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How To Use The Facebook App

How To Use The Facebook App Like a Pro

The Facebook app for Android gives you easy access to your feed and timeline, but it can also do a whole lot more

There’s much more to Facebook than liking posts, chatting with friends, and stalking exes. These tips will help you take full advantage of Android’s Facebook app. With more than a billion people on the site, isn’t it time you reaped all the benefits?

1. Use the Facebook Widget

Android widgets can be very useful tools, and the Facebook widget is no exception. This feature is a “must have” for status updating enthusiasts. With the Facebook widget, you can make and receive status updates right from your Android’s home screen, avoiding the advertisements and banners you’d see in the full app.

2. Set Notification Updates

Did you know that you don’t have to receive constant Facebook updates on your Android phone? You can choose how, and why you are getting an alert. If you don’t want to see alerts for friend requests, friend confirmations, or photo tags (to name a few), you can change that. Head to “App Settings,” and click “Notification Settings.” From there, it’s all up to you.

3. End Looping Videos

One scroll through your news feed, and all those cat videos start to play. Quit upping your data usage unnecessarily. Look for the “Video Auto-Play” setting within the Facebook app. From there, you can either turn this feature off, or set it to only auto-play if there is a wi-fi connection. This way, you never have to deal with endless video animations again.

4. Favorite Friends

When negative posts are clogging your news feed, you can easily change the view so the positivity of your best friends appears first. All you need to do is visit your friend’s page, select “Following,” and then “See First.”

5. Save Data

If your data usage is out of control, check out these options before deleting your Facebook app entirely. First off, you can use a different version of the Facebook app, Facebook Lite. It installs quickly, loads fast, and doesn’t hog all of your resources. You can also look into Tinfoil for Facebook, or Metal for Twitter and Facebook. These apps serve as a custom wrapper to help you free up space and RAM.

A Better Facebook

The Facebook app for Android comes with a lot of options. These are only the tip of the iceberg! Look around, and you may discover some other great, “can’t live without” features you didn’t even know were available. Find a favorite? Let us know in the comments below.