How to Use the Facebook App on Your iPhone

The Facebook app for iPhone is organized much like the Mobile Home page for Facebook. When you tap the top-left corner (represented by the three horizontal bars) of the screen, you see the drop-down menu to access the different parts of Facebook.

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The different parts of Facebook you can access from this menu include the following:

  • Search: At the top of the menu is a blank Search box. Type the name of any person, object, or thing you’re looking for, and Facebook will attempt to autocomplete as you type. Tap the correct result when it comes up.

  • <Your Name>: This menu option takes you to your own Timeline. In general, Timelines are organized into the same format as Timelines on the regular site, with a few stylistic changes to make sure all the information can fit on the screen. Use the Write Post or Share Photo buttons located below your profile picture to add something to your Timeline.

  • News Feed: News Feed is the same News Feed you see on your computer screen, a constantly updating list of what your friends are up to at this moment. You can comment on and like posts from News Feed, as well as use the Status, Photo, or Check In buttons at the top of the page to add your own status update or mobile upload.

  • Messages: This is where you access your Messages Inbox. From here, you can compose a new message, delete a message, or reply to one. The number of unread messages is listed to the right of this option.

  • Events: This lets you view any events you’ve RSVPed to. This is incredibly useful when it turns out neither you nor your significant other remembers the exact street address of the dinner you’re going to.

  • Nearby (or Local Search): An extension of Facebook Places that lets you use your phone’s GPS check-in and share where you are with your friends. If you see a number next to Nearby, it’s the number of friends who have checked in close to you recently.

  • Pages: This option takes you directly to any pages on Facebook that you admin or manage.

  • Groups: This lets you interact with any groups you are a part of. This way, you don’t miss out on discussions when you’re out and about.

  • Apps: This brings you to your own Facebook apps, like Photos, Notes, and anything you installed on your Facebook account that will work on a mobile device.

  • Friends: The Friends section of the iPhone app should resemble your phone’s contact list. You can scroll through your friends from A to Z or search for them from the Search box at the top of the list.

The final section of the menu contains the settings and maintenance links you’ve grown to love. From here, change your account or privacy settings, reach the Help Center, or log out of your account.

To update your status from the iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Facebook app.

    Your News Feed appears. Three buttons are at the very top of News Feed: Status, Photo, and Check In.

  2. Tap Status.

    This expands a large text box.

  3. Type your status.

  4. (Optional) Tap the person icon and/or the pin icon to add tagging and location information to your status.

  5. (Optional) Tap the Privacy menu (represented by any of the privacy icons — the gear icon represents custom privacy) to choose who can see this status update.

    You can choose from the usual options (Public, Friends, Friends Except Acquaintances, Only Me) as well as choose from any Friend Lists you’ve created.

  6. Tap Post in the upper-right corner.

    The post is added to your Timeline and your friends’ News Feeds.

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Given how great an iPhone camera is, chances are you may want to add a photo to Facebook. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open the Facebook app.

    Your News Feed appears. Three buttons are at the very top of News Feed: Status, Photo, and Check In.

  2. Tap Photo.

    You may be prompted to grant the app permission to access your photos. After this happens, you’re taken to your phone’s photo library. Choose a photo from the library or tap the camera icon at the bottom-left of the screen to take a new photo.

    From your library, tap the photo or photos you want to upload. For each open photo, tap the gray check mark in a circle in the upper-right corner of the screen. The check mark turns green, and the photo is added to the Create a Post queue at the bottom-right of the screen.

  3. Tap the Create a Post button (pencil in a box) in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

    If more than one photo is in the queue, all the photos will appear in the post.

  4. Write a caption to go along with the photo.

    Type your caption into the Write Something text box that appears.

  5. (Optional) Tap the person icon and/or the pin icon to add tagging and location information to your photo.

  6. (Optional) Select which photo album you’d like the photo to be added to.

    Tap the square-within-a-square icon to the right of the camera icon to add this photo to a specific photo album. If you don’t choose an album, the photo will automatically be added to your Mobile Uploads album.

  7. (Optional) Tap the Privacy menu to choose who can see this post.

    You can choose from the usual options (Public, Friends, Friends Except Acquaintances, Only Me) as well as choose from any Friend Lists you’ve created.

  8. Tap Post in the upper-right corner.

    The post is added to your Timeline and your friends’ News Feeds.

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