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 get to 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 on how to search Facebook posts by date, there are some factors that impact your ability to search on Facebook.

The important consideration here is that your ability to search for a Facebook post by date varies depending upon where you are accessing Facebook from i.e. Desktop or Mobile.

If you are using Facebook desktop , switch to Facebook Classic Look by clicking on Down Icon on Home Page-Right Side . The reason for this is if you are using the New Facebook Look, you will be only allowed to filter results for a specific year while Classic look gives you more specific options to filter further up to month and year.

On the other hand, if you are using mobile, the new Facebook App again allows you only to filter date up to a year. But if you switch to Facebook Lite App, you can filter the post actually up to a specific day or custom time span say between 2 dates.

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 upto a month/year use Facebook Desktop with Classic Look Option.

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

How to Search Facebook Posts by Date

  1. Type in the Relevant Keywords in Search Bar and press enter to run a universal search on Facebook
  2. On next screen, apart from search results you get a bunch of Tabs to narrow down your search results to include only Posts, Photographs, People, Videos etc.
  3. Click on the Posts tab and you will be able to see a bunch of options to filter your search results further on the left pane. You get specific filters to narrow down the search results like Post From, Post Type, Posted in Group, Tagged Location and Date Posted. If you are using Facebook App on mobile, these options are displayed horizontally.
  4. Select Date Posted. Using this filter, you can filter on a particular year. If you want to filter further by the month, select “Choose Date” to select the month and the year. 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

Here are some screenshots on how the filters actually look-

Facebook Classic Look Screen – Filtering Options on Desktop

Facebook Lite App Screenshots – Filtering Options on Mobile using Facebook Lite


Let’s talk about the other filters

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.

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

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