Do you use Facebook? Of course, you do, there are over 1.49 billion active users per day, after all.
What you may not know is there are a bunch of hidden Facebook features that the platform doesn’t make quite obvious. There are over 100 features available on Facebook and there are still plenty of options and features to discover.
Wouldn’t you like to discover these Facebook tricks and secrets?
Explore these Facebook features and be one of the few to know.
1. Restrict A Few Friends From Seeing Your Posts
Did you know there’s a Facebook trick to prevent people from seeing your content?
Go to the Profile page of the person who you want to add to the list. Click on the “Friends” drop-down box which appears on the bottom right of their cover photo.
Select the “Add to another list” option. You can then pick the “Restricted” option.
The next time you post, if you choose the friends-only privacy setting, the people on the list won’t be able to your post. However, if you choose the public privacy setting, everyone will see it.
2. Download A Copy of Your Facebook Data
If you want your copy of all the things you’ve ever posted on Facebook, it’s possible to download it. You’ll be able to download all your content. This includes shared posts and photos and the following:
- All your comments
- Messages you’ve received and sent
- Everything you’ve liked and reacted to
- Your followers and who you’re following
Go to your settings and choose “General”, then to “Personal Information.” Click on the “Download Your Information” placed at the bottom of the page and follow the directions given. It’s a feature that lets you enjoy a trip to memory lane, and it’s useful if you think of ever deleting your account.
3. Log Out Remotely
If you’ve forgotten to log out of your account from another device, don’t worry because Facebook shows every phone and browser accessing your account.
To log out of those devices, go to “Security and Login Settings.” Go to the “Where You’re logged in” section to see a list of devices with your account still logged in. It shows you the details like the date, time, location, and what device type.
Choose the session you want to log out from, click the triple dots, and then click “Log Out.”
4. Discover the “Secret Message Inbox”
Did you know there’s a section on Facebook for your unread messages from people not on your friend list? It’s the “Message Requests” folder. This Facebook secret is a folder full of messages from people who are not your friends.
To see these messages, click the messages icon at the top of your home screen and you’ll find yourself in the default tab.
Right beside your “Messages” tab, you’ll see the “Message Requests” tab. When you click this, you’ll see a link for filtered message requests, which lets you see all sorts of messages from strangers.
If you feel bad for not answering to these strangers, you can create a Facebook messenger bot to answer for you.
5. Transfer Money Through Facebook
Like PayPal and Apple Pay, you can send and receive money through Messenger. To set it up, go to settings and choose “Payments” to enter your debit or credit card.
To use this Facebook feature, open a pop-over conversation with one of your friends. At the bottom of your chat window, there’s a dollar sign that you can use to send or request money.
6. Spy on Facebook Pages
This Facebook secret hides within the insights page, all the way at the bottom, and this lets you spy on other pages. It’s a good Facebook feature to check on the competition for those who have business pages. It can give you some context on how well your business page is doing compared to others.
You can also check how much your competition spent on ads if they have any. You can see it on the right side of their page and click on “See More” at page transparency.
7. Add Extra Security To Your Account
In 2018, Facebook had an incident that compromised the data of at least 50 million users. So throw in some additional layers of security on your Facebook account, which you can find at the “Security and Login” portion of the Settings tab.
The first step is to enable your two-factor authentication, which requires login confirmation from your phone. You should also activate alerts about unrecognized logins. Add 3-5 trusted contacts in case you get locked out of your account.
8. Save Posts For Later
It can be a hassle to find a link that got shared on your newsfeed again. There’s now a Facebook feature that allows you to “Save for Later.”
If you find something interesting, click the ellipsis menu on the top-right of the post. Select the “Save Post/Link/Video” from the drop-down menu.
You’ll be able to see all your saves in the Saved folder, which you’ll find when you click the “See More” under Explore at the left side of your home page. You can also make collections of your saved items like recipes, or funny videos.
9. Have a Caretaker For Your Account
One day you’re going to have to say goodbye to Facebook and Facebook lets you name a legacy contact who will manage your account after you’re gone.
Your legacy contact can respond to new friend requests, post, and update your pictures. You can give them access to all your messages and you can also allow them to download your Facebook data.
To choose a legacy contact, go to your settings and in the general tab, click on “Memorialization Settings.” If the person has already passed, you can ask Facebook with the Memorialization Request Form.
Use These Facebook Features Today
Facebook is no longer that site where you just post your embarrassing photos from college. It has improved and made many changes for your convenience and fun. How about using these Facebook features to optimize your social experience?
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