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Facebook Tips and Hidden Features

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With more than 1 billion users, Facebook is the world’s largest social network.This post we want to cover some interesting things you can do on Facebook.Some Facebook hidden features are not documented or unknown to many, as well as tips to stay connected better with your friends.

Facebook Tips and Hidden Features

1.Stop Annoying Facebook Game Requests

There’s almost nothing more annoying than your phone buzzing in your pocket to tell you that a friend wants you to play Candy Crush or whatever other Facebook game is going crazy now. You can stop these Facebook game notifications and requests with a simple trick.

On iPhone go to Facebook -> More -> Settings -> Notifications -> Mobile Push -> Uncheck Application Requests and Application Invites. 

On Android go to Facebook -> Tap on the Three Lines in the upper right -> App Settings -> Uncheck Application Requests.

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2.Unfollow Someone Without Unfriending

If you want to stop seeing updates from a friend, but you don’t want to unfriend them you can unfollow their updates. This means you won’t see their Facebook posts, but you can still message each other and it looks like you are still friends.

Go to their profile page on the web and then clock on Following to unfollow. On iPhone or Android tap on the arrow in the upper right corner of any update and choose to unfollow the person.

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3.Stop Notifications After Commenting

Sometimes you jump into a thread with a comment and get sick of seeing all the replies about a birthday, wedding, new job or a heated political debate.When you get a notification on your computer you can click the small X on that notification to turn off notifications for that thread for good.

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4.Create a Photo Collage Using Pictures of  Facebook Friends

Click on Friends tab. Proceed to More tab. From “Choose an option” dropdown, choose any of the dashes “” . Your Facebook friends collage is right on your computer screen.

 

5.Display Selected Pictures Only on your Facebook Profile Page

A little-known feature in Facebook that lets you decide who shows up in that Friends box. Click that “edit” pencil in your Friends box and type the names of your best friends in the box that says “Always show these friends

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6.Turn Off Facebook Notifications on Phone

The best way to use Facebook on the iPhone or Android is with notifications turned off. You can leave Messenger notifications on so you still get urgent messages, but with Facebook Notifications off you won’t have to deal with annoying alerts while you ant to work or relax. When you open the app you’ll still see the notifications in the small Facebook globe icon, but they won’t interrupt your day and your productivity.

On the iPhone it is easiest to just turn off Facebook notifications in the iPhone settings. Go to Settings -> Notifications ->  Tap on Facebook -> Turn off the Allow Notifications option. 

On Android Go to Facebook -> Tap on the Three Lines in the upper right -> App Settings -> Uncheck Notifications. 

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7.Syncs Photos of Facebook Friends with Contacts in Microsoft Outlook

OutSync is a free Windows application that syncs photos of your Facebook friends with matching contacts in Microsoft Outlook. It allows you to select which contacts are updated. So you can update all contacts at once or just a few at a time.

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8.Create a Shared Facebook Photo Album

You can create a Shared Facebook Album that friends can easily use to upload their photos to a group album. This is a great way to collect all the photos from a trip, a party or other event.

From the main Facebook post option on the web choose Create Album and upload a photo to get started. On iPhone or Android you need to upload a photo then tap on the small book icon to create a new album.

On the web you can choose to Make a Shared Album from the main options on the left side of the screen.

On iPhone or Android you need to save the album and then find it in More -> Photos -> Open the Album -> Tap Edit -> Tap Allow Contributors -> Tap Add Contributors -> Pick Friends who can add to the album.

This is easier to manage on a computer, so it is a good idea to set it up before a trip.

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9.Make a Private Facebook Album

You can make any Facebook album private to only you or to only a select group of people. To do this open the album on any device or the web and choose Edit. Under Privacy control who can see this. If you go with Only Me, then it is a private photo album, but you can also restrict to a group of friends or family or with specific people.

 

10.Post Your Blog Posts to Your Facebook Wall Automatically

Wordbook allows you to cross-post your blog posts to your Facebook Wall. Your Facebook “Boxes” tab will show your most recent blog posts.

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11.Make Free Calls to Facebook Friends

If you use Facebook Messenger on your iPhone or Android you can use it to make free calls to friends on Facebook. Both users need Facebook Messenger installed for this to work.

Open Facebook Messenger and find the contact you want to call. Open the chat window and then tap on the small phone icon in the upper right to start a call. This uses WiFi or cellular data but doesn’t use minutes.

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12.Always Watch HD Facebook Videos

You can make the Facebook videos that you watch look better on your computer by telling it to show the HD version by default if one exists. This is great for laptops that you always connect to WiFi, where the screen is likely huge and just asking for an HD video.

Go to Settings -> Videos -> Video Default Quality -> HD if Available.

This only available on the Facebook website, so you cannot change this on the iPhone or Android apps.

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13.Access Facebook Chat on Desktop

Gabtastik and digsby let you keep Facebook chat sessions open on your Windows desktop outside of your regular web browser, using minimal screen real estate and system memory.

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14.Post to Facebook By Email Text

If you can’t use Facebook at work or in another location, but you can send an email you can still post to Facebook by email. You need to login to Facebook on the web, go to Settings -> Mobile -> and look at the email address it shows.

You can email a photo or video to this address and it will post to your Facebook account. The subject is the caption for the photo or video.

If you send an email without a photo or video the subject will post to Facebook as your status. Do not share this email address with anyone. You need to set up Facebook texts for this to work.

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15.Post to Facebook By Text

Once you set up Facebook texts you can post to Facebook with a text message. This isn’t something you might use every day, but it is handy when you are in an area with poor data service or after a disaster where you might only be able to send a text.

To set up Facebook texts go to Settings -> Mobile -> Add a Phone -> Choose your country and carrier -> Click Next and Text F to FBOOK to get a confirmation code -> Enter this online to confirm.

 

16.Secure Your Facebook Account

You can protect your Facebook account from a hacker by using your phone or the Facebook app. On your computer go to Settings -> Security -> Login Approvals -> On.

When you try to login from an unknown computer Facebook will text you a one time use code to enter or will show you a code in the Facebook app. Without one of these you can’t login and neither can someone who wants to steal your account.

 

17.Set Trusted Contacts

You can choose trusted contacts on Facebook that can help you login to the service if you have trouble with a password at some point in the future. Go to Settings -> Trusted Contacts -> Choose trusted contacts -> Choose Trusted Contacts again -> Enter the names of several you trust and click Confirm.

Facebook will Notify users that you added them as a trusted contact. If you are locked out you can have this friend give you a code that can get you back in to Facebook.

 

18.Facebook Emoticon Shortcode

 

FACEBOOK EMOTICON SHORT CODE NAME
Facebook Emoticon Like (y) Like
Facebook Emoticon Angel O:) Angel
Facebook Emoticon Devil 3:) Devil
Facebook Emoticon Glasses 😎 Glasses
Facebook Emoticon Heart <3 Heart
Facebook Emoticon Kiss :* Kiss
Facebook Emoticon Pac Man :v Pac Man
Facebook Emoticon Penguin <(“) Penguin
Facebook Emoticon Robot :|] Robot
Facebook Emoticon Shark (^^^) Shark
Facebook Emoticon Gasp 😮 Gasp
Facebook Emoticon Tongue :p Tongue Out
Facebook Emoticon Kiki ^_^ Kiki
Facebook Emoticon Sunglasses 8-| Sunglasses
Facebook Emoticon Poop :poop: Poop
Facebook Emoticon Wiggle Lips :3 Goofy Face / Cat

19.Log Out of Facebook Remotely

If you forget to log out of Facebook when you leave a school computer lab, work or if you lose your iPhone or Android you can log out of Facebook remotely.

Facebook calls this ending activity, but it is basically the same as logging out. It is a nice way to stop someone from using your Facebook account when you are no longer at a computer you didn’t log out of.

On Facebook go to Settings -> Security -> Where You’re Logged In -> Find the location or device you want to stop -> Click End Activity.

You can see the locations by device type, browser type and other breakdowns. Don’t be surprised if you see yourself logged in to multiple locations.

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20.Stop Others From Tagging You on Facebook

Facebook lets you choose to allow a tagged photo to go live with your tag in the settings. This won’t stop a friend from tagging you, but it will let you keep that tag private and give you the option to not have the tag go public.

Go to Setting -> Timeline and Tagging -> How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions -> Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook? -> Enabled.

You will get a notification so you can approve or decline the tag. You can’t remove the photo with this option, so it will stay up on Facebook.

 

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