Facebook is always making changes and adding new features, which can make it difficult to keep up. But some of these features can be really useful if you know about them. For example, Facebook has re-released chronological timelines, so you can see your friends’ and families’ most recent posts instead of the ones that Facebook thinks are “most relevant.” Other handy features include birthday reminders, location tracking, and personalized advertising.
However, there are some users who may not be comfortable with how much Facebook knows about them. They may find the constant advertising or notifications annoying, and the settings can be tricky to find if they’re buried in a menu.
1. Notification Settings
When you take a look at the number of friends you have on Facebook, and compare it to the number of people you actually talk to and then the even smaller list of people you would wish Happy Birthday to, it’s probably a very small group.
Now, Facebook has put all of its notification settings into one place so you can manage what makes your phone buzz and what doesn’t. You can click Settings & Privacy > Settings > Notifications and there will be a list of options to deselect that will make your life a lot easier and your phone a lot quieter.
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2. Save Posts
Users who want to save great cooking recipes, hilarious memes, or educational videos to show their friends or family can do so by pressing the three dots in the top right corner of the post and clicking Save Link. This will enable them to return to the post later. Users can then navigate to their Saved Posts and relive the magic or follow the recipe at dinner time.
3. Set a Post-Mortem Individual To Access Your Account
Facebook has a feature that allows users to decide who can access their accounts when they pass away. This person can post on the original user’s profile, update images, download their data, and view their messages.
You can find the Memorialization setting on the desktop in Settings > General > Memorialization Settings > Edit. On mobile, you’ll find it in Settings > Personal Information > Manage Account. If a family member has died and they haven’t turned on this setting, their friends and family can fill out a form that will send a report to Facebook. Facebook’s team will verify the information and then grant access to the account.
4. See Restrictions On Your Account
If you’re concerned that you may have violated Facebook’s terms of service or received a notification that your access to certain features has been revoked, you can now check to see if there are any restrictions placed on your account.
To view any actions placed against your account, click on the three dots in the top right corner, then select “Account Status.” Here you will be able to see what actions have been taken against your account, as well as any steps you need to take to undo them.
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5. Download All Of Your Facebook Data
A user’s profile on Facebook is a list of their posts, activities, likes, comments, and more. Sometimes people want to go back and see what they posted in the past, and they may be embarrassed by some of the things they shared referring to outdated memes, or posting embarrassing comments or photos.
Fortunately, Facebook users can download all of their Facebook data to double-check what they have previously shared. To do this, go to Settings > Your Facebook Information > Download All Your Information. A file will be downloaded that includes everything the user has selected to download.
6. Edit What Ads You See
People generally don’t like it when they feel like they’re being advertised to. While users might click on a product or a great video game advert they see every so often, the fact is that users having to scroll through loads of ads to get to the posts of the people they actually choose to follow can be irritating.
Luckily, ads can be controlled a bit more, go to Settings > Ad Settings > Ads. Users will be able to see a list of advertisers that they are currently seeing ads for, which can be hidden one by one to enhance the Facebook scrolling experience.
7. See How Long You Spend On Facebook
Many people find themselves spending hours on social media without realizing it. Now, Facebook has a feature that allows users to see how long they’ve been on the app and set limits if they feel it’s impacting their life.
To access this feature, go to Settings & Privacy > Your Time On Facebook. You’ll see a timestamp that shows how long you’ve been on the app. From there, you can set quiet times and reminders to log off after certain durations.
8. Stop Videos From Auto-Playing
If you’re someone who’s frequently finding themselves unintentionally playing videos on Facebook because of the platform’s ‘Auto-play’ setting, we have some good news for you. It’s easy to disable this setting so that videos only play when you want them to.
Here’s what you need to do: go to Settings > Videos and turn the ‘Autoplay Videos’ setting off. That’s it! Now you have complete control over what videos play and can avoid any unwanted interruptions to your Spotify listening.
9. Disable Location History
If you’re wondering how Facebook is able to target you with ads based on your location, it’s because of Facebook’s location tracking feature. GPS is one of the iPhone’s biggest improvements, but for Facebook users, it can be a little creepy how often the iPhone seems to know where they are or even where they were at a specific date and time. If you want to disable Facebook’s tracking, go into Settings & Privacy > Privacy > Location > Location Access and turn it off.
10. Two-Factor Authentication
As we become more reliant on technology, it’s important to take steps to protect our online accounts. Hackers can access a lot of personal information if they gain access to our accounts, so it’s important to use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication (TFA) when available.
TFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second factor, such as a code from a security app or a text message, in addition to your password. To set up TFA, go to Settings > Security > Log In on your device or account. It’s an additional step that can help keep your information safe from hackers.