How to Activate Followers on Facebook 2022 [With Key Steps]

How to Activate Followers on Facebook

If you are using Facebook and curious to know how to activate follower option on Facebook, read on. This guide will help you with the complete steps on how to add the follow button and activate or turn on followers on your Facebook Profile.

Using this tips, you activate follower button on Facebook Android or iPhone. We are also covering the ways to do this on Facebook Lite App.

No. of followers on your Facebook Profile can serve as a good way of showing off how popular your profile is. This option is enabled by default on Facebook page. But if you want to activate followers on your Facebook profile, that too is easily achievable.

You should note that activating follower option on your profile replaces the “Add Friend” button with “Follow” button. Once you have activated this button, the only people who can add you as a friend- are the friends of your existing FB friend circle.

How to activate followers on Facebook?

There are 2 key privacy settings that you need to change to activate the follow button. First you need to change your Privacy settings on Who can add you as Friend? from “Everyone” to only “Friends of Friends”. Next you have to change “Who can Follow me” (under Public Posts) setting from “Public” to “Friends”.

Once you have done this, your profile will show only “Follow” button instead of “Add Friend” option.

Let’s see how to do this in detail with all the steps and pictures.

How to turn on followers on Facebook Main App 2021

  1. On Facebook Main App Home Page, tap on the three horizontal lines (hamburger icon) to open up menu
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  2. Next scroll down and tap on “Settings & Privacy”
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  3. Next select the first option “Settings” from the listFB-Follow3
  4. On next screen, Scroll down and tap on “How people can find and contact you” section and next tap on “Who can send you friend requests”

  5. Change the selection from “Everyone” to “Friends of Friends”
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  6. Now go back to Home Page and tap on three horizontal lines to open menu
  7. Next select “Settings” from list of options under “Settings & Privacy”
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  8. Next scroll down and tap on “Followers and Public Content” under “Audience and Visibility
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  9. Next change from “Friends” to “Public” under “Who can Follow Me”
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How to turn on followers on Facebook Lite App 2021

  1. On Facebook Lite App Home Page, click on the three horizontal lines (hamburger like icon) to open up menu
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  2. Next scroll down and select “Privacy Shortcuts” from the list of options
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  3. Next tap on “See More Privacy Settings”
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  4. Next tap on “Who can send you friend requests?” which is shown under “How people can find and contact you”
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  5. Next change the option from “Everyone to “Friends of Friends”
  6. Now go back to Home Page
  7. Tap on three horizontal lines to open menu
  8. Next select “Settings” from list of options
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  9. Next scroll down and click on “Public Posts” under Privacy
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  10. Next change from “Friends” to “Public” under “Who can Follow Me”

How to activate followers on Facebook Desktop

  1. On Facebook Desktop Home Page, click on the down arrow icon to open up menu
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  2. Next select “Settings & Privacy” from the list of options
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  3. Next click on “Settings”
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  4. Next click on “Privacy” section on left (see image below)
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  5. Next click on “Who can send you friend requests?” option which is shown under “How people can find and contact you”. Change the selection from “Everyone” t o “Friends of Friends”
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  6. Now move to the “Public Posts” section on the left under “Settings” itself
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  7. Next change from “Friends” to “Public” under “Who can Follow Me”
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How to Check if the “Follow Button” is now added to Facebook Profile

To check if your Facebook profile is indeed showing the “Add Followers” button, simply go to “View As” option. For this, go to the Facebook Main App Home Page and then click on Facebook Profile Picture to open your profile. Next click on the 3 horizontal dots next to “Add to Story” Button and select “View As” option (eye icon).

You will now be able to see the “Follow” will be displayed under your Facebook Profile Picture on the profile. Same option to “View As” can also be accessed on Facebook Desktop mode on your profile page. Just look for the eye icon.

Wrap Up

While it is actually easy to add follower button, it does takes a number of of steps to put in place the Privacy settings to enable followers. Using the above steps, you can add the follower button whether you are using the Facebook Main App or Lite App or even Desktop mode.

How to View Old Stories on Facebook [Simple Easy Guide]

How to View Old Stories on Facebook

Looking to find that interesting old story on Facebook? You are on the right post to get the easy steps to view old stories on Facebook (even after 24 hours). We will cover all the ways to view the Facebook stories you have created, whether you are doing this on Facebook Mobile or Desktop.

And these tips work, whether you are using Facebook on Android mobile or iPhone.

Facebook can be a bit of a maze and finding things is never as easy as it seems. However, if you know the path, it becomes a much quicker process. Again, this also gets complicated with Facebook making changes to its interface and sometimes you need to rediscover the ways.

It’s especially difficult to find an old story on Facebook, which is designed to be a temporary form of content. Facebook story is a user generated, bite-sized content – usually involving photos, videos or posts.

As per Facebook default settings, any Facebook story you create and share, is visible only for 24 hours.

But if you have a feature called “Archive” turned on (which is actually a default setting) , all your Facebook stories will continue to be available to you, even after this time limit.

How to view old stories on Facebook? From Facebook Home Screen, go to your Profile by tapping on your Profile Picture-> On your profile page, tap on 3 dots (below the image) to open the menu -> Next select “Archives” from the list -> Next tap on “Story Archives”.

By default, the story archive option is turned on in Facebook Settings. But if for some reason, your archive option is in off mode, you always turn it back on.

But what if you are looking to view old story that is not created by you but coming from a Friend or Group. Well that’s going to be a lot more tougher, but we have covered some of the ways here.

Let’s look at this in detail – Step by Step with all the screenshots.

How to View Old Stories on Facebook App Mobile [Steps]

  1. On the Facebook App Home Page, open your profile by tapping on profile pic
  2. Click on the 3 horizontal dots below profile pic to open up Profile Settings
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  3. Select “Archive” (Box icon) from the list of options
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  4. Scroll right and tap on Story Archives tab.
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  5. You will be shown all the old stories you have created in sequential order from newest to oldest.
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Using the same steps, you can access the “Story Archives” section even on the Facebook Lite App.

How to View Old Stories on Facebook Desktop [Steps]

  1. From Facebook Home Page, go to your main profile page by clicking on your profile pic
  2. On the Profile Page, Click on the “More” dropdown
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  3. Next click on “Story Archive” the first option in the list
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  4. You will be shown all the stories in sequential order in the Story Archives section
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How to Check if Facebook Story Archives is Turned on

If for some reason, your Facebook Story Archive does not appear, you can follow the same steps as above to get to the Story Archive Section and then click on the Settings (gear icon) next to it.

This brings up the “Save to Archive” toggle option. You can turn it on or off as per your liking. But it is preferable to keep it on if you want to revisit those old posts which will always be available in your Story Archive. On the other hand, if this turned off, all your stories will disappear for you in 24 hours and don’t get saved anywhere.

But it’s always best to keep it on if you want to re-visit those old stories. Also, since the Facebook Story Archives is always private to you, there is nothing much to worry.

How to view old stories of Friends on Facebook

If you are looking to view an old story shared by Friend or Group, the process is much more difficult. Even if your friend has the FB Story Archives turned on, it will be only visible to only him or her.

However, in case your friends has saved that story to their Highlights, then you can still do this. Every time you or your friend create and share a story, Facebook also gives you an option to highlight the story (for this, your Story Archive should be turned on). It’s the star icon visible at the right bottom of the story.

If your Friend has highlighted the old story, it will appear on your friend’s profile below the Friends section and above create post option as Story Highlights.

Also, for this to work, your friend should have the Privacy Setting for the Story Highlights set to either public or friends. The option to edit the privacy setting for story highlights is available right at bottom of the highlights section under “Edit Story Highlights”

If it is not saved it will disappear from their profile after 24 hours from being shared.

Wrap Up

So make sure you have the “Story Archive” option turned on, so that you can always revisit or re-watch those old Stories you created. And if you want to watch a Friend’s old story, the only way possible is if the Friend has saved it on Highlights and allowed access to all Friends. Or you can ask him or her to re-share from his “Story Archive”, if it is turned on at their end.

How to Find Liked Posts on Facebook 2022 [Easiest Guide]

How to Find Liked Posts on Facebook

Looking to find liked posts on Facebook? You are on the right post to get the easy way to do this. We will share all the ways to find liked posts on Facebook Main App, Lite App (iPhone or Android) or using the Facebook desktop mode.

Facebook has insane amount of content being uploaded on daily basis. It can be a real struggle to find that interesting video, photo or other post that you liked. Your best bet to find content is probably to like that post which makes it more easily accessible.

But even finding liked posts can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. So let’s see this in detail.

How to find Liked Posts on Facebook? The way to find liked posts is by going to the Activity Log and filtering on the “Likes and reaction” option which will give you a list of all the posts you have liked.

Let’s see this in detail with the steps involved and screenshots.

How to Find Liked Posts on Facebook Main App

  1. On the Facebook App Home Page, go to your profile by tapping on profile pic
  2. Click on the 3 horizontal dots below profile pic to open up settings
  3. Scroll down and select “Activity Log” (bullet list icon) from the list of options
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  4. Next tap on “Filters” tab
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  5. Next tap on “Categories”
  6. Next tap on “Interactions” from the list of options. This gives you access to the likes, reactions and comments etc.
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  7. Next tap on Likes “Posts and Comments” option to filter only the posts
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This will show you complete history of all the posts that you have liked including videos, photos, messages, pages etc. You can also remove the likes for any of the posts by clicking the three dots next to it-which opens up a menu giving you the option to Unlike.

Also Read: How to Search Facebook Posts by Date

The way to do the same thing on Facebook Lite App is also covered below. It is exactly similar process.

How to Find Liked Posts on Facebook Lite App

Here are the steps to find liked posts on Facebook Lite App

  1. On the Facebook App Home Page, go to your profile
  2. Click on the 3 horizontal dots next to profile pic to open up settings
  3. Scroll down and select “Activity Log” from the list of options
  4. Tap on “Filters”
  5. Next tap on “Categories”
  6. On next screen, select “Interactions” from the list of options
  7. Next tap on “Posts and Comments” option to filter likes

That’s it – you will be displayed the complete list of posts that you have liked.

How to Find Liked Posts on Facebook Desktop

The way to find liked posts works the same even if you are doing it on Facebook desktop. There is some slight variation in the steps involved here.

To find liked posts on Facebook Desktop mode, following are the steps:

  • On Home Page, click on the inverted triangle icon to open the menu
  • Select “Settings & Privacy” from the list of options
  • Next click on “Activity Log”
  • Next click on “Filter” link which is displayed next to it
  • Next select “Likes and Reactions” from the list of options
  • Click on “Save Changes”

It will show the date wise list of videos, photos, pages etc. that you have liked in the sequence from newest to oldest.

Wrap Up

So these are all the easy ways you can find the liked posts including videos, photos etc. on Facebook. Again once you find liked posts, you can even unlike them by clicking the three dots next to post.

This is a much better than trying to manually find in the maze of posts or using the Facebook Search bar. Make use of the activity log that saves the record of all your like and other actions on Facebook.

How to Poke on Facebook 2022 [Super Easy Guide]

How to poke on Facebook Lite

Looking to poke someone on Facebook but can’t find the poke button anymore. In this post, we will explain all the easy ways on how to poke on Facebook App 2022 including the Facebook Lite App and on desktop mode.

These tips work whether you are using Facebook on Android or iPhone

Facebook had introduced the Poke feature way back in 2004, when it got launched. And the Poke button got popular fast.

But it also created a lot of controversies over the years. There was no clear meaning of the intention behind a poke. To some friends, it was an innocent or a funny gesture but some saw it as an interference and took offense to it.

Facebook slowly phased out the Poke Button. But did Facebook remove this very option?

Answer is No.

What Facebook did was make it extra difficult to access this Poke button. You have to take a longer route. It is like finding something hidden in your basement.

So how to poke someone on Facebook? To Poke someone on Facebook, you need to access the Pokes page, by running a search with “Poke” from Facebook Home Screen or navigating to pokes page, by going through the Settings or Help Center.

Let’s look at this in detail with all the steps to poke someone on Facebook.

How to poke someone on Facebook 2021 [Main App]

Way 1: Use the search option in Facebook to poke

  1. Tap on search icon on Facebook Main App Home Screen
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  2. Next type “Poke” in the search bar and run a search. Tap on the fist Pokes option (displayed under Facebook Shortcuts) to go to the Pokes Page

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  3. Search by name of friend you want to Poke. You will see the Poke option displayed next to their name
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(Note this option does not work on FB Lite App, for which follow the steps after Way 2)

Way 2: Go to Pokes Page from “Help & Support” option

  1. Tap on 3 horizontal lines on top right to open Facebook menu
  2. Then Select Help & Support from list of options under See More
  3. Next click on Help Center
  4. You will get a search bar to ask question. Just type “poke” and enter to find relevant question “How do i poke someone on Facebook?”
  5. In the answer, you will find a link to Facebook pokes page
  6. Once you click through the link on next page, you can search for any of the friends and you will find the poke button displayed next to their name

Also Read: Facebook Profile Picture Complete Tips 2020 | No Cropping | Right Size

How to poke on Facebook Lite App 2021

You can poke on Facebook Lite App, using the below steps:

  1. Tap on 3 horizontal lines on top right to open Facebook menu
  2. Then Select Settings from list of options
  3. Scroll down and tap on the option “Access your information” option which is available under Your Facebook Information
  4. Tap on “Other Activity”
  5. This opens up a pop-up menu with has the Poke option among others
  6. Tap on it . You will now get to a search bar to type your Friend name whom you want to poke along with the Poke button option next to their name.

Also Read: How to create Facebook Avatar [Easy Guide]

How to Poke someone on Facebook Desktop

Now do you want to know an ultra fast way to access the pokes page.

If you are logged in to Facebook on browser, just go to facebook.com/pokes

As simple as that.

Alternatively, you can follow the same long process of going through the Help Center as used in Facebook Main app.

Meaning of Facebook Poke

Facebook has never really given what is the meaning of the poke gesture. It rather allowed users to make their own interpretation. Some may use it to :

  • just say “Hi” or “Hello”
  • as a way to get your friend’s attention
  • nudge someone like in instant messaging
  • a way to show your friend that you’re thinking about him/her.
  • Just for fun or casual

However, some people may also take it as a flirt gesture. So you would want to be careful with whom you are poking. Don’t poke your nose where it may be taken wrongly 🙂

Once you’ve poked someone on facebook:

  • your friend will get a notification,
  • your friend also gets an option to “Poke you back”

One you poke your friend, you cant poke them back again unless your friend pokes you back or removes your poke first.

Also, once you remove a poke from your pokes page, you can’t get it back.

Wrap Up

So you still have the Facebook Poke button which is hidden but not removed. It’s not clear why it’s kept this way. There are speculations that Facebook will change this “Poke” gesture into something else with more meaning and make it more popular again.

Until then, it continues to be a legacy feature and a walk down the memory lane to some old Facebook users. And as we have seen, the option is still available on all Facebook versions be it the Facebook Main App, Lite App or Facebook desktop mode.

How to make Facebook Photo Albums Private 2022 [Best Easy Guide]

How to make Facebook Photo Albums Private 2020

If you are a Facebook user who is looking for a way to make your Facebook Photo Albums private , you are on the right post. In this easy guide, you will get all the ways to make your Facebook Photo Albums private, whether you want to keep privacy level only to you or just your Friend circle. These tips work even if you are using Facebook app on Mobile – iPhone or Android.

Facebook is one of the most popular social networks with billions of users-sharing their content and photos. Facebook has also been adding options to give users more control over the privacy of their content.

How to make your Facebook Photo albums private?

You can make your Facebook Photo Albums private by going to “Edit Album” option and changing the privacy to “Only me”. To access this option, just open the album and click on the 3 horizontal dots on the top right over cover photo of the Album.

However, there is a catch as these options may not always be visible to you.

Let’s see the reason for this in detail and the solution.

Understanding Facebook Photo Album Privacy settings

Facebook gives you a bunch of options to control the privacy for any photo album. Depending on your choice you can change the privacy of your photos on your Facebook Album.

Privacy Options in Facebook include making the albums or photos:

  • Public (viewable by everyone)
  • Friends (only visible to your friends)
  • Friends except (can exclude a particular friend or group of friends from viewing)
  • Specific Friends (share with only few friends)
  • Only Me (only you can see the photo)

Let’s first understand how Facebook treats photos you upload and how it works with them.

Different types of Facebook Photo Albums and Privacy Options

This context is very important to understand to address our main question on how to make the Facebook photo albums private 2021.

Whenever you upload a photo on Facebook timeline , it actually creates a post with that photo.

Additionally, the photo gets saved in default album called “Timeline Photos” (if you uploaded the photo using Desktop) or in album “Mobile Uploads” (when you uploaded a photo using Mobile).

Similarly, when you upload a photo as your profile picture (circular shaped photo), this gets posted in timeline and photo also gets saved in another album called “Profile Pictures”.

Ditto for your cover photos which is the banner like rectangular image you see on top of your Facebook profile. Any image you use as a cover photo gets saved in the album “Cover Photos” in addition to appearing as a post on your timeline.

You can even create your own photo album with a title of your choice and upload an image directly into album.

Sad thing is Facebook does not give option to edit the privacy at album level for any of the Facebook Default Albums- namely the below albums:

  • Timeline Photos
  • Mobile Uploads
  • Profile Pictures
  • Cover Photos

For these albums, you will have to edit the privacy of individual photo in the album- and you cannot universally change the privacy of the whole album. So if you have a bunch of pictures in these albums, you do have to do a lot of work to restrict privacy for each such photo.

But when it comes to a Facebook Album created by you separately (i.e. not a default Facebook Album which we discussed above ), you can edit the privacy setting of the entire album.

For such Facebook Photo Albums created by you, you will see the direct option to “Edit Album” (click 3 dots over album cover photo) to change the privacy of all the photos in that album.

Steps to make Facebook Photo Albums Private on Facebook Mobile

  • Just click on the album to open and going to 3 horizontal dots above the album cover photo (see image below).
  • This brings up the option to edit the album
  • You can now change the privacy setting to “Only Me” or “Your Friends” etc.- or any other privacy level you prefer.

Steps to make Facebook Photo album private on Facebook Desktop

  • Open the album and click on the three dots which gives you the options to “Edit album” as well as other options.
  • It will show you the current privacy level of the album (as below) which you can click and change as per your preference.

Important: Another thing that is worth mentioning is that if a photo is sitting in your Facebook Default album, you can always move photo to any of your created albums. However, the option to move photo between albums usually shows up only on Facebook Desktop mode.

How to make a Facebook Photo Private?

To do this, go to the individual photo or picture in the album, click on it to open in full view. Then click on the 3 dotted lines at the right hand top of the photo. You will see an option to “Edit Post Privacy” on your mobile Facebook App. Pls note this option is not available on Facebook Lite App and only on the Facebook main App.

Steps to change privacy of individual photo on Facebook App

As already explained above, you can’t change the album level privacy of Facebook Default Album and have to do it for each photo.

Go to “3 dots” on top right of image

Tap on “Edit Post Privacy” from options

Select the privacy option of your choice

Steps to change privacy of individual photo on mobile facebook browser i.e. m.facebook option

If you are using mobile browser and going to m.facebook.com, the option is available as below.

Open the picture and you will find below options. Click on “More Options” which is one of the many options below the photo-see below

You will now see an option to “Edit Photo”, tap on it

Below the image , you will now find the new options to “Edit Post Privacy”

Change photo privacy on Facebook Desktop

On desktop mode, the same option is reflected as “Edit post audience” when you click and expand the photo

Also, one more important thing to note- you cannot make your current Facebook Profile Picture or Cover Photo private. So don’t be surprised to see that there is no such option showing up to edit privacy of your current profile picture or cover photo. This is a Facebook rule that applies a default setting of “Public” to an active or current Facebook Profile Pic or Cover Photo.

If you do want to make even these pictures private, you have to either delete them or change the privacy setting of your entire Facebook profile to make it visible to only your friends.

How to confirm if the privacy settings are working or not?

Once you have changed the privacy setting on your Facebook, you can then check the same by going to “View as” Public option. This option is available under the Profile Settings on your profile home page in Facebook App. It is also available as the eye icon on desktop mode.

Other Privacy Options

Facebook has been trying to give users more control over their privacy. While you can make your photos private, you can also control in general who can view your profile and posts etc.

However the Facebook Profile Pic and CoverPhoto are always Public. There are however some additional privacy options you can use to control some aspects of privacy like

Facebook Profile Picture Guard- This option (displayed as shield icon) when used does not give any user an option to download your Facebook Profile Pic. Further, a random user will also not get any option to share, send in message or share your profile pic externally. However, this is not a fool proof method as a user can always take screenshots and also use other workarounds. Also, check out this detailed guide on Facebook Profile Picture which goes into a lot more details on how to get the right size, all the privacy options etc.

Lock your Facebook Profile: A better way would be to restrict the privacy settings of your overall profile. You can also try “Locking your Facebook Profile”. This brings in the following controls into action:

  • Only Friends will be able to view the photos and posts on your timeline
  • Only Friends will be able to see full size view of cover photo and Profile Picture
  • People who are not your friends will able to see a max of 5 profile details

You can also avoid using your own photo and instead chose to use your Facebook Avatar as Profile Picture- keeping it personal as well as safe.

In Facebook Privacy settings, you can also set the privacy setting for all your “Future Posts”. This way you don’t have to bother changing the privacy again and again for each post.

Hope you liked this post. Please share it with your friends to help them gain more control over the privacy of their photos on Facebook.

How to Make Facebook Avatar 2022 [Complete Guide]

Facebook recently released a cool new feature called Avatars which gives you the ability to create your own personalized avatar. Facebook Avatar is nothing but a animated cartoon image of yourself. In this guide, we are going to cover all the details on how you can make your own Facebook Avatar using Facebook App on Android or iPhone .

You can even use the Facebook avatar in your profile picture or to send it as a stickers to your comments. It adds a personal digital feel to your messages and profile.

At the same time, you don’t need to worry on the privacy part. Most people would be comfortable sharing an avatar image than your actual image.

In fact, once you create your avatar, Facebook automatically creates a collection of stickers using your avatar which you can use for a variety of occasions. You can use these stickers to send personalized comment to your family and friends.

Update January 2022: Facebook i.e. Meta recently rolled out 3D Avatars and has also added new customization options for the Facebook Avatar like Cochlear implants and over-the-ear hearing aids (for one or both ears). You can also get to use your Avatars in Instagram stories, a probably a step towards the MetaVerse that Facebook intends to build. You can also get the Avatar option in Instagram if you click on Settings->Account->Avatars, which has been rolled out in countries like USA, Canada, Mexico.

Facebook Avatar Not Working 2022

Before you start making Facebook Avatar, make sure you have the latest version of Facebook App on your mobile. Many times, the option of creating avatar is not available or not working if you are using older version of the app.
Also, make sure you are NOT using the Facebook Lite App as it does not show this option. It is also not showing on Facebook website (Desktop). Not even on the m.facebook.com. It is available only on FB main app.

Some other settings to check in case you still not able to get Facebook Avatar option:.

  1. Make sure you are using latest version of app. Check in Playstore or Appstore to confirm if your Facebook App is updated
  2. If you still don’t find avatar option, go to the “Manage Apps” option in your mobile settings and “Clear Cache” on Facebook App
  3. If you have made an update to Facebook, try logging out and re-login to see if the Facebook avatar options shows up
  4. Try allowing “Location access” under Facebook Settings-> Settings & Privacy” -> Settings->Location and see if this works

How to Make Facebook Avatar

Step 1: Go to Facebook App-Home Screen and tap on three horizontal lines to open the menu


Step 2: If you see the Avatars icon, tap on it and move to Step 4. In case it is not visible, scroll down and tap on the option “See More”.

Step 3: Next tap on Avatars under “See More

Step 4: Follow the avatar-making guide to customize the Avatar Face

Alternatively
1. Go to Facebook Comments
2. When you make a comment, tap on smiley icon and select “Stickers”
3. Under Stickers, you will find an option “Avatar”

Unfortunately, you can’t use your existing image or photo to make your Facebook Avatar. But you have to make one from scrap. The only thing FB detects is your Gender from Facebook Profile to give you the appropriate avatar customization options

But don’t worry. The process is actually quite simple, as Facebook allows you to customize almost all the features of your face and body type.

Another thing is while creating your avatar, one useful feature available is also a mirror icon. When tapped, it gives you an option to put on your front camera and check if avatar is actually working for your features. That way your are not way off the mark.

You can even add gear like hats, specs, ornaments and select from a range of outfits to make your avatar look great. Guys can sport a beard. Girls can add make up and ornaments like nose ring, earrings etc.

Let’s see all the various kinds of customization you can do while making an avatar.

Avatar Features

Icon

Choose your Skin Tone

CHoose your Hair Style

Choose your Face Shape

Choose your Complexion
You can even add moles to face

You can even add lines to face 

Choose your Eye Shape

Choose Make Up

Choose Eye Brows

Choose Eye Wear

Choose Nose
Choose Nose Ring

Choose Mouth

Choose Facial Hair

Choose Body Shape

Choose Outfit

Choose Headwear

Choose Earrings

Starting from your skin tone, you can change your hair style, face shape, complexion , eye shape, eye color, eyebrows, nose, mouth, add facial hair. You can even add details like lines, mole, wrinkles and freckles to face using complexion and lines tab.

And then, there is all the gear and outfits.

But the idea is not to overdo it. Try to keep your avatar an authentic version of yourself that makes you look good.

You can use different versions of your avatar to convey different types of emotions

Also Read: How to Poke on Facebook 2021 [Easy Guide]

How to Use Facebook Avatar

Once you have your Facebook Avatar ready, FB will now give you a ready made collection of stickers with your avatar. The stickers show your avatar in all kinds of different expressions and can used on a variety of occasions.

You can use Facebook Avatar Stickers in

  • Comments
  • Messenger
  • Facebook Story
  • News Feed
  • And even share it on Whatsapp (being a Facebook app)

What’s more you can even use your Avatar as Facebook Profile Picture (you get a separate set of Avatar pics for this). Scroll down below to know more about on how to use FB Avatar as Facebook Profile picture.

Stickers available for some common messages

  • Hi
  • Bye
  • Happy Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Good Morning
  • Good Night
  • OMG
  • Good Luck
  • Yes!
  • Cool

Use Facebook Avatar Stickers in your Comments

You can insert these stickers in your comments or messages by following the below steps

  1. When writing a comment, tap on the smiley button
  2. Below you will find an avatar icon.
  3. Tap on it to open up the collection of stickers. Select the one you want to use by tapping on it.

How to share Facebook Avatar Stickers in Whatsapp

What’s more, you can even use your Avatar stickers on FB Messenger, News Feed, Facebook Story and even on your Whatsapp chat .

Just follow the steps below to share Facebook Avatar Stickers on Whatsapp:

  1. Go to settings and then go to “Avatars”
  2. You will be taken to Avatar main image page, which gives you 3 icons. First is Share, 2nd is Stickers and 3rd icon is used to edit your Avatar.

First option which is Share Icon (arrow icon) gives you options to send “avatar image to Feed” or “Set it as a Profile Picture“. You need to select the second option, which is Stickers which takes you to the collection of stickers with your Avatar. And you get two more options – to send a selected sticker in Messenger or click on “More Options”. Tap on the More options to get option to share in Whatsapp

How to use your Avatar Photo in your Facebook Profile

You can even use your Avatar Photo as your Facebook Profile Photo. For this, you need to go to your main avatar image (same path as above) and click on first icon “Share” symbol which gives the option to “Set it as Facebook Profile Picture”

Alternatively, you can just right click on the existing profile picture and you will see an option to “Make Avatar as your profile picture”. Once you tap on this option, it again takes you to the Main Avatar image and you need to click on “Share” symbol and select the option “Set it as Facebook Profile Picture”.

This will give you a set of cool pics with your Avatar in different poses. It also gives your a collection of nice background colors to chose from.

We also have a FB avatar pose with a mask for these times 🙂

Just select the pose and background color of your choice to flash your Avatar as FB profile pic.

Wrap Up

So you can see the Facebook Avatar is actually a great feature from Facebook. It’s really interesting to create and use your personal digital avatar in your interactions on platform. You can also add spice to your conversations with Facebook Avatar Stickers. Do make sure you have the latest version of Facebook to avoid issues of Facebook Avatar not working.

Hope you have found this guide useful. Do share it with your friends to help get their Facebook Avatar up and ready.

Facebook Profile Picture [2022 Tips] Skip Cropping | Upload Full Size

Facebook Profile Picture Guide

If you are a Facebook user, changing or uploading a Facebook Profile Picture of your choice seems like an easy task. However, there are many questions that may come to your mind like how to get the right Facebook profile picture size, how to upload profile picture in full size without cropping it or changing profile picture without loosing likes.

In this detailed guide, we are going to cover the complete tips and tricks to answer all of these questions.

This post will give you a ton of information to simplify your life on Facebook – as far as profile picture is concerned.

The answer to some of the questions needs a bit of workaround. That’s just the way Facebook is at the moment, requiring some complicated steps even for simple tasks.

Also, the fact that Facebook constantly makes changes and tweaks to its interface can make things a bit more confusing. But let’s clear that.

Facebook has two images that sit on your main profile- Profile Picture which is displayed in circle shape and the Cover Photo which is the rectangular shaped banner like image. You can enhance the look of your Facebook profile by choosing the right size and quality for these images.

First, let’s address the the basic question about what size or dimensions to use for Facebook Profile Picture and why does it get cropped. Let’s answer this.

What’s the Facebook Profile Picture Size and why does it get cropped?

The Facebook Profile picture is displayed in the following dimensions:

  • 180 by 180 pixels- For Desktop / Laptop view
  • 128 by 128 pixels- For Mobiles

Note, that this is the size in which the profile picture is displayed and not what is uploaded or stored in Facebook.

You can actually upload a picture of any size. But the minimum width needs to be 180 pixels.

While the dimensions make it look simple, getting the right image size can be confusing. Because when you upload the Facebook Profile picture in a normal fashion, it gets cropped and saved in square shape automatically (there are some easy hacks to upload without cropping discussed below)

And the way the cropping is done is that it will crop the height or width (whichever is more) to make it equal to the size of smaller side to form a square. For e.g. if image size is 720 (w) x 480 (h), it will crop the width to make the image a square of 480(w) x 480(h). This is assuming you don’t do zoom-in while uploading the pic.

If you choose to apply full zoom, the photo will be cropped 180 by 180 which is the default display size ignoring both dimensions of original pic.

However, when it is displayed on your profile or in your posts, it takes the shape of a circle with diameter equal to 180 pixels.

So ideally, you should choose a square profile picture with yourself in the middle so that the image looks good even when its displayed in smaller format the mobile.

Let’s now answer the question on how to upload Facebook profile picture in full size (no cropping):

How to Upload Facebook Profile Picture without Cropping

You can upload Facebook Profile Picture without cropping in full size using the Facebook Classic Interface on Desktop. To skip cropping on mobile, go to m.facebook.com using mobile browser, then upload the image as a post on your timeline and use the “Make Profile Picture” option below the post, which will make the image as your Profile Picture without cropping.

Let’s talk about these ways in detail:

Way 3 is a preferred choice for iPhone mobile users.

  • Way 1- Use Facebook Classic Interface – Upload the image and use the “Skip Cropping” option (on Desktop)
  • Way 2- Use Facebook Lite App on Mobile – Upload the image as a post on timeline and then use “Make it Profile Picture” option (suitable for Android users since Facebook Lite App is currently not available in Apple App store)
  • Way 3- Go to m.facebook.com– Login and upload the image as a post on your timeline. Then use “Make it Profile Picture” option (works best for both iPhone and Android mobile users)

Lets talk about the details and steps involved for each of these ways.

Way 1- Use Classic Facebook Interface on Desktop and use ‘Skip Cropping’ Option while uploading Profile Picture

Update: The “Classic Facebook Interface” on desktop has been discontinued recently by Facebook and is not working for many users.

Some users have been using third party Google Chrome extensions like “Switch to Classic design on Facebook” etc. which helps you to go back to Facebook Classic interface. However, I am not sure on the safety aspects of these extension. You can try Ways 2 and 3 if you don’t want to use this.

For the first way, you need to use the Classic Facebook Interface on Desktop. This gives you a ready made option to “Skip Cropping” when uploading the Facebook Profile Picture. Surprisingly, this useful option is taken away from the New Facebook Interface.

Also Read: How to Make Facebook Photo Albums Private 2021

Way 2- Using Facebook Lite App on Mobile- Upload the image as a post on your timeline and use “Make it Profile Picture” option which will skip cropping [for Android]

(Note that this option is NOT available on Main Facebook App for some reason. As mentioned before, Facebook Lite app is currently not available for iPhone users , so use Way 3 instead unless you already have the Lite app downloaded)

Step 1-Open Facebook Lite App and upload or post the image you want to use as “Profile Picture” on your timeline.

While posting, you can keep the privacy settings to “Only Me” (since this is a temporary posting which you can hide later)

Step 2– Next open this image post in full view. Click on 3 vertical dots on top right of image

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Step 3: You will see an option “Make Profile Picture” . Tap on it and confirm. You will see that the whole image becomes your Profile Picture without any cropping done.

Also Read: How to make Facebook Avatar [Complete Guide about this Cool Feature]

Way 3- Upload the image as a post on your timeline and then use “Make it Profile Picture” option on m.facebook.com, which will upload full image without cropping [For iPhone and Android Users]

This is another method to avoid cropping similar to the Way 2.

This hack works great for Mobile (Android or iPhone). Use following steps-Login to your m.facebook.com on your mobile (even works on laptop) using Google Chrome or any other browser

  • Step 1- Upload the image you want to use as “Profile Picture” as a image post on your timeline. While posting, you can keep the privacy settings to “Only Me” (since this is a temporary posting which you can delete later)
  • Step 2- Click the image you posted on your timeline to open it in full and you will see an option to “Make it Profile Picture” BELOW the image. Tap on it
  • Step 3- Next it will ask if you want to Switch back to original profile picture after some time period. Just click on ‘Never’ meaning you don’t want to switch back
  • Step 4- You can now see the full image is posted without any cropping as the Profile Picture.

You can delete the image post now that the profile picture is updated.

Also Read: How to Search Facebook Posts by Date, Month, Year [Easy Method]

How to Change Facebook Profile Picture without Notifying Anyone / Change Profile Picture without Posting

When you change your Facebook Profile Picture, there is auto-post on your timeline which mentions your profile picture is updated. You can switch the privacy setting for this particular post immediately from “Public” to “Only Me” which means only you will be able to see this post .

Steps to change Facebook Profile Picture without notifying anyone

  • Add the photo as a post to your timeline. While adding you have an option change the post privacy settings to “Only me”
  • Click on the photo in this post and click on the option “Make Profile Picture”
  • Your Profile Pic will be updated with this photo and there will be an auto-post about the update. Now immediately go to this auto-post and change the privacy settings of this post to “Only me”

In fact when you delete a picture from Facebook Profile Pic Album, it also deletes the auto-post from your timeline.

Also Read: How to Find Liked Posts on Facebook 2021 [Easiest Guide]

How to Change Facebook Profile Picture without Loosing Likes

Got a bunch of likes and comments on your Facebook Profile Picture which you don’t want to sacrifice by changing. Well, the thing is with Facebook, you don’t really lose the likes and comments. The likes and comments stay along with the original picture which is stored in your Facebook Profile Picture Album .

So in case you moved to your new Pic that doesn’t get the kind of likes and comments as your old one, you can always switch back to the old profile Pic by going to the Facebook Profile Pic Album and selecting it from there (Don’t do a fresh upload of old profile pic which will cause you to lose the likes and comments)

Also Read: How to Post GIFs on Instagram Story [All Easy Ways]

Other Important Points on Profile Pic

Facebook Profile Picture Guard

Facebook Profile Picture Guard is a great feature to protect your privacy. If you turn it on, Facebook does not give an option to download your Facebook Profile Pic for any other user. A random user will also not get any option to share, send in message or share your profile pic externally.

It also avoids the possibility for anyone to tag your profile pic, unless the person is your friend.

When you turn on the Facebook Profile Picture Guard, it adds a blue border to your profile pic and also shows a shield symbol.

Steps to add Profile Picture Guard

  1. Go to m.facbook.com
  2. Click on your profile picture to expand it
  3. Click on option to “Turn On Profile Picture Guard” below the image
  4. You will see that your profile pic is now wrapped in blue border and also has as shield symbol in the bottom center

Also, check this post which gives you all the ways to make your Facebook Photos and Album private.

Facebook Profile Picture Ideas

You can get creative with your Facebook Profile Picture using a number of ways. Many people mix the cover photo and profile pic to blend seamlessly. You can also add effects or design using the “Add Frames” option which is available when you click on update profile picture.

In case you want to keep it private, here are some ideas you can use for having Facebook Profile Picture without face-

  1. Cartoon image of yourself
  2. Facing your back image-Looking towards something scenic
  3. Hat pulled down look-covering your face
  4. Having a motivational- quotes with images picture
  5. You can even use the new feature Facebook Avatar– create your own animated Avatar and use it in Facebook Profile Picture.

Hope you find this article helpful. Do share it with your friends and family to help them get their Facebook Profile Picture right.

How to Search Facebook Posts by Date, Month [Easy Guide]

How to Search Facebook Posts by Date

Looking to search a specific post on Facebook by date. In this guide, you will get the step-by-step guide on how to search Facebook posts by date i.e. day, month or year.

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking platforms having more than 2.6 billion active users. Recently, Facebook has done a lot of changes, giving you the option of a more modern looking interface apart from the classic look.

Facebook has also been changing the features to find information across Facebook including the ability to search for posts by date, or posts from a particular page or group, friend etc.

So let’s answer the main question.

How do you search specific post on Facebook by date? You can search for Facebook posts by date by typing in the relevant keywords in Facebook search bar and use the filter of Posts and Date (Year) to show only the specific posts for a particular time period.

But it’s not as easy as it looks. There are some factors to consider.

Let’s look in to this in more detail-Step by Step

Before we start on the steps, there are some factors that impact the search options available to you on Facebook.

The important consideration here is – Your ability to search for a Facebook post by date changes depending on how you are accessing Facebook i.e. from Desktop or Mobile. If you are using mobile, it depends on which Facebook app you are using.

The Facebook Classic Interface on Desktop and Facebook Lite App on Mobile give you more advanced search options.

If you are using Facebook desktop , switch to Facebook Classic Look by clicking on Down Icon on Home Page-Right Side . (Update: The option to switch to Classic look has been recently disabled by Facebook for most users. So this method wont work now)

If you are using the Facebook on Desktop, you will be able to filter results only upto a specific year. While the older Facebook Classic interface gave you more specific options to filter further up to month and year.

On the other hand, if you are using mobile, the Main Facebook App again allows you only to filter date up to a year. But if you use the Facebook Lite App (not available for Apple App Store), you can filter the post actually up to a specific day or custom time span say between 2 dates.

In Short, summary of “Search Posts By Date” drill down options in Facebook:

Desktop

  • Facebook Desktop Classic Interface (no longer supported by Facebook)- Allowed to search posts up to a month and year
  • Facebook Desktop New Interface- Allows to search posts only up to a year

Mobile

  • Facebook Lite App- Allows to search posts up to a custom date range i.e. between any two dates
  • Facebook Main App- Allows to search posts only up to a year

So the best practice is to use Facebook Lite App if you are looking to run a very specific search i.e. up to a specific day. But if you want to filter only up to a month/year use Facebook Desktop with Classic Look Option (again the Classic Look option may not work now)

Recent update- Now in the Facebook Main App, you have been given an option to search the Posts, which you have created, by going to the 3 dots below your Facebook Profile Picture which opens up the “Profile Settings” and then go to “Manage Posts”. This gives you the option to filter posts on a particular date, but this seems to filter only those posts created by you (details are covered in Note 2 below)

Now with that information, let’s jump to specific steps involved.

How to Search Facebook Posts by Date

(Screenshots from Facebook Lite App– the process is same for Facebook Desktop or Main App, but these allow you to filter only up to a year)

  • Step 1- Tap on search bar, run a search by typing relevant keywords for the post in Search Bar and press enter to run a universal search across Facebook
  • Step 2- On next screen, apart from search results you get a bunch of tabs to narrow down your search results like Posts, Photographs, People, Videos etc. Tap on the Posts tab and you will be able to see only posts in search results with a bunch of options to filter your results further.
  • Step 3- Now you have specific filters to narrow down the search results like Recent Posts, Post you’ve seen, Date Posted, Posts From, Posted in Group, Tagged Location and Date Posted. If you are using Facebook App on mobile, these options are displayed horizontally and on laptop it is displayed vertically.
  • Step 4- Select Date Posted. Using this filter, you can filter on a particular year or select “Choose Date” to enter custom date range e.g. between 2 dates . If you are using Facebook Lite App, it allows you even more specific options to select a particular date or custom time span between 2 dates

How to Search Facebook Posts by Date on Facebook Main App

Note 1: As mentioned earlier, you can use the same steps as mentioned in section above i.e. Run a search using the search bar feature for keyword and then filter on “Posts”. After Step 2, to get to “Date Posted” option, tap on the on filter symbol on Facebook Main App (See images below). However, Facebook Main App gives you options to filter only up to a Year and not on a particular date.
FB Main App Search Posts
Fb Main App Search Posts by Date

Note 2: Recently Facebook Main App is giving you an option to filter Posts by going under “Manage Posts” Section. However, this seems to work only for the posts created by you, although it gives options to select-Post by Anyone or Others.(See screenshots below)

Using the Manage Posts option to filter your own Posts on Facebook Main App [Screenshots below]

  • Go to the three dots below your FB Profile Pic which opens the Profile Settings
  • Select “Manage Posts” from the list
  • Filter Date using the “Go To” Field

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Search Options in Facebook Desktop Mode (Classic Look)


Let’s talk about the other filters and search options:

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Posts From -This gives you the ability to search the posts from specific person, page or group.
You can filter on posts from you, from your friends, from your groups or pages or other public Posts
If you want to narrow down the result to a specific page or a group, click on “Choose a Source”

Posts Type – This is pretty straight forward. You can filter all post or only those posts which you have seen earlier

Posted in Group- Filter results to include only results from a particular group or groups

Tagged Location- You can also filter on posts by location where the posts are tagged to a particular location.

Now, although the filter is for posts on a date, it is not specific to a month or specific date.

Also Read: How to See Liked Posts on Instagram [2021 Guide]

Wrap Up:

So you see while it is easy to run a search for finding posts by date, the important consideration is ability to filter down depends on whether you are using the Facebook Desktop or Mobile and also the app used. Here’s the summary:

  • Use Facebook Lite- to search for posts by date i.e. on a specific day or between 2 dates
  • Use Facebook Desktop (Classic Look)- to search for posts upto month and year
  • Use New Facebook Desktop or Facebook Normal App- to search posts if you only want to filter upto a year

Hope you liked this article and share it with your friends who may find the information useful.

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