sends you a message, they go into an inbox you won’t ordinarily see and you won’t receive a notification. To view them however, in messenger on a smartphone, click contacts icon (the three horizontal lines, then click “Message requests” and you’ll see messages sent from non-friends. In a browser, while logged into Facebook, click “Messenger” on the left hand side, when messenger opens, click the settings gear icon in the top left of the screen and click “message requests”, again you can view these messages.
Get Rid of Birthday Notifications
Yes it’s nice to wish someone a happy birthday, but when you have a lot of FB friends, getting 10+ birthday notifications a day can be annoying, and let’s be honest, if it’s a real life friend or family members birthday, I’m sure you’ll wish them happy birthday in a real face to face way. So, if you want to switch off those notifications, while logged into Facebook, click the notifications globe icon on the top of the screen, then click settings, and where it says birthdays, set that to “Off”.
Free phone calls on Messenger
If you have a FB friends phone number in your smart phone and FB messenger installed, then you can call them using messenger over wifi and save your phones minutes.
Review Posts & Pics You’re tagged in Before they’re posted
Want to ensure that pic of you vomiting after a few too many Jagerbombs your mate took doesn’t make it too Facebook? Well, you can review any post you’re tagged in before it’s posted. The post can still go on Facebook, but you can ensure you’re not attached to it. To do this, click on Settings while logged into Facebook, then select “Timeline and tagging” from the left hand menu, and where it says ‘Review posts that friends tag you in before they appear on your Timeline?’, click Edit and set to “On”
Limit who can see your posts by creating Lists.
If you sometimes post things you don’t want certain people to see, which usually involves a grandparent and swearing, then while logged into Facebook in a browser, in the left hand column, select “Friends Lists”, then select “Create List”, and you can create as many lists as you want, add whoever you want to each list, then you can target your posts to particular lists excluding people not in the list.
Check your messages without being “Seen”
We all do it, read a message on messenger but can’t respond straight away, or can’t be bothered, who knows, but we do know some people get annoyed if they know you’ve seen a message and not responded. Well give Unseen on Facebook a try, it’s a third part FB app and means when you read a message, the sender won’t get a “Seen” notification 🙂
See your Facebook relationship with an individual friend
Want to see your FB history with someone in particular? Well if you open a friends profile, on their cover photo, next to the “Message” button, click the button with the three little horizontal dots and click “See friendship”, you’ll see your FB history with that person then. If you’re on FB on a smartphone, again click on their profile and click the three vertical dots on the top of their profile and click “See friendship”.
See all your Facebook activity
Want to see everything you’ve ever done on Facebook? Well if you open your profile in a browser, then at the top of the screen on your cover pic, click “View activity log”, and you can view all your FB activity, keep scrolling and you’ll eventually end up back to your first FB post!
Download ALL of your Facebook Data
Similar to your activity log, but this goes one step further. You can download ALL of your FB data, every pic, post, message etc in one file. To do this, log into Facebook, click the top right button (little down arrow) and click settings, then on that page on general account settings, the bottom option says “Download a copy of your Facebook data”, then click “Start my archive” and Facebook will create an archive file of all of your data. It’ll take a little while, but FB will email you when it’s done.
Create some trusted contacts in case you get locked out
If you ever get locked out of your FB account, maybe forget your password but don’t have access to your email, then you can create “trusted contacts”, and these people will be given a code you can use to log into Facebook if you’re ever locked out. To do this, click the top right button (little down arrow) and click settings, then click “Security”, and from the security list, click “Edit” next to trusted contacts and here you can add 3 – 5 contacts who can save your FB ass if you’re ever locked out.
Download any Facebook Video without using any software
If you want to download any video from Facebook try this (I have tried this and it works). Select the video you want to download in a browser, right click on the video and select “Show video URL”, copy that URl into a new tab, now in another tab open the URL https://x.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=”Video ID”, now from your video URL you pasted in a tab, copy the video ID, which is the long number at the end of the URL. Copy this number and replace “Video ID” into the above URL, so you’ll have something like https://x.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1472414859456693, click enter and when the video loads, start playing it then right click on the video and select “Save video as”, and you’ll now have an offline download of your chosen video.
So that’s it for now. We’ll add to this list regularly, so keep checking back 🙂