Who would have thought something that started as a mischief could go on to become the heart of a billion people’s social lives. Yes I am talking about Facebook. It is nothing short of a phenomenon, connecting people throughout the world and enabling some to rekindle their friendships and some to forge new ones.
News feed, Timeline, Status, Likes, Shares all these terms have become a part of our dictionary- at-least of mine, they most certainly are. As an active user (or to be more precise- ‘Facebook Addict’ according to my mom) one may often find the need to customize Facebook according to his/her own preferences. So to take your Facebook experience one step further we at fossBytes have compiled some amazing Facebook Tips and Tricks , go ahead and try them out!
Stop Annoying Candy Crush/Game Requests on Facebook:
I am pretty much sure that the first entry in Facebook tips and tricks post must have caught your attention. Trust me there is nothing more irritating than the arghh… moments that you have when your phone buzzes with a Facebook notification and it turns out to be an invitation to play Candy Crush. Lots of abuses and sarcastic memes follow. But it turns out that there is a very simple Facebook tip to stop these notifications. All you need to do is this:
For Android: Open the Facebook Application. Click on the icon having three lines (you will find it in the upper right hand corner). Now click on ‘App Settings’ and open ‘Notifications’ and just uncheck ‘Application requests’.
For iPhone: Open the Facebook Application. Go to ‘More’ and then click on ‘Account Settings’. Under ‘Notifications’ click on ‘Mobile Push’ and there simply Uncheck – ‘Application Requests’ and ‘Application Invites’.
Flip Your Facebook Status:
In the mood for a little fun in Facebook tips and tricks article? How about flipping your Facebook Status? Just Click here, Enter the text of your status in the provided text-field and simply copy, paste and post it to Facebook. Enjoy while your friends turn their heads around to read the status.
Invite All Your Friends To Like A Page Instantly:
Instead of clicking Invite for each and every friend of yours which I may add I personally find to be such a dreary task that I’d rather sleep- you can simply do this:
Step 1: Open the FB Page Step 2: Click on ”Invite Friends To Like This Page”. A pop-up window will open containing the list of people you could invite to like the page. Step 3: Now press the F12 key to open the Chrome Console Window Step 4: Just paste this code in the Console Window and sit back and watch the code work its magic.
Now you can also grab a copy of your entire Facebook data ranging from the photos, videos that you shared to the messages and chat conversations that you might have had with your friends. In fact you can also recover the messages and photos that you might have ’deleted’. Just do this:
Step 1: Open Your Facebook Account and Go to General Settings. Step 2: There you will see a link which says “Download a copy of your Facebook data”. Click on it. Step 3: On the next page click on ‘StartMyArchive’. When asked, Enter your Facebook password. Just a head’s up the process may take quite some time to gather all your data. Step 4: A download link will be sent to your email id. Log in to your mail account and begin the downloading process from the link. Step 5: Just Extract/Unzip the downloaded file and you are done.
Often we turn on chat to discover a lot of people online yet we wish to talk to only a select few. Don’t want to make others feel that you are ignoring them deliberately by being online and yet not replying to their messages? Here’s how: Go to the Chat Bar on the lower right-hand corner of the FB page and click on the ‘Gear Icon’. Then click on ‘Advanced Settings…’ and under the “Turn off chat for all friends except…” field, enter the names of the people with whom you want to chat and then just click ‘Okay’.
Hide Status Updates From Specific People:
Suppose you post a status on your relationship with your girlfriend and want to hide it from your parents but not unfriend them, quite a dilemma right? Don’t worry all you need to do is this :
Step 1: On the status bar, Click the Friends button. Step 2: Under ‘Who Should See This?’ click on ‘More Options’ and then on ‘Custom’
Step 3: A pop-up window will appear and in it under the ‘Don’t Share With’ field, enter then names of the people whom you don’t want to share the status with.
Accept All Friend Requests At Once
Accepting all friend requests one at a time can be quite a cumbersome task! So why not use this Facebook trick:
Step 1: Open Your Facebook Friend Request Page Step 2: Copy and Paste this code in the address bar of the page.
Zoom Facebook Photos
Photo Zoom for Facebook is an excellent lightweight Chrome extension that integrates directly into Facebook enabling you to see the larger images of albums, profile pictures and more by simply hovering over them. Rest assured that it doesn’t access or misuse your Facebook data in any way.
Stop Getting Someone’s Updates Without Unfriending Them
There might be certain people in your Friend list that keep posting worthless or too much content which might tick you off! But you don’t want to unfriend them either. Well, here is a solution to unfollow someone without unfriending them.
Just open the Facebook profile of that person and click on ‘Following’ to unfollow them. Not you won’t get updates from them in your News Feed.
Prevent Notifications After Commenting
Sometimes we grow tired of getting constant notifications of replies from the thread where we might have commented something, could be a wedding anniversary, a birthday wish, some photo of ours etc. To turn off these notifications follow this procedure:
When you get the notification, move your cursor to the right corner of that notification and click on the small cross(x) to ‘Turn Off’ the notification and get rid of it for good.
Facebook Texts is a very cool feature that allows you to post on Facebook via a text message. It may come in handy at places where the data service is very poor. Although this feature depends on whether your mobile carrier supports Facebook Texts or not. Oh and do keep in mind that standard messaging rates apply.
In order to learn to set up Facebook Texts, clickhere. To see what text messages you need to send to update your account click here.
Log Out Remotely
Suppose you forgot to log out of Facebook when you left the computer lab of your college/school or lost your Android/iPhone device. Now you would gradually begin fretting over someone gaining access to your personal Facebook data. But there is no need to worry just follow these steps to log out remotely from some other device and rest assured that the integrity of your Facebook account is not compromised.
Open Facebook Settings and head over to ‘Security’. There along the ‘Where You’re Logged In’ section click on ‘Edit’. Now choose the device you want to stop and click on ‘End Activity’ to log out remotely.
Earlier I was going to refer a third party site to post GIF’s on Facebook. But in latest developments, Facebook has gone ahead and added GIF support to its News Feed thereby eradicating the need of any such sites. To post a GIF, you just have to paste a link in status update box. Although if you try to upload a GIF, it will show only image, but by pasting link you will be able to post a GIF on Facebook.