If you are using an Android device, or any smartphone for that matter, chances are that Facebook is one of your most used applications every day. With most people being addicted to the app, surely you need some help getting around with all its technicalities.
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We have curated a list of the top 10 hacks and tricks for the Facebook for Android application. Read on to find out how to make the most out of the Facebook app through these simple tips.
Manage your Account Security
Most of us have logged into our Facebook accounts from more than one device, sometimes even those that are publicly used. We tend to forget such instances but they can be detrimental later on, especially with a lot of personal data online. To access what all sessions of your account are currently active, just hop onto Account Settings>Security>Active Sessions and you will see the complete list. You can even remove sessions that you are suspicious about.
Save Videos and Links for later
With the introduction of Instant articles and auto playing content, people and pages on Facebook are posting more content that ever. With an average friend count of 500-600, it isn't quite easy to scroll through each and every piece of content at a time. For the sake of optimizing this, just click on the arrow on the top right of the link or video post, and select the ‘Save Video/Link' option. This will then be saved under the Apps tab on the Android app.
Eliminate a friend’s posts
All of us have those annoying people in our friend list that generally post numerous updates every day, mostly about nothing substantial. Such people are a pain to the eyes as well as our data balance. Although blocking or reporting them might not be an option, you can certainly unfollow their posts so that they don't appear on your timeline at least. Just go to their profile, click on the Following tab and select the Unfollow option.
Prioritize a friend’s posts
Now that you've unfollowed certain annoying people on your Facebook, it's time to prioritize alerts from people who matter the most to you. These could be your family, your immediate friends or even colleagues/leaders that you look up to and wish to engage with. For doing that, just hop to the Following tab on their timeline and, this time, select the See First option.
Shortlist your favorite friends
A lot of us have a limited frameset of people that we interact with on Facebook, almost every day. Ranging from office colleagues to long distance friends, these people are the most frequented visitors on your messenger. You can go to the Edit option, by sliding across to the Chat bar in the Android app. From there, select the top people that you chat with so that you can save the hassle of scrolling through the whole list each time you are looking to chat up with them.
Use the widget to send out posts
A major advantage of Android over iOS is the freedom of using widgets of the home screen of the smartphone. Even Facebook for Android has one and it does the task pretty neatly. It provides you with a scrollable window that shows the latest status updates from people in your friend and dollowing list. The share button on the top right also allows you to post text updates directly from the widget, without the need of powering up the app.
Check out famous places nearby
With the integration of Google Maps onto the Facebook for Android app, you can now access and locate all the famous venues around the area you are in, provided the place has a Facebook page with an address. Clicking on the Nearby Places tab in the app will take you to a map that points out all the mentioned locations with their exact coordinates. It is a brilliant and nifty way of finding out about restaurants, bars, movie theaters and shops if you are in an unfamiliar town or city.
Save battery by using web app
It is a widely known fact that Facebook for Android app is a high battery consuming app and requires a lot of battery for background refreshes as well. An alternative to this could be the usage of the web app. All you have to do is access the Facebook mobile site (http://Facebook.com) via the Chrome browser, click on the Share button and select Add to Home Screen. Once this is done, the FB logo will appear on your smartphone, albeit in the form of a website application that consumes significantly lesser data than the native application.
Disable Messenger chat heads
After the fairly recent separation of Facebook and Messenger apps, the chat heads that pop up randomly seem very out of the place and also might lead to security threats. You can now disable these chat heads so that the messages are only accessed in the Messenger app. Just go to the Settings tab of the Messenger app and unselect the option of Chat Heads. Along with saving your information and patience, it also saves some good ol' battery life on your smartphone.
Share directly through other apps
Another big aspect of Android over other operating systems is its ability to multitask and join together actions of various apps. For example, if you are reading a great article on your Chrome browser and want to share it on Facebook for your friends to read, you can simply tap the Share button and Facebook will be one of the options to choose from.