Posting Your Status to Facebook from an Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

The first time you behold the Facebook app on your Android, you’ll probably be asked to sign in. Do so: Type the e-mail 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. Choose the option to synchronize all your contacts, which adds all your Facebook friends to the phone’s address book. Touch the Sync button in the upper-right corner of the screen to begin using Facebook.

Eventually, you see the Facebook News Feed.

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The primary thing you live for on Facebook, besides having more friends than anyone else, is to update your status. It’s the best way to share your thoughts with the universe, far cheaper than skywriting and far less offensive than a robocall.

To set your status, follow these steps in the Facebook app:

  1. Touch the Status button at the top of the screen.

    If you don’t see the Status button, ensure that you’re viewing the News Feed and swipe all the way up to the top of the feed.

    The Write Post screen appears. It’s where you type your Facebook musing, similar to what’s shown.

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  2. Type something pithy, newsworthy, or typical of the stuff you read on Facebook.

    When you can’t think of anything to post, take off your shoes, sit down, and take a picture of your feet against something else in the background. That seems to be really popular.

  3. Touch the Post button.

You can also set your status by using the Facebook widget on the Home page, if it’s been installed: Touch the What’s on Your Mind text box, type your important news tidbit, and touch the Share button.

When you need a respite from Facebook, touch the Home icon 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 timeout after a period of inactivity. To sign out of Facebook, choose the Log Out command found at the bottom of the navigation drawer. Touch the Confirm button.

  • Show the navigation drawer by touching the Facebook app icon. To hide the drawer, touch that icon again.

  • 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 on the screen.

  • Notifications for Facebook appear in the notifications area on the screen.

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