How to Setup Facebook on the Amazon Fire Phone - dummies

How to Setup Facebook on the Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

Of all the social networking sites, Facebook is the king. So, you’ll probably want it on your Fire phone. It’s the online place to go to catch up with friends, send messages, express your thoughts, share pictures and video, play games, and waste more time than you ever thought you had.

Setting up your Facebook account

The best way to use Facebook is to have a Facebook account. You can sign up for an account using the phone, but the best way is to sign up at Facebook by using a computer. Register for a new account by setting up your username and password.

Don’t forget your Facebook username and password!

Eventually, the Facebook robots send you a confirmation email. You reply to that message, and the online social networking community braces itself for your long-awaited arrival.

Now you’re ready to access Facebook on your Fire phone. To get the most from Facebook, however, you need the Facebook app.

Getting the Facebook app

You can access Facebook on the web by using the Silk web-browsing app, but you should use the Facebook app instead. If you can find the app on the App Grid, great! Otherwise, you need to obtain a free copy.

To get the Facebook app, go to the Appstore and search for the Facebook app. Download the app.

Running Facebook on your phone

The first time you run the Facebook app, you’re asked to sign in. Do so: Type the email address you used to sign up for Facebook, and then type your Facebook password. Touch the Log In button.

If you’re asked to sync your contacts, do so. It’s a good idea to check the option to synchronize all your contacts, which adds all your Facebook friends to the phone’s address book.

Eventually, you see the Facebook News Feed.

When you need a respite from Facebook, press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

The Facebook app continues to run until you either sign out or turn off the phone. It may also time-out after a period of inactivity.

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To sign out of Facebook, choose the Settings icon, and swipe to the bottom of the screen. Tap the Log Out command. Touch the Confirm button:

  • Use the Like, Comment, or Share buttons below a News Feed item to like, comment on, or share something. You can see the comments only when you choose the Comment item.

  • The News Feed is updated when you swipe down the screen.

  • Notifications for Facebook appear in the notifications drawer: Pull down the notifications drawer from the top of the screen to quickly review any Facebook updates or comments.

Configuring the Facebook app

The commands that control Facebook are stored on the Settings screen. To see that screen, choose the More icon atop the screen, shown as Settings and Stuff. Choose the App Settings command to behold a host of Facebook app settings. Two commands worthy of your attention are Refresh Interval and Notification Ringtone.

Choose Refresh Interval to specify how frequently the app checks for new Facebook activities. If you find the one-hour value to be too long for your frantic Facebook social life, choose something quicker. Or, to disable Facebook notifications, choose Never.

The Notification Ringtone item sets the sound that plays when Facebook has a new update. Choose the Silent option when you don’t want the app to make noise upon encountering a Facebook update.

Use the Back technique to return to the main Facebook screen: Swipe the screen from bottom to top.

You can manually update the Facebook app by tugging down the News Feed screen: Swipe the screen from about the midpoint to the bottom.