How to use Facebook

Learn the basics of how to use Facebook with our step-by-step guide for beginners. From setting up an account to creating a Facebook story, we’ve got it covered.

What is Facebook and how does it work?

Facebook is one of the largest social media networks made for connecting you with friends and family online.

It’s had many iterations in the past, however, the way in which we use Facebook now has evolved massively. It’s incredible how this online platform has shaped modern-day communication and has integrated itself into our everyday lives.

So how does Facebook work? To put it simply, you can build a network of Facebook Friends on the platform and interact with them by sharing statuses, posts and photos. You can extend your network by not only adding close, personal friends but by joining groups of Facebook users that share like-minded interests.

What are the steps to using Facebook?

Setting up a Facebook account is simple and easy to do – all you need is a working email address or mobile number and you’re ready to go. Follow these initial steps to set up a Facebook profile:

Facebook desktop vs Facebook app

Facebook is accessible via both mobile and desktop. The easiest way to set up an account, however, is to download the app. You can download the Facebook app from Google Play Store or Apple's App Store.

What are Facebook Stories and how do you create them?

Facebook Stories are short snippets of videos or images that can be uploaded to your account. The purpose is to create a real-time story for your Facebook Friends to view within 24 hours. After the 24 hour period expires, the story will disappear.

Here’s how to create a Facebook Story:

  1. Download the mobile app to create a Facebook Story.
  2. Go to your profile picture.
  3. Click on ‘Create Story’. Here, you can add a photo or video.
  4. Edit the story instalment by adding a filter, text or a sticker.
  5. Add as many pictures or videos to the story as you wish.

You can easily check how many people have engaged with your story by checking the viewing figures. Remember that your Facebook Story disappears after 24 hours. This means you won’t be able to watch it or check out who’s viewed it after this time.

How to upload and delete Facebook photos

Facebook is also great for sharing your photos. You can create whole albums of photos or simply post a few pictures to your timeline.

Here’s how to create a photo album:

  1. Go to your profile page.
  2. Scroll down to ‘Photos’
  3. Click ‘Create Album’.
  4. Fill in the album title, description, location and set the audience.
  5. Click ‘Save’.
  6. Select ‘Add Photos’ and tap on all the pictures you’d like to add to this album.
  7. Click ‘Done’ in the top right corner of the screen.
  8. Once all the pictures you’ve selected have successfully uploaded, click ‘Post’.

How to delete Facebook photos

  1. Go to your profile page.
  2. Scroll down to ‘Photos’.
  3. If you want to delete an album, select the one you want to delete. Click on the 3 dots in the top right corner, then select ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete Album’.
  4. If you want to delete a singular photo, go to ‘Uploads’ in ‘Photos’ and click on the photo you want to delete. Then click on the 3 dots and select ‘Delete Photo’.

Add photos to a Facebook post

If you don’t want to add a whole album and just want to add a few pictures, you can upload photos to your timeline via a post.

You can do this by selecting ‘Photo’ which is next to your status bar either on the Facebook homepage or on your profile. Pick the photo or photos, you want to add to the post and tap ‘Done’ and then ‘Post’.

Your Facebook Timeline features

Your Facebook Timeline is what you and your friends see on your profile. Your timeline is made up of your status updates, photos and albums, posts you’ve shared and life events.

Your personal timeline is in your control and you get to pick what you want to share on there. You can also create privacy settings for each individual post on your timeline. This is the best way to exclude a particular audience from seeing a post on your timeline.

How to add friends on Facebook

In order to become Facebook Friends with someone, you will need to send or accept a ‘Facebook Friend Request’. There are a couple of ways you can add new friends.

How to block someone on Facebook

Unfriending or Blocking someone on Facebook is easily accessible if you wish to no longer have an account in your network.

Unfriending allows you to remove an individual from your list of ‘Friends’. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to your profile and open up the ‘Friends’ section.
  2. Search for the account name or scroll until you find it in the list.
  3. Once you’ve found the account, next to the name you will see ‘Friend’. Click on this and select ‘Unfriend’.

The person will not know that you’ve unfriended them but they will still be able to search for you.

To block someone means that they will no longer be able to interact with you in any way. This includes being able to search for you or sending you a friend request. Here’s how to block a contact on Facebook:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ in the top right corner on Facebook.
  2. Click on ‘Blocking’.
  3. Type the name of the account you wish to block in the search bar and click ‘Block’ to confirm.

Under ‘Blocking’, you will be able to see the list of accounts you’ve already blocked. You’ll also see the option to unblock here too.

Your Facebook News Feed and how it works

Your Facebook News Feed is the first page you see when you log into the platform. It’s a collection of all your friends’ posts, updates from pages you’ve liked and posts you might like as depicted by the Facebook Algorithm. It basically acts as a dashboard, giving you an overview of what’s going on in your network. It also gives you a quick and easy way to interact with your friends.

Make Facebook Events

Organise Facebook Events for special occasions with the ‘Events’ function. We all know how hard it can be to organise a get-together, so an easier way to do so is with Facebook Events.

How to create a Facebook Event:

  1. Click on ‘Events’ on the left-hand menu. This can be found on your News Feed.
  2. Click ‘Create New Event’.
  3. Select ‘Private Event’ if you’d prefer invitation-only.
  4. Fill in all the details including the day, time and location.
  5. Click ‘Create’ and then you will be able to send invites to friends and personalise the events page.

How to use Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is the instant messaging tool created by Facebook. It’s ideal for private messaging with a friend or a group chat conversation.

On desktop you can access Facebook Messenger when you log in, however, for mobile, you will need to have Facebook Messenger downloaded in order to use this function.

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