How to Download the Facebook App to Your HTC One - dummies

How to Download the Facebook App to Your HTC One

By Bill Hughes

When you want to add a site to your bookmark list, simply visit the site. From there, to download Facebook for Android follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Play Store icon.

  2. In the Query box, type Facebook.

    A screen like the one shown appears.

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  3. Tap the line with the Facebook icon.

    If you tap the line with the Facebook name, it brings up all the titles of apps, games, books, and magazines that include the Facebook name.

    As you can see in the search results, several options include the word Facebook. The other lines in the Apps section are for apps that include the word Facebook. These are typically for apps that “enhance” Facebook in their own ways (as of this writing, 112,160 of them). Rather than go through these one by one, stick with the one with the Facebook icon.

    When you tap the Facebook app, you get a lot of information. Before continuing to the next step, check out the important elements on this page:

    • Title Line: The top section has the formal name of the application with a blue Install button. After you click this to download and install the app, you’ll see some other options. I give some examples later in this chapter.

    • Screen Captures: These representative screens are a little too small to read, but they do add some nice color to the page.

    • Feedback Statistics: This particular app has about 3.5 stars out of five. That’s not bad, but not great. The other numbers tell you how many folks have voted, how many have downloaded this app, the date it was released, and the size of the app in MB.

    • Rate and Review: This is blank until you’ve downloaded the app that you’d be voting on.

    • What’s New: This information is important if you have a previous version of this app. Skip this section for now.

    • Description: This tells you what the app does.

    • Reviews: This section gets into more details about what people thought of the app beyond the star ranking.

    • More by Facebook: The app developer in this case is Facebook. If you like the style of a particular developer, this section tells you what other apps that developer offers.

    • Users Also Installed: Play Store tells you the names of other apps customers downloaded. It’s a good indicator of what else you may like.

    • Users Also Viewed: Same idea as the previous bullet, but it’s somewhat less of an endorsement. The other users only looked at these other apps. They didn’t necessarily buy them.

    • Developer: This section gives you contact information for this app’s developer.

    • Google Play Content: This is how you tell the Play Store whether this app is naughty or nice.

  4. Tap the light blue button that says Install.

    Before the download process begins, the Google Play store tells you what this application plans to do on your phone. This information lists all the permissions you will be granting the application when you download it.

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    This is similar to the license agreements that you sign. Hopefully you read them all in detail and understand all the implications. In practice, you hope that it’s not a problem if lots of other people have accepted these conditions. In the case of a well-known application like Facebook, you’re probably safe, but you should be careful with less-popular apps.

    You can allow apps to know where you are on a case-by-case basis. Here is where that issue comes up. Each app asks you for permission to access information, such as your location. You may be able to limit the amount of location information. If you’re not comfortable with that, you should decline the app entirely.

  5. Tap the light blue Accept button.

    Before the download process starts, your app may want to know two things:

    • Do you want your phone to automatically update when Facebook (or the app provider) releases a newer version? In general, this is the most convenient option. It’s rare, but not unheard of, that an update makes things worse.

    • Do you want to wait for the update to take place only when you have a Wi-Fi connection? This prevents your phone from downloading a huge application update over the cellular network. In most cases, using a Wi-Fi connection is a better option.

  6. Tap OK.

    This process is like downloading apps to your PC over the Internet. The screens show you the progress of downloading and installing the application.

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    This may happen so fast that you look away for a second and when you look back, it’s done. Sometimes the Play Store lets you shop while the app downloads in the background. If you like, you can watch the process in the notification portion of your screen.

Apps immediately give you the option to either open them or uninstall them. In this case, the Facebook icon appears on the Apps screen along with some other recently added applications.

If you want this app to be on your Home screen, press and hold the icon.