Facebook is one of the biggest platforms in the world with around 1.7 billion global daily users in 2020. Ever since it was first founded in 2004 the number of Facebook users have skyrocketed and thousands of posts get uploaded on this site daily. People simply love sharing their thoughts and pictures on Facebook. This social media platform has remained popular for so long because of its fun interface and amazing algorithm.

Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open and connected.

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However, it’s impossible to know every little thing about any platform. Every app has its own hidden secrets that aren’t very obvious. If you’ve ever wondered if there’s any special trick that you’ve missed then you’re in the right place. Read on to get 10 facebook hacks that might be useful to you:

10. Choose to block certain friends from viewing posts.

Most people on Facebook have a ton of friends that they may not be very close to. This is because Facebook is a platform where you become friends with everyone you know. Your colleagues, acquaintances, and far-off relatives are probably included in your friend list even though you might not know much about them. But what if you want to prevent these people from seeing all your posts?

In that case, all you need to do is go to your settings, click on privacy and change your profile settings. You can either pick selective friends to view your post or you could also exclude certain people. Another trick you can use is to block a person from viewing your posts. To do this, go to the post and click on the three dots in the corner and click on ‘edit audience’. Now you can choose who to exclude from your posts without any issues.

9. You can view and manage your activity log to keep track of all your photos.

Have you ever wondered if there was a photo uploaded of you on Facebook that you didn’t see? Well in that case this tip is for you. Facebook has introduced a facial recognition technology that gives you the ability to search for your face instead of posts that you’ve been tagged in.

To check all the photos you are involved in simply go to your activity log and choose ‘Review photos that you might be in’. You’ll have to enable facial recognition on your account for this particular process to work. Then you can browse all the pictures that contain your image on Facebook.

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8. Restrict posts from certain people without blocking them.

Sometimes you just don’t want to get posts from a particular person. This might be because that person simply posts too much content or the content that they post might make you uncomfortable. Well, whatever the issue, we might have a solution for you. The next time that you see one of their posts pop up, click on the three dots in the corner of the post. Then select the option to ‘snooze’ the person for 30 days. This will stop their posts from appearing in your timeline.

7. Stop unwanted notifications.

Ever been in the middle of watching something on your phone and had tons of notifications interrupt you? We’ve all been in similar situations and it can be a very frustrating experience. To fix this problem all you need to do is go to your settings and change your notification settings. These settings are very customizable so you can pick and choose the exact notifications that you want to turn off. When you wish to them to appear again all you need to do is go back and switch the notifications back on.

6. Facebook allows you to change your language settings to upside-down English.

This trick is a bit more on the fun side and doesn’t serve much practical purpose. But if you’re bored and looking for a trick to pass your time then this is for you. Go to the language settings, which are located on the settings page, and click on ‘Upside down English. This will turn all the text on Facebook on its head which can be a confusing but hilarious experience.

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5. Appear online to only certain friends.

Sometimes you’re in the mood to browse random videos without getting interrupted by any messages. However, this can be impossible to do because of the fact that all your followers can see when you’re online. A quick solution for this issue is given right in the chatbox. This trick is not known by many people because they simply don’t know where to look. Just open the chatbox and click on the three dots given in the upper right corner. Now click on the ‘Turn off active status’ button and choose whatever you want. You can appear offline to everyone or only to a selected few people. Once you want to change it go back, unselect the option, and you’re done.

4. Spruce up your Facebook chats by picking a new theme.

A bit of color can go a long way! Although Facebook doesn’t have many design customization options apart from dark mode, the chatbox has a ton of colorful options to select from. Go to a particular chat, open the arrow next to the person’s name and select whichever color you want from the options available. This can brighten up your Facebook page and make it slightly more colorful.

3. Stop Facebook from tracking you across the internet by changing ad settings.

Facebook has landed in hot water quite a few times in the past for its privacy issues. Following these cases, the company has begun to improve its privacy policies and is still working on building a more secure platform. One of the main ways that Facebook tracks you is by using your data in order to suggest certain ads for you. Facebook can also tell which ads you clicked upon and it will use this to recommend more related ads to you. If you don’t want to receive these targeted ads then all you have to do is go to settings and click on the ‘Ads’ option. Over here you can go to ‘Ads settings’ and turn off personalized ads.

2. Learn how to check if a person has put you on the restricted list.

When someone blocks you, it immediately becomes visible. You cannot send that person any messages either. However a person on the restricted list can still do these things, but they won’t have access to that person’s private posts. If you’re curious about whether or not someone put you on their restricted list then you’ll need to ask one of your friends to help you out. This friend has to be in the friend group of that person upon whom you’re trying to check. Ask your friend to go on their profile and check the post list of that person. If they see different posts that aren’t t available for you then there’s a chance that you’ve been restricted.

1. See content that you’ve missed due to an accidental refresh.

Social media platforms can be quite frustrating to deal with sometimes. We’ve all had moments when we enter our home page, see an interesting post, and then when we finally try to scroll down to it we accidentally refresh the page. If you want to know how to get out of this situation then it’s quite an easy fix. This is unfortunately not available for mobile apps and you’ll have to use the URL. Just add a ‘/seen’ at the end of the URL and it should reload to the earlier page.