In spite of using Facebook extensively, there are many features and tricks about the application you may not know about. Here are some Facebook features which most of us are not aware of:
Disable the “seen” read receipt
The read receipts option of Facebook messages is a source of great distress for many people. If you do not like to reply instantly in spite of checking out a message, you should disable the “seen” receipt and people would not know that you are ignoring them. You have to download an extension for Google Chrome known as the “Facebook Unseen” Chrome extension or “Message Seen Disable for Facebook” for Firefox.
Export your friend’s birthdays
You can export the birthdays of all your friends to your Google calendar. This will enable you to get notified about all birthdays. You have to go to the Events section and go to the section of Upcoming events and birthdays. Copy the link, open google calendar, click on the down arrow beside Other Calenders and paste the copied link there.
Access the “Other” inbox
There are two types of inbox on Facebook which many of us do not know about. An inbox called the Other inbox contains messages sent to you by people who are not in your friend list. You simply have to choose the other option in your inbox to access these messages.
Search for specific posts
Facebook search has been updated and allows you to search for posts which have been shared with you. You should type the name of a friend and a specific keyword of a certain post sent to you by him and you will find the post in the search results.
Hide your friend list
You can hide your friend list from all your friends by going to the Friends section, select privacy and change the friend list privacy setting to Only Me.
Hide a post from specific people
There may be certain posts which you do not want specific people to find out or check out. You must go to the “Who should see this?” menu beside the Post button, choose Custom and add those specific people to the Don’t share this with the list.
Disable videos from auto-playing the news feed
Auto play of videos in your news feed can be annoying and harmful for your data plan as well. You can turn off the auto play option by going to Settings, Videos and Photos, Auto Play and disable the smart autoplay option.
Know the cover photo size
For the perfect cover photo, you require a big photo. You should always use an imagine, which fits the dimensions of 851 pixels wide x 315 pixels tall for desktop and of 399 pixels x 150 pixels for mobile.
Stop game requests
Game requests are irritating and keep on coming all the time. For disabling them you should go to more > settings > notifications > mobile push and disable the Application Requests option.
Hide your online chat status
If you are irritated by random people in your chat, you can hide your online status from them. Open the chat window, click on the upper right icon, choose advanced settings and turn off chat for all friends or turn off chat for only some friends by adding the names in the list.
Change your relationship status without any drama
For changing your relationship status without creating an alarm, you should go to the About section, go to Family and relationships and change the privacy settings to Only Me. After this, any changes you make will not be notified to your friends.
Send money through Messenger
The $ icon in Facebook Messenger allows you to pay your Facebook friends money. This feature is like PayPal or Square Cash and payment can be done via debit card.
Download new photos you’ve been tagged to a Dropbox folder
This option is great for saving photos from events and parties. You have to create an account at IFTTT.com and go to a page where your Facebook and Dropbox accounts will get connected. After verification, you have to enable the “recipe” following which every single photo you’ve tagged will be saved.
Create a “Looking Back” video of your Facebook history
You have to go to the link facebook.com/lookback for watching your entire history on Facebook in the form of a video. The video is generated automatically by the site and features all your memories and moments, the posts you have liked the post, and collages of several events. You can edit the photos which you want to feature.
There are several tricks and features about Facebook which are not known to many people in general. These features are simple and easy to access and by availing them you will discover new aspects of Facebook which you never knew was possible.